2011 Lake Huron Area Council Silver Beaver Honorees
The Lake Huron Area Council, Boy Scouts of America recently recognized its 2011 Silver Beaver class. The Silver Beaver Award is presented to volunteer leaders each year based on their noteworthy tenured service to youth and their community. Six honorees are selected from our 19 county area each year. These 6 Scouting volunteers have devoted countless hours to their communities and Scouting.
Mark T. Dewitt
Mark is a volunteer with over 13 years of volunteer service to Scouting. He resides in Bay City. He is currently registered as an Assistant District Commisioner, but wears many other hats. Mark is known by many as the Shoreline program "go to" guy. He has served as Day Camp program director for the past 5 years. Mark was the President and owner of a youth-oriented radio station dedicated to bringing the Light of Christ to the youth in the Tri-Cities area. During that time, he organized several lock-ins, concerts and activities for the youth. After selling the radio station he became active as a volunteer in the Bay City Public Schools and with the Bay City Central Band Boosters. He has served on various church committees, such as evangelism, worship, building and sound/media. Mark and wife Kathy have 2 Eagle Scout sons.
Barbara J. Falkenhagen
Barb is volunteer with over 10 years of volunteer service to Scouting. She resides in Freeland. Barb has staffed many trainings and activities over the years. She also served on staff for the 2005 National Jamboree. She and her family have hosted exchange students. She is Past Honored Queen of Bethel #36 of Job’s Daughters and is a member of the Mayflower Society (descendent of two Mayflower settlers), member and Treasurer of the Saginaw Genealogical Society and the member of the Roscommon County Genealogical Society. She is a multi-gallon blood donor. For many years she volunteered at Saginaw General Hospital at the Reception Desk and served on the Saginaw General Hospital Auxiliary Board of Directors for 3 years Barb was a Girl Scout as a youth and has an Eagle Scout Son.
William G. Jackson
Bill Jackson is volunteer with over 9 years of volunteer service to Scouting. He resides in Caro. Bill is currently registered as the Thumb District Vice Chairman. Bill served as District Chairman for 3 years but his chief role in the Thumb has been doing what many dislike doing- raising money. Bill has helped to raise over $250,000 for Scouting during his Scouting tenure. A Caro High School graduate, he has served the communities where he has lived as a volunteer in many capacities. His community service includes Caro Rotary Club, Director; Caro Community Hospital Board of Directors, Trustee; Caro Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer; Co-Chair, Saginaw County American Cancer Society, and the Great American Lock-in. Bill and wife Jean have an Eagle Scout Son.
John D. Kneibel Jr.
John Kneibel is volunteer with over 10 years of volunteer service to Scouting. He resides in Midland. John is currently registered as Chippewa District Commissioner. John believes strongly in the importance of training. John served as one of our two Scoutmasters for our council 2010 National Jamboree contingent. In 2010, the Saginaw Diocese gave John the Bronze Pelican Award, an honor recognizing his outstanding contribution to the growth of youth in Scouting. He is also active in his community which includes being a prior 15 year member of the United Way Allocations Panels for Midland County. John has been married for 23 years to his wife, Cindy. They have two sons: Ethan who received Eagle rank in 2010 and Sam who is the current Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 768 chartered to St. Brigid’s Catholic Church of Midland.
Dan Kozakiewicz is an Executive Board Member with over 5 years of volunteer service to Scouting. He resides in Midland. Dan served as Council Friends of Scouting Chairman for 3 years and the past two years as Council President. LHAC was a "Quality Council" each year under his guidance, growing in all areas. Dan is the President of Three Rivers Corporation in Midland, and is responsible for establishing overall corporate objectives, insuring profitable growth and fulfilling the company’s commitment to its customers and the community. Dan serves many other organizations including: Associated Builders and Contractors, The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw, Ferris State University, Midland Tomorrow, Tri-Star Trust Bank, The City of Midland Planning Commission, Contractor’s Owners Safety Team, Campfire Boys and Girls Clubs, and MidMichigan Health. In 2009, Dan was inducted as Laureate into the Junior Achievement’s Business Hall of Fame. Dan and his wife, Sarah, live in Midland. They are the proud parents of 4 children.
Toby A. Threet
Toby Threet is volunteer serving as Boy Scout Roundtable/Huddle Commissioner with over 14 years of volunteer service to Scouting. He resides in Midland. Toby is well known for his willingness to help where needed and especially for his cheerful disposition and witty humor. Toby was a member of the Themes Task Force of the National Cub Scout Committee that chose the Nationwide Cub Scout monthly program themes for the 2010-2011 program year for the Boy Scouts of America. Toby is an active member of the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS) Church, Midland First Ward, where he currently serves as the president of the ‘Young Men’s’ organization for the Midland stake and assists, encourages and trains young men’s leaders (including scout leaders) in LDS congregations throughout the LHAC area. He is an attorney at the Dow Chemical Company. Toby and his wife, Karma, have been married for 29 years. They are the parents of six children and have three grandchildren.
Congratulations 2011 Lake Huron Area Council Silver Beaver Class!