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What is the Silver Beaver?

Silver Beaver Award is the council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council. The Silver Beaver is an award given to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service. It is given to those who do not actively seek it.

How do I nominate someone to receive the Silver Beaver?

Silver Beaver Nomination Form    

The Sequoia Council Boy Scouts of America, acting through the National Court of Honor, is given the opportunity to present the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to youth.

The award is presented to registered adults of exceptional character within the jurisdiction of the Sequoia Council for noteworthy service to youth. The award is limited to adults (over 21 years of age) who are currently registered volunteer Scouters. It cannot be presented posthumously.

Any volunteer can make nominations for this award. An appointed Silver Beaver Committee makes the selection of the Silver Beaver recipients from the nominations received. The Council is allowed to recognize a specific number of volunteers for this award, which is then presented at the Annual Council Recognition Dinner. It is a general policy that no public announcement shall be made by the Council in advance of action by the National Court of Honor with reference to the names presented for consideration. Nominations should be processed without the knowledge of the nominee.

To nominate someone for the Silver Beaver:
All three parts of the nomination form must be completed.

  1. Please give the full name and title (if any) of the nominee just as you want it to appear on the certificate (Part I ' NOMINATION FORM [Pg. 1 of 6]).
  2. You may use the back of the form or additional sheets of paper, if necessary, to complete Sections A ' G of Part II, the BACKGROUND INFORMATION WORKSHEET. It is essential that you research your nominee and include as much information as is possible.
  3. Include a minimum of three letters of support (Part III ' LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION) from a variety of sources: Scouts or other individuals who can attest to the nominee's service to youth.
Consideration for this year's nominations must be received at either the Fresno or Visalia Service Center by December 31st. Thank you The Silver Beaver Selection Committee Revised 12/2008


Nora Barton
Nora met her husband Jason on a blind date. They are the proud parents of four children: Michael, Kiley, Ryan, and Evan. Her four brothers were also Scouts, so she has always been involved with Scouting. The things Nora loves are Scouting, watching boys grow into men, developing adults into better mentors and leaders, and of course, camping, hiking, and being outdoors. Nora has recently discovered a passion for weightlifting, has become a personal trainer, and is planning to return to school to obtain her Bachelors degree in kinesiology. She considers herself an “undercover nerd” who enjoys reading book series with her kids. A little known fact about Nora is that she can’t whistle. It annoys her that she can’t whistle and when other people do.
, Richard Egan
Richard and his wife Elizabeth are the parents of one son, Sean. Richard is a lifelong resident of California’s Central Valley. He and his family live on a small cattle ranch in Academy, just east of Clovis. He is an active member of the community, having served on numerous boards and committees as well as several federal, state, and local political campaigns. Richard earned his Eagle Scout rank in Troop 4 in Fresno. He is a James E. West Fellow, member of the NESA Legacy Society, has earned the Order of the Arrow Fellowship and Brotherhood, and has completed Wood Badge. Additionally, he is a member of Sequoia Council’s Board of Directors, currently serving as Vice President of Membership and as Assistant Council Commissioner. He also is Vice Chairman of the Information Management Committee for the BSA National Alumni Association. He enjoys spending free time with his wife Elizabeth and son Sean, playing with and riding their horses in the mountains, and training their wild mustang that they got several years ago from the BLM.
, Jennifer Gissell-Epps
Jennifer was born in Walnut Creek, California and attended college at California State University Fresno majoring in liberal studies. She met her husband Trevor 25 years ago at Lassen College in Susanville, California. Jennifer and Trevor have one son, Brayden, who became an Eagle Scout in 2011 with Troop 3302 in Visalia. Jennifer’s hobbies and interests include volunteering with the Boy Scouts, gardening, and going to the theater.
, Michael Gonzales
Michael was born in Hanford, California and was a Cub Scout in Hanford and in Armona, California before attending Hanford High School and Reedley College. Michael and his wife Charlise met in Hanford at Wired Angels and were married the following year. Michael and Charlise have four children: two Boy Scouts and two Girl Scouts. Michael’s interests and hobbies include astronomy, camping, and video games.
Mike Miller
Mike and his wife Nancy have been married for 28 years. They met in high school in Merced and worked together at Der Wienerschnitzel. They have three sons who are all Scouts in Troop 130. Austin recently earned his Eagle and is being recognized tonight. Garrett is a Life Scout. Brennan is a Star Scout. Mike became a Cub Scout at age 8, earned his Arrow of Light, and became a Boy Scout with Troop 102 in Merced earning his Life rank. He was an active member of the Order of the Arrow running the Dance and Ceremonial Teams for the Yo-Se-Mite Lodge. Eleven years ago, he returned to Scouting with Pack 53 and served as Cubmaster for five years. He has served on numerous district and council committees. He currently is a member of Sequoia Council’s Board of Directors as the Council Vice President of Finance. A little known fact is that Mike is a very good cook. If he didn’t need to work as an insurance broker, he would own his own restaurant in the mountains and do some of the cooking, but he would only be open three days a week.
, Jeff Nelson
Jeff was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and graduated from Carlmont High School in Belmont, California. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Fresno in mechanical engineering and served 26 years in the United States Navy. Jeff and his wife Jean met as children, dated after high school, and married in 1972. They are the proud parents of two daughters and one son and have one grandson. Jeff’s hobbies are hiking and kayaking. A little known fact about Jeff is that he is not too keen on public recognition for himself and prefers to be a background guy.

Gary Amon
Gary he is accompanied by his lovely wife Donna tonight. He is the President/CEO of Central Valley Business Forms and an avid supporter of his home community of Visalia. He and Donna have two children: David and Chelsea.

