Scouts, volunteers recognized
HUNTINGTON -- There is no scientific proof that Boy Scouting is in the DNA of Joel "Pat" Jones and his three sons, but there was no denying that it is part of the Jones family tree Tuesday night during the annual Eagle Scout, Quartermaster and Volunteer Recognition Dinner.
The event, hosted annually at Steele Memorial United Methodist Church, honored more than 30 scouts in the Tri-State Area Boy Scout Council who achieved the Eagle Scout rank in 2012, Jones' youngest son David Jones, among them.
He was the fourth member of his immediate family to be recognized for the honor, but this time was different as the 2012 Eagle Scout Class was named for his father, who said the reward is well worth the effort.
"I'm actually flattered because I know all of the hard work I put in -- that my sons put in -- to get this honor," Pat Jones said.
"It's easy to be proud of them because I know the work that goes into it, and, even though they might not realize it now, what opportunities it has to offer them for their futures," he said.
Pat Jones, a partner in the law firm of Campbell, Woods and Bagley, has been involved in scouting for more than 40 years, both as a scout and in a variety of volunteer and leadership positions. In addition to his son, David, his two older sons, Joel Jr. and William, also earned their Eagle Scout rankings. Pat Jones was awarded the Silver Beaver Award in 1998.
In addition to honoring the Eagle Scouts, the recognition dinner also serves as a way to honor scout volunteers, who are given the Silver Beaver Award, which is the most prestigious honor awarded to a volunteer by a scouting council, said Lee Oxley, president of the Tri-State Area Council.
"I'd like for all of them, the scouts and the volunteers, to take inspiration away from this event," Oxley said. "It's important for us to take the time to recognize all of the achievements of the scouts and the volunteers for the various roles they play in working to continue to make progress year after year."
This year's Silver Beaver Award recipients for the Tri-State Area Council were Charles Lawson Ricks of Huntington, Gary Dwayne Walter of Barboursville, and Donald Lee Welch of Barboursville.
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The Joel Patrick Jones 2012 Eagle Scout class
Marshall S. Aanestad, Troop 235
Jordan T. Adams, Troop 62
John M. Archambault, Troop 50
Logan D. Black, Troop 200
Joseph W. Bower, Troop 62
Lee E. Chirpas, Troop 20
Christopher A. Courts, Troop 92
Taylor M. Coy, Troop 350
Tyler S. Coy, Troop 350
Zachary T. Craig, Troop 133
Johnathan L. Decker, Troop 59
Logan J. Egnor, Troop 8
Ian J. English, Troop 59
Kenneth C. Filkins, Troop 258
Erik J. Gaynor, Troop 112
Cordell W. Giles, Troop 790
Samuel J. Gordon, Troop 259
Benjamin O. Haer, Troop 21
Michael S. Holland III, Troop 701
Josh E. Hovemeyer, Troop 82
William P. Howerton, Troop 82
David B. Jones, Troop 21
Andrew C. Leslie, Troop 21
Harrison Letchford, Troop 115
Jacob M. Lyons, Troop 8
Michael W. F. Mayes, Troop 12
Samuel M. Oxley, Troop 20
Daniel J. Parlock, Troop 63
Daniel I. Scarr, Troop 790
William C. Shiner, Troop 38
Zachary F. Smith, Troop 170
Dustin T. W. Steven, Troop 154
Richard D. Tyler II, Troop 42
Joshua A. Young, Troop 200
QUARTERMASTER AWARD: Tyler A. Payne, Ship 733
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