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Regional Boy Scout district celebrates annual awards program

The Rio Del Oro Boy Scout District held its annual awards program recently under the conditions of the COVID–19 virus.

The Rio Del Oro District includes the counties of Merced, Mariposa and southern Stanislaus.

The program was held via Zoom online broadcast, with the various honorees and district committee members tuned in to receive the awards presented by the various committee members and Onis Lentz, the district chairman.

The Scouters who received the District Award of Merit, the highest award that can be presented to a Scouting volunteer within a scouting district for service beyond the call of duty was Paul Yotsuya, assistant Scoutmaster Troop #451 Turlock; Danalynn Rae, Cub Master, Cub Pack #1240 and Scoutmaster Troop #1240 Merced; and Kathy Tullio, committee chairperson, Troop #451 Turlock. They were all congratulated and honored for their outstanding services they provided to the Rio del Oro District.

The Outstanding District Youth Scout of the Year for Boy Scouting was Eagle Scout Cameron Loesche of Troop #451, Turlock. For Sea Scout of the Year was Apprentice Sea Scout Tassha Tilakamonkul of Sea Scout Ship #99, Merced.

Rookie Scouting Volunteer Leader for the Year Award was presented to Randy Schwieters, Sea Scout Ship #99, Merced; Julie Thomas, Troop #81, Patterson; and Janel Pearson Konefat, Boy Scout Troop #451, Turlock.

Unit Spark Plug Scouting Volunteer Leader Award was presented to Kristine Weeks, Troop #81, Paterson; Angle Toste, Troop #451, Turlock; and Dawn Tilakamonkul, Sea Scout Ship #99, Merced.

Rio del Oro District various Outstanding Scouting Unit of the Year Awards were presented to Cub Scout Pack #85, Patterson; Boy Scout Troop #45, Turlock; and Sea Scout Ship # 99, Merced.

The Rio Del Oro District thanks several organizations with awards for the services they provided in preparing an awards program in a different way with the “Zoom,” such as Merced Staples, and Ingraham Trophies.

The district looks forward to a bigger and regular type awards program during the 2020 year.

Side Note: The Boy Scouts of America is still viable and strong in providing scouting activities to the young people in the scouting program. The Rio del Oro District in the Greater Yosemite Council maintains quality services through scouting programs for the community.

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