Gary began his venture into scouting in the Mount Diablo Council in Pleasant Hill, CA and earned the rank of Life Scout. Today, he serves as a member of the Sequoia Council - Boy Scouts of America Board and he is also a key player in both the Visalia Eagle Invitational Golf Tournament and Visalia Distinguished Citizen Dinner Committee. Gary was also very instrumental in our Popcorn Campaign by allowing the South Valley Districts to hold their popcorn pick-up and distribution at Central Valley Business Forms.

, Virginia Beecher
Virginia is here tonight with her husband Steve. Virginia and Steve have four sons; Kenny, Greg, Bernard, and Matthew. For the past 20 years, Scouting has been a big part of Virginia's life and she has held many positions.

She is very proud of the fact Steve, his dad Leroy, and all four of their sons are Eagle Scouts and they are looking forward to their grandson Roy joining Cub Scouts when he is old enough as he is only 3 years old.

One of Virginia's personal proudest Scouting honor was when she became "Brotherhood" in the Order of the Arrow during a Conclave at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo.

, John Boylan
John is accompanied tonight by his lovely wife Laurel. They are the parents of seven children - two who are "our little angels in heaven watching over us" and their remaining children, Misha, Dima, Sean, McKenna, and Valerie.

John's passion for Scouting comes from his father, Edward Boylan. Wherever they lived, his Dad would look for a unit for them to be involved in and if there wasn't one, he'd start one! At 18, John signed up to be an Assistant Scoutmaster and was the youngest participant in Scout Leader Basic Training. Shortly after his 21st birthday, he was asked by the committee chair to be Scoutmaster. He was the first and only member in the troop to have gone from being a Scout to a Scoutmaster!

Since entering the Sequoia Council in 1988, John has held the many positions including Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Post Advisor, and Merit Badge Counselor.

, Rod Chaney
Rod is accompanied tonight by his son Ryan. Rod says his Scouting experiences as a youth were limited, but thoroughly enjoyable. In his "second Scouting career", Rod has been a Den Leader, Assistant Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, (starting two packs) and has held a variety of District level jobs including District Commissioner.

Rod's favorite Scouting experience was seeing his son, Ryan, earn his Eagle rank in 2009. Also memorable were receiving his Wood Badge beads and when, as total surprise in 2008, he was nominated and received a Sargent Shriver Achievement Award for introducing Scouting to at-risk, special needs children.

, Cory Duersch
Cory is accompanied tonight by his beautiful wife Cathie. Cory was a Boy Scout in Salt Lake City, Utah and obtained the Rank of Eagle Scout in May of 1966. He and Cathie have five children: Melissa, Cory, Katrina, Christian, and Elizabeth. They are also the proud grandparents of: Jared, McKay, Joshua, Max, Jack, Izabelle, and Taylor. He is very proud to share this award's night with his Grandson who earned his Eagle Scout award this year.

Cory's greatest joy is serving in callings in his church and worshiping Heavenly Father. Being a part of the Boy Scouts of America has been very rewarding and allowed him to develop wonderful relationships with young men and adult leaders where they have learned and served together.

, David Kinross
David is here tonight with his lovely wife Amy. He and Amy have four children; sons: Steven, Colin and Spencer and one daughter Heather.

David began his journey in Scouting as a Cub Scout, went on to Webelos, and then Boy Scouts reaching the rank of Star Scout. As an adult, he has served as Scoutmaster, Varsity Coach, Cubmaster, and Board Member of the Nevada Area council.

David currently serves as Treasurer of our very own Sequoia Council and is a key member and participant in the Fresno Eagle Invitational Golf Tournament Committee.

, Roger Wilson
Roger began his Scouting experience in Ivanhoe, CA first a Cub Scout, then onto Webelos, and then Boy Scouts where he attained the rank of Second Class Scout before his family moved to Exeter.

A member of the Order of the Arrow, Roger also plays in a Men's Senior Baseball League and loves the Los Angeles Dodgers! He coaches the Exeter High School mock trial team and is a Board Member of the Scottish Society of Central California. To say that Roger is a busy man is an understatement!

John Dufresne
John was born in Hammond, Indiana and received his BS in Education and Psychology at the University of Missouri then attended Western Illinois University where he earned his MS in Administration of Parks & Recreation. John also has an MSW in Master Social Work from Fresno State. John is married to Deb and they have three wonderful children along with their grandkids, Kayla and Hunter.
, Paul Andrew Gage
Paul was born in Lower Hutt, New Zealand and moved to Fresno where he attended Hoover High School, Fresno City College and Ricks College. Paul earned his Architect's license in 2008. Paul is married to Krista and they have four awesome kids; Cannon 15, Heidi 14, Kayla 11 and Jet 9.
, Mark Millett
Mark was born in Cedar City, Utah and attended Cedar High School. He joined the Utah Army National Guard right after high school and served for 4 years. Mark attended West Hills College. Mark is married to Rozanne and they have 5 children; daughter Tessa, son Leo (Eagle Scout), daughter Jael, daughter Sophia, and son Quincy (Wolf Cub Scout).
, Carol Alison Moon
Alison was born in Fresno and graduated from Hoover High School. She attended California State University, Fresno for a brief time as a Political Science major. Alison is married to Rusty and together they have shared 25 wonderful years of marriage. They have four children; Lacey, Cody, Riley and Cordell. They are also grandparents of 3 future Cub Scouts; Levi, Caden and Jack.
, Mike Moore
Mike was born in McAllen, Texas. He attended Harlingen High School in McAllen and also briefly attended the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen. He then moved to California and earned his Engineering degree through Pan American College. Mike is married to Lisa they have three children; Billy, Catherine, and Andrew. They are also the proud grandparents of five beautiful girls; Willow, Meadow, Polly, Fern, and Ruby.
, Alan Preston
Alan Preston was born in La Mesa, California, a suburb of San Diego. From then until his twelfth birthday, he moved throughout the western United States, living in Oregon, Utah, Hawaii, California again, and finally back to Utah. After serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in northern Chile he attended Utah Valley Community College, Brigham Young University and Fresno State. Alan is married to his sweetheart Robin and have four children Nicole, Ryan, Nathan and Erin.
, Brent Thompson
Brent Alan Thompson was born and raised in Fresno, California. He attended McLane High School and Clovis West. Brent served as a Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Philippines for 2 years and after his Mission, he attended Fresno City College and Miramar College in San Diego. Brent is married to his wife, Leah and they have 3 beautiful children: Aaron (13), Cami (11) and Jordan (7).
, Marty Zeeb
Martin Zeeb is a Visalia native and attended Mt. Whitney High School and UC Santa Barbara. Marty is not the first member in his family to receive this prestigious award, his father Randy Zeeb also received the Silver Beaver award in 2000. Marty is married to Jenny and they have three children, Jason 26 an Eagle Scout and twins Megan and Christy 24.

