Macon County citizens showed their support for the Boys Scouts of America Middle Tennessee Council on Wednesday, March 30th, by pledging a total of $12,490 to the program during the 2011 Macon County Patron Breakfast held in the Sally Wells Building at the Macon County Fairgrounds.

During the event, Gay Chamberlain was presented with the Boys Scouts of America Service to Community Award in memory of her husband Judge James Chamberlain, who was closely involved with the local Boy Scout troop and fundraising for the Scouts. During his life, James received the Silver Beaver Award in 1983 from the Boy Scouts for his dedication and volunteerism. The award presented to Gay, has only been received by three other recipients.

Special guest Mike Keith, also known as ‘The Voice of the Titans’ was the event’s keynote speaker and 2011 Chairman of the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America Pete Williston, David Williams of the Middle Tennessee Council and Eagle Scout Hunter Jones (Troop 405, Lafayette Rotary Club) also spoke to the crowd about the importance of supporting the Boy Scouts of America Program.

Breakfast table hosts for this year’s Patron Breakfast included Joe Carter, Steve Cothron, Steve Jones, Ron Allen Powell, Barry Doss, Don Traylor, Radford West, Nancy White, Mike Whittemore and Pete Williston. The breakfast was sponsored by the Chamberlain Family in memory of Judge Chamberlain.

“We are very appreciative of all of the Macon County citizens who attended and contributed to the Boy Scouts of America Middle Tennessee Council,” Chairman Williston said. “In my opinion, there is no better organization in the country for developing character and education in our young men. The people in Macon County have done well in supporting this organization in our area, and we greatly appreciate them.”

In 2011, the Boy Scouts Walton Trail District served 984 youth in Macon, Trousdale, Smith and Wilson Counties, included 16 Cub Scout Packs, 13 Boy Scout Troops, seven Venture Crews and three Explorer Posts. A total of 121 Cub Scouts participated in Day Camp and 28 were able to participate in Resident Camp at Boxwell. A total of 103 Boy Scouts participated in Summer Camp at Boxwell. In 2011, 23 Eagle Scouts performed a total of 3,792 service hours, contributing to the betterment of their communities.