HAMBURG — Michael Meyers of Boston, was awarded the National Eagle Scout Association Outstanding Eagle Scout Award. Meyers is the first recipient of this award from the Greater Niagara Frontier Council.
Greater Niagara Frontier Council President John Schmidt Jr. presented the award at a National Court of Honor on May 1. The dinner, held at the Millennium Hotel, recognized adult volunteers.
“I am honored to be awarded this award, but it is not important to me. What is important to me is to live my life by the scout oath and scout law, a sort of moral compass instilled in me by many years of participating in the scouting program,” Meyers said. “Scouting taught me about goal setting, preparedness, ‘stick-to-it-ness,’ volunteerism and to help others.”
The local Boy Scout Council’s National Eagle Scout committee determines the recipients based on outstanding achievement at the local, state or regional level. The Eagle Scout must show the ideals of the scout oath and law in all aspects of his life. This includes a lifetime of servant leadership.
The Boy Scouts of America are a group that dates back to 1910. Dolores Schlee, caregiver to Meyers, spoke highly of the organization and its importance to Meyers.
“It’s about boys becoming men – gentlemen – serving their community. They are absolutely amazing in their diligence, commitment and honor,” Schlee said. “Because Michael has received this award, he’s more likely to say, ‘Don’t let me get all the honor. Let people know what scouting is really about.’”
Meyers is a graduate of State University of New York at Alfred with a degree in marketing and from Canisius College with a degree in finance. After graduating, Meyers became a partner in Agricultural Products Extension, LLC. This company distributes agricultural commodities on Long Avenue in Hamburg.
Professionally, Meyers has been a member of the National Grain and Feed Association and has served many years on numerous committees.
Currently, he is the chairman of the Feed Trade Rules Committee and a member of the Executive Board.
Meyers originally earned his Eagle Scout Award in 1980 from Boy Scout Troop 490, which is chartered by the Boston Valley Elementary School parent-teacher association.
To earn his rank, Meyers’ eagle service project included Cleanup and display design for The Historical Society in the spring of 1980. Meyers now serves on the Boston Historical Society Inc. board of trustees, where he is in charge of membership and also serves as its treasurer.
Kathy Praczkajio, the President of the Boston Historical Society, spoke highly of Meyers’ work with their organization.
“Michael Meyers’ commitment to the Boston Historical Society is fundamental in our operation. He is extremely generous with his time,” Praczkajio said. “Mike’s dedication to preserving the town of Boston’s history displays his love for the community and youth. He is truly an asset to us all.”
In addition to the historical society, Meyers has held numerous scouting positions. As a tenured member of the Greater Niagara Frontier Council executive board, Meyers has been council president for the past three years.
During Meyers’ first year as president, the Greater Niagara Frontier Council launched a service project called Legacy 11. More than 800 scouts from Western New York worked to improve Chestnut Ridge Park and Emery Park in the town of Aurora. Meyers worked with the commissioners of the parks to ensure the project’s success.
In addition, Meyers is still a Greater Niagara Frontier voting member for the National Boy Scouts of America. He is currently on The Boy Scouts of America Northeast region area three committee as a council liaison to the Iroquois Trail Council east of Buffalo.
Meyers still helps the Scouts through local churches in the area. A member of Saint Matthews United Church of Christ in Hamburg, Meyers also works through Saint Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Hamburg and Nativity of Our Lord in Orchard Park, to assist the Greater Niagara Frontier Council scouts.
The Greater Niagara Frontier Council Scout Executive and CEO Russell Etzenhouser said he finds Meyers to be deserving of the award, as someone who has worked with him in the past.
“Mike Meyers positively impacts everything he touches with time, talent and treasure,” Etzenhouser said. “He lives the ideals of everything scouting represents, in all he does in his profession and community.”