May 23rd - Local Resident Receives Scouting’s Highest Honor for Service

Local Resident Receives Scouting’s Highest Honor for Service

Dr. Harold Friend to be honored for lifelong commitment to Scouting


San Diego, CAMay 23, 2008By merging the Boy Scouts of America and Rotary International missions, Dr. Harold Friend significantly impacted thousands of youth worldwide. For his decades of service, the BSA National Council will honor him with the Silver Buffalo Award at its Annual Meeting in San Diego on May 23.

            The Silver Buffalo Award, Scouting’s highest commendation for service to youth, has been awarded annually since 1925 to civic-minded men and women who stand out for their invaluable contributions and service to the youth of America.

As a Scouter and Rotarian, Friend has strengthened the historic ties between the two service organizations while advocating for Scouting and youth around the world. From 1999 to 2002, Friend led the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians, which mobilizes support for Scouting in dozens of countries.

He also has presided over the Interamerican Scout Foundation, served on the BSA’s International Committee and chaired the Direct Service Committee. He is a member of the National Advisory Board.

A Distinguished Eagle Scout, Friend has received the Air Explorer Silver, Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope awards and is a member of the Order of the Arrow.

 “Not only is Harold a distinguished Scout himself, but he also has dedicated his life to serving youth around the world,” said Bob Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive. “The Boy Scouts of America is proud to recognize his decades of service through both our organization and Rotary International.”

Beyond his Scouting involvement, Friend’s many activities in Rotary International include service as club president, district governor, and chairman of the International Fellowship of Running and Fitness Rotarians. In that position, he helped sponsor construction of a fitness park in Pune, India; after-school fitness activities in five Asian countries; and numerous racing events to raise money for children’s organizations.

A board-certified neurologist, Friend is clinical director for neuroscience and neurobehavior at Florida Atlantic University College of Biomedical Sciences and an adjunct professor of biomedical science. Friend and his wife, Karenanne, have two children.


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