The Quivira Council of Boy Scouts of America announces that Randy Strickland received the esteemed Silver Beaver Award during the Quivira Council, Boy Scouts of America’s Annual Recognition Dinner on Jan. 26. The Silver Beaver Award is the highest honor a local Boy Scout Council can bestow upon a volunteer Scout leader and was established by the National Council, Boy Scouts of America in 1930. It is presented for noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth.
Strickland started his scouting career as a Cub back in 1962. As a Boy Scout, he attained the rank of Life Scout. He became a member of the Order of the Arrow in 1969 in Kanza Council. In 2009, he became involved in the scouting program again by helping to organize a new unit, Pack and Troop 7130 in Hoisington, and is still involved with the Order of the Arrow.
Scouting recognitions include Arrow of Light 1965, O/A vigil honor 2013, God and Country 1970, God and Service 2013, District Award of Merit 2012, Tribe of Quivira Tribal Elder 2010, Tribe of Quivira Tribal Council 2012, QSR 25 year rock in 2009, and he will carry his 50-year rock in 2019.
He married his high school sweetheart, Tobi, and they are celebrating their 43rd year of marriage. They have two daughters, Tandi and Kayci, who are both teachers. Randy is a U.S. Navy veteran trained in main propulsion, Commander of American Legion Post 320 in Ellinwood, Member of the Patrol Gunboats Association, and Township board member for 37 years. He has been employed by Murphy Tractor for 35 years, and has two associate degrees from Barton Community College, one for automotive technology and one for diesel technology. He has been a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hoisington since 1975 and serves on the Staff/Parish Committee.