Commander Scott Altman receives the "Distinguished Citizen Award" from the W.D.Boyce Council of Boy Scouts of America last night at the Byerly Aviation Hanger in Peoria, IL.
Commander Scott D. Altman received the "Distinguished Citizen Award" by the W.D.Boyce Council of the Boy Scouts of America last night. It was held at the Byerly Aviation Hanger at the Wayne A. Downing Airport in Peoria. The award was presented by Astronaut John Grunsfeld who was with Scott on the STS-125 mission to the Hubble Telescope.
It was an "Out of this World" galactic experience inside the Byerly Aviation Hangar which included planetary food stations, an ice bar with a 4,000 pound ice sculpture of the space shuttle, featuring lights which made it look like it was taking off. According to Brian Uhlenhopp, Development Director of W.D.Boyce Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Head Chef at the Pierre Marquette Jeff Seldig sculptured the magnificent center piece. Brian told me that Jeff worked on site for 3 nights finishing the work. It was made from 18 blocks of ice.
As guest entered the Byerly Aviation building they encountered a galactic surprise with cardboard mock ups of Altman, an astronaut in a spacesuit, and theatrical lighting and fog to set the evenings events.
Left: Guest walked into the Byerly Building to cardboard mock ups, theatrical lighting and fog.
About the W.D. Boyce Council:
About William Dickson BoyceIn late October of 1909, a Chicago publisher who resided in Ottawa, Illinois, was on a business trip in London, England. Standing on a corner in a dense fog, utterly lost, he was approached by a young boy who inquired, "Sir, may I be of assistance." Upon explaining his dilemma, the boy volunteered to show Mr. Boyce the way. When they arrived, Boyce reached into his pocket for a shilling to tip the boy. The youth refused, saying, "No thank you sir, I'm a scout and this is my good turn for the day." Boyce, up to that point, had never heard of a scout; but, he was intrigued with the concept. He asked the boy to wait for him so that he could learn more about "scouts". This scout, whose name was never recorded, became known internationally as "The Unknown Scout". This gesture by an unknown Scout inspired a meeting with Robert Baden-Powell, the British founder of the Boy Scouts. As a result, William D. Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America on February 8, 1910. He also created the Lone Scouts, which merged with the Boy Scouts of America in 1924.
Today the Council has over 13,000 youth and 4,000 adults active in 14 counties in Central IL. If you would like to contact them their address is 614 NE Madison Avenue, Peoria, IL. 61603, or phone 309-673-6136 for more information.
Each year the W.D.Boyce Council of Boy Scouts of America presents "The Distinguised Citizen Award to one who exemplifies the qualities in the Scout Oath and Law. This year Scott demonstrated leadership, confidence and perseverance set the example for all of us. His commitment to doing your best and living by the 12 points of the Scout Law leave an impact on youth throughout Central Illinois.( By the W.D. Boyce Council ).
Left: The (Sun) planetary food station inside the Byerly Aviation Hangar
Top Right: The Venus planetary food station
Right: Moonglow drinks are poured for guest.
Left: The (Mercury) planetary food station
Below Right: The Tazewell County and Education Center had a table at the "Distinguished Citizen Award". The Museum features a room in honor of Pekinite and Commander Scott Altman.
While everyone was enjoying the food at the planetary food stations inside the Byerly Hangar, Commander Altman was outside meeting guest.
Left: Commander Altman meeting and talking with guest of the Dinner.
Right: Commander Altman autographs packages of "Astronauts ice cream" that guest could get inside
Left: Commander Altman poses with some guest outside the Byerly Hangar before the presentation Saturday night
As the 8 pm hour drew near, guest started getting their places on some bleachers that were set up outside to watch the presentation of the "Distinguished Citizen Award" take place outside the Byerly Hangar.
Right: Commander Scott Altman receives the "Distinguished Citizen Award"
Last years Award winner was former Caterpillar CEO Jim Owens. Now here is a small video of the events inside the Byerly Hangar.