The Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council will be honoring Beverly and Bruce Gordon with the 35th Annual Distinguished Citizen Award on Thursday, September 29th at Perona Farms in Andover for serving as exemplary role models for the youth of our area. The award dinner chair is Barbara L. Wortmann, President, Oakwood Consulting and the event underwriter is Eastern Propane.
William Bruce Gordon was born at Newton Memorial Hospital in 1947 and spent his formative years with his two sisters, Betsy and Debbie, growing up in Walpack.
He has traveled extensively in the United States, Europe, South America, Australia, Great Britain, China, Russia, the Netherlands, and New Zealand. Before he started traveling he went to Newton High School, Blair Academy, Valley Forge Military Academy, and Mitchell Junior College. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War.
His father opened G & H Service in 1947. Bruce worked there off and on until his first retirement when he began his travels. He has lived in many places including Alaska, where he got his pilot’s license, but always came back to New Jersey and says he will never leave, but has gotten to really love the warm weather and not like the winters quite so much. He has a passion for old cars.
Beverly was born in Burlington County and spent her formative years in Ocean County. She came to Sussex County in 1972. She has one son, Paul, who is married to Sarah. She has three granddaughters and two step-granddaughters. In 1979 Bruce and Beverly met and they married at Bruce’s sister's home in Stillwater in 1985.
Beverly has done a lot for the community of Sussex County that includes working at Domestic Abuse Services as a volunteer; legal advocate at Sussex County Superior Court; starting a breast cancer support group with a staff nurse at Newton Memorial Hospital in 1986 and serving with that group for several years after; and volunteer at Project Self-Sufficiency, starting out helping with flowers for fundraising events to eventually serving on the development committee and subsequently the board of directors. She has served as the board president for Project Self-Sufficiency for the past 12 years.
Beverly enjoys rehabilitating old houses so as Bruce is always looking for another car to rescue, Bev is always looking for another building project. The Project Self-Sufficiency campus in Newton and the Conservatory at the Sussex County Fairgrounds are the crown jewels on the list.
Both Beverly and Bruce are honored to be recognized this year by the Boy Scouts of America.
Through the Sussex County 35th Annual Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner, funds will be raised to support the mission of the Boy Scouts of America: “…to serve others by helping to instill values in young people and in other ways to prepare them to make ethical choices over their lifetimes in achieving their full potential.” For their outstanding example to youth in their community, the Boy Scouts of America salute Beverly and Bruce Gordon with the 35th Annual Sussex County Distinguished Citizen Award.
For more information about the awards dinner being held on Thursday, September 29, 2016 and to purchase tickets, please contact Jennifer Volz, Sr. Development Director 973-765-9322 ext. 249 Jennifer.Volz@scouting.org.