Patty Youngblood was honored at LaGrange Boy Scout Distinguished Citizen Award dinner Thursday night. The evening was hosted by the LaGrange Boy Scout Troop 21 and took place at the Del’avant event center.
“This is our third year that we are holding this dinner. Our goal is to recognize individuals who have been an extraordinary leader for the youth and adults in our community,” Rodney Brundidge, vice-president Boy Scouts of America Chattahoochee Council, said. “With everything that Patty has done for this community, she was easily selected to be the citizen to be honored this year.”
Youngblood, the president of United Way of West Georgia, is extremely active in the LaGrange community and has taken on various leadership roles. Youngblood is a member of First Presbyterian Church and has served on the Board of Deacons, Rotary Club of LaGrange, where she served as president in 2010, Board of Leadership Troup and is currently serving on the Board of Troup Cares and chairman of the Board of Troup Family Connection Authority.
The event was well attended with representatives from many of the United Way agencies, city officials, chamber of commerce, LaGrange Rotary and many of Youngblood’s close friends. Youngblood’s two sons, Jimmy and Ross Stallings, accompanied their mother to the dinner.
John Asbell, manger external relations of Georgia Power, was the evening’s master of ceremonies, with Scouts Dylan Williams, Aiden Flavin, Sam Asbell and Jeffrey Stephens helping out with the presentation of the colors, Pledge of Allegiance and the evening’s entertainment. Bill Stump, president and CEO of Community Bank and Trust, presented Youngblood with her award. LaGrange Troup County Chamber of Commerce President Page Estes served as the chairwoman of the Distinguished Citizen Award committee.
During the presentation, individuals and organizations were recognized for their support of the event and the Boy Scouts. Callaway Foundation was recognized for their significant gift that will be used to fund Camp FGL. Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia were thanked for being the returning dinner sponsor, Georgia Power Company, Inc for being a gold sponsor and Daeha American Corporation, Diverse Power, LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce and Mountville Mills, Inc. for all being silver sponsors.
The Chattahoochee Council is chartered by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America and provides support to local programs in 15 counties of Alabama and Georgia. The Yellow Jacket District serves the counties of Troup, Heard and northern areas of Meriweather County.
The Boy Scout program continues to be valuable leadership force for the youth in our community. More than 400 scouts are in the Troup/County/LaGrange area. Last year, 10 young men earned the rank of Eagle Scout providing over 1,000 community hours.