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Cathy D. Wahl

Breland, Hendrix, Smalley honored by Boy Scouts

Arrowhead District Boy Scout leaders honored their own at the recent annual District Award Banquet at Decatur Country Club.

The 600-plus adult leaders in Lawrence, Limestone and Morgan counties spend hours each week focusing on the boys in their Cub Scout packs and Boy Scout troops. This night, however, "Scouters" (adult scout leaders) recognized fellow adults who go beyond their troop to help scouts all over the area. David Breland, Dana Hendrix and Tim Smalley won this year's District Awards of Merit.

Unlike the Boy Scout badges, there are no specific requirements to fulfill to get this patch. It requires creativity, humor, patience, tedious work and a desire to work with young people.

Morgan County District Judge David Breland has supervised dozens of Boy Scouts through their citizenship merit badges. Breland won a Silver Beaver Award for his volunteer work with scouts. He is chairman for Arrowhead District, but he also works with children's groups all over, from the Morgan County Boys and Girls Club, the Alabama Sheriff's Boys Ranch, Cadet Corps, H.A.N.D.S. Home and Center for the Developmentally Disabled. He's also the father of Eagle Scout Will Breland.

After some 10 years as assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 142, Dana Hendrix is a unit commissioner for Arrowhead District. He helped organize two units, helped conduct many workshops and worked with Coosa Lodge 50 of the Order of the Arrow as well in Wood Badge training. He also coaches youth baseball.

Accountant Tim Smalley holds a Silver Beaver Award and is one of two assistant treasurers to the Greater Alabama Council of Boy Scouts. An Eagle Scout, he is also the father of Eagle Scout Drew Smalley. He helped organize a Friends of Scouting fund-raising campaign. On the troop level, Smalley is assistant scoutmaster for Troop 260, served as a den leader and, last summer, grew a beard when he accompanied the troop on an 85-mile hike at Philmont Scout Reservation.

Although the emphasis is on adult leaders, everyone looks forward to the evening's highlight: the presentation of Arrowhead District's Eagle Scouts. Each Eagle goes home with a marvelous eagle statuette, a gift of the district committee.

Richard Bean was one of the few Eagles missing from the banquet. He chose, instead, to attend President Bush's second inauguration. Other Class of 2004 Eagles honored that evening were Andrew Biehn, Will Breland, Mark Carr, Greg Doud, Tyler Godsy, Stephen Haddock, Drew Holmes, Kevin Huff, Wesley Huneycutt, Chris Kidd, Ian Lamb, Dustin Mitchell, Daniel Morgan, Daniel Owen, Kelly Sandefer, Daniel Schopp, Bradley Sharp, David Westfall, Daniel Williams, Andrew Hopkins, Jonathan Reeder, Josheua Samuelson and Leslie Thomas Sexton.

Paul Downs chaired the banquet. Other District Committee members include Irvin Brown, Dennis Griffith, Dr. Terry Greer, Dr. Tom Willis, Hal Swartz, Dennis Quintavalle, Joe McDonald, Georgiana Thrasher, Barry Hooie, Angela Paddon, Sammie Fite, the Rev. Stanley Clark, Don Wojtal, Melissa Parker, Susan Compton, Scouty Compton, Margery Keys, Gene Keys, Jim Bloom and Cathy Smalley.

Trowelers turn 56

Members of the Trowelers Garden Club celebrated the club's 56th birthday with a tea in Jo Hosey's home.

Jimmy Dean Hambrick and Marjorie Cockrell helped provide a sophisticated centerpiece of nandina foliage and berries, as well as silver trays of finger sandwiches, cheese straws and sweets and bowls of fruit and nuts. Nelle Rooks poured tea and coffee.

Nelle also presented the program, "Knowing Your Roots," on the club's history. Trowelers organized as Decatur's second garden club. Since the beginning, the club's major project has been beautifying the entrance to the Decatur City Cemetery.

President Barbara Mullins brought the Trowelers back to the present to take care of business. Jennifer Ward, Leesa Ray and Barbara Inscho will represent the club at a district Council of Garden Clubs meeting. New officers for the 2004-2005 club year will be Glenna Chaffin, president; Leesa Ray, vice president; Ann Sidwell, recording secretary; Vivian Pylant, treasurer; Lucille Lee, corresponding secretary; and Barbara Inscho, parliamentarian.

Winning roses

It's not a garden club, but the Decatur Women's Chamber of Commerce will learn how to grow award-winning roses at Friday's luncheon meeting.

Women's Chamber's real mission is encouraging "a clean, healthy city," and roses fit right into that purpose. Anyone who'd like to know more about roses, or about making Decatur a cleaner, healthier city, is welcome to join members for lunch Friday at noon at Decatur Country Club. Make a reservation by calling Jean Ann Anderson at 341-2615.

One-stop bride

Got a wedding in your future?

Get all the information you need to stage a memorable wedding at Saturday's Bridal Extravaganza presented by the Pilot Club of Decatur. Pilot Teresa Powell says brides can talk to a number of area merchants about their services. Less stress for the bride makes a more beautiful bride, of course.

Bridal Extravaganza is Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church in Decatur. Admission is $5 per person and helps support the Pilot Club's community projects.

Call your "Chatterbox" news to Cathy D. Wahl at 350-6983 or mail to 1225 Regency Blvd. S.E., Decatur, AL 35601. Fax to 350-6983 or e-mail to

Cathy D. Wahl Cathy D. Wahl
DAILY Staff Writer

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