Lori Amsbary
Lori was born in Fresno and attended Fresno City and Fresno State. She has 8 children and 3 step children and 34 grandchildren. There are so far 3 Eagles in her family.
, Victor Boragno
Victor is an eternal optimist. Another Scouter born in Fresno, Victor graduated from McLain. He has 3 children and 6 grandchildren. He and his two brothers are all Eagle Scouts. His dad was a single parent and raised his 4 children on his own.
, Danny Burrow
Danny was born in Great Bend Kansas. He graduated from Hoover High and on to City College and then on to the US Air Force for 4 years. He is an electrician and started his own company in 1980. Danny and Kathy have 10 children and almost 25 grandchildren. Danny has extensive Scouting experience and served on the Jamboree staff in 2010 and 2013.
, David Clark
David was born in Aurora Colorado. He is a Life Scout did Scouting in Alaska and California. He graduated from Cabrillo Senior High School in Lompoc. He is active in Scouting and conducts a merit badge frenzy each year. He and his wife met in Church.
, Rose Coulthard
Rose was born in San Francisco and raised in Marin County before moving to Fresno. She attended Redwood High but graduated from Bullard High. -Then on to Fresno City, Dominican College and CSUF. Her professional life includes work in the medical field and then became a home mom when son Henry was born in 1996. Rose is active in Scouting and in all things to do with the out of doors and horses.
, Michael Jack DeWitt
Michael was born in Ogden, Utah and attended Clearfield High School in Clearfield, Utah. He attended Weber State University in Ogden and although he didn't graduate, he majored in Manufacturing Engineering and Education. Michael served in the Army Reserve and worked for the IRS for 39 years. As a young boy, Scouting was very much a part of his life and became an Eagle Scout at the age of 14. Michael married his sixth grade teacher's daughter, Maxine… they met in 1968 at a church function for young singles. They were married in 1989 in the Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah and have been blessed with 4 children (3 boys and a girl) and 8 grandchildren (2 boys and 6 girls). Michael has been in the service of others as a youth and adult serving for more than 48 years. He enjoys general handyman jobs and building all sorts of things from doll houses to regular houses. One of his favorite hobbies is Scouting and watching the youth grow and progress especially when doing their Eagle projects.
, Todd Dunning
Todd grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado in an active Scouting family, he received the Arrow of Light in Cub Scouts, and Eagle in Boy Scouts. He attended the 1985 National Jamboree with his brother and was able to experience the 2010 Jamboree with seven members of his family. Todd graduated from Brigham Young University in 1996 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He later went on to graduate with a Master of Business Administration in 2004 from BYU. Todd met his wife Tracey in 1990 during their first week of college; they were married in 1994 and have 4 children; two beautiful daughters, an Eagle Scout and a Wolf. He has been a Scoutmaster, Venture Crew Advisor, Wood Badge staff member, Jamboree Assistant Scoutmaster and currently serves on a District Committee.
, Reid Everett
Reid was born in Fresno, California and graduated with a B.A. in History from Brigham Young University in 1978 and his law degree in 1981. He and his wife Marilyn met in college and were married in 1978. They have four children, Brooke, Maureen, Lauren and Joel and seven grandchildren. As a boy, Reid was a Cub Scout and is a proud Second Class Scout. He has been blessed by many mentors in his life who have taught him to serve unselfishly and has been active in adult leadership in Scouting since 1984. Reid enjoys outdoor adventure, fishing, reading and art.
, Francis Glaser
Francis, known to all as Fritz was born in San Diego, California and graduated in 1985 from Bullard High School in Fresno, California. He also graduated from Stanford University in 1989 and Med School at University of California, Irvine in 1994. Fritz is a local Eagle Scout from Troop 95 out of Fresno and earned the rank in 1994. He met his sweetheart Dede at Tenaya Junior High School in Fresno, California and they were married in 1990. They have three children, 17 year old Ben who is an Eagle Scout, 15 year old Megan who is a Venture Bronze, and 11 year old Peter who is a First Class Scout. His hobbies include drums, camping, home shop work (wood work, home repairs, welding) and Stanford Football. A little known fact about Fritz is that he spent six months in college studying Marine Biology and almost became a Marine Biologist.
, Judy Hatch
Judy was born in Pasadena, California and graduated from Palos Verdes High School in 1967. She attended Los Angeles Harbor Jr College and then received an A.S. in History from Reedley's Clovis Center Jr College, later she attended California State University, Fresno (History Major) but, as a senior, put the B.S. degree on hold. Judy met Dave at Harbor Jr. College and they dated for a year and a half before getting married in 1969. They have two sons who are Eagle Scouts, Cary and Bryce, and five grandchildren, Kehle, Noemi, Emily, Christion and Sarah. Judy enjoys sewing and quilting a great deal. She is passionate about vegetable gardening and permaculture studies. Judy was a Master Gardener for eleven years. She is also an avid reader and spends a great deal of time doing genealogical research. As a young girl, Judy was a Brownie and then a Girl Scout. When their oldest son turned eight in 1980, she became a Den Leader. She was a Cub Scout Camp Director for two years and co-chaired two Pow Wows with Dave. Recently, she was a part of the San Joaquin District's Boy Scout Camp committee and served as a Unit Commissioner in the San Joaquin District. Judy has been a Webelos leader in Cub Pack 16 (which she absolutely loves) for the last four years. She completed her Masters of Commissioners Science, was honored with the Sequoia Medal, received Den Leader Training awards, the Religious Knot, and in 2013, as a member of the Fox patrol, was presented her Wood Badge beads.
, Nancy Jue
Nancy was born in Pittsburg, California. She graduated from Liberty Union High School in Brentwood and then California State University, Fresno. Nancy was active in 4H while growing up in the country. She and Curtis were married in 1980 and have four children, four grandchildren and four dogs. Their son Kyle is a future Eagle Scout and currently serves as the Order of the Arrow Lodge Chief. Nancy is very active in Scouting and has chaired the Webelos Adventure Camp for several years at Camp Chawanakee. Nancy enjoys motorcycle riding, sewing, crafting and woodworking.
, Matthew Potthast
Matthew was born in Highland, Illinois and graduated from Ryan Preparatory College (High School, Catholic Seminary) in 1969. He then moved to Fresno, California where he earned his B.S. in Social Sciences from California State University, Fresno in 1973. Matthew and Ellita were married at St. Paul Newman Center in 1976 and have one son, Joseph Potthast. As a boy, Mathew was a Cub Scout in Pack 103 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. He started as a Bobcat and made into Webelos earning his Arrow of Light. Matthew's hobbies include baseball, traveling and he has enjoyed every step of his affiliation with Scouting.
, Darryl Prince
Darryl was born in Watsonville, California and attended school in San Jose graduating from Piedmont Hills High School. He completed his B.S. and Masters in Counseling Psychology from National University. Darryl is married to Rhonda and they have four children, all have earned Arrow of Light, Eagle and the On My Honor Award. Darryl is also an Eagle Scout and is very active with his family, church and Scouting. He is a great fan of outdoor sports including hiking.

