The Staten Island Council of the Boy Scouts of America held its 53rd annual Scouter Recognition Dinner yesterday for nearly 200 volunteer leaders and guests from the Staten Island Scouting program. The dinner honors many of the over 1,000 men and women who devote thousands of hours a year, year after year, as volunteers to the over 2,400 Staten Island youths who participate in Scouting.
Scoutmaster Mike DiTrani received the Silver Beaver Award, which is the highest recognition a Boy Scout Council can bestow upon an adult volunteer leader. The award is presented to those volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to the Scouting program. Nominations are recommended by the local council and approved by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Scoutmaster Di Trani was recognized for his decades of services in numerous Scouting positions.
Scoutmaster Emeritus “Mr. G” Rich Gundacker received the Distinguished Service Award, which is given to previous Silver Beaver Award recipients who remain active in Scouting for 15 years after receiving the Silver Beaver Award. Mr. G continues to set the bar that our Troop 37 leaders and volunteers can challenge and measure themselves against.
On behalf of our extended Troop 37 family, we are humbled by the generosity of the two people who have allowed these two leaders to reach such inspiring heights of service. Troop 37 would not be here today without the unwavering support of Mary Gundacker, who continues to share Mr. G with us. And Troop 37 is operating at warp drive under Scoutmaster Di Trani’s command only because Admiral Vee has authorized his tour of duty with us. We count our blessings every day for Mary and Vee’s continued support.