The Green Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America awarded Dr Lewis R First its 2017 Distinguished Citizen of the Year award at a banquet held recently at Trader Duke’s hotel (formerly the Doubletree) in South Burlington. Dr First’s contributions to Vermont and the children of the state were well documented and recognized by a number of friends and colleagues in attendance including Tom Messner weather anchor from MyNBC TV, who served as emcee for the event.
Dr First was selected by the Executive Board of the Green Mountain Council for the Citizen of the Year Award for his extensive community, regional and national leadership and continual devotion to the betterment and improvement in the lives of the children of Vermont.
For several years, Dr First has given leadership to the success of the Big Change Roundup, working with many local Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scout Troops raising thousands of dollars for new equipment for the hospital. The Scouts involvement in the Big Change Roundup became affectionately known as “Kids Helping Kids,” a program that both the Pediatrics Department and the Green Mountain Council look forward to continuing in the future.
Past recipients of this award include United States Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders; Governors Phil Scott, James Douglas, and Deane C Davis; the Vermont National Guard, and Retired Rear Admiral Richard Schneider.
The Green Mountain Council, BSA serves over 3500 youth in the state of Vermont through over 160 Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout troops and its co-ed programs of Venturing and Exploring. The Council headquarters is located in Waterbury, Vermont.
The mission of the Green Mountain Council, BSA is to:
Prepare young people make moral and ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values found in the Scout Oath and Law, and to provide opportunities for adventure, achievement and leadership skills. Scout Oath: On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty, to God and my Country; To obey the Scout Law and to help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight. Scout Law: A Scout is, Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent.
Photo: Left to Right: Dave Sem, Big Change Roundup Pioneer; Ed McCollin – Scout Executive; Tom Messner – Emcee; Dr Lewis First; Dr Buzz Land – friend and colleague; Rod Hill – WOKO morning show and supporter of Big Change roundup