Bill Kellogg named 2014 ‘Good Scout of the Year’ by Torrey Pines Boy Scouts

La Jolla resident and La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club President Bill Kellogg is this year’s Good Scout Award recipient, to be honored for his philanthropic contributions at a fundraising dinner, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15 at The Marine Room restaurant, 2000 Spindrift Drive in La Jolla Shores.

The award is presented annually by the Torrey Pines District of Boy Scouts of America, San Diego.

Although never a Boy Scout himself, Kellogg’s community service and leadership make him a perfect candidate for the honor, said Laura Scheid, Boy Scouts’ Torrey Pines District executive.

“We try to recognize exceptional people whose standards with how they live their lives are consistent with those of the Scouts,” she said. “In the case of Bill Kellogg, he was recommended because he represents our youth development goals and who we want our boys and girls to become, which is outstanding members of their community.”

Scheid applauded Kellogg’s civic involvement as Chairman/CEO of the Mount Soledad Memorial Association (a position he held for more than 25 years), chair of La Jolla Shores Association, and his longtime support of youth tennis programs at the Barnes Tennis Center.

“He’s exactly the type of person we like to highlight on behalf of Boy Scouts,” she said. “He represents everything we are trying to do with our program and he has the type of leadership we try to develop in our youth — he knows who he is and what he can do.”

She also took note of the Kellogg family lineage in La Jolla — operating the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club for four generations.

The Kellogg family also manages The Marine Room. At the awards event, a 6 p.m. reception will precede the 7 p.m. dinner that includes speakers and a flag ceremony.

The presenters include Rayph Cosford, an Eagle Scout with La Jolla’s Troop 506, who will share Scouting experiences; former San Diego City Manager Jack McGrory; and San Diego District 1 City Councilmember Sherri Lightner. “We’ll have a full house,” Scheid joked.

Of the upcoming event, Kellogg told La Jolla Light, “This is an unexpected, but fun, thing to have happened. But for me, the greater opportunity is to do something for Boy Scouts.”

The evening doubles as a fundraiser for Scout camps and programs, he said. “I think we’ll be able to contribute a nice sum of money to the Scouts at the end of the night.”

Kellogg added, “There’s going to be a lot of wonderful people in attendance, the venue couldn’t be better and I think it’s going to be a lovely evening.”

Gala tickets available from $150 at TorreyPinesBoyScouts.weebly.com

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