The Boy Scouts of America have selected Jerry Konchar as the ‘2017 Distinguished Citizen of the Year.’ The Distinguished Citizen Award is presented to individuals whose personal ethics and family values are representative of the Scout Oath and Law. Jerry will be honored Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Pechanga Resort and Casino.
Jerry has spent his life as a community leader and embodies the Boy Scout core values by giving back in both his public and private life. Prior to moving to Temecula from Ohio, he spent 15 years on the Canton Chamber board and various school boards. Since moving to Temecula, he has been deeply involved in the community serving as past chairman, a board member of the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce and numerous other community organizations. When presented with the nomination Jerry commented, “I am deeply humbled to be named Citizen of the Year among so many other great community leaders.” Jerry Konchar embodies the Scout law being…trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.
Past recipients of the award include: President Gerald Ford, Governor George Deukmejian, Bob Hope, Jimmy Stewart, and John Wayne.
The Tahquitz District has honored Dan Stephenson, Jerry Wilson, State Senator Jeff Stone, Christine and John McCusker, Dr. Jerry Hizon, Dan Atwood, Pastor Steve Struikmans, Dr. Larry Boggeln, Ben Drake, Terry Gilmore, Joan Sparkman and Bernard L. Truax, II.
The Tahquitz District serves the communities of Temecula, Murrieta, Wildomar, Lake Elsinore and Canyon Lake, with over 2900 Scouts in over 130 Scouting units (packs, troops, teams, crews and explorer posts). The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.