2014-03-27 / Lifestyles

Former hospital CEO receives Boy Scout Silver Beaver award

George Montgomery recently poses with his Silver Beaver Award, alongside his wife, Laurie Montgomery. 
Submitted photo George Montgomery recently poses with his Silver Beaver Award, alongside his wife, Laurie Montgomery. Submitted photo GREEN BAY – The Bay-Lakes Council Annual Awards Dinner was held recently in Green Bay, Wis. to recognize the outstanding efforts of numerous scouting volunteers and youth for their extraordinary contributions. Among those recognized was George Montgomery of Rapid River, Mich.

Three youth were recognized during the ceremony, including, Alec Tuttle and Ryan Gettelfinger, and George LePak. Additionally, three Exploring Leadership Awards were presented to: Fred Meyers, Drew Raatz, and Brian Blahnik. Chad Nehring was presented the William H. Spurgeon Award – the highest honor in exploring.

The evening concluded with the presentation of the coveted Silver Beaver Awards. Six outstanding volunteers were recognized with the council’s highest award, including Montgomery; Jerry Dold of Neenah, Wis.; Dr. Susan May of Appleton, Wis.; Michael Weber of Oshkosh, Wis.; Glen Rossman of Bailey’s Harbor, Wis.; and Gary Lau of Oshkosh, Wis.

The Silver Beaver Award is the council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered adult leaders 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 actively seek it.

Montgomery is a life-long scout, beginning as a Cub Scout and progressing to Life Scout in Southeastern Michigan, where he served on the camp staff, participating in the Order of the Arrow becoming lodge vice chief, and attending the 1969 National Jamboree.

As an adult, Montgomery has been an assistant scoutmaster, Exploring and Venturing crew advisor, District Exploring chairman, and District chairman in the Great Sauk Trail Council.

After relocating to the Upper Peninsula in 2009, Montgomery served as a council vice president for the Hiawathaland Council until its merger in 2012. Since that time, he has served as chairman for the Hiawathaland District, which serves the Boy Scout units in the U.P.

Montgomery has been a part of the Southeast Michigan Health Executive Forum, the American Society of Health Care Professionals, served as a youth soccer coach, and as president of the Kiwanis Club of Monroe. He has also been a part of the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, and Monroe YMCA.

Since relocating, he has served as chair for two years of the U.P. Hospital Council and as the secretary of the Manistique Rotary Club. He recently retired as CEO of Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, where he oversaw the multi-million dollar replacement of the hospital and rural health clinic.

He resides in Rapid River with his wife Laurie. They are the parents of three adult children including his Eagle Scout son, Skip.

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