Snowden earns Silver Beaver Award

The Anthony Wayne Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America recently honored Huntington resident and former mayor Gene Snowden with the organization's prestigious Silver Beaver Award.

The award is the council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America, and recipients are adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council.

The Silver Beaver is an award given to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication and many years of service, noted presenter Dr. John Regan. It is given to those who do not actively seek it.

Snowden got his start in Scouting in 1965 when he became a Scoutmaster, and he has continued his involvement in the organization for almost 50 years. His commitment to Scouting, as well as his community and church involvement, played a role in his nomination for the prestigious Silver Beaver Award, Regan added.

Snowden's nomination touted his unfaltering financial support of and uncanny ability and willingness to help the Boy Scouts organization.

"On many, many occasions, I have heard him expound at length on the values of the Scouting program and what they mean to our youth and our country," the nomination went on to say. "He unhesitantly speaks from the heart about Scouting and the ideals it attempts to impart. The point I am trying to make to you is that it's not just about the money for Gene, it's really about the program and the money is just a means to that end."

What is also remarkable, the nomination states, is that Snowden and his wife Carol have four daughters - no sons.
Snowden has also received accolades from a variety of other groups and organizations, including three different governors of the state of Indiana, who honored him with the distinguished Sagamore of the Wabash Award.

Snowden's other involvements include serving as a state senator for 20 years and county auditor for four years, operating a life insurance agency for 30 years, and working as a real estate agent for 10 years. In 1970 he served as president of the National Society of State Legislators.

Snowden attended Olivet Nazarene University, where he has served as a trustee of for 39 years. In 1989 the university recognized him for his service to state, community and church with an honorary doctor of law degree.

Snowden was charter president of the Optimist Club in 1960 and 1961. He is a member of the Lions Club, serves as a board member for the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County and the Huntington PAL, is a seven-gallon blood donor for the American Red Cross and has served as chairman of the county United Way twice.