New Providence Holds Good Scout Awards Dinner

The Forbes Family  Credits: Marina Kennedy
From left, Lee Suminski, Dr. Bob Robinson and John Suminski Credits: Marina Kennedy
Adam Smith Credits: M. Kennedy
Michael and Amy Flavin Credits: M. Kennedy
STIRLING, NJ - The New Providence Good Scout Award Dinner was held at The Primavera Regency on Wednesday night.
More than 100 guests attended the event, which honored four men for their service to the community and for exemplifying the definition of the ideals of the Boy Scouts and citizenship to the residents of New Providence. 
Michael Flavin is the associate pastor of the Presbyterian Church at New Providence, where he leads student ministries for hundreds of youth from grades 7-12. He has been a resident of New Providence for 23 years. Flavin commented, “It’s a nice honor.”
Adam M. Forbes is the director of Human Resources of Honeywell International and has been the assistant cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 263 in New Providence. He is also active in youth sports as a coach and is involved in the Presbyterian Church of New Providence. Forbes said, “I’m really excited and thankful for the opportunity to serve the community and make a difference in the lives of the boys.”
Dr. Bob Robinson is an orthodontist and a member of the New Providence Borough Council. He has been active in youth sports and has served on many New Providence town committees. He has held multiple board positions, including being on the New Providence Board of Health. Robinson said, “I am so proud and humbled to receive this Good Scout Award, and it is great to spend the evening with friends and family.

Adam Smith is a partner in Coughlin, Duffy, LLP, and a member and past president of New Providence Board of Education. He has volunteered as a sports coach with New Providence Soccer Club and has been a member of the New Providence PAL Board of Trustees since 2007. Smith said, “I am very honored.”
David Helsabeck was the chairman of the event and the committee included Ira Krauss, Mitchell Erickson, John Wolak, Greg Norton and Father Bill Mahon. 
“We look for outstanding, civic minded citizens who help others for selfless reasons," Helsabeck said. "The honorees make our community better.”
Mahon of Our Lady of Peace said, “This is the third time I have done the invocation. It is a pleasure to honor people who serve the town.”
Eagle Scout Tom Nelson was a guest of the Good Scout Award Dinner. He pointed out the importance of scouting.  “It helps to build civic character,” said Nelson, who is assuming the role of cubmaster of Pack 263 and is working along with Joseph Fiscelli, who will be the assistant cubmaster. They were both at the event to support Adam Forbes, who mentored their leadership roles.
Jennifer Volz, development director for Boy Scouts of America, said, "Michael, Adam, Bob, and Adam are true role models for the youth in our area. We are honored to honor them. Through the third annual New Providence Good Scout Award, more than $11,000 was raised for Scouting in New Providence. Thank you to our sponsors, guests, supporters, and honorees for their outstanding support to over 300 scouts in our town."
Scouting in New Providence is an important activity for many residents. With 160 adult volunteer leaders and 314 Scouts in three Cub Scout Packs and three Boy Scout troops, the programs positively influence the community in countless ways. Scouting in New Providence is part of the Patriots' Path Council.

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