Marion Mayor Bob Butler and Carbondale Mayor Joel Fritzler were
honored during a Good Scout recognition dinner last month at John A.
Logan College. Both mayors earned the rank of Eagle Scout in their
The dinner fundraiser was provided by Egyptian and
Kaskaskia districts of the Greater St. Louis Area Council Boy Scouts of
America. Local corporate sponsors included Golden Eagle Distributors,
Pepsi MidAmerica and The Southern Illinoisan.
Master of Ceremonies
Michael Garlinghouse of Murphysboro, a board member of United Way of
Southern Illinois, welcomed the large crowd of BSA supporters. He
introduced both mayors, offering each an opportunity to speak.
each mayor eagerly accepted the offer to share a few words, Garlinghouse
added, “You should never invite a politician to speak.” That brought a
round of laughter and applause.
Butler reminisced about several
camping trips, including one that involved a snipe hunt. He later served
as a summer camp staff member and was inducted into Order of the Arrow.
The longtime mayor said he learned a lesson in life from the Scouts,
that of “keeping on,” as he described endurance hikes and a difficult
swim to an island in a Wisconsin lake.
Accompanying Butler to the dinner was his wife, Louetta, and Marion City Manager Gail West.
pointed out that Butler didn’t know he would get two statues this year,
referring to the Scout statuette and the new life-sized statue of him
on the Marion square.
“Once an Eagle Scout, always an Eagle
Scout,” Fritzler said. He emphasized that everyone should “reach out and
thank former teachers, Scout masters and those who helped form us into
Presenting the award to Butler was Joseph Hirschi of
Marion, chairman of Egyptian District of the Greater St. Louis Area
Council BSA. Don Monty of Carbondale, a longtime BSA supporter,
presented Fritzler with his award.
Several Scouts participated in
the program, with one demonstrating knot tying. All of the guests had
the opportunity to try to duplicate the endeavor with a small rope by
The dinner raised $4,562 in pledges for the two
districts, which include the counties of Alexander, Franklin, Hamilton,
Jackson, Johnson, Perry, Pulaski, Saline, Union and Williamson.