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Boy Scouts present Distinguished Citizen Award to Linda and Burk Hershey

linda and burk hersheyThe Boy Scouts of America presented Linda and Burk Hershey the third annual Distinguished Citizens Award on Nov. 30 at the Stonewall Jackson Inn and Conference Center.

Linda Hershey is the retired president & CEO of the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce. She had been employed with the chamber for 15 years. Burk Hershey became the president of Hershey Tire Co. Inc. in 1988 and later went on to become owner and is now also retired.

Linda and Burk received special recognition from Congressman Bob Goodlatte and Sen. Mark Warner for their efforts and services to our community as well as the Boy Scouts. Both gentlemen highlighted Mr. and Mrs. Hershey’s years of dedication to improving the lives of our citizens through living by the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Del. Dickie Bell attended the event to thank Linda and Burk for their longstanding service to our community as well.

The Distinguished Citizen Award was established by the Boy Scouts of America to recognize noteworthy and extraordinary leadership of citizens in communities across the United States. Honoring distinguished citizenship delivers a message to our youth that character counts. Today’s often heard call for a return to ethical behavior, self-reliance, and caring and concern for others refers precisely to the values expressed in the Scout Law, the bedrock of the movement since 1910.

The lives of distinguished citizens put into place guideposts that serve to inspire our youth to lead, to accept responsibility, and to care about principles and causes beyond self-interest. Mr. and Mrs. Hershey wanted to further exemplify how Scouting helps our youth by having Ryan Meeks, a Cub Scout in third grade, as their keynote speaker.

Meeks spoke on the great experiences he has had in Scouting with his family as well as how saddened he was when he learned that some boys do not get to join Scouting because of their financial situation. He ended his speech with telling the audience that he himself has donated money and if he can do it “so can you!”