Chattahoochee Council, Boy Scouts of America to Honor Mr. Stephen Butler, Chairman of the Board of the W.C. Bradley Company with the 37th Distinguished Citizen Award

Staff Report From Columbus CEO

Friday, March 17th, 2017

The Chattahoochee Council, Boy Scouts of America announced that Mr. Stephen Butler has been selected to receive the 2017 Distinguished Citizen Award.  Mr. Butler is the Chairman of the Board for the W.C. Bradley Company and has long been a supporter of the Boy Scouts of America.  Since 2011 the W.C. Bradley Company has served as the Camp Promotion Sponsor for Camp Frank G. Lumpkin, the local Boy Scout Camp, and has been instrumental in increasing the attendance of that camp from 500 Scouts to over 700 Scouts who come from all over the south to attend a week long camp program.

“We are proud to present this honor to Mr. Butler as he exemplifies the values of Scouting found in the Scout Oath and Scout Law.  He is servant leader to the community and has always been helpful to the Boy Scouts of America.”, said Mr. Rob McKenna, an attorney with Page, Scrantom, Sprouse, Tucker and Ford who serves as the Chattahoochee Council President.   “This event is the single largest fund raiser for the Chattahoochee Council.  Funds raised provide direct support to local volunteers as we work to instill values in the nearly 5,000 youth that we serve.  100% of the funds we raise stay right here in the local community.”

Serving as Chairman for the Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner is Mr. Gardiner Garrard, Chairman of the Jordan Company and longtime friend of Mr. Butler.   “This event will serve as an opportunity to showcase the good work that the Boy Scouts of America does in addition to highlighting the importance of being a servant leader like Steve.  Steve is a humble man and prefers to be in the background rather than the spotlight.  I believe he agreed to be honored because the values of the Boy Scouts of America are worth supporting.”

Scouting has been serving youth in the Columbus community since the Chattahoochee Council was established in 1919.  The Distinguished Citizen Award was established in 1981 and has recognized community leaders such as Mr. Bill Turner, Mr. Bo Callaway, and Mr. Jack Pezold.  In 2015 Mrs. Audrey Tillman, Executive Vice President and General Counsel for AFLAC, was the first female honoree and last year Mr. Troy Woods CEO of TSYS was presented the honor.

The Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner will be held May 11th at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center with a reception at 6:00 p.m. and dinner program at 7:00 p.m.  If you would like to learn more contact Scout Executive, Anthony Berger at 706-341-3340 or at Anthony.berger@scouting.org