Members of the Cleburne Friends of Scouting and the Longhorn Council Boy Scouts of America plan to honor Cleburne businessman Lowell “Stretch” Smith Jr. during their annual Scouting Supporter Breakfast.
The breakfast is at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the Cleburne Conference Center at 1501 W. Henderson St.
“Stretch seemed the perfect choice,” said Paul Verwers, Longhorn Council district executive. “Each year we look for someone we believe really deserves the honor and Stretch’s support of not just Scouting but so many other programs and fellowships and donations through the years really show the big impact he’s had on the community. He’s a pretty humble fellow, but we finally got him to accept and are very happy to be honoring him.”
Smith on Tuesday said he looks forward to this year’s breakfast and appreciates the “very gracious” gesture.
“Oh, I don’t really deserve any attention,” Smith said. “But I’m happy to help the Boy Scouts out any way I can. I’ve always thought it was a wonderful organization and we have a lot of great and dedicated people here in the county working to set a good example for our young men.”
Stretch said he briefly joined the Boy Scouts as a youth.
“Of course, that was a long time ago in the rural county,” Smith said. “I was in it for a short time but can’t say I did much with it.”
Smith said his tenure was short lived more because of lack of organization and lack of members at that time in Rio Vista than because of lack of interest on his part. Short lived though his time in the Scouts may have been, Smith said he still remembers several camping trips and other Scouting activities with fondness.
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