Medford Council honors residents for their community contributions

Eagle Scout Jacob Delancy and civic leader Kevin Doyle were recognized with a proclamation by the mayor during the latest meeting on June 18.

Medford Council members honored Eagle Scout Jacob Delancy and civic leader Kevin Doyle during its latest meeting on June 18.

Mayor Charles Watson declared in a proclamation that Delancy, who earned the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop 20, received the highest rank in BSA Scouts while working on a project of beets restoration at YMCA of the Pines. The beets restoration entailed spreading 25 tons of beach sand, building a boat rack and clearing the picnic area of debris from the winter. He also provided leadership to 40 Scouts and volunteers who put more than 200 hours on the beach.

“As a result of Jacob’s project,” according to the proclamation, ”he better understands the value of community involvement and civic duty, and whereas Jacob’s leadership skills are an asset to the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 20, his community and his family and friends.”

Besides receiving a proclamation by the committee, Delancy has recently earned the position of valedictorian at Shawnee High School and has served on the town’s neighborhood advisory committee for the past two years, working on a welcome packet, which will soon be seen on the its website.

“He’s had a busy year, but served his community, school and Scouting very well,” said Watson during the meeting.

Kevin Doyle was also honored with a proclamation during the meeting for his “civic contributions and service to others.”

He had been honored for his contributions in the Medford Youth Athletic Association track and field programs since 2000, and serving as commissioner since 2001.

The proclamation honored Doyle for “working tirelessly for the enrichment of Medford youth and building what was once a small group to a program that grew quickly and successfully” under his leadership and guidance.

He managed every aspect of the MYAA track program, from athlete registrations, club coaches meetings, practices, regular session meets and end of the year junior Olympic events at various travel locations in Pennsylvania and throughout New Jersey, donating thousands of hours to the program.

During Doyle’s nearly 20 years of service, with his support and impact, the program has grown to average 150 to 200 youth per year, leading some former athletes to excel in Division 1 universities.

The next township committee meeting will be held on July 2 at 7 p.m. at the Public Safety Building.