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Witzel and Bernier honored for volunteer service

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego-Imperial Boy Scout Council recently presented the 2010 Silver Beaver Award for Distinguished Service to Youth to Mark Witzel and Dr. Maurice F. Bernier, both of Fallbrook. The Silver Beaver Award is the highest honor a Boy Scout Council can bestow upon a volunteer. The award is given to only those persons who have given continued, unselfish, and effective service through programs of the Boy Scouts of America.

Witzel is a retired U.S. Marine Corps Major who is now employed as an architect. He has served in a variety of Cub and Boy Scouting positions for nearly 20 years, and is currently the Santa Margarita District Commissioner. He has earned the Scoutmaster Award of Merit and the Boy Scout Leader Training Award. Witzel is also the president of the Camp Pendleton chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. Witzel and his wife Ellen have four sons, Christopher, Benjamin, Matthew and Daniel.

Bernier has been active in scouting for the last 35 years. He has served in various troop leadership positions over the years and is currently a Santa Margarita District Committee member and an Eagle Board of Review member. Bernier is a retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel and is currently on the Fallbrook Union Elementary Governing Board. He is also a member of the Fallbrook Kiwanis Club and the Camp Pendleton Rotary Club. He and his wife Julie have two daughters and two sons.


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