April 30, 2014




(Savannah, GA)   On Wednesday, May 7, 2014, the Coastal Georgia Council Boy Scouts of America will hold its second annual Mayor’s Award Luncheon to benefit Boy Scout outreach programs, including Scoutreach Inner City Scouting program and the Explorer Post Career Exploration program. The Mayor’s Luncheon will be held at Woodville Tompkins Technical & Career High School and will feature keynote speaker Savannah Chatham Metro Police Assistant Police Chief, Terry Enoch.


Mayor Edna Jackson, who was recipient of the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award in 2013 will present this year’s award to Mr. James Gamble, Financial Professional with New York Life.  Mr. Gamble has been a dedicated volunteer and scouting supporter for the past five years. The Boy Scouts of America created the Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award to recognize outstanding service and demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for youth from rural or low-income urban backgrounds. Young’s work was instrumental in breaking down our nation’s barriers of segregation and inequality.  Mr. Young is quoted as saying, “I’d rather be prepared for an opportunity that never comes than have an opportunity come and I am not prepared.”  Young’s positive, can-do attitude clearly exemplifies and mirrors the Boy Scout motto, ‘Be Prepared.’   Mr. Gamble inspires the youth in our programs with his own positive, can-do attitude.

Alton Wright, Dorothy Drayton and Jill Phongsa will receive the Good Scout Award at the Mayor’s Luncheon for the three years of hard work and dedication undertaken in the writing and publishing of ‘100 Years of Scouting in the Coastal Empire | 1910-2010,’ the council’s new book outlining the history of scouting in the Coastal Empire.  Alton (Al) Wright is a Human Relations Consultant at Gulfstream Aerospace.  Mr. Wright has served as a member of the Coastal Empire Council Executive Board since 2009 and was project manager for the book. Dorothy Drayton, chief contributing writer, is a Marketing Director and Event Planner. Jill Phongsa, the book’s illustrator, is employed by TMX Finance as a Web Designer.  The book is 139 pages long, contains hundreds of local photographs and stories that bring to life the history of Boy Scouting in coastal Georgia over the past 100 years, and is available at the Coastal Georgia Council office at 11900 Abercorn Street, Savannah.

The Coastal Georgia Council Boy Scouts of America serves over 7500 young men and women annually in coastal Georgia though traditional scouting, inner city ScoutReach programs, Learning for Life, and Explorer Post programs. To attend the Mayor’s Award Luncheon, reservations are required; contact Angela Phillips at the Coastal Empire Council at 912-927-7272, ext. 204.


Submitted by:


Barbara Foley, M.Ed.

Outreach Director

Coastal Georgia Council Boy Scouts of America

Mobile Phone:  912-308-7892

Office Phone:  912-927-7272 x 212

11900 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA  31419



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