John Cameron
John is a life-long educator, an avid fly fisherman and hiking enthusiast. Winter sees him cross country skiing. John has a wonderful family and he and Judy have two children and three grandsons. As a youth he enjoyed his Scouting days. He met one of life's first challenges as a Scout ' it was called Morse Code! John served our country and the nation of Bolivia from 1964 to 1966 as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in community development. A little know fact about John…his given name is Johnnie. When he reached the ripe old age of 12 he decided Johnnie sounded a little kidish so he started calling himself John.
, Connie Khasigian
Connie puts family first. She and Paul have a wonderful "A Team" family of five sons. She keeps busy with family businesses and centers her life around the family. In her youth Connie was an active Girl Scout and earned the highest rank, the Gold Award which is the Eagle equivalent. A little know fact about Connie is that in her own upbringing, she was the oldest of 6 children so we know what excitement that brings.
, Scott Mears
Scott always has a smile and lights up a room just by entering! He is an expert in landscape architect and construction manager. Scott enjoys family life and is very proud of his children and grandchildren. This year marks the 30th wedding anniversary for he and Sharon. Scott is an active Scouter and recently survived being course director for Wood Badge. In part because he had to deal with 8 professional Scouters all on his course together! A little know fact about Scott is that he would like you to know that his faith in God and his years in seeing the power Scouting can have on a person's life has led him to believe that this is an inspired program and that Scouting truly can save the world.
, Mike Purl
Mike is a long time Scouter having received his Eagle award in 1962 in Madera. He has been a great supporter of the Thunderbird District and the troop of his youth ' troop 116. I did some rough math and since he met his future wife while they were both in Kindergarten, they have essentially been together for over 62 years! A little known fact about Mike is he is actually not able to be with us this evening so that is why you do not see him. We will present Mike at a deserving setting and invite him back to this event next year.
, Thomas Schoch
Tom is one of those guys you can depend on. I know Jerry Jones sure appreciated Tom with his help when Jerry was Scoutmaster. At the same time Tom was Scoutmaster of yet another troop. That is pretty special. Like many of our recipients this evening, Tom moved around California during his life. We are lucky to have him in our Council. He is an Eagle Scout. Tom served our country for 24 years in the United States Navy. One fact you may not know about Tom is that he would like Jerry Jones, John Kenny and Keith Backman to know that he appreciates their mentoring over the years.
, Robert Takacs
Robert can best be described as a renaissance man! He has had a wonderful life being an educator and a person who has spent quite a bit of time in the skies. Robert served our country in the United States Army from 1967 to 1969. Marilyn and Robert have a great family with three daughters and three grandchildren. Bob is an Eagle Scout having received his badge in 1961. He has served in many Scout capacities including Council popcorn kernel. One little known fact about Robert is that he is the proud owner of 23 Mickey Mouse neckties.
, Cliff Wolley
Cliff is an agricultural economist and helps shape the industry which produces nearly 40 percent of the nations produce right here from our great valley. As a Scout Cliff achieve the rank of Star Scout while growing up in Othello Washington. Cliff and Zonda have a wonderful family of five children and nine grandchildren. Cliff is active in his community and is a leader in his Church. One little know fact about Cliff is that he designed a blueberry harvesting tray that is currently being used throughout the industry, but unfortunately he did not get the patent on it.

