Valdosta judge receives Boy Scouts' top honor -, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Valdosta judge receives Boy Scouts' top honor

September 17, 2002

Valdosta - Over 100 distinguished guests gathered in Valdosta to honor Judge H. Arthur McLane, better known as "Mac."

"Mac is a perfect choice for this award and for me to have the opportunity to come to Valdosta tonight to help honor him is a real pleasure," said Saxby Chambliss, former boy scout.

Chambliss joins hundreds of his fellow Boy Scouts from the Alapaha Area Council in awarding Judge McLane the council's highest honor - The Distinguished Citizen Award. Judge McLane has received several awards during his lifetime, but says this one is particularly special because of the significant role the Boy Scout organization played in his life.

"The scouts have had a powerful impact on my life, teaching me valuable principles that I used when I was eight-years-old and I still use today," said McLane.

The Distinguished Citizen Award is only given every two to three years. Judge McClane is the first Valdostan to receive the honor.

"It's always a special privilege to be honored in your hometown, because those are the people who know you best and are the most special in your life," said McLane.

Both former and active scouts refer to McLane as walking example of the ideal boy scout and agree he is the perfect selection for their most prestigious award.

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