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Outstanding Summit Citizens Honored at Boy Scouts 'Good Scout Award' Dinner Apr. 18

Sandy Bloom
Andy and Christine Gottesman
Steve Rapp
John and Nellie Stewart

CEDAR KNOLLS, NJ - Seven members of the Hilltop City community -- Sandy Bloom, Christine and Andy Gottesman, Steve Rapp, Nellie and John Stewart, and Terri Tauber -- are set to be honored by the Boy Scouts of America, Patriots Path Council, for their community service, as evidenced by their leadership and interests within the Summit community, and for their embodiment of the values of the century old Scout Oath and Law in their personal and professional lives.

The seven Summit citizens will be feted at the Boy Scouts of America 2017 Summit 'Good Scout Award' Dinner, which will be held April 18, beginning at 7 p.m., at The Grand Summit Hotel. The event chairs are past Summit 'Good Scout Award' Recipients, Annette and Terry Dwyer.

Bloom is an active Summit volunteer, and has served on three city boards for the last eighteen years. She is currently on the boards of the Summit Public Library and the Summit Area Public Foundation. She is the immediate past president of the Library board and is the Co-Chair of the Summit Area Public Foundation’s Grants Committee.

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Christine Gottesman is a member of the Board of Trustees of SAGE Eldercare located in Summit as well as a past Cub Scout den leader for both of her sons, Joseph and Benjamin.  Andy Gottesman is a member of the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan and of the Board of Trustees of the Pingry Alumni Association, as well as a Trustee of the Paper Mill Playhouse.

Rapp has been teaching music since 1989, and has been in the Summit Public Schools since 1996.  His extensive range of responsibilities currently includes Director of the High School Marching Band, Conductor of the Concert Band, Conductor of the Wind Ensemble, and Pit Orchestra Conductor. Under Rapp’s guidance, numerous students have placed in Region Band, All-State, and All-Eastern. 

Nellie Stewart has been a passionate volunteer within the Summit Public School district for more than 12 years; holding various PTO board positions at Lincoln-Hubbard, Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School and Summit High School, chairing school activities and an avid sign-up-genius connoisseur.  She has been enthusiastically engaged in various roles within Girl Scouts troop 397, Summit Lacrosse, Summit Summies Gymnastics Team at The Connection, Summit Performing Arts Resource Center (SPARC), Summit Music Parents Association, Summit Democrats, and the Boy Scout Troop 67, Summit.  John, a fervent soccer and hockey player, was a youth coach for Summit Soccer Club, Summit Junior Baseball and Beacon Hill Hockey. After serving as assistant Scoutmaster, he currently serves on Boy Scout Troop 67’s Parent Committee.

Tauber runs The Flamingo Fundraiser, a hallmark of Project Graduation, and is one of Terri’s many pet projects.  She became involved in Project Graduation back in 1998 when she was appointed to the Summit Youth Services Board. In 2006, she launched the Flamingo Fundraiser, which has raised more than $45,000 in 10 years, and has served on the Youth Services Board for 10 years, including a term as Board Chair. She served on the Women’s Resource Center board for over 10 years, including two terms as president and was a member of the Summit Kiwanis Club for many years.  She was the Democratic candidate for Common Council in Ward 2 in 2006, 2007 and 2008, and served as Democratic Committee Chair from 2011 to 2015.

Summit is a part of the Patriots’ Path Council, Boy Scouts of America which serves 17,000 youth in over 400 Scouting units in communities like ours throughout Morris, Middlesex, Somerset, Sussex, and Union Counties.

Registration for the event is now available by visiting Admission prices begin at $100 for adults and $55 for youth ages 11 - 17. Sponsorship and program advertising opportunities are available. For more information, contact Jennifer Volz, Sr. Development Director, at 973-765-9322, ext. 249 or via

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