John Barrus
John has been active in Scouting since his youth, including earning the rank of Eagle Scout. He has held a variety of positions as an adult in Scouting, including his current positions as Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 16 in Clovis and District Committee Chairman for the San Joaquin District. John attended the 1971 World Scout Jamboree in Japan where he hiked Mt. Fujiyama during a typhoon. John graduated from Brigham Young University in 1978 with a degree in accounting. He later went on to graduate from the University of Washington with a Masters in Business Administration in 1979, and Brigham Young University Law in 1985. John Met his wife, Ana Leesa in 1968. They didn't begin dating until 1977 and were married in 1978 in Provo, UT. They have 5 children and 10 grandchildren. John enjoys speaking French, playing the flute, and hiking.
, Don Dowling
Don attended Porterville High School where he met his wife Mariom. They were married in Porterville in 1969. Don attended college while in the military, in addition to attending Porterville College, and Fresno State University in 1990. Don has been involved in Scouting since becoming a Den Leader in 1987. Since then Don has been a Webelos Den Leader, Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, Unit Commissioner, Roundtable Commissioner, Wood Badge Staff member, and a Wood Badge Course Director. Don did not have the opportunity to participate in Scouting as a youth and has made up for lost time as an adult. Don has told his grandsons that he refuses to grow up and will always be a Scout.
, Bert Engstrom
Bert was a Cub Scout and earned the Arrow of Light I 1965. He was in Boy Scouts from 1966 to 1972 and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Since then Bert has been a Scoutmaster, Unit Commissioner, Friends of Scouting Chairman for the Mt. Whitney District, and currently serves as a merit badge counselor, Eagle Project Coach, and committee member for Troop 405. Bert graduated from Selma High School in 1972, Reedley College in 1974, Brigham Young University with degrees in Zoology and Microbiology in 1978 and 1981, Washington university School of Dental Medicine in 1985, and University of Utah General practice Dentistry in 1986. Bert met his wife Eileen in 1978 at Brigham Young University. They were married in 1979 in Oakland, CA. They have 6 daughters, 3 of which are married to Eagle Scouts.
, Sheldon Feigel
Sheldon has been involved in Scouting since his youth, and achieved the rank of Life Scout as a Boy Scout. Since then he has been a Den Leader, Webelos Den Leader, Varsity Scout Coach, Venture Crew Advisor, District Committee member, Jamboree Scoutmaster, Wood Badge Staff member and Wood Badge Course Director. He currently hold the position of Scoutmaster in Troop 302 in Sanger, CA and is the Council Advancement Chairman. Sheldon Graduated from Sanger High School in 1982 and went on the graduate from Brigham Young University in 1989, and Pepperdine University School of Law in 1992. Sheldon met his wife Stacey in the 6th grade, they were married 12 years later in 1987. They have 5 children.
, Scott Fortner
Scott joined Cub Scouts in 1972 and went on the earn the rank of Eagle Scout in 1980. Scott has been active as an adult in Scouting since 1988, most recently as the District Committee Chairman in the Kings River District. Scott has also been a Scoutmaster, Varsity Scout Coach, Pack Committee Chair, Order of the Arrow Chapter Advisor, Assistant District Commissioner, and District Commissioner. Scott Attended Norco Senior High School and went to attend San Joaquin Delta College, Bakersfield College, and CSU Bakersfield. Scott Completed an apprenticeship to become a Journeyman Lineman in 1990. Scott met his wife Shelly in Bakersfield in 1986 at a church sponsored dance. They were married in 1987 and have 2 daughters.
, Stephen Geisler
Stephen joined Scouting as a youth in 1965, earning the Arrow of Light award. He continued on in Scouting for the next few years, achieving the rank of First Class Scout. Stephen graduated from St. Thomas Military Academy in 1970, and went on to join the Navy, retiring from active duty in 1998. As an adult Stephen has held a variety of position in Scouting, including: Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, District Camping Chairman, Council Camping Committee member, Unit Commissioner, District Training Chairman, Assistant District Commissioner, Wood Badge staff member, and has been on staff a many trainings and events. Stephen met his wife Arla 1989 in Visalia at a square dance. They were married in 1991 and have a son and a granddaughter.
, Paul Khasigian
Paul was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout and completed the requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout just prior to his 13th birthday as a member of Troop292 in Inglewood, CA. Paul is currently the Scoutmaster of Troop390 in Fowler, CA. He has also been a Tiger Den Leader, Wolf/ Bear Den Leader, Webelos Leader, Pack and Troop Committee Member, Crew Advisor, and Charter Organization Representative. Paul graduated from St. Bernard High School in 1978 and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from UCLA in 1983, a Master of Science Candidate in Ag Chemistry at CSU Fresno 1983-1985, and a Doctorate of Pharmacy from University of Pacific in 1988. Paul met his wife Connie in high school and they were married in 1984. They have 5 sons, 3 of which are Eagle Scouts, the 4th is currently a Life Scout, and the 5th is a 2nd year Webelos.
, Jim Lyman
Jim was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout in Salinas, CA and Earned the Rank of Eagle Scout. Jim has served as an Assistant Scoutmaster both in Salinas and in Fresno, a Cubmaster, Jamboree Assistant Scoutmaster, and is currently serving as Scoutmaster for Troop 35 in Fresno and Order of The Arrow Lodge Advisor. Jim graduated from North Salinas High School in 1982 and is also a graduate of Hartnell College class of 1986, and CSU Fresno class of 1988. Jim met his wife Debbie while working at J.C. Penny Co. in Salinas in May 1984. They were married in December 1987. Jim and Debbie have 4 children. Their 2 sons, Tyler and Kyle are both Eagle Scouts.
, Lora Scott
Has been active in Scouting for a number of years and currently serves as the Council Camping Committee Chair and a Unit Commissioner. Lora has held a variety of positions in Scouting and has been on staff at numerous trainings and events. Lora was born right here in Fresno and grew up on a ranch west of Kerman. Lora Graduated from Kerman High School 1971 and after that spent a year at Fresno City College before transferring to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Lora graduated from CSU Northridge in 1978 with a degree in Business Management. Lora met her husband Thad while at Cal Poly in 1973. They were married in 1975. Their son Walter is an Eagle Scout.
, Don Warnock
Don was a Boy Scout as a youth in Oakland, CA. As an adult Don has served as a Webelos Den Leader, Troop Committee Chair, and is currently serving as a member of the Troop Committee for Troop 116 in Madera, CA. Don Graduated from Castlemont High School in 1959 and San Jose State University in 1964. Don has been a board member of Madera Camp Fire USA for over 20 years as well as an active Rotarian for 23 years, including a term as club president and a term as Assistant district governor. Don is active with the Rotary's Interact Club and assisted in the construction of over 80 playgrounds in Mexico. Don met his wife Cathi while at San Jose State University and they were married in 1965. They have 3 children. Their son Kenny is an Eagle Scout.

