Boy Scouts to honor Lines at luncheon

Jonathan Lines (left) talks with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey prior to Ducey's State of the State address inside the Schoening Conference Center on the Arizona Western College main campus in 2014. 

Local entities and the Grand Canyon Council of the Boy Scouts of America are partnering to host an honor luncheon on Thursday, Dec. 5 to celebrate Yuma native, businessman and Eagle Scout Jonathan Lines and his lifelong commitment to the community.

“(Lines) has spent a lifetime advancing the principles of scouting, and they are principles he and his family live by,” said John Courtis, executive director of the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce and one of the event’s organizing committee members.

The Lines family represents three generations of scouting and contributing to the community – it began with Lines’ father and descended through him onto his children, each generation heavily involved in scouting.

According to Wade Noble, one of the leaders of the event’s organizing committee, Lines has been an Eagle Scout leader for the majority of his adult life, serving both locally here in Yuma and on the Grand Canyon Council.

“When considering who would be an appropriate honoree, Jonathan Lines’ commitment to service and the things he’s done to help strengthen the community made him an obvious choice,” Noble said.

The event will commence at 11:30 a.m. inside Booth Machinery, located at 6565 E. 30th St.

With Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey delivering the keynote speech, Mayor Doug Nicholls serving as the master of ceremonies and Yuma Regional Medical Center as a sponsor, “Scout Me In” (as the luncheon has been called) aims to spotlight Yuma’s strong ties to scouting and the bright future ahead of it here.

“I hope to see units get stronger as young men and women understand the value of the principles involved in scouting – the oath, scout law, leadership and character,” Noble said. “They only make our community stronger.”

Tickets are available online at https://928tix.com/events/Scouts-Honor-Lunch for $100. The purchase affords attendees a “Yuma feast” of tri-tip, beans, coleslaw and tortillas as well as an opportunity to keep local scouting funded and functioning.

“To honor Jonathan Lines and his family full of Eagle Scouts seemed an appropriate way to celebrate all that scouting provides, and all that scouting does for our young adults,” Courtis said. “We will be honoring many Eagle Scouts from all over Yuma County…and I look forward to congratulating each and every one of them.”

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