Lawrence W. Strattner, Jr.

Distinguished Citizen Award Reception

Thursday, June 9, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

Country Club of Pittsfield

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New England Security Center President Kathryn Mickle to Receive Coveted Distinguished Citizen Award

The 2016 Lawrence Strattner Distinguished Citizen Award, sponsored by The Western Massachusetts Council, Boy Scouts of America, will be presented June 9 at The Pittsfield Country Club, to Kathryn Mickle. This annual award is presented to a recipient chosen for renowned community service and civic participation as evidenced by involvement and leadership given to worthwhile organizations and causes, as well as for the respect and esteem in which they are held by their colleagues.

This annual award is named for Lawrence W. Strattner, Jr, past president of the Berkshire Life Insurance Company and respected community leader. His dedication to the citizens of Berkshire County is legendary. He served on many local boards including the local Boys Scouts Council as President. Previous award recipients include Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn, the Honorable Rudy Sacco, Andy Mick, Governor Jane Swift, Peter C. Giftos, Conrad Bernier, Ed McCormick, Michael Daly, Ray Murray III, Susan Lombard, David Phelps, Senator Jack and Mrs. Jane Fitzpatrick, Dick Whitehead, C. Jeffrey Cook, Robert Wells, James Mooney, Dan Dillon, Reverend Willard and Mrs. Rosemary Durant, Thomas Aceto, and Lawrence Strattner, Jr. 

Kathryn Mickle, has many volunteer roles that range from the national security organizations, local and state business organizations including chair of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce in 1987. She has been awarded the John Walsh award from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Local boards include the Here at Home Committee, Kiwanis Club, Western Massachusetts Council of the Boy Scouts America, and Berkshire County Christian School. She served as stage manager for the popular Citizens Against Child Abuse Doo Wah Show for many years.  She has been on the Pittsfield High and Cooley Dickinson Hospital reunion committees for over 45 years.  As a registered nurse, she volunteered for many summers as camp nurse at New England Keswick in Monterey.  She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Bill Mickle, for 48 years and they raised two adult children and have five nearly grown grandchildren.

All funds raised through this event will directly benefit over 800 young men and women served through the Appalachian Trail District of the Western Massachusetts Council. Support of the event will ensure Scouting, which has been growing over the past several years, will continue to carry out its mission of character development, citizenship training, physical, mental and spiritual growth for young men and woman, the leaders of tomorrow in our community. 

Those interested in attending can purchase tickets for this popular event, and those unable to attend, but would like to send their support can contact Gail Wojtkowiak at the Boy Scout Service Center in Pittsfield at 413-594-9196 x7018 or



Event Chairman

Jay Anderson,

President & CEO, Pittfield Cooperative Bank