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Awards Presented at District Dinner

On January 31, volunteers and professional staff from the Noopiming District gathered together for the "Noopiming Races” and Leader Recognition Award Banquet. The evening started fast with the Pinewood Derby Race! Shanda Cooper's car blew by everyone’s and took first place! Dinner was served and fellowship time was enjoyed by all attending.

After great speeches by Scout Executive David Nolle, District Director Brandon Town, District Executive Ben Malkhe, District Chairman Shawn Halverson and Scoutmaster Rock Gillson, Lee Iverson and Robert Woodke began the awards part of the evening! Many Scout leaders were awarded “The Spark Plug Award.” Brandon awarded Tina Comstock, Terry Tillson, Shawn Halverson and Lee Iverson “The Backpack Award” for all their help "backing him up". Ben then took the podium and awarded Bill Kennedy, Chris Bickel and Heather Shearen the "Three Musketeers Award" for outstanding team work. Kathryn Smith was awarded "The Julia Child's Award" for her amazing snacks at Roundtables.  He also awarded Bob Woodke "The Navigator Award" for all of his work helping and guiding Scouting in the Bemidji area. Lastly he award Brandon with the "#1 DAD Award." Shawn Halverson, Noopiming District Chair, had his Philmont contingent come up and talk about one thing from their trip and gave each of them a roll he had shipped in from a bakery they stopped at along the way. He also gave Lee an award which was an antique Boy Scout book.  Lee awarded Cory Kolodji the "Boy Scout Leader Training Award.”  

That brought us to the big awards of the night. First, Cubmaster Angie Nistler of Bemidji and Troop Committee Member Shanda Cooper of Hibbing, were awarded the Noopiming Award. This is a new award presented by the Noopiming District to a Scouting volunteer leader who has made a significant contribution to the Scouting program in Noopiming District.  The final awards of the evening were District Awards of Merit.  This is the highest honor a district can bestow on a volunteer.  This year’s recipients were Noopiming District Chairman Shawn Halverson and Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner Heather Shearen.

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