CRANFORD - The Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council, honored local citizens, including John Koneski of Cranford, at the Council Annual Year in Review and Awards Celebration
The Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council, acting through the National Court of Honor, annually awards the Silver Beaver. The Silver Beaver Award is for distinguished and noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth by registered Scouters in any program area within the territory under the jurisdiction of the local council.
Without question, all of our 2019 recipients exceed the qualifications for this prestigious award. E. Thomas Allen of Scotch Plains, Alana Bird of Hillsborough, Anthony DeCaro of Morristown, Alan Gotliffe of Chatham, John Koneski of Cranford, Steven McCabe of Westfield, Deborah Reidmiller of Newton, Joseph Schott of Fanwood, John “Jack” Trainor of Piscataway, and Gary Treubig of Morris Plains were the recipients of the 2019 Silver Beaver Award. These recipients were chosen for their outstanding service and leadership to Scouting in their communities. They are volunteers who live the ideals of the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.
Koneski was born and raised in Elizabeth, NJ. His only Scouting experience as a youth was as a Cub Scout for two years while attending Saint Catherine Elementary School in Elizabeth. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Elizabeth in 1968 and then earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Rutgers in 1973.
He volunteered as a Special Police Officer in Elizabeth for 10 years and spent 23 years as a volunteer Medical Emergency First Responder on his company’s Medical Response Team. When his boys played Little League, he was an assistant coach for the teams.
Koneski married his wife Margaret in 1980 and they have 2 sons, James and Andrew. Both went through Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and were also Venturers. Both sons are Eagle Scouts and are still active in Troop 75 in Cranford as assistant Scoutmasters. Margaret is still a member of the troop committee, participating in many boards of review.
Koneski was the Webelos den leader for both boys, and then was an assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 75, and an associate Advisor for Crew 75. He attended Camp School and was an assistant commissioner at Winnebago Scout Reservation for seven years. After retiring from Colgate Palmolive in 2006 where he was a chemist for 34 years, he joined the Flintlocks at Winnebago and is currently the President. He joined the Munsee District Operating Committee in 2004 and he is still an active member and publishes the District Newsletter. He is currently a member of the council properties committee and Scout shop committee and has been a member of the camping and STEM committees.