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Bill and Gloria Gaither Honored as Distinguished Citizens
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On November 9, Bill and Gloria Gaither were honored at a very special event held at the Paramount Theatre Centre & Ballroom in Anderson, Indiana.
Though Bill Gaither was never a Boy Scout (mainly due to his farm chore duties growing up), he and Gloria have always tried to live by Scouting values such as service to others, reverence to God, and facing life challenges with a cheerful, generous heart.
During the annual Crossroads of America Council/Boy Scouts of America dinner last Wednesday, they were presented with the Madison County Distinguished Citizen Award for 2016, in recognition of their contributions to their community and the values by which they have lived.
“Gloria and I are still teachers at heart,” commented Bill. "We believe that building strong communities starts with teaching our children well. We are grateful to the Boy Scouts of America for the many ways in which kids and their families are being empowered with leadership skills that will pay off for many generations."
Bill also recited the Boy Scout Oath and the Scout Law, then Gloria Gaither asked all active and former Scouts to stand, encouraging them that the values Scouting teaches are needed now more than ever.
"I still believe that there are men and women who will do the right thing, tell the truth, walk with integrity, pay their bills, keep physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally fit, honor their oaths, be true to their spouses, and trustworthy to their friends," she said. "I have to believe that there are still people who will do the right thing no matter what anybody else is doing. We are so honored to be a part of the group tonight who pledge with their lives to be those people."
The council also gave out two Great Expectation Awards for 2016. One went to LaKoya Rochelle, Executive Director of Resource Development of Ivy Tech Community College, and the other to David Neidert and Luke Renner, founding partners of The Story Shop in Pendleton, Indiana.
And in a special presentation, the Boy Scouts’ Medal of Merit was given to 16-year-old Tanner King. The Medal of Merit is one of Scouting’s highest honors and is presented to a Scout who "has performed an act of service of a rare or exceptional character that reflects an uncommon degree of concern for the well-being of others," according to the Boy Scouts of America website.
Tanner received the award for his quick thinking and courage while rescuing a 10-year-old neighbor girl who had fallen through the ice on White River while sledding in 2015. 

Source: The Herald Bulletin