According to the Dan Beard Council, Boehner, a West Chester Twp. Republican who resigned from Congress in October 2015, was chosen as the 2016 Spirit of Scouting Award recipient in recognition of his service to nation and the region.
“Thank you for serving as a role model for our young men and women … and thank you for your many, many years of service back to our community and to our nation,” said Lynda O’Connor, district chair for the Fort Hamilton District.
Boehner was first elected to Congress in 1990 and worked his way through the leadership ranks and was sworn in as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives in January 2011, the first Ohioan to be Speaker of the House since Nicholas Longworth left the position some 80 years earlier in 1931.
Longtime friend and West Chester Twp. Trustee George Lang said Boehner took scouting values, including respect, honesty, citizenship and leadership, and was a “warrior” for the county, district and country.
The keynote address was delivered by Tom Hendricks, a 1975 Fairfield High School graduate and principal owner of TL Hendricks Aviation Strategies, who said, “Not everyone is cut out to be a servant or a manager.”
“Trust is the key,” he said of servant leaders. “This leader listens, this leader is humble, and this leader gives credit to his team … and most important, this leader takes care of people and doesn’t take credit.”