NORTH COUNTY — On Thursday evening, Oct. 18, over 100 Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, their families, friends, Scouting Leaders, and local dignitaries gathered at Atascadero Elks Lodge No. 2733 for the Elks’ Scouting Recognition Dinner. The Elks’ annual event honors Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts from the North County who have achieved their programs’ highest honors — Eagle Scout for the Boy Scouts, and the Gold Award and the Silver Award for Girl Scouts. The dinner and program are co-hosted by Atascadero Elks Lodge No. 2733 and Paso Robles Elks Lodge No. 2364 and alternate between each lodge each year.
Once again this year, local dignitaries also helped with the recognition by providing letters and certificates of commendation, including presentations and certificates by San Luis Obispo County Supervisors Debbie Arnold and John Peschong on behalf of the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors; Greg Haas on behalf of Congressman Salud Carbajal; Keilah Smith on behalf of Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham; Councilmember Charles Bourbeau on behalf of the City of Atascadero; and certificates presented on behalf of the City of Paso Robles, provided by Mayor Steven Martin and Councilmember John Hamon. Atascadero Elks Exalted Ruler Dorothy “Dot” Giessinger presided over the evening’s dinner and program, saying “the Elks are proud to honor these boys and girls with the highest awards received by a Scout!”
Eagle Scout Andrew Murach of Santa Margarita and Silver Award Recipient Ashlyn Imhoff of Atascadero led the audience in the flag salute and the opening prayer Thursday evening. While many of the girls and boys who have earned their awards over the past year were present Thursday night, many others were unable to attend because they are attending college or are serving in the military or are on missions with their churches, among other notable endeavors. Youth in attendance were from Santa Margarita, Atascadero, Templeton, Paso Robles, San Miguel and Cambria. Typically, each year in the North County about two dozen boys and two dozen girls earn the Eagle Scout Award or the Gold and Silver Awards in their respective programs.
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is a national fraternal organization with almost 2,000 lodges nationwide with nearly a million members and a 141-year history, with a particular emphasis supporting and benefiting youth and youth programs such as Scouting. For more information about the Elks, contact 805-466-3557 in Atascadero or 805-239-1410 in Paso Robles.
The Boy Scouts serve youth ages 11 to 18 (along with Cub Scouts starting in Kindergarten) and provide an ethics-based program that promotes activities and outdoor adventures which lead to greater personal responsibility, higher self-esteem, increased leadership, citizenship, and community service and involvement. For more information about Boy Scouts, contact 805-461-4018.
The Girl Scouts serves girls grades K-12 through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience — a collection of engaging, challenging, and fun activities like earning badges, going on trips, selling cookies, exploring science, getting outdoors, and doing community service projects. For more information about Girl Scouts, contact 805-232-3957.