Kim Borgardt
Kim is extremely active in Scouting in the Mt. Whitney District since 1993. She has served as Assistant Den Leader, Den Leader, Cubmaster, Webelos Den Leader, Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop Committee Chairman, Assistant Explorer Adviser; Explorer Committee Chair and Venturing Committee Chairman. In our Council, Kim has also served as a Unit Commissioner, District Roundtable Commissioner, District Committee Member and Chapter Advisor for the Order of the Arrow. She has been awarded the Cub Scouter Award, Scouter's Training Award, Commissioner's Arrowhead Honor, and College of Commissioner Science Doctorate Award. Kim received the Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor in 2004 and received the Founders Award in 2007.
, Dean Christensen
Dean has a long history of Scouting in the Visalia Area. He has served as a Cubmaster and Assistant Cubmaster for Pack 344; Committee Member and Associate Advisor for Crew 344, Assistant Varsity Coach for Team 344, Assistant Scoutmaster and eventually Scoutmaster for Troop 344. He has earned the Den Leader Award, Webelos Den Leader Award and the Cub Scouter Award. Dean completed Wood Badge in 2008 and continues to "Lead by Leaps and Bounds".

Dean has been very active and an integral part of the continued success of the National Youth Leadership Training Course that is offered each year by our Council. His ability to assemble a dynamic core of both youth as well as adult trainers has led to our Council having one of the most successful youth training courses in its history.

, Greg Ferguson
Greg earned his Eagle Scout Award in 1989 while living in the Philippines and is a third generation Eagle Scout. Greg was once offered the opportunity to play Pro Basketball in the Philippines but he declined that opportunity. His family eventually returned to California and Greg was able to attended Fresno City College and eventually earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Greg has many active years with Scouting, including his current role as an Associate Adviser with the Order of the Arrow. Greg enjoys coaching baseball, football, and basketball to elementary school age youth. He also served as the Council Centennial Camporall Committee Chairman in 2010 leading the largest Camporall in Council history.

, Chris Johnson
Chris has been an active member of his Church serving as a Sunday School Teacher, Elder's Quorum Counselor, Bishopric Counselor, High Priest Group Leader, Secretary, Counselor in the Stake Young Men's Organization and Stake Finance Clerk.

Chris has been active in Scouting for more than 20 years in a variety of positions. He has held the positions of Merit Badge Counselor, Unit Commissioner, District Commissioner, District Chairman, District Committee Member, Scoutmaster, and Friends of Scouting Coordinator.

Chris enjoys shooting at the rifle range, traveling, model railroading and spending quality time with his family. Chris is probably least known for the fact that he designed the Fresno City College logo in 1968. That logo is still used to this day.

, Scott May
Scott spent 7.5 years in the Army including a tour as a Company Clerk for the Infantry in Vietnam. Scott's father and sister are also retired from the military. After he left the Army Scott had a twenty year career in Law Enforcement retiring in 2007 as a Lieutenant with the Sheriff's Department.

Scott has been an active member of the scouting program for many years holding a variety of positions including, Pack, Troop, Team and Crew Committee Member, Pack, Troop, Team and Crew Charter Organization Representative, District Committee Member, and District Commissioner.

Scott loves being a grandfather and enjoys providing child care for his youngest grandson.

, Sheila Maskovich
As a young woman Sheila enjoyed her time as Campfire Girl, and as a Blue Bird. She especially enjoys bike riding, and hiking particularly when she gets the opportunity to hike up Mt. Whitney or down the Grand Canyon. She enjoys doing community service whenever she can. She likes singing, watching old John Wayne movies and I Love Lucy reruns.

Sheila has many active years with Scouting, including her current role as a Sequoia Council Volunteer Day Camp Director. Sheila continues her involvement with Church committees and was a Seminary teacher for 11 years.

, Ron O'Rourke
Ron has many active years with Scouting, including his current role as a Sequoia Council board member and chair of the FOS advisory committee. Ron was a summer camp leader at Camp Chawanakee in 1977 and 1978. He served on the Scout O Rama committee from 1974 to 1976; he became Cubmaster for Pack 223 St. Anthony's in Fresno in 1976 and later became Scoutmaster of Troop 223 from 1977 to 1980. Ron was the then Mono District chairman from 1978 to 1979. Ron continues his involvement with parish activities at St. Anthony's and also serves on various Diocesen committees.

