ST. GEORGE ROTARIAN SCOUTERS RECOGNIZED
Greg Zemp of Santa Clara; Chris Parker of Little Valley and Rulon Olsen of Bloomington Hills, a trio of members in the 60+ St. George Rotary Club, were recently recognized with the prestigious Cliff Dochterman Award for Distinguished and Dedicated Service in Scouting from the International Federation of Scouting Rotarians. This award was presented during the Utah Rotary District Conference for “devoted and visionary service to Scouting in Washington County,” especially since January 1, 2020.
These three Rotarians have been actively involved in the creation of five scouting units supported by St. George Rotary, including Venture Crew 42 (ages 14-21) where young men and women are focusing on aquatics. According to Zemp, “in Ivins, boy scout Troop 407 has 24 young men who enjoy monthly camping activities and a weeklong summer camp. A cub troop, also in Ivins recently transitioned 5 cubs into Troop 407.”
“In the 2+ years since it was established, Troop 42 in Little Valley, has grown from 15-20 members to nearly 50 scouts, with multiple patrols, and both a boys’ troop (42B) and a girls’ troop (42G),” state Parker. “We also recently absorbed a Washington City troop which had lost its sponsor organization. In this short amount of time, the troop has had 12-15 boys receive the rank of Eagle. In addition, the troop has weekly meetings, serve in the community alongside many organizations, has regular campouts; an epic Catalina Island Emerald Bay summer camp in 2021, and is currently in preparation for 2022’s summer camp at Thunder Ridge. The troop is thriving and none of this would be possible without committed leaders and the committed sponsorship of St. George Rotary Club.”
The Cliff Dochterman Award – named for Rotary International’s 1992-93 president – is an honor recognizing an individual Rotarian or Rotaractor who acts as a role model and renders distinguished and dedicated service to Scouting through active service, leadership or other exemplary contributions to the Scout Association of his or her home country.
A recipient must be a Rotarian in good standing, nominated by a local Rotary Club, by the Governor of a Rotary District or by the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians (IFSR). The nominee need not be a registered member of any scout association to receive the award.
In keeping with the objectives and principles of both Rotary and Scouting to encourage character development, leadership, citizenship and personal growth for youth, this award is presented to a qualified Rotarian who has displayed distinguished service and outstanding dedication to the program of Scouting through:
- Contributions to the character development, leadership, citizenship and personal growth of members of the scouting association through programs, training or organization.
- Assisting Rotary clubs in forming scouting units.
- Exemplifying the 4-Way Test.
- Recruiting and training volunteer scouting leaders; and
- Strengthening the relationship between Rotary and Scouting.