Boy Scouts reception set to honor Luther Strange and new Eagle Scouts | Community Spirit
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange will be awarded the National Eagle Scout Association’s highest recognition, the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, in a ceremony later this week in Montgomery. The announcement was made by the Tukabatchee Area Council, the local council of the Boy Scouts of America. The Council had nominated Strange for the national honor, which recognizes men who, 25 years or longer after becoming an Eagle Scout, have reached the highest national level of success in their field.
This year only 33 individuals throughout the country have been granted the award by the National Eagle Scout Association, headquartered in Irving, Texas. Previous recipients since the award was established in 1969 have included a U.S. President, top government and military officials, university presidents, chief executive officers of Fortune 500 companies, and nationally know lawyers, educators and doctors. Each recipient has risen to a state of national prominence and distinction his field prior to receiving the award.
Strange, who has distinguished himself in the field of law, grew up in Sylacauga and Homewood, and he earned the Eagle Scout Award in 1966 at Troop 94 in Birmingham. After graduation from Shades Valley High in 1971, he won a basketball scholarship at Tulane University, graduating in 1975, and then worked in the Merchant Marine in the North Sea to be able to attend and help pay for Tulane Law School, from which he graduated in 1979.
From 1979 to 1994, Strange worked with Southern Natural Gas (Sonat, Inc.), the first two years in Houston, the next four in Birmingham, and the last nine years in Washington D.C, where he was head of governmental affairs for Sonat. During that time, in 1992, he was also the president of the Natural Gas Roundtable.
In 1994 he founded Luther J. Strange, LLC, a law firm in Birmingham. In 1999, the firm managed with what is now known as Bradley, Arant, Boult, Cummings LLP, and there he was a partner and chairman of the Governmental Affairs practice. He then founded the law firm Strange LLC in Birmingham in 2008, where he practiced law until 2010, when he was elected Alabama’s 419th Attorney General.
The array of significant legal activities, negotiations, and consultations that Strange has spearheaded both in private and as the state’s attorney general is extensive. He has been selected by his peers and legal publications as one of the nation’s leading lawyers. Besides his professional work, Strange has been a founding member of Oakwood Capital Bank, serves on the advisory board of ARK Real Estate Strategies, LLC, and is active in church work. He formerly served on the board of trustees of Talladega College, the board of advisors of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the board of Sloss Historic Furnaces, and as president of the board of the Alabama Ballet.
He and his wife, Melissa, have two sons, Luke and Keehn, and have a home in Mountain Brook in Birmingham, Alabama.
Mr. Strange will receive the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award at a dinner and reception on Thursday, December 8th at the Capital City Club in Montgomery.
In addition to Attorney General Strange receiving the Distinguished Eagle Award, 57 Boy Scouts will be recognized for receiving the Eagle Scout Award for 2011. Tickets to the event are $50 and may be obtained by contacting Lamar Dykes at the Boy Scout Office 334-834-6521 or at email@example.com.
These are the Boys Scouts who will be recognized at the dinner and reception:
- Tony Christopher Allen of Montgomery, Troop #307
- Gary Andrew Gil Backus of Montgomery, Troop #601
- Jackson Eugene Baird of Alexander City, Troop #169
- Hudson Taylor Baldwin of Millbrook, Troop #25
- Joseph Dean Black of Deatsville, Troop #600
- Oscar Cobb Bostick, Jr. of Selma, Troop #46
- Samuel Boswell of Montgomery, Crew #2601
- Daniel Andrew Cape of Wetumpka, Troop #50
- Dalton Lee Anthony Cape of Wetumpka, Troop #50
- Richard Scott Carpenter of Montgomery, Troop #800
- Michael David Clark of Selma, Troop #45
- Aaron Ralph Edward Crenshaw of Tallassee, Troop #59
- Jonathan Ryan DeLuca of Prattville, Troop #25
- Joshua Oliver Dunn of Pike Road, Troop #307
- Timothy Robert Frederick of Wetumpka, Crew #427
- Robert Julian Gant, III of Titus, Troop #13
- Samuel David Gill of Prattville, Troop #156
- Alexander Joshua Gillie of Montgomery, Troop #601
- Joshua Wayne Graham of Alexander City, Troop #169
- Harrison Lynn Graves of Wetumpka, Troop #13
- Lucas Stanley Hall of Clanton, Troop #559
- Michael Valcus Hamner of Selma, Troop #46
- Gad Idoniboye Harry of Tuskegee, Troop #70
- Alexander David Haughton of Deatsville, Troop #19
- Luther Andrew Homsher of Montgomery, Troop #4
- Jeffrey Scott Hubbard of Valley Grande, Troop #46
- Nicholas Arthur Jones of Verbena, Troop #232
- Joshua Ray Jones of Greenville, Troop #520
- Adam Edward King of Selma, Troop #26
- Michael James Knotts of Montgomery, Troop #924
- Garrett William Kull of Prattville, Troop #156
- Ryan Gabriel Lawniczak of Millbrook, Troop #600
- Tyler Campbell Lynn of Wetumpka, Troop #13
- Timothy Lee Marion of Montgomery, Troop #924
- Matthew David McCrocklin of Millbrook, Troop #19
- Andrew Zachary McMannes of Eclectic, Troop #50
- Tepper Leon Middleton of Selma, Troop #26
- John Paul Mitchell of Prattville, Troop #156
- William Neal Mitchell of Prattville, Troop #156
- Matthew Charles Murphy of Montgomery, Troop# 307
- Rushton Alan Nimmer of Greenville, Crew #2601
- Phillip Tyler Gabriel Parrish of Wetumpka, Troop #4
- Benjamin Howard Petters of Montgomery, Troop #4
- Dustin Everett Lee Rolan of Wetumpka, Troop #13
- Benjamin Henry Scheierman of Prattville, Troop #111
- Brandon John Schordorf of Elmore, Troop #19
- Richard Clinton Seales of Clanton, Troop #11
- Nicholas A. Servidio of Montgomery, Troop #8
- Jackson Hines Steele of Beatrice, Troop #94
- Jonathan Alan Stokes of Montgomery, Troop #224
- Scott Thomas Strickland of Montgomery, Troop #307
- Andrew Michael Sumner of Montgomery, Troop #924
- Paul Alan Thurber, Jr. of Marion, Troop #322
- Robert Wiley Weaver of Alexander City, Troop #169
- David Allen Windham of Wetumpka, Troop #13
- Reece Jacob Winslett of Clanton, Troop #11
- Ryan Stanford Zienert of Montgomery, Troop #20