Gor­don Lowe named To­tal Cit­i­zen of the Year

Serve Daily - - FOSTERING INNOVATION - By Stacy Beck

The Span­ish Fork Salem Area Cham­ber of Com­merce has an­nounced that it has named Gor­don Lowe as the re­cip­i­ent of its To­tal Cit­i­zen of the Year Award. The award was pre­sented to Lowe dur­ing the cham­ber’s In­stal­la­tion Ban­quet on Jan. 11.

For more than 20 years this award has rec­og­nized in­di­vid­u­als in the com­mu­nity who have demon­strated a will­ing­ness to vol­un­teer their time to mean­ing­ful causes. Those who have re­ceived this award have made it their life’s mis­sion to serve oth­ers and have a pos­i­tive im­pact on the lives of count­less in­di­vid­u­als.

In 2006, Gor­don Lowe had an idea to or­ga­nize a com­mu­nity Scout group made up of teenaged young men and women look­ing for op­por­tu­ni­ties to gain lead­er­ship skills, pro­vide ser­vice and ex­pe­ri­ence high ad­ven­ture. From that idea came the Span­ish Fork Com­mu­nity Ven­tur­ing Crew of the Boys Scouts of Amer­ica. This Ven­tur­ing crew, which is char­tered by the Span­ish Fork Salem Area Cham­ber of Com­merce, is the long­est-run­ning Ven­tur­ing crew in the en­tire United States. Last year it cel­e­brated its 10- year an­niver­sary and along the way it has seen an av­er­age of 25 youth per year par­tic­i­pate in the pro­gram. They have seen more than 30 of their par­tic­i­pants achieve the Ven­tur­ing Sil­ver award, the pin­na­cle achieve­ment in the Ven­tur­ing pro­gram. Mul­ti­ple youth have served in BSA lead­er­ship po­si­tions in­clud­ing one mem­ber of the crew who served as the na­tional pres­i­dent of the Ven­tur­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The Ven­tur­ing crew pro­vides ser­vice in the com­mu­nity in a myr­iad of ways in­clud­ing help­ing to staff and run the an­nual Easter egg hunt and pro­vid­ing the Col­ors at events like the cham­ber’s In­stal­la­tion and Awards Ban­quet and the Win­ter Lights Pa­rade. Each year the crew helps spon­sor and host a win­ter biathlon com­pe­ti­tion at Miller’s Flat on the Sky­line ridge, draw­ing Scouts from all over the area for an ex­cit­ing day of com­pe­ti­tion and en­durance.

Above all, the youth who par­tic­i­pate in the com­mu­nity Ven­tur­ing crew learn valu­able skills in lead­er­ship, or­ga­ni­za­tion, ser­vice, in­tegrity, hard work and cit­i­zen­ship. They are truly the fu­ture lead­ers of com­mu­ni­ties, the busi­ness own­ers and en­trepreneurs of the fu­ture, and the fu­ture ed­u­ca­tors and ad­min­is­tra­tors in our schools. Be­hind the scenes, help­ing to keep this group mov­ing for­ward, Gor­don Lowe is sac­ri­fic­ing his time and re­sources to see this group suc­ceed.

Gor­don Lowe

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