Governor Ivey receives Golden Eagle Award for "scout-like service"

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Sep. 19, 2019 at 11:51 PM CDT
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Alabama Governor Kay Ivey was honored Thursday night in Dothan.

She was in the Wiregrass to receive the Golden Eagle Award from the Boy Scouts of America.

The Golden Eagle acknowledges those who give scout like service.

It's also about showcasing the area's Eagle Scouts and upcoming Eagle Scout projects that make a difference in the community.

In her speech, Ivey wanted to address a fairly new aspect of boy scouting - girls.

"When I was four years old and my brother first joined, I was like, 'Okay sign me up I want to do this too.' My mother looked at me and said, 'You're a girl. You can't do it. It's Boy Scouts,'" said Scout Troop 150 Member Abby Herring.

Abby Herring has worked her way up to first class scout in just seven months.

She would've joined scouting earlier, but the Boy Scouts of America just expanded to allow female troops in February, which is something Governor Kay Ivey touched on during her Golden Eagle Award acceptance speech.

"Who knows, the third female governor of Alabama may be in the room tonight [Thursday],” said Ivey. “Thank you ladies for being here on this special evening and for being trail blazers in the Boys Scouts of America."

Ivey was presented the Golden Eagle, acknowledging her "scout like service" and for being a role model for scouts like Abby.

"Females don't have a lot of the same opportunities and now we do and I think that's wonderful,” said Herring. “I think she deserves it because she's a great leader."

"Thank you for bestowing upon me one of the greatest honors of my life,” said Ivey in her speech. “This is a very prestigious award for which I am very proud. Thank you all for being here tonight [Thursday]. Thank you for hosting this event in my honor, and may God continue to bless each of you and the great state of Alabama."

The only comment the governor made about her cancer diagnosis during the speech was that "she didn't plan on being in the media as much today [Thursday] as she has been."

Her press secretary said she wanted the evening to stay focused on scouting.

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