Battelle PNNL’s Chief Engineer brings the same conscientious teamwork and passion to Scouting that inspires him to author research papers, get patents, and earn professional commendations. He actively volunteers in the community to support youth through community plays, science fairs, ballet productions, soccer, civic choirs, and literacy and writing classes. Over many years, he’s held numerous positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and received the Scouter’s Religious Award. This Eagle Scout, Arrowman, District Award of Merit recipient, and trained leader has served Packs, Troops, Teams, Crews, and the District for 25 years. He’s currently an upbeat and outgoing Merit Badge Counselor, Assistant Scoutmaster, and District Committee Member who chaired the past four Three Rivers District Award Banquets. It’s an honor to present Kriston Brooks with the Silver Beaver Award.
The Records Clerk for the Benton County Sheriff’s Office is a dedicated and knowledgeable Scouter. Her years in Mount Baker Council and time as Blue Mountain Council registrar parlay into her current positions. The attention she gives to detail is vital as Three Rivers District Advancement Chair, Merit Badge Counselor, and Bighorn Instructor. She lent direction and thoroughness as Troop 93 Committee Chair and as a District Committee Member in the former White Bluffs District. She has staffed two Wood Badge courses and will serve as Troop Guide for the August 2019 leadership training. Outside of Scouting, this 2007 District Award of Merit recipient joins co-workers in conducting fundraising campaigns that support the Bethel Church Food Bank. It is now our privilege to recognize Frances Wyland as a Silver Beaver.
An Instructor for English Language Learners has built a 16-year tenure in Scouting for the Oregon Trail District. As a registered and trained leader in Troops 679 and 654, she has served as an Assistant Scoutmaster, a Committee Member, and a Merit Badge Counselor. Within the Hermiston School District, she holds volunteer positions of President for Project Graduation and Meal and Props Coordinator for the High School Band Boosters. Elsewhere in the community, she has been Committee Head of Oregon-California Trails Association and a teacher for Catholic Daughters of America. She continues to serve youth through her Scouting, school, and church positions well after her own children have reached adulthood. Blue Mountain Council is proud to present the prestigious Silver Beaver Award to Jennifer Miller.
Eastern Oregon University employs an Office Specialist who does everything Scouting for local youth. For eight years, she has been a registered, trained leader. In addition to requisite courses, she received instruction in shooting sports, completed Wood Badge, and took classes at Philmont Training Center. At the Unit level, she’s served in six different positions for Pack 515 and was Advisor for Venture Crew 518. She currently fills three District-level roles in Eastern Oregon, volunteers at Martin Scout Ranch, staffs camporees, counsels merit badges, instructs BALOO, and led a 2017 Philmont trek. In her community, she served as Rotary Club President and is a member of Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church. For all that this District Award of Merit recipient and Arrow-woman has contributed, Blue Mountain Council recognizes Martha Heather with the Silver Beaver Award.
A retired Para-educator brings to Scouting professional experience working with youngsters. Although her registered positions have primarily been Den Leader and currently Cubmaster, her contributions reach all realms of Cub Scouting—from Three Rivers District training and day camp to Roundtable and Mud Cubs. As evidence of her commitment to lifelong learning, she’s completed essentially every training course applicable to Cub Leaders, including those taught at Philmont. Due to her skills and versatility, she fills a broad range of roles, both on short notice and for extended periods. You could find her serving at summer camp, Scout Expo, camporee, Lego Exhibriction, troop campouts, Wood Badge kitchen, merit badge fairs, and the LDS Church. This morning, we induct District Award of Merit recipient Sheryl Walker into the 2018 Class of Silver Beavers.
A PNNL Project Manager, who is a United States Air Force retiree, holds a special interest in the financial concerns that support local Scouting operations and programming. He began his mission by successfully leading Troop 228’s annual Friends of Scouting campaign. As both a Unit and District Finance Chair, he delivers presentations at FOS kickoff breakfast meetings and for individual Units upon request. During his time in the former Rattlesnake Ridge District, he was Advisor for Venture Crew 228 for three years. Before moving to the Tri-Cities, he served as a Webelos Den Leader and Cubmaster for a European pack. In 2015, he earned the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award and received the District Award of Merit. Today we’re pleased to introduce John Dorian as a Blue Mountain Council Silver Beaver recipient.