David Servizi, Edward Fancher, Robin Louvain
Silver Beaver Awards
Three volunteers were honored with the Council’s highest award, the Silver Beaver Award. Honorees are W. David Servizi (Newfane), Edward F. Fancher (Albion), and Robin W. Louvain (Geneseo).
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.
David Servizi is a retired U.S. Navy Master Chief, a brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow and Eagle Scout dad. A 20-year Scouting veteran, David counts tenure as both a Cubmaster and Scoutmaster among his former Scouting roles. An active member of Faith Lutheran Church in Newfane, his Scouting record is rich and varied, including service as a den leader, commissioner and district committee member.
As District Training Chairman, he has served on the staff of numerous training courses, as well as taking the lead on several Scoutmaster Outdoor training weekends at Camp Dittmer. During his tenure there has been a major improvement in the number of trained leaders in the Towpath District.
As chairman of the district’s School Night for Scouting team, he has helped to develop and carry out the Cub Scout recruitment program for the past 2 years. A Wood Badge trained Scouter, he has been recognized with the Scouters’ Key, Commissioners’ Training Award, Commissioners’ Arrowhead Award, Towpath District Scoutmaster of the Year, and District Award of Merit.
Edward Fancher's local Scouting history includes tenure as a committee member and committee chairman of his local troop, as well as service on the National Jamboree staff. Ed is a proud father of 2 daughters and one Eagle Scout.
An active parishioner at Holy Family Church, he’s known for his pitch-perfect baritone in St. Cecilia’s Choir. He’s also an active supporter of Catholic education at Notre Dame & St. Joseph’s.
A past president and active member of the Albion Rotary Club, he served his country as an active United States Marine prior to his current role as Executive Director of Community Action of Orleans & Genesee. His professional life with Community Action is also devoted to community service. In that capacity he has helped thousands of client families to improve their lives through educational and service programs over a period of many years.
During his 5-year tenure as Council Treasurer, the council has consistently achieved the Gold level of performance in fiscal management and growth. Significant improvements have been made in the council’s operating fund reserves, cash flow management, goal-setting and review of finance objectives, and fiscal management oversight, including the adoption of an updated Endowment Fund management plan.
Robin Louvain currently serves in the role of Vice President of Membership on the Council Executive Board. Robin is a past recipient of the District Award of Merit and mother of 2 Eagle Scouts.
Her 20-year Scouting history includes a variety of roles: Den Leader, Webelos Leader, Tiger Cub Coach, as well as Pack, Troop & Crew Committee Member. Beyond local Scouting, she has served the Nundawaga district as a former Day Camp director and program director, merit badge counselor, trainer, district committee member and district chairperson.
With her guidance, the council has developed a robust team of volunteers devoted to the task of membership recruitment and new unit organization. The team’s efforts have resulted in membership growth in 2 of the past 3 years, with recognition by the Northeast Region, BSA for top performance in membership outreach to new youth.
In service to her local Church, Robin has served in several roles, most notably 10 years as a Sunday school teacher and 5 years as a teen youth group leader. A professional software engineer and project manager with Carestream Health, she also shares her knowledge as an adjunct professor of software development at RIT. Well respected in her field, her peers nominated her as a finalist for the 2012 Rochester Technology Woman of the Year award.