South Down scout district awards night a huge success

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Monday, February 18th, 2013
On the 1st January 2013 there was an historic change to Scouting in the local area after the former Newry and Banbridge Scout Districts amalgamated to form a new District known as South Down District. At the helm of this new District is Banbridge man Rodney Watson, who has been appointed as District Commissioner. Rodney has many years of experience in Scouting and was the former District Commissioner for Banbridge District prior to taking on this new role. On Saturday night past, the Leaders of the various Scout Sections of the new South Down District came together for their first District Dinner in the Belmont Hotel, Banbridge. It was a highly successful evening with over 60 in attendance. District Commissioner Rodney Watson thanked everyone for their support and in particular the leaders of 1st Drumgooland who organised the evening. Also present was the County Commissioner (for Co Down) Stephen Donaldson, who took the opportunity to present a number of Scouting awards. The new District Commissioner Rodney Watson was awarded the Bar to the Award for Merit for services to Scouting in Banbridge. The Award for Merit was presented to Elsa Cairns (CSL 1st Poyntzpass), Jim Baines (1st Newry and District Secretary), husband and wife team Garry McWhirter (ASL 1st Newry) and Carol McWhirter (BL 1st Newry). George James, District Treasurer paid tribute to Newry District’s former District Commissioner Mervyn Ferris M.B.E. and thanked him for his services during his tenure as Commissioner. Mervyn was presented with a personally inscribed Galway Crystal Vase from the members of 1st Drumgooland, 1st Newry, 1st Rathfriland and 1st Poyntzpass.
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