Bill Briggs will be honored with the Good Scout Award at the annual Allegheny Highlands Council, Boy Scouts of America, golf tournament June 21 at Shorewood Country Club, Dunkirk.
"We are extremely pleased," said Derek Dawson, event chairman. "Bill has done so much for our community for so very long. He really and truly is a good scout and a great guy, and really deserves this tribute. This is our 35th anniversary of the Good Scout Tournament, and we promise a fun day for everyone involved."
Briggs is a lifelong resident of Chautauqua County. He was a Cub Scout at a pack that met at Fairmount Elementary School and a Boy Scout in Troop 165 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Jamestown. He admits that some of his fondest memories as a youth revolve around his scouting experiences.
Matt Kalm, vice president for marketing at Shults, hands the keys to the newly redesigned 2013 Chevrolet Malibu to Derek Dawson, Good Scout Tournament chairman, as Bill Briggs, Good Scout honoree, looks on. The car can be won in the tournament for hitting a hole in one.
"It's obvious that scouting had an impact, because he is an all-around good guy and treats everyone honestly and fairly. He embodies what a good scout means," Dawson said.
Briggs said he really enjoyed Scouting in Action when he was a scout, which was run at the Guard Armory in Jamestown every year. He also went to Camp Merz for a week during the summers, and did the mile swim and learned to shoot a rifle at camp. He earned the rank of Star Scout. Briggs attended Jamestown High School before his family moved to the Maple Grove High School district. In high school he played football, was a wrestler and ran track. He continued on to college and received his bachelor's degree from Baldwin-Wallace College and was president of the senior class.
Professionally, Briggs began a career in banking as an operations officer at Cleveland Trust Bank, but then decided to come home to the family business, Chautauqua Brick. He became the president in 1979, overseeing the operation of five stores in Jamestown, Great Valley, Fredonia, Bemus Point and Corry, Pa..
He has been on the executive board of the Allegheny Highlands Boy Scouts for 20 years and has been the vice president for a good part of that time.
"Bill always steps up to help with events and carries more than his fair share of the load to help the scouts," said Dale Carlson, council president. "He has a level head for business, and is always a conservative voice in matters of governance that has served our youth well."
Briggs has always been involved in his community. He was a coach in Bemus Point Little League and served as league president. He also coached youth soccer. He is a life member of the Bemus Point Fire Department and also served on the Bemus Point Village Board as a trustee and deputy mayor. He also served on the Ellery Board of Appeals. He is also a charter member and very active in the Jamestown AM Rotary Club.
Briggs has been married for 33 years to his wife, Judy. They have four grown sons including one, Nathan, who is an Eagle Scout.
The Good Scout Golf Tournament is organized by the local boy scout council every year to honor outstanding community leaders who exemplify the scout oath and law in their daily lives. The proceeds of the event help the council serve more than 4,000 youth and 1,300 leaders in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus ,and Allegany counties in New York, and McKean and Potter counties in Pennsylvania. The council also operates Camp Merz in Mayville, the Elk Lick Scout Reserve in Smethport, Pa., and the scout Service Center in Falconer.
For more information about the tournament of scouting, call the service center at 665-2697 or visit www.alleghenyhighlands.org.