VIENNA - West Virginia University graduate and four-time Super Bowl-appearing Hall of Famer Darryl Talley will be the featured speaker June 12 in Vienna at the Mid-Ohio Valley Leadership Dinner to support the Boy Scouts of America Allohok Council.
Volunteers gathered Tuesday at the Parkersburg Country Club for the kickoff meeting for the 44th annual leadership dinner and fundraising campaign to support area Boy Scouts. The June dinner will be held at the Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna.
Dale Musgrave, Scout executive with the Allohak Council, said the dinner is the biggest fundraiser for the organization and the Mid-Ohio Valley's chapter is in the top 15 percentile for recruiting new members.
Photo by Jeff Baughan
The annual Boy Scouts Dinner is scheduled for June 12 at Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna. Members of the committee include: front row, from left: Jeff Campbell, Les Pritchard, Dan Wharton Sr. and Matt Tranquill; Center row, from left: John Coffman, Lori Wilson, Iris McCrady, Jonelle Merritt and Fred Fitzer; Back row, from left: Dale Musgrave, Dr. Barry Louden and Lindsey Anderson. Other members of the committee include Jackie Cassady, Dave DeBarr, Fred Earley, Ray Fanta, Eric Fitzer, Jody Garrett, Gregory Gentry, Lew Johnson, Jon Leavitt, Jason Lewis, Chad Mildren, Jerry Parkins, Chip Pickering, Jack Simpkin, Scott Smith, Doug Swearingen, John Triplett and Jeremy Webb.
He said, nationally, the Boy Scouts organization has seen a decrease in registered Boy Scouts but in the last six years and because of the efforts put forth by council members, the Parkersburg area has seen a steady increase in interest.
Lori Wilson has been with the council for 27 years and is just one example of how the dedication of the community can impact the lives of young children in the area.
Barry Louden will be the chairman for the event and spoke before the room of volunteers Tuesday evening. Louden said he was persuaded to get involved by a fellow council member, J.T. Thomas. He said it has been a learning experience for him but he is glad to work with dedicated community members and volunteers for a worthy cause.
"I work with volunteers to coordinate contributions to the council," Louden said. "All things collected go to help support the Allohak Council."
The funding goal for the dinner this year is around $100,000, officials said.
"Without the funds we wouldn't be as successful and without volunteers membership would not receive growth," Musgrave said.
In addition to his career at WVU, Talley played for the Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings. The four Super Bowls he went to were with the Bills. He played with the NFL for 14 season during the 1980s and '90s. He was recognized as an All-American at WVU and led the Mountaineers to the 1981 Peach Bowl and the 1982 Gator Bowl. He also played in the 1983 Hula Bowl.