The award will be named after “The Father of Scouting,” Sammy Reggie who passed away some time ago but will be honored by the Evangeline Area Council through this award.
The Council, along with the Boy Scouts of America, will honor Francis at the first annual Acadia Parish Distinguished Citizen Dinner on July 8, 2010.
“It is the first year for the award and the dinner in Acadia Parish,” said Lauren Taylor, District Executive of the Evangeline Area Council.
The Council is comprised of five districts and in the other districts an award has been around for a while, according to Lauren, so the Evangeline Area Council believed that it was time for Acadia Parish to get an award.
The event will be held at Crowley’s Grand Opera House of the South.
According to Taylor, Francis is being honored by the group because of community involvement and his personality.
“We thought Mr. Mike would be a good person to honor because of what he has done and his personality,” she said.
The dinner is being held to benefit the Evangeline Area Council, Boy Scouts of America and is reservation-only.
Doors will open for the event at 6 p.m. and the program and dinner will begin at 7 p.m.
“The program is honoring Mr. Mike, there is going to be a roasting,” said Taylor. “We’re going to have three different people from the area roasting him and telling funny stories.”
“I hope he has a good sense of humor,” she added.
The program will also recognize the Reggie family.
Individual reservations are $100 per person and a table of eight, or a Silver Sponsor, is $700. For more information on pricing and reservations, call the Evangeline Area Council at (337)235-8551, extension 100 for reservations.
The Distinguished Citizen Award is given to individuals who have demonstrated integrity and genuine concern for others in both their professional and personal lives. The recipient need not have been a Scout but must carry the “spirit of scouting” into their adult life. They are people who have been unselfish in their service to others, on an individual and community basis. They seek no return for their service other than the satisfaction of aiding their fellow citizens, their community, and their nation. Distinguished citizens are people who truly capture the respect and imagination of our youth.