Boy Scouts to honor three with 'Visionary Awards' Nov. 19 at city hall

The Greater Yosemite Council of Merced and Mariposa Boys Scouts of America said they would hold their second annual “Visionary Awards” luncheon Friday, Nov. 19, at Merced City Hall.

The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 678 W. 18th Street and will show support for the Scouting movement in the Merced and Mariposa County area.

The purpose of the event is to raise funds to support Scouting programs in Merced County and create a heightened awareness of Scouting as a positive program, according to a news release.

Local Scouting district Senior Executive Adan Barajas and event chairman Peter Fluetsch announced the three honorees selected to receive the 2010 “Visionary Awards.” The three honorees are Ana Pagan, Lucrecia Sicairos and Joe McColloch. Fluetch said they “are just three of the many hard working individuals in Merced County. They are certainly positive role models for our youth.”

Pagan is director of the Merced County Human Services Agency. She is the president of the National Staff Development and Training Association, an affiliate of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA). She serves on the APHSA Presidents Council which is involved in developing social policy. She is a member of the California Welfare Directors Association and on the executive board of the C-IV Joint Powers Authority board. She also serves on numerous local boards and state committees. She’s an anthropologist with a master’s in Human Resources Management and Organizational Development. She has a diverse history which embraces agribusiness, mental health, employment, community development and child welfare. A Vietnam-era military veteran, she is an advocate for veterans services, and strong supporter of children, families, seniors, and other vulnerable people. She is the recipient of the Soroptomists Women of Distinction Award and the UC Merced Helping Hands Community Service Award.]

McColloch was born and raised in Los Banos. After high school, he attended Bakersfield Junior College where he received his associates of Arts degree. Then he transferred to and graduated from Fresno State with a bachelor’s of science degree. He received his teaching and administrative credentials from National University. He has been a teacher and administrator for Los Banos Unified School District.

Sicairos was born and raised in the Merced-Atwater-Livingston area. She attended the Livingston schools and graduated from Livingston High. She received her bachelor’s in Liberal Studies and Multiple Subject Credential from CSU Stanislaus. After four years of service for Winton School District, she earned her administrative credential. She completed two years as program coordinator at Winton Middle School and two years as vice principal at Frank Sparkes before moving to Merced City School District. She was Learning Director for three years and has now entered her second year as principal at Margaret Sheehy Elementary.

For tickets and additional information, please call Barajas at (209) 202-4486.

The Boys Scouts of America are celebrating their 100 years of service. Merced and Mariposa counties Scouting organizations said they need the public’s help in keeping an American tradition alive by sponsoring a local youngster to become a Scout.