SUMMIT, NJ - Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council is set to honor four local citizens and one organization for their outstanding community service, at the 2015 Summit Good Scout Award Dinner April 29, from 7-9 p.m., at The Grand Summit Hotel.

Michael Cantone, David G. Dietze, Rabbi Avi Friedman, Anne Poyner, and the Summit First Aid Squad. will be recognized for 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 work.

“Through their years of dedication, each of our honorees have contributed toward making Summit an outstanding community,” said Mary Ann Kaufman, a past honoree who is co-chairing this year’s event with her husband and past honoree, Brian.  

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“Whether by volunteering or through public service, all of our honorees have distinguished themselves as great citizens, not only for their efforts, but also for the way they went about it”, said Brian Kaufman. “It’s wonderful to honor them in this way for their concerted efforts.”

The 2015 honorees are:

Michael Cantone

Cantone serves as a member of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) of Summit High School, Middle School, and Jefferson School, and served as a longtime Cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 110 out of Jefferson School. A Lieutenant in the Summit Police Department since 1995, Cantone is the Patrol Bureau Commander and the Co-coordinator of Summit Community Emergency Response Team.  He is a board member of the Summit Police Athletic League, and has coached Summit Junior Baseball and Girls Fast-pitch Softball. He is also a member of both the Summit Wrestling Club, and Summit PBA Local #55.

David G. Dietze

Dietze is a member of Summit’s Board of Education, past President of the Rotary Club of Summit-New Providence, past President of the Summit Tennis Club, past President of the Downtown Club, board trustee of the Overlook Foundation, Vice President of the Summit Area Public Foundation, past board trustee, Treasurer, and Chair of the investment committee of the Summit Area YMCA, and an active member of the Suburban Chamber of Commerce and the Canoe Brook Country Club. He is the Founder, President, and Chief Investment Strategist at Summit-based Point View Wealth Management.

Rabbi Avi Friedman

Rabbi Friedman has been the rabbi of Congregation Ohr Shalom - Summit Jewish Community Center for 10 years. Rabbi Friedman has become an important presence in the Summit community, through outreach programs, as president of the Summit Interfaith Council, as a member of the Mayor’s Diversity Task Force, as well as Overlook Medical Center’s Chaplaincy Oversight Committee. 

Anne Poyner

Poyner has been Theatre Arts Director, and Forensics Coach at Summit High School for the past 13 years. She serves on the board of the New Jersey Speech and Debate League, and was recently named Coach of the Year. In addition to her work at the high school, Poyner was a founding member and past president of the Summit Performing Arts Resource Committee (SPARC) (Summit Performing Arts Resource Committee), began the musical theatre program at Franklin elementary, and directed at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School and at the Summit Playhouse. Poyner served on the board of the Junior League of Summit, and was named Volunteer of the Year in 1997. She is a member of The Educational Theatre Association and serves on the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards steering Committee.

Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad

The Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad (SVFAS) has been serving the Summit community since 1962. The SVFAS was selected as New Jersey's EMS Volunteer Agency of the Year in 2000. The Squad responds to more than 2,100 calls a year and, through the generosity of the Summit Community, recently raised $5 million dollars for the construction of a squad new building that is nearing completion.

The Summit Scouting program includes more than 280 youth in four Cub Scout packs, for boys ages 7 to 11, sponsored by Brayton School PTA; Franklin School PTA; Jefferson School PTO; and Lincoln and Washington Schools PTA; one Boy Scout troop (for boys ages 11-18), sponsored by St. Teresa of Avila Roman Catholic Church; and a co-ed Venture Crew sponsored by Summit Elks Lodge 1246..

All are part of the Watchung Mountain District of the Patriots’ Path Council, Boy Scouts of America. In the district, some 3,000 youth are served by more than 70 Scouting units in communities throughout Union, Morris, Middlesex, Somerset, and Sussex counties.

For more information on the event, or Scouting in Summit, contact Jennifer Volz, Development Director, at 973 / 765-9322, ext. 249, or via jennifer.volz@scouting.org.