LaGrange recognizes Boy Scouts of America, events planned for 100th anniversary

amccallum@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 10, 2010 

LAGRANGE, Ga. — The city recently awarded local scout leaders a proclamation recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.

Boys Scouts of America was started in Washington, D.C. in 1910 and has had more than 110 million members throughout the country, according to the proclamation.

Scouting in LaGrange has been a longtime traditional for young boys, reports indicate scouting in the area started in 1914. To celebrate scouting's storied history two events are planned in LaGrange.

The Legacy Museum on Main is hosting an exhibit on the history of scouting in LaGrange, East Alabama and West Georgia. It will run until March 31 and feature historic items such as Fuller Callaway Jr's. Boy Scout uniform from 1917 and a picture of Eagle Scout and former LaGrange mayor Chris Joseph with astronaut John Glenn in 1968.

The Boys Scouts will also hold a Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner on March 23 at the Callaway Center to honor Jane Fryer, former LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce president and current Development Authority of LaGrange chief operating officer. The event is celebration and fundraiser, sponsored by Kia Motors, Milliken & Company and Sewon America.

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