Mother, volunteer, Scout
By Kimberly A. Michalak
Name: Beth Rawling
Family: Husband of 27 years, Russ and son Jay, an eighth grader at WGMS
How long have you lived in the area? 19 years; I'm a Central Jersey girl, but I love the changing seasons and peace and quiet of Central New York.
What is your career? I am very fortunate to have had a business career before my son, and now thoroughly enjoy meeting people through various volunteer activities. I feel that it is very important to support activities which promote our youth; they are our future. I strongly believe that no one can do it alone, and if we all work together, great things and friendships will flourish.
How long have you been in your career? I've been with scouts for eight years and am a member of Boy Scout Troop 60 in Warners as committee secretary. Russ is the committee chair. Our troop is small in numbers, but these boys make a great effort to contribute back to their community. This past year, a few of our community activities have been: food drives for the St. Joseph's Church food panty, volunteered at Gillie Lake Cub Scout Camp, restored the three shelters along the Erie Canal Park, participated in the Camillus Elks Flag Day flag burning ceremony, created a Memorial Garden with a bench at the Fairmount Community Library and currently are establishing and dedicating a flag pole and garden for the Fairmount Community Library.
This is the fifth year I've been involved with putting on Cub Scout Camp at Gillie Lake. This requires a lot of prep work, but the team effort working with wonderful adults to pull off a big event like this for the children of our community is so rewarding. What can be better than spending a week outdoors with over 100 energetic boys and over 40 Boy Scout adult and youth volunteers right here in our community? As a certified archery instructor, I have a great time on the range with the scouts. I also volunteer at Camp Woodland in Constantia, for cub camp. This is a magnificent, established and well maintained scouting facility.