Annual Recognition Dinner

The Council Annual Recognition Banquet is held annually to recognized the volunteers of the Heart of America Council. The highlight of the evening is the presentation of the Silver Beaver Award, the highest recognition presented on the council level. In addition, other high level awards will be presented or recognized during the banquet.

2014 Annual Dinner recognition includes:

  • Silver Beaver Award Presentation

  • Whitney M. Young Award Presentation

  • Vale de la Pena Award Presentation

(Honorees listed below)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

6:30 pm

Downtown Kansas City Marriott - Muehlebach Tower

1213 Wyandotte, Kansas City, MO

Imperial-Colonial Ballroom


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2014 Silver Beaver Recipients

  • Brian R. Blake (North Star District)
  • Scott D. Braden (Pelathe District)
  • Ron L. Clary (Trailhead District/Council)
  • James D. "Jim" Forson (Red-Tailed Hawk District)
  • Carol L. Gersema (Kaw District)
  • Lisa A. Grimsley (Northern Tier District)
  • Travis S. Guest (Blue Elk District/Council)
  • James R. "Bob" Hale (Lone Bear District)
  • Kenneth G. Horrell (Blue Elk District/Council)
  • Brian E. Johnson (Thunderbird District)
  • Gail E. Lavenburg (North Star District)
  • Douglas L. Machamer (Red-Tailed Hawk District)
  • Ellen D. McGurk (Trails West District)
  • Richard A. McWhirt (Thunderbird District)
  • Thomas J. Rebecchi (Pioneer Trails District)
  • Lawson S. Rener, DDS (Trailhead District/Exploring)
  • Jeannie R. Salmon (North Star District)
  • Barry S. Slotnick (Thunderbird District)

For a list of living Silver Beaver Award Recipients, click here.


The Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award

This award is presented in recognition of outstanding service by an individual or organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for youth from rural or low-income urban backgrounds — this is in fulfillment of Dr. Young's dream of justice and equality for all.

  • To Be Announced, 2014 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award recipient


Vale La Pena! Service Award

This award recognizes outstanding service by an adult or an organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for Hispanic/Latino youth.

  • Jeanette Prenger, 2014 ¡Scouting … Vale la Pena! Service Award