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

Local Advocate Receives Scouting’s Highest Honor for Service

John Jadel to be honored for more than 50 years of service to Scouting


San Diego, CAMay 23, 2008Retired Akzo America President John Jadel of Wilmette, Ill., has significantly impacted thousands of youth through his volunteer leadership in the Boy Scouts of America. For his 56 years of service to youth, the BSA National Council will honor Jadel 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.

In 56 years as a Scouting volunteer, Jadel has continually helped the Boy Scouts of America move forward and remain relevant to today’s youth. Additionally, he actively promotes education among young people. Jadel funds scholarships at Michigan State, Bowling Green State, and Indiana universities. He also has endowed Alpha Phi Omega’s Youth Program Grants initiative and the Schoolyard Habitat Action Grants program of the Illinois Conservation Foundation.

A recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, Jadel has worked successfully at every level of Scouting. Among his many roles, he has served as a unit committee chairman, district chairman, council president, area president, National Advisory Council member, and president of the National Eagle Scout Association.

“Not only is John a distinguished Scout himself, but he also has dedicated his life to serving our youth,” said Bob Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive. “The Boy Scouts of America is proud to recognize his efforts to promote education among young people for more than half a century.”

Jadel is a member of the 1910 Society and holds the Silver Beaver Award (as did his father) and the Silver Antelope Award. Among his other honors and awards are the Distinguished Service Award from Alpha Phi Omega, the Chairman’s Award from the Executive Service Corps of Chicago, and the Helms Award from Winnetka Congregational Church, where he is an active member. Jadel and his wife, Louise, have five children and five grandchildren.


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