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Good Scout Banquet honors Richard Morriss
Scoutmaster recognized with Ed Cone Award
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Richard Morriss explains the importance of family, including his scouting family, after receiving the 2013 Good Scout Award at Statesboro Primitive Baptist Church Thursday. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

Richard Morriss, Venture Crew adviser for Crew 935 and Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 935 at Pittman Park United Methodist Church for more than 20 years, received the Ed Cone Award at the Good Scout Banquet, held Thursday evening at Statesboro Primitive Baptist Church.
    Each year since 2010, the award is presented to a volunteer who is an avid supporter of scouting, investing his or her time and energy into the program.
    Involved in scouting since 1966 when he joined Troop 227 on St. Simons Island, Morriss has had a huge impact on the lives of many young men and their families in Bulloch County and beyond. He helped organize and start Troop 935, sponsored by Pittman Park UMC, in 1993. As current Venture Crew adviser, Morriss leads older Scouts on high adventure hikes and expeditions.
    Morriss earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1969 with Troop 227. His other scouting accomplishments and awards include attending the National Boy Scout Jamboree in Idaho in 1969; serving on staff at Camp Tolochee in the Okefenokee Area Council in 1970; and receiving the Dean Day Smith Award (1997), the Cross and Flame Award for the United Methodist Church (1999) and the Optimist of the Year Award (1997,1999). 
    Previous recipients of the Cone Award include Cone himself, Charlie Williams, John D. Russell and Al Burke. Passing the award to Morriss, last year’s recipient, Burke said, “We’re here to honor a person who well deserves this award after many years in scouting, a man who goes way above self to serve others.”
    After receiving the award, Morriss began his acceptance speech with these words: “Most of you that know me know that I’m a simple kind of guy.”
    And his words were brief, yet powerful and encouraging.
    “In scouting, you have good food, good fun, and good fellowship,” he continued. “Scouting has everything that a young boy needs — good food, good fun, good fellowship. And another word that comes to mind: family.”
    Morriss recognized and thanked his family, daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer Morriss-Cairney and Ross Cairney; son, Ryan Morriss; granddaughters, Bella and Henley Claire Cairney, and grandson, Jameson Cairney.
    “But I also think about my scouting family,” Morriss added. “We’re all one big family. I am honored to receive this award, and I thank you very much.”
    Mayor Jan Moore spoke to those assembled at the Good Scout Banquet and said she remembers with fondness the role that scouting has played in this community.
    “When I was growing up here in Statesboro, being a Boy Scout meant you were part of something special,” she said. “It meant you tried to live your life according to values and principles that embody trustworthiness, kindness, and loyalty, and you served God, your family, your community, and even yourself with honor and pride.”
    Moore said that still holds true today, and she thanked the young men in uniform at the banquet.
    “We are a better community because of you,” she said.

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