The Deseret Peak District of the Boy Scout’s of America recognized the efforts of eight adult leaders with its highest award in a ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005. Each District Award of Merit recipient received a plaque, certificate, and uniform patch at the annual district recognition banquet at the LDS Church’s Tooele South Stake Center.
Each award winner was nominated by someone who knew their accomplishments or saw them in action during their scout service. The District selected the winners.
Douglas Ahlstrom has served youth, and Boy Scouts in particular, since 1983 when he became a Blazer (11-year-old scouts) leader. He held other leadership positions in his church and community, including councilor in the bishopric, bishop, scoutmaster two separate times, and councilor in a ward young men’s presidency. He has also served the community as accompanist for the Tooele High School band and choir and board member of the Children’s Justice Center.
Carol Caldwell began her scout service as a Cub Scout den leader in 1987, a position she held for 12 years. She is currently performing the duties of cubmaster. Her pack meetings are always well organized and fun for the boys. She is totally committed to Cub Scouting and to providing the boys with a quality scouting experience.
At the age of 21, Lee Mair was responsible for getting scouting started in his LDS ward and has served continuously for the past 21 years. He has served almost all the age groups in scouting, as a den leader, cubmaster, Blazer (11-year-old scouts) leader, scoutmaster, and Varsity (14- to 16-year-old scouts) leader. His service stands out through the contributions he has made in boys’ lives.
Alice Monosso has given a lifetime of service to Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. For 50 years she has held various positions including assistant scoutmaster, den leader and committee member. She instilled important personal, family and social values in the boys’ lives, influencing many of them to earn their Eagle Scout awards and serving LDS missions. She continues to keep in touch with many of the boys she served.
Brenda Perkes has given boys a great start in scouting as their Webelos den leader for the past four and a half years. Previous to that, she was a wolf den leader, and served in ward and stake Primary presidencies for her church. Her goal is to have each boy in her den earn the Arrow of Light award, the highest in Cub Scouts. She also volunteers at East Elementary School assisting teachers and teaching children to read.
David Quist has been involved in scouting since the early 1970’s. He has received valuable training to help him in his current position as scoutmaster.
Besides that, he has served on the district’s advancement and outdoor committees. His community service includes time with the National Ski Patrol, Little League Association, SLC Track Club, and his child’s school.
Philip Smart has spent much of his life in support of Tooele County youth. He was a Varsity (14-16 year old scouts) leader for eight years, during which he always took his boys to the Teton Canoe Base. As a Bishop, he established the Century Club, which is a designation still in existence for people who donate 100 dollars to the Friends of Scouting. As a councilor in a stake presidency he continues to support scouting and promote its values and ideals.
TJ Wallace has given a lot of time to serving the Deseret Peak District. He sits on the volunteer Training and Roundtable staffs. In the past he was the District chairman for the Great Salt Lake Council Jamboral.
He always shows up at scouting events, where he may be found cooking, conducting a skills event, or assisting with whomever or whatever needs his help.
Before the awards ceremony, banquet attendees had the privilege of hearing from the Great Salt Lake Council Scout Executive Paul Moore, a surprise guest. Moore spoke about the importance of training the boys in their youth and keeping them on the trail of scouting from the time they’re in Cub Scouts, make the transition into Boy Scouts, and earn their Eagle Scout awards.