Hibbs family receives Boy Scouts' Distinguished Citizen Good Turn Award

Published on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 00:15 - Written by By Rebecca Hoeffner rhoeffner@tylerpaper.com

The Hibbs family was recognized with the Distinguished Citizen Good Turn Award by the East Texas Area Council of Boy Scouts of America at the annual luncheon on Tuesday.

“I can’t imagine a better organization than the Boy Scouts,” Billy Hibbs Jr. said in his acceptance speech at the event.

To date, more than 14,300 children have registered in 328 programs throughout the 17 counties that the East Texas chapter covers.

More than 150 young men became an Eagle Scout this year.

Thousands of hours of community service projects were reported online through the Good Turn for American initiative, according to the written release.

The Hibbs family is a third-generation Scouting family.

Billy Hibbs Sr. achieved the rank of Star in the early 1950s.

His wife, Jeannie, became a den mother to her son’s Cub Scout den in the 1960s, which is now Troop 369.

Billy Hibbs Jr. became president of one of the largest explorer posts ever chartered in Texas, with more than 100 members.

Hibbs Jr. returned to Tyler in 1989 to join the family insurance business.

He continues his involvement with the organization, and his son, Stratton, is close to becoming an Eagle Scout.

Hibbs Jr. recognized his own Scoutmaster at the event, Bill Hale, and recalled a particularly humorous prank he played on his Cub Scout Den involving a man he asked to dress up as Big Foot.

“The Hibbs family are some of my favorite people,” Paul Gleiser, emcee, said.