Ohio Society’s Highest Individual Recognition
During this year’s Summer BOM Meeting, Don McGraw, a Hub Scott Laureate, Past President and current Secretary of the Ohio Society officiated over the presentation of the 2020 HUB SCOTT LAUREATE AWARD. This award presentation is normally presented at the Society’s Annual Spring Meeting. But as we all will recall, the 2020 Spring meeting was negatively impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic and the hope that we would be able to gather for the Summer Meeting and make award presentations in the traditional manner was not to be! Instead our meeting and award presentation was virtual via Zoom Time!
Don McGraw closed the proceeding by by stating that, “it gives me great pleasure to announce that the Hub Scott Laureate Committee has selected our 128th Ohio Society President, L. Stephen Hinson as its 2020 Hub Scott Laureate”.
The Samuel Hubbard Scott Award is unique to the Ohio Society and is its highest level of individual recognition. This award is named in honor of compatriot Samuel Hubbard Scott for his dedication and service to the Ohio Society SAR.
The medal is gold-covered with a dark blue border and lighter blue center with sixteen stars arranged to form a larger seventeen star, which commemorates Ohio as the seventeenth state of the United States and the first state of the Northwest Territory. Around the dark blue border is lettered “Ohio Society – Sons of the American Revolution – Samuel Hubbard Scott Laureate.” The medal is suspended from a red and white neck ribbon representing the colors of Washington’s personal lifeguard.
Samuel Hubbard Scott
Samuel Hubbard Scott (1891-1977) was a native of Toledo, Ohio. A veteran of WWI, he joined the Sons of the American Revolution in 1948, becoming the president of the Anthony Wayne Chapter. The National Society recognized him in 1958 with the Minuteman award, the highest recognition for service to the SAR at the national level. He was also active in the American Legion and became the commander of the local McCune Post. There he started the Mile of Flags Collection, which featured 48 historic flags and flags for every state in the union, as well as, all the service flags. When he passed in 1977 at the age of 86 he bequeathed the flag collection to the Ohio Society of the Sons of American Revolution. Since 1979, the Ohio Society has identified an Ohio Society member that embodies the combined attributes of leadership, duty and service of Samuel Hubbard Scott.
Each year, the living Laureates scan the leadership of the Ohio Society and vote to confer this high honor upon a member that has demonstrated leadership, patriotic and educational service to the Ohio Society and the community.
This Year, the Laureates identified an individual who has served the Ohio SAR in leadership positions of chapter president, state treasurer and state president. In addition, he has served and continues to serve in numerous positions and chairs at the chapter and state levels of our organization. As State President, he was a proponent of initiatives in the areas of membership recruitment, retention and renewal. Through his services as Treasurer, Member and Chairman of the Finance Committee and Member of the Audit Committee, he has been instrumental in the review of the state financial operations. His advice in matters pertaining to the Ohio Life Membership Plan sustainability, insurance coverage, fundraising, bonding, fund management and investments have brought clarity and improvement to the organization. He has authored numerous administrative instructions utilized as addendum to the Ohio Society Regulations with the purpose of providing procedural guidance to the future leadership of the Ohio SAR. He is looked upon by others for his sage advice on matters outside of his areas of responsibility, and consistently exemplifies the ideals of Samuel Hubbard Scott.