LANSING, MI – Today, the AFL-CIO of Michigan congratulated the recipient of the conference’s George Meany Award, an award presented in partnership between the AFL-CIO and the Boy Scouts of America. The award is only given to one Scout per year at the AFL-CIO state federation level and has been presented only 2,100 times nationally in nearly 50 years, which making it one of the rarest awards in Scouting.
“Working with young people in Scouting is a very rewarding experience. The Scout program is proven to provide our young people with a moral compass and life skills to help them succeed as they grow into adults. Helping Scouts gain all the knowledge necessary to earn the Eagle award is all the reward I need, and it allows me to continue doing what I do in the Scouting program,” said Ken FONTAINE.
Ken Fountain, an officer of UAW Local 1869 and a member for more than 30 years, has been recognized by the Boy Scouts of America and the AFL-CIO of Michigan for his volunteer work with the youth organization. Fountain’s time with the Boy Scouts began as a volunteer in 2009. He is currently a Chapter Advisor for the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s Honor Society, and is also a member of the Blue District Program Committee. Water, member of the Sea Scout Committee. Ship 109 and Venture Crew 146, and an advisor for the American Labor Merit Badge.
“George Meany, the first president of the AFL-CIO, recognized the importance of worker investment in America’s future and was a great champion of the Boy Scouts of America,” said Ron BIEBER, president of the AFL-CIO of Michigan. “Ken Fountain is a great example of a union member who goes above and beyond to improve his community. His work with the Boy Scouts of America has helped shape the lives of so many, and we are proud to honor him with this award.
“The UAW knows that we are stronger together and that solidarity extends beyond the workplace and into our neighborhoods,” said UAW Region 1 Director James HARRIS. “We join the AFL-CIO of Michigan in celebrating our member Ken Fountain as he receives the George Meany Award for giving back to the Scouting program and exemplifying the importance of community service.”
The AFL-CIO Executive Board established the George Meany Award in 1974 to recognize union members who have made significant contributions to the youth of their communities by volunteering in Boy Scouts of America programs. The award is named after the first president of the AFL-CIO, one of Scouting’s foremost supporters. At the time of its introduction, it was estimated that 1 in 4 Scout volunteers belonged or had belonged to a union.