The Soaring Eagle Award is a Scouting Award is a Scouting Award exclusive to the LaSalle Council. This award recognized and individual who has been successful in their life demonstrating the things they learned while being a scout, integrity, volunteer leadership and service to youth and their community. The recipient must carry “The Spirit of Scouting” into their adult life.
Former Plymouth Mayor Jack Greenlee was honored Wednesday night with the Soaring Eagle Award. Greenlee grew up in Plymouth and was active in the Boy Scouts for many years. Before he was able to obtain his Eagle Scout he was drafted into the United States Army. After serving his country, including service in the Korean War Jack returned home and married his wife of 60 years Jenny Lentz in 1952. Due to special dispensation, Jack was allowed to receive his Eagle Scout after he returned from his military service at the age of 30.
Greenlee has served his community well over the years. He was Mayor for 8 years, served on the County Council for 9 years, the City Council for 4 years and the Plymouth Park Board for 15 years. Jack was in the Community Choir, on the Red Cross Board, Camp Fire President for 6 years, initiated the Yellow River clean-up with a committee and organized the first Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast in Plymouth.
In accepting the Soaring Eagle Award Greenlee complement the Scouts telling them, “You have a tough job today with such competition as football and basketball in schools.”
A second award was presented to Leonard Isban and American Container. Isban received the “Good Turn Award.” This award is the highest non-Boy Scout given. It recognizes an outstanding company or individual that makes a significant and enduring contribution to the youth and community where they live.
Leonard and Joann Isban started a packaging business in 1951, working very closely with the Young Door Factory. In 1969 the established American Containers and now owns and operates three plants in North America, distributing products locally as well as internationally, shopping to China, Ireland, Spain and England.
In 1993 the Isbans started the process to host a Boys and Girls Club for Marshall County. In February 1995 the club started with 40 youth and now has grown to serve over 500 plus youth a year.
Without the passion and leadership of the Isban’s, this county would probably never have benefited from American Container nor the Boys and Girls Club of Marshall County.
Leonard Isban thanked the crowd for the award and as he pointed to Jack Greenlee said, “I want to publicly thank Jack for being instrumental for helping to get the Boys and Girls Club started.”