Adult Recognition Dinner and Council Annual Meeting


Jun 18, 2019 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm



The Delaney House
3 Country Club Road (Route 5)
Holyoke, MA 01040


Please join us for the Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner and Council Annual Business Meeting on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. The program includes a full sit down dinner. 

Cost per-person: $40

William T. Hornday Gold Badge

This year the council is pleased to honor two of our Scouters, Robert "Bob" Kidd and Dr. Stephen Scannell, with the William T. Hornaday Gold Badge. This award is given to those who have demonstarted leadership and a commitment to the education of youth for significant conservation efforts.

A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Silver Beaver Award - the highest honor a council can bestow upon adult volunteers who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service.

This year's Silver Beaver Recipients:

Ann-Marie Harris

Berkshire born and bred, Ann-Marie has been involved in Scouting in western Massachusetts since 1992 when her oldest son Patrick, joined Pack 67 as a Tiger Cub. Following in Patrick’s footsteps came Shaun and Brandon (both later became Eagle Scouts) and Ann-Marie’s roles in Scouting changed. She served as Den Leader, Committee Member, and Committee Chair.

The Harris family eventually transferred to Pack and Troop 8 and Ann-Marie continued to support her sons and now her husband David, who had become an Assistant Scoutmaster. As part of the Pack and Troop 8 family Ann-Marie continued to work with both the Pack and Troop Committees and soon found herself in the role of Advancement Chairperson and as a merit badge counselor. Before she knew it she was also the Troop’s Eagle Scout Coach. In this capacity Ann-Marie served on many Eagle Scout Boards of Review for Troop 8 and helped other Troops as well.

In 2013 Ann-Marie was asked to take on the role of Appalachian Trail Advancement and Recognition Chairperson, which she did with her classic enthusiasm. Known for her “out of the box” questions at Boards of Review, she has put her heart and soul into helping many Scouts attain the rank of Eagle Scout. Ann-Marie continues to hold her annual Eagle Scout Seminar, has assisted with the council’s annual Eagle Scout Banquet, and has chaired many of the Appalachian Trail District’s annual dinners.

When she is not Scouting, Ann-Marie works as a Local History and Genealogy Librarian at the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield and loves traveling the country, especially when the next destination is a Civil War battlefield.

Fritz R. Schmidt

Fritz became involved in Scouting when his son, Andrew, joined Pack 96 as a Tiger Cub in 1990. The following year Fritz became Cubmaster of the Pack and remained in that position until Andrew crossed over to Troop 32 of Springfield in 1995, at which time he became an Assistant Scoutmaster and watched as his son rose through the Scouting ranks achieving Eagle Scout in 1999.

Realizing Fritz’s talents in training, it was not long before both the Council and the District welcomed Fritz and his talents. A member of the Pioneer Valley and Western Massachusetts Council’s Council Training Committee since 1992, Fritz has specialized in Cub Scout Leader Training, attending Cub Scout Wood Badge, and served on the faculty for two courses at the Philmont Training Center in 1994 and 1995. Of course all of this was in addition to Fritz serving as Troop Committee Chair for Troop 32, working as a merit badge counselor, and much more.

From 2000 to 2013 Fritz served Scouting in western Massachusetts as first a District Executive and later as a Senior District Executive. Always devoted to the Cub Scout side of the program Fritz continued to support the training of Cub Scout leaders and was best known for this work on Cub Scout Day Camp. Since his retirement in 2013 Fritz has continued to work with the Scouting units of the General Knox District as a Unit Commissioner and now as their District Commissioner.

Fritz is also dedicated to his wife Leigh and his family.

Greg A. Williams

With a smile and a song, Greg has worked to improve Scouting in the Western Massachusetts Council for the past seven years. Beginning as a Tiger Cub Coach with his son Cameron in Pack 34, Greg has moved through the ranks with Cameron and is now an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 303 in South Hadley assisting with advancement.

Soon after becoming involved with Scouting, a number of Scouters noticed Greg’s talents and love of Scouting and soon he was asked to broaden his involvement beyond the unit level, most recently serving as the Metacomet District Commissioner for the past two years. Additionally, Greg has also been an ever-ready member of the Metacomet and Western Massachusetts Council’s Training Committee, has served as a Troop Guide for the most recent Wood Badge course, and has been involved with Cub Scout Day Camp for the last three years.

Because of his involvement in Scouting’s many levels Greg has attended National Camping School, the Philmont Training Center, and will be attending the 2019 World Jamboree as one of the Northeast Contingent’s Assistant Scoutmasters. Additionally, Greg has been recognized for his great works having received his Wood Badge beads, the Commissioner’s Key, the Scouter’s Training Award, and the District Award of Merit in 2015.

Outside of Scouting Greg worked for many years as a music teacher in the Granby Public School system. Currently he teaches Kindergarten to fourth grade general music in Greenfield. He also shares his musical and teaching talents as an adviser for the Black Cat Theater Company and as a founding member and former educator at the Berkshire Hills Music Academy. Music is a family affair for the Williams family as was clear in 2013 when Greg and his wife Laura along with son and father-in-law all participated in the Black Cat Theatre’s production of “The Music Man.”

Position Name Telephone
Advancement & Recognition Chair Joshua Hall Email
Retired Professional Steven Roberts (413) 531-6720
VP for Program John Willemain Email