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Black Swamp Area Council honors 4 long-time volunteers with the Silver Beaver Award

The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a council?level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. 

Recipients of this award are registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council.

The Silver Beaver is an award given to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service. It is given to those who do not seek it.

Our honorees this year are:


Don Brewer


Don Brewer is being honored for his years of service to youth in the community. Don has been Scouting since 1987 and has been extremely active in that time. With three of his four sons achieving the Eagle Scout Rank, he has also helped mentor 45 other Scouts to the Eagle Scout Rank during his time with Troop 99 in Fort Recovery.

During his time with the Troop Don has served in several roles including Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Committee Chair, and Committee Member. He an Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor member.

He has served on several district committee positions, including currently as Old Sycamore District’s Camping Committee, helping coordinate district Fall Camporees since 2000, including the 2021 camporee in Fort Recovery. He has been part of the district’s Klondike Derby city efforts since 2000 as well. Don’s camp cooking skills were featured during several annual University of Scouting sessions with Dutch Oven cooking. At the council level, Don has been a member of the council’s High Adventure Committee since 2001. During this time, he has served as an adult leader on the 2003 Philmont exhibition. Was a contingency leader in 2006 and 2009. Supported the Philmont Shakedown Training 2003, 2006 & 2009. Taught High Adventure First Aid in 2006-09. Don served as a Troop Leader for the council’s 2005 & 2010 National Jamboree contingents, providing and driving his company’s box truck to transport all the Troop’s equipment to the Jamboree. Additionally, he helped with the Shakedown trainings for each of these two Jamborees.

Other Scouting related activities Don help orchestra includes: Arranged trip and was a leader to Charleston, S.C. Yorktown at Patriot’s Point, in 1997, 2001, 2004 & 2013; Arranged trip and was a leader to Woodstock, Ontario, Canada to the “Scout Jambo” event there in 1993, 1995, 1998, 2001 & 2004; Arranged trip and was a leader to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, to attend the STEM Merit Badge Jamboree given by the Navy Midshipmen in 2001, 2003 & 2010; Arranged trip and was a  leader to the United States Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, Maryland, sponsored by son, Commander Brad Brewer. He has also applied for and received the Boy Scout NRA Shooting Sport Grant in 2000, 2008 & 2012.

Outside of Scouting, Don has served in the community in the following areas: Board Member with the Ohio Cattleman Association; 4-H Advisor for 12 Years; Teegarden Church Cemetery Board 1997- Present. He is a Master Mason 1983 and Scottish Right Valley of Dayton 1984. He is a Shriner, Antioch Shrine, Dayton 1985; earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Manchester University in 1976; and, President CEO of TruAqua, LLC.

Don and his wife Cheri are celebrating 48 years of marriage. Along with their four sons, they have 15 grandchildren.


Mike Metzger


I grew up in Lima and graduated from Lima Senior High School.  I was in scouting and achieved the rank of Life Scout as a member of Troop 57, St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.  I went on to College at Case Western Reserve University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Polymer Engineering.  I later earned an MBA from Bluffton University.  I am married to my wonderful wife Amy and we have four children – Jared, Emily, Brice, and Neil.  Recently we welcomed Jared’s wife Elizabeth into our family and Emily is engaged to Andrew. I am currently employed by Collins Aerospace as a Materials Engineer. 

I became involved in scouting as an adult when my older sons joined scouting as Webelos.  I took on responsibilities in the pack and Troop committees eventually becoming a den leader while our youngest son was in cub scouts and Scoutmaster for Troop 256 in Bluffton.  I was able to see first hand as all three of our sons achieved the rank of Eagle.  The more I became involved the more I enjoyed watching the youth grow into responsible adults and leaders.

Currently I am serving as the Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 256 as well as the District Commissioner for Great Oaks.  I am also a member of the Council Executive Board.







Linda Meyer


My name is Linda Meyer.  I am a Registered Nurse by profession and have been for over 50 years.  My greatest accomplishment in life is being the mother of 2 sons.

I currently serve on the District Committee and  1 Cub Scout  and 2 Troop committees.  I am a unit commissioner for 7 units and have been 

Unit commissioner for several years. Also am a Merit Badge councilor.

In the past I have served as Den Leader, Cubmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, and Scoutmaster.  I have worked as a Nurse at 3 National Scout Jamborees, been Day Camp Nurse as well as filled in for overnight scouting activities such as Mom and Me and Dad and Lad.

I help on District Activities whenever I can. I also serve on Eagle Scout Board of Reviews.

I have my Wood Badge, gone White Water rafting on New River several times with Boy Scouts, as well as experienced the Northern Tier and Philmont.