Ron and Kathi are proud grandparents of 17 grandchildren.

, Richard Schneider
Richard has many active years with Scouting. He has served in many positions including, Merit Badge Counselor, Troop Committee Member, Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, District Committee Member and most recently as District Chairman of the Thunderbird District. Richard has recently selected as a member of the Council Executive Board. He is still active with Troop 116 in Madera. He is highly organized, dependable, has a positive attitude and just a natural way about him that brings a group together to make each Scouting experience enjoyable.

Richard has been an active participant in the California Cadet Corp having held the position of State Executive Officer. He was awarded the California Commendation Medal in 2005 from the Military Department, State of California for his service from July 2002 through June 2005.

, Michael Tellian
Michael was active in Scouting as a youth earning his Eagle Scout Award in 1966 while a member of Troop 378 in Orosi. He served as the camp bugler at Camp Mirimichi at Huntington Lake and was a member of the Order of the Arrow "Tap Out" Team during his summers there.

As an adult, Michael is enjoying a 34 year-career as an architect and is currently the president and one of the principal owners of Mangini Associates, Inc. Tellian-Parish-McLain.

He has chaired the District Eagle Board of Review Committee from 1987 to 1995 and was honored with the District Award of Merit in 1988. He has served on the staff at Philmont Training Center for District Key 3 Training.

, Larry Thompson
Larry was also involved in the Future Farmers of America while he was attending High School in Santa Maria, where he earned the American Farmer Degree. He later attended and graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1990 earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering Technology.

Larry has many active years with Scouting, including his current roles as a Cubmaster of Pack 4, Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 4, and Crew Advisor for Crew 4. Larry serves at the district level as well on the Advancement Committee where he organizes the Boards of Review for potential Eagle Scouts.


David Cruz, Randy Fortel, Tim Escobedo, Ken Hatfield, John Kenney, Robert Laburada, Pat Meyers, Paul Nelson, Scott Olson, Katie Squire
Steve Beecher, Edward Casey Jones, Bruce Smith, Jerry Thompson, Lloyd Thomurebr
Mark Alson, James Dunn, Tom Haley, Ed Halverstadt, Tom Kidwell, Danial Peck, Mike Rankin, Yuki Stuartbr
Dave Davis, Dan Doyle, Cheryl Nash, Phil Sage, Irene Switajewski, John Wrightbr
Keith Backman, Mark Blomquist, Thomas E. Brockhouse, Dr. Tim Brox, David Engstrom, Daphne Ferguson, Mark Perry
Chuck Duerksen, Jerry Lyles, Jack Rogers, Nita Wilsonbr
Bill Gentry, Bob Glassman, Rene Nadon, Mark Peruch, Julie Scott, Jim Simonian, Ron Snedegarbr
Wilbur "Bud" Breslin, John Dodson, Gerald Haworth, Scott Holm, Jim Mitchell, Pamela Pierce, Kerry Reynoldsbr
Lori Heryford, Wayne Nash, Denise Netzley, Donald "Doc" Pierce, Jim Powell, Cyril Thompsonbr
Robert Cardinal, Sherry Lynn Dees, Joe Gomez, James E. Lessenger MD, Alfred D. Stuart, Sr., , Francine Van Patten, Randall J. Zeebbr


John Aldous, Robert Hodgkins, Fred Iverson, Georgia Johnson, Scott Moreland, Anthony Pete, Gerard Starkey
Ed Boyle III, Larry Buckley, Richard Fosse, Al Gamino, Sharon Kissel, Tom Kuczynski, Dr. William Netzley, Tom Switajewski, Cathy Tantau
Al Blumer, Larsen Boyer, Tim Bradford, Dr. Floyd Buchanan, John Garabedian, Jennifer McKinsey, Tony Ratkus
Cary Biggert, Dr. David Crane, Masa Hanamaikai, Jim Maxwell, Alex Modesto
Jess Andres, Jim Herrick, Brian Heryford, Charles McConnell, Gary Scherer
Ruthanna Cadd, Ted Dilks, Mike Feist, Gary Jordan, Tom Lowe, Mike Powell, Chuck Stephenson, Francis Sullivan
Don DeMate, Paul Gage, Dan Green, Fred Lewis, Everett Rose, Carol Sullivan
Lou Birdwell, Ardith Eggman, Russ Kehn, Steve Vandel, Barbara Wingfield, Ken Wingfield
Jim Daniels, Jerry Jones, Robert Jones, George McEwen, James McEwen, Milton Pringle, Joe Town
Al Amrhein, Harold Boyer, Jean Davidson, Dave Hatch, Richard Pescosolido, Dee Slusser, Hugh Smythe, Marvin Steed


Bill Chandler, Kent Cheeseborough, James Davidson, Gail Kaulfuss**, Bob Knudsen, Robert Line, Connie Prichard, Bettye Scherer, Dave Smith, Gene Tucker
Paul Chapman, Jr., Fred Hall, C. R. Markwardt, Ed Munger, Chester Sease
Richard Albert, Jeff Boswell, Gene Buchanan, Earl Houseman, Carl Lanford, Gary Renner, Ray Schaff, Frank Wright
H. M. McCoy, Linda McEwen, Steve Rau, Bruce Spaulding, Kris Stuebner, Alfred Williams, Ken Wood
Golden Andra, Conerd Frederickson, David Gilmore, Richard Herrinton, Randall Olson, Gene Reagan, Robert "Butch" Staples
Milton Forbes, June Krumpelman, Todd "Hoss" McNutt, John Roberto, Joyce Sears
Rod Barnett, Alec Brown, W. Lynn Dredge, Jan Perkins***, John Reynolds, James Royall
John T. Crowe, Donald L. Grant, Patti Horn, Dan Maxfield**, Bill Pritchard, George Reams, Bud Sears
Henry Bethany, Kelly Black, Sidney B. Cox, Don Farris, Allan Fisher***, Jim Kellogg, Joan McLaughlin, Gary Van Sickle
Bruce Borror, Dean Draper, Don MacGregor, Gordon Oakley, Jessie Ortiz, Janet Sharp***


