The Christopher Gardner Memorial Award has been retired in Uh-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee Lodge.
For many years, a fixture at Seminole Lodge 85 events was Christopher Gardner. Chris was well respected by both youth and adult Arrowmen. Chris, upon whom Seminole Lodge 85 bestowed the Vigil name “Generous Red Star”, led a life of service. He served in our Armed Forces, during which service he sustained damage to his kidneys, and eventually lost one. This began years of doctors visits and even a failed transplant. This, however, never seemed to dampen his spirits. Chris was cheerful, happy man who never lost hope. He put up tents and trailers at OA events and rendezvous, and touring these was always a fun time for everybody. In service to Scouting, Chris never faltered. He was always looking to teach youth about Scouting and Scout skills. Chris, all the way up until his untimely passing in 1998, was hugely inspirational to many people. In fact, at his funeral, many of his re-enactment friends showed up in their period garments and were interspersed throughout the crowd, making for one of the most memorable sights ever for many there.
Today, Chris lives on in the memories of many Scouters. The Past Chiefs’ Advisory Committee, joining with the Lodge Chief and Lodge Advisor, take great pleasure in continuing the legacy of Chris through the Christopher Gardner Memorial Service Award. The Christopher Gardner Memorial Award, authorized by the Lodge in 2003, is presented annually to two Scouts or Scouters who have given exceptional cheerful service over an extended period of time. Recipients of the award are presented a medal, bearing the name of the award and a likeness of Chris Gardner, which is approved for wear at all Lodge events.
|2016||William Mastrangeli||Mark Berry|
|2015||Bryce Malone||Beth Doyle|
|2014||Mitchell Guida||Tom McMullen|
|2013||Matt Draganchuk||Adam James|
|2012||Matthew McIntosh||Mark Caskie|
|2011||Dale Gerstenberger||Frank Marion|
|2010||Travis Gibson||Bill Daggett|
|2009||Kyle Stottlemyer||James W. Gray, III|
|2008||Cory Villers||William Guglielmi|
|2007||Christopher Russell||Joseph Gonzales, Sr.|
|2006||David McIntosh||Marty Siemsen|
|2005||Justin Baggett||Susan Freemon|
|2004||Justin Chacos||Jim Farley|
|2003||Justin Ryan||Arthur Rounds|