Goldens Bridge resident Crystal Kennedy has been nominated as a woman of distinction for her 16 years as a volunteer and for her deep dedication to the Boy Scouts of America in Lewisboro.
“I was very honored,” she said. “It was such a nice thing to be recognized for the work that I’ve done. I do it from my heart because I feel it makes a difference in these young men’s lives.”
Created and hosted by State Senator Greg Ball, the Women of Distinction Hall of Fame was designed to honor outstanding women from throughout the 40th Senate District, which includes Lewisboro and Katonah. In March (women’s history month) Mr. Ball asked every town, village and city in his district to submit a nomination for his 2nd Annual Women of Distinction Hall of Fame and Ms. Kennedy was selected upon the recommendation of the Town Board.
“While all those nominated have worked and volunteered without want of recognition, their efforts have not gone without notice or appreciation,” Mr. Ball said in a press release. “The diversity and depth of their work speaks to the amount of time and dedication each has volunteered on behalf of and in support of a simple truth: that all change is local.”
Ms. Kennedy has volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America since 1997 and specifically with Goldens Bridge Troop 154 since 2003. She currently serves as a troop committee chair, summer camp scoutmaster, and Trail to Eagle Scout course director, and she volunteers her time on the Webelos resident camp staff and Cub Scout Leader Outdoor Training Team.
Having mentors other than their parents is important for young men, Ms. Kennedy said. She describes a large amount of the work she does as revolving around the training of other adults to be mentors and participate in scouting.
“To be able to have that kind of exposure to quality adults is what I try to provide to other children,” she said.
Another major component of Ms. Kennedy’s work is guiding Scouts through their Eagle Scout projects. An Eagle Scout is the highest rank a Boy Scout can achieve and identifies a Scout as a leader in his community. The project is among the final requirements to achieve the rank and includes drafting, fund raising and putting into action a community service project. Most recently Eagle Scout Tyler Simone proposed and completed a project for the Country Children’s Center, constructing an all-natural amphitheater for theater productions and ceremonies. Previously Eagle Scout Noah Sklarin, whom Ms. Kennedy mentored, proposed and completed a project that raised money for the Forever Molly and Gregory Fund and the construction of a memorial at the Jewish Family Congregation.
Ms. Kennedy has two children of her own, both of whom were Eagle Scouts, and one is currently serving as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. In addition to her extensive volunteering, Ms. Kennedy is the North American Beverage divisional project management office for divisional information technology at PepsiCo Inc. in Somers.
“These women did not wait or idle when the opportunity for real change presented itself,” Mr. Ball said. “Instead, each used her own unique talents and skills to respond to an issue or challenge in her community that merited action.”
Ms. Kennedy was nominated along with 22 other women from the 40th Senate District and will be recognized at the Putnam County Emergency Services Building in Carmel on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 2.
“The board came to think of her because of her works with Scouts and her outstanding service to the scouting community,” Lewisboro Supervisor Peter Parsons said. “There is a tendency for politicians to think the only way you can help people is by being in politics, but in fact, people who volunteer to work with Scouts, athletics and other organizations and activities in town may do a lot more for their community than the straight politician.”