I have many memories to last a lifetime from my experiences in Scouting.  I have taught numerous First Aid merit badges as well as CPR classes in District. A great reward is in hearing that some of these youth were able to use skills taught them.

I was able to nominate Scout leader and Eagle Scout youth who were finalist in Jefferson Awards.




Larry Weimert


My name is Larry Weimert. I am a divorced father of a 21 year old son. I live in the St. Marys area. I enjoy traveling, camping, golfing, and spending time with my friends and family.

I have worked at Crown Equipment for 33 years in assembly. There, I build drive units, or some may call the transmission, for our lift trucks. I proudly served as a volunteer firefighter with St. Marys Township fire department for 25 years, of which I was a captain for about 10 years. I have also been proudly serving on the New Bremen EMS for the last 18 years. I have been a paramedic since 2008.

I was a Cub Scout as a youth. I also was in Boy Scouts. I joined scouts as an adult leader in 2007 when my son’s pack needed a Cubmaster. I stayed as the Cubmaster for a couple years after my son moved on to Boy Scouts. I have been helping at the district level since 2011 when I was running Old Sycamore District pinewood derby. I also was helping with our district daycamp. I am now one of the directors for the Old Sycamore District Daycamp.


Here's a look at council's historical volunteer recognition honor roll:


Alex D.Macdonell

George M. Maclnnes

H. H. West  


Jason V. Ashba 

C. H. Smith 


R. J. Berry 

R. R. Groves 


U. E. Diener 

H. W. Norton

F. L. Roose

J. T. Taylor 


F. L. McManness


O. D. Donnell 

Victor Gonnella

J. Laudick

Martin Nellis  


O. L. Alward

Homer W. Leach


C. Harrod 

G. W. Trout  


Glenn Smith  

Errett Motter 


E. Mann  


C. CaJacob 

Glenn H. Livingston

G. S. Sarber 


W. E. Gilliam 

James A. MacDonell 

R. H. McDonald 

O. J. Neuman 

George D. Simmons


Arthur Brooks 

James Williamson


R. C. Parmenter

R. E. Rhea

J. H. Weaver 


H. V. Evans

Martin W. Feigert 

E. T. Manchester


Ira Ballinger 

A.M. Gee

Harold Meredith  

R. R. Schryer 


Charles Chagnon  

Ralph Peters

R. F. Roof

W. F. Thomas


F. M. Capenter 

C. H. Diehlman

William Foulkes

J. R. Mick

F. E. Patterson 


James Ashbaugh

J. R. Donnell    

J. L. Swihart   

Arthur Williams 


C. Z. Hardwick 

D.E. Richardson

M. L. Searcey 


Foster Baker 

Merril Bemath

Sully C. Pecot 

E. I. F. Williams

Paul Wyandt  


H. E. Boucher 

Gerald Brookhart

O. S. Cupp

F. W. Iler


Wayne Buxton 

Frank Henney 

H. R. Rohrbach

Ralph J. Reed


Hiram Diller

Ernest Hiestand 

Urban Lorentz

Ralph Reed 


Hiram Basinger 

Gerald A. Bobb

Howard L. Brown

George Hindall 

Lev Jones

John Mitchell 

Lester L. Schmunk

Dale F. Wentz


Eugene Ensman

Clarence E. Garrison  

Thomas H. Gibbs

Donald W. Klay 

William P. Lee

Dwight Snyder

Berry G. Swart 


George Bohrer 

Arthur R. Lunberg

Earl Strauss


PJ. W. Fleck 

Paul L. Fletcher 

Merton Mertz


H. Wayne Allman 

Lawrence Archer

William Fiser 

Cyril Mnning

Virgil H. Perkins 

Verne 0. Purkey 

John F. Schaefer 


Robert E. Ashba

Jack Bflen 

Rev. Edward B. Brewster 

Leroy Buder  

Dr. J. Richard Weaver          


Ralph W. Arlin 

Ernie Duffield

Lorin C. Gilland

William Jones

Francis Reinhart

W. Thomas

Karl Weick  

John Williamson


Dale Bucher

Harry Byers

Everett N. Goodwin 

James E. Lorenz

Wesley Reed

George H. Russell

William K Tell


Troyce D. Bish

Mondo L. Baldwin

Robert Eicher

Gordon Ferrell   

Miles Flicinger, MD.

Richard W. Norton 

W. E. Soldner  

E. E. Tomlinson 


Joseph C. DaPore

Arthur C. Immele

Harry E. Kettlewell

Robt. McCachran 

G. LaVeme Runkel   

Everdt Sutermeisten 

James Truman 

Warren Wright


Wayne B. Brewer 

Charles H. Evans, Jr.

