Hundreds came out Thursday night for the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner at Del’Avant.
Community leaders were in attendance for the night’s festivities including former mayor Jeff Lukken, Chief Judge Quillian Baldwin, Troup County Sheriff James Woodruff, LaGrange Public Safety Chief Lou Dekmar and past honorees.
“D” Linder, chairman for the dinner, reflected on 100 years of scouting in Troup County. He gave a presentation highlighting prominent members, events and press clippings.
Tables were set up displaying decades of artifacts, photos, badges and letters including one from President Ronald Reagan and President George Bush.
They not only celebrated 100 years of scouting in Troup County, but also honored distinguished citizen Dr. William Fackler for his many years in the Boy Scouts and his lifelong commitment to serving.
“We chose Dr. Fackler cause of this long-time scouting support and he is well known in the community for his work with Boy Scouts and various organizations,” Linder said. “We think he is what scouting exemplifies.”
Fackler was born in 1920 in Lizella, about 12 miles west of Macon. He attended Emory University Medical School and graduated in 1944. In 1950, Fackler started a private practice at Emory Clark-Holder Clinic specializing in Internal Medicine and Cardiology.
During that time he volunteered with Boy Scouts of America and was the chairman of the health and safety committee of Tri-County District.
In 1964, he received the distinguished Silver Beaver award, which is one of the highest volunteering awards in the Scouts.
Fackler married Marjorie Turner in 1944 and the they have five children and six grandchildren. Two of his sons became Eagle Scouts.
Chase Davis, 12, who is a Boy Scout in Troop 21, gave the challenge speech of the night, where he shared his story and how his participation in the Boy Scouts has impacted his life.
Davis said that growing up in a troubled environment, he was adopted by extended family. After seeing his brother follow the wrong path of his family, he decided to join the scouts in an effort to make better decisions.
Davis spoke on how the scouts have taught him leadership, service and guidance.
“Scouting has provided me with a band of brothers,” he said.
Davis committed to donating $1,000 over the next three years to scouting, and encouraged the audience to donate in order to give another boy “a chance to be adopted by a band of brothers too.”
By the end of the night, $47,605 was raised, just shy of the $55,000 goal.
The scouts also shared its future goals which included an increase in camp properties, annual capital repairs and improvements for camps and adding additional staff to grow scouting.
The Troup County Boy Scouts are ranked sixth in the country for percentage of leaders trained and second in the southern part of Georgia.