On April 9 at the Belfast Boat House the Waldo Boy Scout District held its annual meeting. More than 70 adult Scout leaders and volunteers attended the event. The highlight of the business meeting was the election of Chris Aspinall as Waldo District chairman. Aspinall lives in Unity, is an Eagle Scout, and brings extensive scouting experience to the Waldo District. After the business meeting the adult Scouters enjoyed a dinner catered by Creative Catering.

A number of awards were presented to Waldo Scout leaders in recognition of their outstanding Scouting contribution to their communities. District Spark Plug Awards were presented to six leaders. The Spark Plug Award was established by the district committee to recognize adult leaders who have put a spark in their local Cub Pack or Troop program.

Receiving the award were: Searsport’s Dorothy Fraser, Liberty’s Mike Ponder, Frankfort’s Jim Bleakney, Frankfort’s Joy Frost, Belfast’s Jill Starrett and Unity’s Jen Raven. Two Cub Scout Pack Leaders, Unity’s Summer Lobley and Liberty’s David Florin, received the Cubmaster of the Year Award. Under their leadership the Liberty and Unity packs exhibited very strong and successful Cub Scout programs.

The District Award of Merit, the highest National Scouting Award that the District can bestow, was presented to Scout Master Joe Dargon. Under Dargon’s direction, the Frankfort Troop and Pack have re-established a very strong Scouting program for the residents of Frankfort.

A certificate of appreciation was presented to Mike Cooney, Kathadin Area Council, and senior Scout executive for the Waldo District. Cooney will be assuming new duties at the council and will be missed by Waldo Scout leaders.