An Eagle Scout himself, Dr. Clark Andrews of Daleville received the third annual Boy Scouts of America, “Botetourt Citizen of the Year.” The breakfast ceremony took place on Thursday morning, May 17 at the Family Life Center of Fincastle United Methodist Church. Andrews originally from Salem, has practiced medicine and lived in Botetourt County for over 30 years.
Jay Gilliand served as Masters of Ceremonies, Bob Elliott offered the invocation and Dr. Graham Stevens introduced BSA to the gathering. Sponsored by the Bank of Fincastle and numerous community members, the breakfast was well attended by family, friends, businessmen and county officials.
Andrews was introduced by his older brother Will Andrews who like the honoree is an Eagle Scout. Both extolled scouting. Will Andrews said his little brother had no choice– their father and both older brothers were scouts.
Clark Andrews, placed emphasis on, “To do your best, to do your duty and provide service to others.” He read from the back of the order of the arrow card that he still carries in his wallet, “ The things of the spirit count: Brotherhood, in a day when there is too much hatred at home and abroad; Cheerfulness, in a day when the pessimists have the floor; Service, in a day when millions are interested only in getting or grasping rather than giving.” Andrews finished with, ” The welfare of others is the most important service we can do…it’s not all about you, it’s what you do for others that counts.”
BRMC BSA Field Director Tommy Pendleton and Gilliand conducted the presentation of the Botetourt Citizen of the Year scarf to Andrews. Gilliand read greetings from Andrews son Kirk who gave testimony to the character and role model his father has been and announced that Kirk, his family and sister Kelah Andrews have made a donation in the amount of $250 to BRMC.
Bob Sells of Roanoke Cement provided statistics. 1,700 boys and young men participate in the Catawba District of the Blue Ridge Mountains Council. The Catawba District covers Botetourt, Roanoke, Salem City and Craig. The Council covers 21 counties and nine cities. He stated, “10,000 scouts from the BRMC have signed up to go to camp this summer. He urged attendees to make a donation to BSA and BRMC as a real way to support the youth of today.
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