Hall of Leadership Induction
By Carole Robinson, Staff Writer
Posted on: 9/30/2010
For the past 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America have been helping to build future leaders by combining personal development, outdoor adventure, lifelong values and fun to teach life lessons and for much of it, a local scoutmaster has been a part of the process.
This year, John M. Green of Franklin, scoutmaster of Franklin’s Troop 137, celebrates 60 years as one of the more than 1 million adult volunteer scout leaders across the nation who bring the mission of the Boy Scouts to the local level.
During the past 60 years, Green helped more than 1,000 local boys reach their full potential. In recognition of his commitment to helping boys reach their full potential as productive, accomplished men, Green has been given numerous awards, but in celebration of the Boy Scout’s 100th anniversary, Green became one of just 309 nationwide to be inducted into the Boy Scouts of America’s National Hall of Leadership.
“You are one of a select group of individuals chosen for the one-time honor,” the certificate that accompanied his award read. “It is because of people like you that we can look with excitement to our second century of Scouting and all that future generations will bring to our program.”
Green has been leading boys and impacting lives as a scout leader in three troops since 1950, and at age 82, he remains active in Troop 137 – he still even goes camping with the boys.
“Every Saturday he can be found at the troop’s headquarters helping boys work through badge and advancement steps,” said Troop Leader Hugh Travis during the presentation of the award during Tuesday’s scout meeting at the troop’s official headquarters – the barn on Green’s Franklin farm. “He encourages every scout to strive to his full potential.”
Green is known for his one-on-one mentoring — working with individual scouts on their projects and demonstrating the importance of a man’s character.
“I say more than 1,000 boys who have been in Troop 137 will make fine leaders thanks to John Green,” Travis said. “He’s an excellent role model for how men should live their lives – with dignity, honor, grace and living the Scout Code … John Green is a walking demonstration of the best things about scouting. He’s a man of sterling character who lives the Scout Law daily and has had a lifelong impact on countless young men.”
“His dedication the past 60 years to scouting is quite an accomplishment,” said Maribeth Hughes, Middle Tennessee Council Natchez Trace senior district executive. Hughes has known Green for many years. “To him, it’s all about the boys.”
Over the years, in recognition of his dedication, Green has received the District Award of Merit, the Silver Beaver, he was the 1986 Eagle Class Honoree, the Adult Religious Award, Wood Badge and the Order of the Arrow as well as community and professional awards including the Franklin Citizen of the Year in 1990. He earned the Good Neighbor Award in 2002 from the National Association of Realtors for his work with the Boy Scouts and a national television commercial was created around his work. Earlier this year, he received Franklin Tomorrow’s Anne T. Rutherford Exemplary Community Volunteer Award.
Receiving his award, Green said, “I’d like to thank my wife for letting me play with the boys for 60 years.”
Amidst all the fuss and pomp and circumstance, Green gave all the credit to the adults who work with him, then he smiled and said, “I just enjoy it – it’s as simple as that. We have fun – you got to have fun. There’s something about helping kids become adults and productive citizens and that is enough.”
04 Oct 2010