Don Gary 

Adrian Kisor  

Harry Meredith  

C. E. Sprague

Ed. C. Weatherhead

Robert B. Woodland 


W. Merl Brookhart  

Richard R. Cookson

Dr. Kenneth E. Dye         

W. Kenneth Helvie 

Mark H. Madden

Leland LeRue Taylor         

Seaton S. West

Fred Zwich


James A. Clifford  

Charles C. Duerk   

Allen P. Dudley

Richard Fleet 

Earl E. Goodwin 

Roy E. Harvey

Robert Link  

Milo Rumer  

Carl J. Schmieder 


Richard E. Bramel 

Robert F. Galvin 

John R. Johnston, Sr.

Harry J. Moyer  

James D. Parriott Jr.

Everett A. Rader 

Morris Triplett

Lester Ward

Gerald J. Will 


Howard Aldrich

Richard Barth

Dan Batt 

Charles J. Briem

Robert M. Chesebro

John Deatrick 

Gordon E. Etter 

Richard G. Kimble 

Dr. Thomas B. Martin

James E. Meredith

William Wert


DeWitte K. Barton

Melvin D. Baughman

C.T. Cassell

J. Henry Dasenbrock

James D. Fletcher

Maynard R. Jacks

Lemuel McManness

Harvey McMillen

Maynard Peugeot 

Richard R. Reeder

Robert R. Stone

Kenneth G. Thomas


Peg Baldwin*

Duane G. Boyd

Robert Howard

Lawrence D. Keim, Jr. 

Richard E. Meredith     

Stanley E. Miller 

Robert Radway 

Donna Reeder* 

William Vollmer 

Jeanne Wert *


Jerry Detray*

John H. Harrington         

Frank Kaduk       

David Leiendecker 

Kenneth McCullough         

Russell Oxender

Perry Skundor    

Joseph Travis    

Evelyn Travis


Wendell Freeland 

Morris Groman  

Richard Heeter

Willard Jenkins

Russell Jones      

William Lawson

Eleanor Rychener*

John Treece            

Thelma Treece*


Judson Alhaus 

Dorsey Hazelton  Charles Hymes  

Wayne Myers     

Bonnie Shook*   

William Thompson           

Jack Warner       

Charles Wood   


Robert W. Beardsley

Patricia Bitters 

Darrel Dotson    

David L. Guffey 

Russell Motter    

Thomas Otto       

Neile C. Reiter  

John A. Skipton 

Roger K. Thompson


Gerald T. Bauer 

John A. Berton  

Frank Conn 

Ralph E. Cox     

Bruce Fails        

Robert A. Feller

Richard McCall

John W. Pond     


John Brown        

Karl Edelbrock  

Franklin Knueve

Donald McCain 

Richard G. Phillips

Marion Smith

Roland Smith     

Ralph Taylor      


William T. Fitzgerald

Carlos O. Harrow

E. Keith Hubbard

Edward C. Murphy, Jr. 

George J. Peck

Richard Romick 

Stanley Vrooman


Kaye Cessna 

C. William Collins 

Alfred G. Laube

Richard J. Pastor

James F. Riffle   

Louis A. Schimmoeller

Darrell Robert Shaffer    


Paul B. Ball

Patricia A. Batt     

John Buck            

Diane Colasanti

Thomas J. Dunwoody

Gerald Gillian

James R. McBeth

Richard O'Connor

Kenneth Stone     

Olen Walker        


Earl W. Carroll 

Charles A. Dietz, Sr.

Robert Martin 

Robert E. Pownall

Seth G. Richardson

Martin Smith   

Phillip R. Smith 


James R. Dougherty

Robert E. Grange

Fr. John G. Hemstreet

Michael K. Huffman

Vance Leonard   

Robert L. Shrider

Wesley Evan Thomas


Charles H. Bernhardt        

Anthony L. Colasanti         

Norman E. Dieter

David U. Severt

Dee K. Solether

Melvin H. Wade

Charles P. Wyndham 


Richard P. Barchent, Jr. 

