Joseph Marr (Livonia), Lavern Lamkin (Indian Falls) and Karen Williams (Albion)
2014 Silver Beaver Recipients
Silver Beaver Awards Three volunteers were honored with the Council’s highest award, the Silver Beaver Award. This year’s Honorees are Karen Williams (Albion), Lavern Lamkin (Indian Falls), and Joseph Marr (Livonia).
The Silver Beaver is a National BSA award presented by the local Council for distinguished service to youth. Each of this year’s recipients is a long-tenured volunteer who has also made significant contributions by way of service to his or her local community.
Karen Williams has served the whole family of scouting with exemplary dedication. She has served the Holy Family Church and their scouting partners with the Cub Scout Pack, Boy Scout Troop, and Venturing Crew. Her Church service includes many years as a Sunday School Teacher, helping with the Confirmation classes and First Communions, and leadership to the Holy Family annual lawn/sidewalk fair.
In the 10 plus years she has been involved in Scouting she has become a leader in the Cub Pack and now in the Troop, while also serving on the District Level. For 8 years she has been involved with the Seneca District Day Camp, serving most recently as Camp Director.
She has also chaired the past 4 Council Spook-o-Ree events. Her dedication to the scouting program can be seen in her three sons who are all actively working hard on their path to Eagle. She has always taken an active role in helping them along their scouting careers and is very supportive of all the activities they are involved in. A U.S. Army Veteran and a trained Dental Hygienist. She is a single mother of three boys, and still makes the time to be active in both Scouting and her Church community. Karen is a past recipient of the District Award of Merit.
Lavern Lamkin’s long scouting history includes tenure as a Scoutmaster and Merit badge counselor.A member of the Indian Falls United Methodist Church for over 50 years, he is known for his quiet yet prominent dedication. He is active in the upkeep of the facilities and the finances, as well as an active participant in many of the Church functions, serving as treasurer, usher, Sunday school teacher, and taking the lead on Scout Sunday services since 1999.
While working in the quality control field he also worked 150 acres of farmland. This has certainly fostered not only his love of the outdoors and land stewardship, but also his dedication to hard work and perseverance. He has always given his undivided time and devotion in helping boys on their journey to becoming men along the scouting trail to Eagle. Along the way he has cultivated their scouting spirit, and has helped to plant in them the seed of cheerful service.
Scouting has been a long standing tradition in his family. His father and namesake was once Scoutmaster of the same troop, and his brother is heavily involved in the Cub Scout pack. He has visited several National Jamborees and has been to Philmont Scout Ranch. An Eagle Scout, he has been a member of the Order of the Arrow for over 50 years; he is a Vigil Honor Member and received the Order’s Founder’s Award in 2013.
Joseph Marr has always played an active role in his community including being a Trustee with his American Legion Post. He’s also served as a youth basketball coach, helped his daughter’s Girl Scout troop, and has served as a mentor for the God and Me program. He has also served as an active member of the Elk’s Lodge and Veterans of Foreign Wars. His 20 year scouting history includes a myriad of roles including Den Leader, Webelos Leader, Assistant Scoutmaster, and most recently both Scoutmaster and Cubmaster. Beyond Local Scouting, he has served as a District Chairman, Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner, and Merit Badge Counselor for several districts and councils. He currently serves as a member of the Nundawaga District Committee and is a Merit Badge Counselor and staff member for Nundawaga’s Cub Scout Day Camp, where he ran the BB range.
As a Scoutmaster his recently formed Troop has been active in camping and council activities. Over the last 2 years they have also seen significant growth in membership and their Troop recently celebrated with their first Eagle Scout. As part of the District Committee he has helped with providing Training to both Boy Scout and Cub Scout Leaders in the District and has been an active member of the Roundtable Staff. A Wood Badge trained Scouter and member of the Order of the Arrow; he is a past recipient of both the Scoutmaster Award of Merit and District Award of Merit.