The Elk River District of the Middle Tennessee Council Boy Scouts of America has recognized Sen. Janice Bowling, presenting her with the Middle Tennessee Council 2019 Good Scout Award.
Bowling received the award at an event held at the Lakewood Golf and Country Club in Tullahoma last Thursday.
2019 Elk River Friends of Scouting Chair Rich Ellis welcomed Bowling and praised her for her service to the community.
‘A wonderful example’
“She is a wonderful example of what it means to be a leader in the community and the type of people this county produces,” Ellis said. “She is a woman of character and vision, who leads by example and provides a lot of inspiration throughout the community.”
Tullahoma Mayor Lane Curlee, who served as a Tullahoma Good Scout event chair, said Bowling’s leadership and dedication have made a tremendous impact on the Tullahoma area.
Bowling served as a Tullahoma alderman for 16 years before she was elected to the State Senate to represent District 16.
“I have so much respect for her … her perseverance, her passion,” Curlee said. “I [recently] had an opportunity to be in Nashville and see personally the passion she brings.”
Curlee added the honor is well deserved.
“The Good Scout Award recognizes individuals who exemplify the spirit of a scout by helping others,” Curlee said. “This prestigious award distinguishes those that go above and beyond expectations. It celebrates those who truly make a difference not because they care but because they act.”
Thankful for relationships
Bowling thanked the district for the recognition.
“It doesn’t seem like that long ago that I started being involved in Tullahoma, being involved in the community and the lives of others, but time has a way of rushing by,” Bowling said.
She added “the world rewards accomplishments and God rewards relationships” and that she was thankful for the relationships she has and the friendships she has gained.
Being successful as a person takes building relationships with others so they can truly serve their community, she said.
Making a difference in the community
Phillip Heikkinen, a representative Middle Tennessee Council Boy Scouts of America, commended Bowling.
“Every year, we find somebody in the community that meets the scout requirements for being a good scout, and we honor that person,” Heikkinen said. “We chose Ms. Bowling because of her dedication and all the work she has done for our area. She is one of those people that met the requirements for making a difference in our community.”
She exemplifies being a good scout, said Heikkinen.
“That means being trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, curious, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent,” Heikkinen said.
The event is also s fundraiser for the Tullahoma area and all the funds go to support the local scouts, added Heikkinen.
Elena Cawley may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.