Society news and notes

Tomahawk District honored again with gold designation

The Tomahawk District of the Boy Scouts of America, covering Minot, Burlington, Surrey, Kenmare, Garrison, Harvey, Rugby, Bottineau and Rolla, has earned the Gold Level Journey to Excellence award for the second year in a row. This national recognition from the Boy Scouts of America is the highest possible award for a local scouting district. The gold designation means the district is among the top 10 percent of scouting districts from across the country.

“This is a great honor for our scouting volunteers, our district and our district executive, Kevin Mehrer,” said Tomahawk District chair John MacMartin. MacMartin has volunteered his time leading the district for the past five years. “To earn this award once is difficult in itself. But, to earn it for two years in a row is really a great thing. It really speaks to the quality of hard-working volunteers and what great programs we have in the Minot area.”

The award measures districts in areas to ensure even and sustained growth among areas such as youth recruiting, camping, volunteer leadership and fundraising.

The Tomahawk District aided by a strong year in growth. Mehrer said the district membership has grown over 12 percent in the last year. It was spurred on by two new Exploring posts, one with Trinity Health and the other with Ackerman-Estvold.

The Exploring program is overseen by Learning for Life, a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America, and is a career-focused youth program that helps boys and girls see a career field from the inside out.

The Tomahawk District serves more than 1,000 youths in the Boy Scout, Cub Scout and Exploring programs. The 1,000 youth and adult volunteers put in nearly 2,000 hours of community service in the communities they call home.

For more information on scouting or volunteering, go to (, or call Mehrer at 839-2260.

Realtor and affiliate social raises more than $20,000

Members and affiliate members of the Minot Board of Realtors raised a record $20,014.56 for the Salvation Army at its annual 2013 Christmas social held at the Grand Hotel. Realtor offices and member contributions totaled $3,945. Members volunteered bell ringing services for the Realtor Ring day, which accounted for $4,800.06. The remaining $11,269.50 was raised through silent and live auction proceeds at the annual event. Realtor auctioneer Milt Korslien auctioned off items donated by Realtor and affiliate member offices and contributions from area businesses.

In the past 11 years, the Minot Realtor and affiliate Christmas social has raised more than $104,937 for the Minot Salvation Army.