Bert Evans, Lynn Green, Robert McLain, Dave McLelland, Dick Mehling
Ralph Baraldi, Ed Deutschman, Bob Ludekens, Pat Oldham, William Saleh, Jr.
Forrest Brown, Carlene Dowling, Ray Jerpe, John LaRue, Kay Welton
M. J. "Buster" Allen, Frank L. Bennet, Robert Blackburn, Oliver Cox, Joan Lambert, Allen Mather, James McDaniel, John Munday, Stan Nakanishi, Ray Whitaker
Ronald Allen, Alan C. Brown, Doyle Cardon, Marvin Cunningham, Frank Dowling, Wilma Henry, Floyd Howe, Russell Shervem
Everett Ankney, George Berkovich, Betty Budge, Don Kirkpatrick, Don Lee, Don Moore, Harry Nagata, Mary Sullivan
Gilbert Caswell, Russell Giffen, Ray Hensley, Fred Kunkleman, James Miller, Ken Preheim, Joyce Smith, Myrna Westcott*
Frank Clark, Dorothy Halverstadt*, Frank Lerrigo, Allen Sanborn, Carl Stone, William Westcott
Roy Austin, Frank Diener, Vern Jordan, Connie Kinsel, John Main, Janz Mynderup, Carol Netzley*, Robert Speck
Merle Burns, Frank Harmon, Leonard Henthorn, Elden Hooper, Margaret Johnson*, William McCullough, Bernard Silvas


Cliff Coe, Edwin Hansen, Carl Hinton, T. L. Isaacs, Robert Lewis, Willard Parks
William Fossat, Dr. I. McDonald, Dr. J. Oldfield, George Teraoka, Jack Whittling, Wyman Yenter
Lawrence Clawson, L. M. Cordrey, Verne Horton, Ira Landerman, Myrle Netzley, Warren Rankin
Glenn E. Hendershott, Monsignor D. Kennan, Elmer N. Rau, Tom Shimasaki, Lawrence J. Smeds, Otto Stoebig
William H. Baker, Archie Fries, Buel Hinton, Donald F. Jorgensen, Royal H. Sorenson, Judge M. Wingrove
Norman Guerger, Robert Henry, Ray Noland, Elwin W. Peak, G. R. Ruddell, Frank Tara, Dr. K. H. Taira
Frank Bergon, Fred Gilispey, Lee Halverstadt, Clovis Lantia, Evins Naman
Rufus Branum, Earl E. Foley, Thomas Mott, L. L. Penfield, Robert B. Shiner
Ray Bishop, Bert Hall, Rudy Lovelady, Earl Ruth, Harrison Smith, Edwin C. Strotch
Bruce Blacksill, Floyd A. Boyd, Ed Dundas, Rev. A. L. Fritz, Dr. O. C. Jones, Donald W. Matthews, William F. Rockholt


Carl E. Christensen, Arthur D. Church, W. S. Cooper, Dr. J. F. Dickson, A. L. Rodder
Lawrence Jaffa, Robert Lundy, Richard Ochs, Frank Perry, Ray Provost, Luther Vogel
Shunkichi Ego, Sam McClaughry, Herbert Short, Edgar Smith
Fred Batkin, L. J. Fletcher, Charles S. Pashayan, Robert S. Powell, J. A. Thomason, Melville E. Willson
Joseph A. Fraites, John Gregg, David C. May, Glenn Myers, Earl Nelson
Wayne Booth, J. A. Callahan, Edgar Capps, Ralph Nabors, Edwin A. Ricks**
Dr. S. B. Bailey, Alex Feher, John Harris, G. V. Hull, Julius Nielsen
Everett L. Coffee, Wilbur McNutt, Harold Mirviss, Julius Siegfried, Floyd Wilkins
R. N. Ball, Byron Cannon, Ralph Hamer, Milo Rowell, Charles Sortor
Louis Futrill, Arthur C. Shepherd, Gus Walther, William Yeager


W. Todd Dofflemyer, John Macht, Melvin Rudhold, Dean Ursenback
Gerald Jacobus, Judge G. Moran
Frank M. Farrar, H. Ramsey Long, Harry Markowitz, Willis Petty, Harold Renfrow, W. A. Stakely, C. E. Steiner, T. P. Thomason, L. S. Van Tuyle
Harry Konkersley
Thomas L. Allen**, Rev. P. Prichard, William Stockburger
W. N. Davis
Harry T. Britten
Dr. Carl Duffy, M. K. Wild
Wilburn E. Bauman, Paul Gregg, George A. Howard, Burt B. Huse, James T. Robinson
Charles Chambers, Howard Houston


Harry L. Andrews, Loren J. Harrington, C. E. Swift, Thomas Warburton, C. I. Chandler, Basil Lindsay, Ralph C. Lloyd, Basil Prior, H. R. Stumpf, Robert M. Thomas
Harold Schutt
Mervin Fulton, A. B. Ledbetter, E. M. Prescott, C. E. Swift, Paul B. Wilson,
Col. E. J. Atkisson, R. I. Montgomery, G. L. Thompson
R. E. McCabe
Herman McInturff
A. H. Schultz
C. I. Chandler, Basil Lindsay, Ralph C. Lloyd, Basil Prior, H. R. Stumpf, Robert M. Thomas
* Silver Fawn ** Silver Antelope *** Silver Buffalo