Greenwood presented God and Service Award

PRESENTATION PARTICIPANTS — Rick Greenwood, second from right, was presented the God and Service Award on Feb. 7, which is the highest religious award given to adults in Scouting. With him are are, from left, Tom Straight, elder, Christian Church of New Cumberland; Dan Bettison, Ohio River Valley Council executive; and Rick Tinsky, minister.

NEW CUMBERLAND — Rick Greenwood, who has served on the Boy Scouts of America Ohio River Valley Council Board for four years, was presented the God and Service Award on Feb. 7.

It constitutes the highest religious award given to adults in Scouting.

Bill Littell, on behalf of the Christian Church of New Cumberland, presented the award to Greenwood through an online presentation with his daughters, Marsha Ford and Duska White, formally presenting it. Littell, a recent recipient of the same award, was Greenwood’s Cubmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster.

Recipients of the God and Service award must be active in promoting God and Scouts for at least 10 years. Other requirements include: Promotion of God in Scouting; extraordinary service in the nominee’s congregation; outstanding service in promoting, organizing and participating in Boy Scouts of America; and outstanding performance in Boy Scouts, a performance that is characterized by responsibility, humility and Christian example.

Greenwood has been active in Scouting for 56 years and has been a scoutmaster for 42 years. He also has been “extremely active” in his church, the Christian Church in New Cumberland, where he has served in numerous positions, ranging from high school Sunday School teacher, chairman of the board and chairman of the elders to elder, a deacon and Christian endeavor sponsor for high school. He also serves on various committees of the church.

Throughout his life, Greenwood has been a strong supporter of Scouting, the presenters noted.

Award presenters from the Christian Church included Rick Tinsky, minister; Tom Straight, elder; Don Greathouse, elder; Jody Goddard, Troop 38 committee chair; and Marsha Ford and Duska White, Bill Littell’s daughters.

There also was a video presentation made by the Eagle Scouts of Greenwood’s troop, expressing gratitude for all he has done to shape their lives. John Briscoe also made a compilation of the Eagle Scouts reciting the Scout Oath and Law.

Present at the ceremony from the Scout office in Wheeling were Dan Bettison, Ohio River Valley Council executive; Lori Abraham, council registrar; and Cecilia Einloth, council office manager.

“It is such an honor to recognize Rick Greenwood’s service to God and his service to Scouting,” a spokesperson commented.


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