Adult Recognition

Awards Banquet 2017

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On Thursday, March 9, 2017, North Star District honored its award winners from the 2016 Scouting Year. Thank you to Banquet Chair Mark Pishon for a wonderful evening, enjoyed by the over 100 attendees.

Thank you to former Pacer Eddie Gill for serving as our Keynote Speaker. He gave a very emotional and powerful personal story of the impact on youth service organizations on his life. He spoke very highly of scouting as a partner in the youth service organization movement.

Eddie Gill (left) with our DE Con Sulivan
District Award of Merit recipient Michael Rodriguez (SM, T514)
District Award of Merit recipient Tom Sugar, right (T358, P180, Unit Commissioner)
Cake for 98 year old district


Congratulations to 2016 honorees:

Name 2016 Award Unit
Ron Wells Arrowman of the Year T343
Sandra Mitchell-Holder Boy Scout Committee Chair Person of the Year T512
Jeff Heck Commissioner of the Year
Tom Rude Cub Scout Committee Chair Person of the Year P358
Jeremy Morin Cubmaster of the Year P105
Tom Sugar District Award of Merit T358
Michael Rodriguez District Award of Merit T514
John Ruggles Firecrafter of the Year T343
Derrick Daily Hooked on Scouting P105
Geordie Hester Hooked on Scouting P105
Seth Fleming Hooked on Scouting P105
Joe Seufert Hooked on Scouting P171
Brandi Jittjumnongk Hooked on Scouting P358
Elizabeth Selm Hooked on Scouting P358
Martin Price Hooked on Scouting P830
Brendan Cavanaugh Hooked on Scouting T358
Nancy Sugar Hooked on Scouting T358
Dr. Jay Bhatt Hooked on Scouting T69
Jennifer Buddenbaum Hooked on Scouting T69
Brent Seiler Hooked on Scouting T804
John “Rusty” Hitch Hooked on Scouting T804
James Beck Scoutmaster of the Year T358
Jeremy Morin Spark Plug Award P105
Matt Rekeweg Spark Plug Award P105
Theresa Arens Spark Plug Award P105
Courtnay Henthorn Spark Plug Award P171
Jenny Beyer Spark Plug Award P358
Matt Selm Spark Plug Award P358
Terry May Spark Plug Award P358
Tammie Buchanon Spark Plug Award P830
Jane Sullivan Spark Plug Award T358
Kevin Russell Spark Plug Award T358
Luther Rice Spark Plug Award T358
Michael Luciani Spark Plug Award T358
Toby Hlade Spark Plug Award T358
Ed Parada Spark Plug Award T56
Mike Faulk Spark Plug Award T56
Mike Yates Spark Plug Award T56
Jay Leinart Spark Plug Award T69
Scott Stukenborg Spark Plug Award T69
Beth Price Spark Plug Award T804
James Corridan Spark Plug Award T804
Jane Burgess Spark Plug Award T804
Martin Rice Spark Plug Award T804
David Bruce Venture Advisor of the Year C358

Director of Field Services Nathan Young was on hand, too, to award North Star District the Journey to Excellence Gold Award. This reflects not just on the District but on all of the units that earned their gold, allowing the District to bask in their glories.

Thank you to Nancy Sugar, Troop 358 and supporter of Pack 180’s rebuild, for taking these wonderful photographs of the evening.


Solicitation of Donations for Recognition

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For Thursday, March 9, 2017’s Recognition Dinner, we are looking for donations of scout paraphenalia for the auction.

If you have a donation, contact Con Sullivan.

North Star District Awards Banquet

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Remember to put in your and your spouse’s reserviation for the District’s Annual Awards Banquet. Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the Palomino Club in Zionsville. This is our chance to recognize our dedicated adult scouters.

This is a non-uniform event.

Nominations for District Awards

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On March 9, 2017, we hold our annual District Awards Banquet at the Palomino Club in Zionsville, IN. palomino-pic

We still have some time for nominations for the District Award of Merit (2 available), the highest district award possible in the BSA. Award recipients do not need to be active in the District Committee, but do need to be exemplary scouters in their unit.

In addition, we are looking for

  1. scouters to recognize in the first year of scouting but made a significant contribution;
  2. Scouters to recognize for their long term contribution to their unit;
  3. Scouters who have earned their Scouter’s Key;North Star Willie patch (small)
  4. Scouters who have been awarded their Unit Award of Merit; and
  5. Scouters who deserve recognition for any particular efforts.

Here is the district nomination form.

You will be able to make reservations for you and your spouse by Friday this week. This is a non-uniform event.

Adult Recognition Time

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Now is the time to start thinking about recognition for adults in your unit or in the district. From District Executive Con Sullivan:

There are nomination forms for you to complete if you feel someone in your unit or district is deserving of recognition at the North Star District Dinner on March 9th. Please complete the relevant nomination form(s) and return to Mark Pishon, North Star Advancement Chair, at by February 12th.

The flyer is worth distributing to your unit.

Unit Leader Award of Merit Nomination Form

North Star District Awards Dinner Information and Nomination Form for Calendar Year Ending 2016

District Award of Merit Nomination Form


Encouraging Parental Involvement through Recognition

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Many Cub Scout Packs are getting ready to change leadership in the coming months as Webelos transition to Boy Scouts and their parents follow.

Recognition of outgoing leaders is important to inspire incoming and future leaders to uphold a high standard of service in your unit. If outgoing leaders are recognized, incoming leaders will become more excited to duplicate the feat.

Now is a great time to see if your departing leader has earned the Unit Award of Merit. This is an award offered by the unit, approved by your Unit Commissioner or lacking a Unit Commissioner the District Commissioner, and then the Council Executive and Council Commissioner.

Please review this recognition now so that you can have it available for worthy volunteers at the coming Blue and Gold Banquet for your Pack.

For more information contact your District Commissioner or District Executive.

Scouting legacy

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It is useful to keep your spirits up. Another spin is that it is a reason we need to recognize adults now. The boys often are slow to do it themselves. It may take years.

It may never occur and the adults must do it in self-reflection.

Still we are leaving a legacy.

District Appreciation Dinner Thursday

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Are you planning to attend the District Appreciation Dinner this Thursday at 6:30 pm?

You should.

It is at St Alphonsius Roman Catholic Church, Zionsville at 6:30 pm.

Make your reservations at

See you there!