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Diane Logsdon remembers her time as a Girl Scout as a rewarding experience.
The Elizabethtown native said her troop took part in projects that taught her important values and activities that demonstrated community spirit, so it makes sense those lessons followed her into adulthood.
Logsdon, vice president and chief operating officer at Hardin Memorial Hospital, is being honored Monday for her long-term efforts to help area Scouts with the 2012 Hardin County Friends of Scouting Distinguished Citizen Award.
“It was very humbling because there are so many people who contribute to scouting,” she said.
The award is given by the Lincoln Heritage Council, Boy Scouts of America to leaders who work toward improving their communities and show devotion to their family, God and their county, according to the Scouts.
The dinner at which Logsdon will receive the award is at 7 p.m. Monday at the Historic State Theater Complex. The event is open to the public, but reservations are required.
Logsdon has tried to increase fundraising attendance through efforts such as serving as chairwoman of the Friends of Scouting fundraising dinner and inviting friends to fill tables at fundraising events.
She said helping the Scouts is one of the ways she gives back to the community she is part of, which always was important to Logsdon and her late husband, Charles.
“When you truly believe it’s for the good of the community, the natural response is to want to do that,” she said.
Helping area Scouts is particularly important, especially because the Scouts reinforce positive values children are taught at home, Logsdon said.
“The Scouts of today are our future of tomorrow,” she said.
Logsdon said she was surprised when she received a call informing her she was chosen for the honor.
She said her efforts with the Scouts are typical of the time and energy she has given to the United Way, Hardin County Chamber of Commerce, American Cancer Society and so many other organizations she couldn’t remember the entire list.
Logsdon’s office features plaques, statues and certificates from other times she has been recognized for community activism.
She said honors aren’t why she gets involved. She simply wants to give back to the community.
“It just seems natural to me,” she said.
Logsdon said she was even more effective in serving the community when she partnered with her husband, who died in 2000. Some of her most prized honors are those the couple earned together.
Logsdon expects to continue supporting the Scouts and other community organizations as long as she is able.
“My problem is I can’t say no,” she said. “When you truly believe in things, you can’t say no.”
For tickets to Monday's event, contact Stephen Whitehead at (502) 400-5368 by noon Thursday.
Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or firstname.lastname@example.org.