The Silver Beaver is the highest form of recognition that a local council can bestow upon a volunteer. It is given for distinguished service of exceptional character to Scout youth by registered Scouters within the jurisdiction of the Longhorn Council. The Silver Beaver is an award given to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service. It is given to those who do not actively seek it. Of the 14 Longhorn Council recipients in 2016, 3 were from our own Lakeview District. 2017 nomination forms are found on the Longhorn Council website: http://www.longhorncouncil.org/general-info/silver-beaver/
It was David’s Japanese immigrant mother, not his American father who put him into the Boy Scouts in 1972. So in love with America, she believed REAL American boys were Boy Scouts. David was a Scout Usher at Super Bowl 8 in Rice Stadium in 1974. After his first Philmont trek, he became OA Brotherhood and earned his Eagle in 1976.
David got re-involved in Scouting with his son, Andrew in 2003 in Troop 28, Colleyville. He thrived as Chaplain for 7 years. He was awarded both the God & Service and Cross & Flame Awards for devoted religious service. As well, he has been a Personal Fitness merit badge counselor for 13 years, stressing all aspects of fitness in boys. David completed Wood Badge soon after his son earned Eagle in 2009, and became unit commissioner in Lakeview District. In 2012-14 he rose to District Commissioner, and today remains Asst. Dist. Commissioner. David’s heritage motivated him to join the International Scouting Committee, then a trip to Sendai, Japan in 2014 (his mother’s home town where the infamous tsunami came inland 6 miles). There he met adult Scout leaders and city officials in a wonderful exchange.
Following a crippling fall in 1995, David discovered distance running in rehab; giving all the credit to God. He has run 38 marathons, 9 of which are at the world-renowned Boston Marathon. Tonight he returns from Boston #10 to our dinner. He’s fundraised 16 years through marathon running for Burn Camp- a summer camp for severely burned kids through the Parkland Foundation. Also fundraised for Japan Tsunami Relief in 2011, and was recognized by the City of Sendai. David is an active teacher and motivational speaker to youth and adults through his testimony.
David has continually donated his professional skills as an art director/graphic designer to his Unit, District, Council and National Scout office. He is married to Elizabeth for 29 years. They have a grown daughter- Sarah, and Eagle son- Andrew.
Mark Johnson is a second generation Silver Beaver recipient with his dad. Mark became an Eagle Scout in 1979, and he has served in numerous areas of the Longhorn Council as Scoutmaster, Chartered Organization Representative, Committee Chairman, Cubmaster, Assistant Crew Advisor and various other positions over 20+ years as an adult Scouter. He is well known for his dedication, commitment and drive as he ran the Scout Show in Fort Worth as the Chairperson for 4 years. In Lakeview, Mark was Cub Roundtable Chairman for 3 years, as well as Boy Scout Roundtable Chairman for 2 years; also serving on numerous District committees.
He is very active in the community as a volunteer in Northeast Tarrant County Coin Club. During the unveiling of the 100 Years of Scouting commemorative coin in 2010, Mark was instrumental in bringing his Boy Scout troop and North Tarrant Coin Club together for this event. He championed the Feds Feed Families Drive in 2015 at the USDA Milk Market Administrator’s office resulting in a record breaking donation of over 4,000 pounds of food to the North Texas Food Bank to feed area families.
Mark has staffed National Jamboree in 2010 and 2013. He also served on the Philmont Faculty and is a Staff Association Life Member (PTC Faculty 2007). Mark has been a mentor to numerous scouts and has received 7 Eagle Scout Mentor Pins and has participated and advised over 15 Eagle Scout Service Projects. Mark just finished 5 years as Scoutmaster of Troop 1905, and is now the troop Committee Chairman.
He is married to Monica for 23 years and they have one daughter, Makenna, and one son, Matthew, who is a 3rd generation Eagle Scout.
John Romney is an Eagle Scout that has been active in adult leadership positions in Scouting for over 34 years. He currently serves as an Assistant District Commissioner in the Lakeview District, and as a Scout Committee Member and the Eagle Coach Counselor in his local units. He has volunteered in several positions from Scoutmaster, Varsity Team Coach, Merit Badge Counselor, Scout Committee Member, Chartered Organization Representative, District Advancement Committee member, as well as he served as the first District Chairman of the Lakeview District when it was created approximately 14 years ago.
John was a driving force in creating the successful Lakeview Merit Badge College at the McDonwell LDS Facility.
John is a Managing Director at Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, an LA-based private equity firm, and is active in the Association for Corporate Growth, serving in various committee positions.
He received the LDS Duty to God Award as a youth, is an Ordeal Member of The Order of the Arrow, and has received the LDS Adult On My Honor Award, the LDS Thomas S. Monson Award, the 50-Miler Award, the Kelsey T. Nance Award (Lakeview), the Lighthouse Award (Lakeview), the District Award of Merit (Lakeview) and is a Woodbadge trained Scout leader.
John has been married to his sweetheart, Jill Layton Romney, for 38 years as of this May. They have two married sons who are Eagle Scouts (one of whom is an Assistant Scoutmaster), four daughters, three of whom are married (one to an Eagle Scout and a current Scoutmaster), and five grandchildren, the oldest of which is working towards his Eagle Scout Award. They have resided in Southlake, TX since 1999.