Vivian I. Carroll 

Melbum L. Fuhrman           

Dice Hartman 

Robert A. Rothfuss          

David S. Vrooman

David E. Woodward           


Harold W. Fee

Norbert Hohman  

Joseph S. Huebner 

Wayne N. Kilton

Margaret "Peg" Murphy

Myron Shilling    

 May Tressler        


Wayne B. Dotson

Larry Favorite

Virgil Hull 

G. Ray Peterman 

Harold Porter

Harry Street       

Louis E. Vrooman 


Gloria J. Dzalamanow

Frank J. Gallup 

Vaughn F. Grubaugh

Carl Kissling      

Robert Morrison

Stephen W. Ruyle

Yogi Smith              


Janice S. Friess    

Ronald Staley      

Lewis E. Zimpher


Edward Boyles

Harry E. Bruner   

Jack E. Dunlap    

William Gulker

Lester Joseph      

Suzanne Pelton    


Richard Bartlett   

Phyliss Coburn 

Christopher J. Crawford

Sandy LeMieux  

Ronald Risner      

William Sackman


Denny Sines       

Jacque Tanguay       

Leo Wixom  


James Baughman 

Stan Dinius          

Wayne Dukes          

Robert Groves     

Don Hendricks    

Charles Lyon      


Charles Byers, Jr.

William Hite            

Robert Krofft            

Stephen Okuley   

Tim Peffley             

Cheryl Tomasi    


Byron Blank 

Jim Christoff

Mari Davis 

Fred Early        

Don Schalk     

Floyd Waterbury 


Frank M. Fauver 

Roger Frese         

Dee Huston      

Francis Marley, Jr.

Gwen R. Saul     

Keith R. Shelt 


Curt Fauver

Richard Flowers 

Phil Havens 

Gary Moldiney 

Ray Ohlrich     

Nelson Okuley 

Gary Wetherill 


David Hohenberger 

Thomas Lehman

Charles Meadows

Norman Rex        

Virginia Snyder 

Donald Stout 


Bruce Cochran

Robert Haver 

Neil Hossler 

Scott Ketner 

Russell Luke 

Tracy Ziegler


Kent W. Cartwright

Stan K. Doty

Larry E. Musser

Gregg A. Roth

J. Michael Saxton

Rodney J. Smith 


Curt Brookhart

Andy Bess

Dr. William Finerty

Rick Kujawa

Doug Saul

Steve Walker


Greg Amstutz

Larry Braun

Kathy Dehnart

Cheryl Parson

Dennis Straits

Don Williams


Dennis Baker

Larry Dehnart

Richard Mann

Barb Saxton

Mike Simon

Dave Steenson


John Agner

Dan Meffley

Patsy McGill

Walt Poffenbaugh

Walt Smith

Ron Tuttle


Brian Beckwith

Dave Frisch

Philip Rader

Cindy Roberts


Don Alexander

Scott Gray

Mike Hoying

Mark Malone

Robert Manger

William Rice

Dan Saum

Martin Schmidt

George Suvar


John Albers

Terry Buckler Sr.

Robert Cupp

Larry Davis

Mark Line

Al Martin

Melvin Parsons

Harley Schaull


Marty Borchers

Nina Dukes

Robert Ebright

Karl Heminger

Carol Little

Paul Logsdon

Charles Szablewski

Steve Wilder


Donald Ford

John Daniel Gorman

Michael J. Keber

Randy K. Lohoff

Geoffrey Mayer

David Mileski

Judith K. Parker

David M. Smith

James W. Zwiebel


John Bishop

Randal Lee Kohli

James L. Lehman

Robert A. Molyett

Nicholas Thobe

Dave M. Warnement

Stephen Walker


Helen Bruggers

Ken Cochran

Gene Hoffman

Theresa Levi

Daniel Rinaman

Bob Warnement

Paul Worstell


Bradley Borer

Sharon Brubeck

Tammy Cooper

Dave Hirshfeld

John Lunz

Patrick Nieberding

Rick Tessler

Jeffrey Whitman


Mark Baden

Bill Chester

Bob Schriner

Brenda S. Shinn

Dan Vennekotter

Nathan Eugene Weaks


Verl Dasher

Angela Hale

Doug Hiegel

Gary Meyer

Jim Shilling

Doug Speer


Cathy Craft

Dave Sielschott

Brad Slagley

Tammy Speer

Sandy Wood


Cary Cox

Tony Lockmiller

Michelle Waggoner

Mike Wolfe


Tom Evans

Jan Osborn

Jon Schumm

James Wallace


David Huckeriede

Dennis Lamb

Mark Miller

Jody Taylor


Peter Berton

Sherri Garner Brumbaugh

Tracy McDaniels


Doug Couchot

Terri Maurer

Eric Reneker


Chad Bryan

Greg Brown

John Swearingen

Larry Ball

Linda Barclay


Don Brewer

Mike Metzger

Linda Meyer

Larry Weimert


*denotes Silver Fawn recipient

Black Swamp Area Council
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(419) 422-4356