SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Berkeley Heights Council Vice President Jeanne Kingsley was among the women recently honored at the Boy Scouts of America Tribute to Women Luncheon at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield.
Kingsley was among great company being honored including Amanda Parrish Block, Founder GRACE, Summit Junior League; Jennifer Colamedici, Broker of Record RE/MAX Select; Christine Hayward, Community Volunteer; Katie Nolle, General Co-Chair Mansion in May 2017, Women's Association for Morristown Medical Center; and Grace Park, Deputy General Counsel, Chief Litigation Council for PSEG.
The honorees were chosen for serving as exemplary role models for the youth of our area through their vocations or avocations and live their lives according to the ideals of the Scout Oath and Law.
Kingsley thanked the Boy Scouts for including her in the company of the 2017 "Tribute to Women" honorees. "Like the mission of your organization, I too believe in the premise that it is our responsibility to make ethical and moral choices over our lifetimes," said Kingsley. "And just as the instilling of values is the priority of your Scout Oath and Law, it was the priority of my parents to instill such values in me... such as duty, responsibility, and love of country were and are part of my daily life."
Kingsley spoke of growing up in Rochester, New York and helping migrant families that worked on the local fruit farms. "One weekend, my parents told us we were going to help clean-up houses for several of these migrant families. When we got to their houses, I was speechless -- these families were living in old chicken coops -- they did not have heat or electricity, and some had dirt floors," said Kingsley. " It was unimaginable to me that people were living like this, it was 1973. --- What astonished me was how incredibly gracious, welcoming, and warm they were. The did not have a sense of expectations or entitlement; they were not angry about their circumstances, but instead were grateful for everything they had, and were happy."
She said that this experience has never left her mind and is one of the driving forces that has compelled her to not sit on the sidelines but to jump right in, help others, and encourage others to do so.
Kingsley continued by expressing pleasure with working with local Eagle Scout candidates. "Their commitment and strong character continue to impress me," she said. "Service to others and community is the spirit of the Boy Scouts and it is my life's journey to continue to support and lift others in my community."