2017 Distinguished Citizens Award Dinner

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The honorees of the 2017 Cape Cod & Islands Council Distinguished Citizen Of the Year Award have been selected. Philip J. Baroni and Heroes in Transition have been selcted for their dedication to the community.

Their oustanding citizenship and that of our recent class of Eagle Scouts will be celebrated at an awards dinner on June 15th at The Yarmouth House restaurant.

Philip J. Baroni: Most frequently recognized as the founder of Mill Stores and Holiday Hill in Dennisport, Phil has been building businesses since he was a teenager.  His first “real” business was buying and selling scrap metal across southeastern Massachusetts while still a freshman in high school.  Philip J. Baroni Enterprises had 3 employees: himself and two men who would pick him up after school so he could make his rounds.  Phil wasn’t old enough to drive. After finishing prep school, Phil opened his Mill Store in Dennisport. He named the area Holiday Hill, because “It was on a hill and looked like a nice place for a holiday.”

Mill Stores grew and so did the Baroni family and their impact on the community. Phil and his wife Rachel have six children, all successful business people themselves. The Baronis are actively involved in their church, St. Pius X, in South Yarmouth, where Phil chaired the fundraising drive to build a school in 2000.

Scouting has been an important part of Phil’s life for 67 years.  He was actively involved in Troop 30, Bridgewater, MA as a boy and has been an integral part of Cape Cod & Islands Council for many years and is currently serving as the chairman of the Council’s $1.2 million Capital Campaign.

Phil is a member of the Rotary Club of Harwich-Dennis, having served as President. Other community service includes the Barnstable County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Cape Cod Hospital Board of Directors, and Mid-Cape (Tony Kent) Ice Arena committee.

For his dedication to Scouting values, Cape Cod & Islands Council is pleased to recognize Philip J. Baroni as a Distinguished Citizen for 2017.

Heroes in Transition: Ken and Cyndy Jones founded Heroes In Transition, Inc. (HIT), in memory of their son, Capt. Eric A. Jones (USMC), who gave the ultimate sacrifice while on a combat mission in Afghanistan. It was because of his selfless dedication to protecting troops on the ground, that his parents, along with his best friend Michael Warshaw, were determined to “carry on” Eric’s mission and passion for those who serve or have served.

HIT has sponsored over 47 PTSD service dogs for veterans.  These highly trained dogs have assisted their veteran in assimilating back into civilian life, and to deal with the often-unseen affects and trauma from their war-time experiences.

HIT’s home modification assistance varies, from small renovations to larger veteran home projects through the BIG FIX program sponsored by the Housing Assistance Corporation in Hyannis, each one having been supported by Boy Scouts from across Cape Cod.

HIT’s transitional support group therapy helps veterans, spouses and family members.  Veteran Couples’ Gatherings and Couples Retreats, provide couples with similar experiences to bond with one another and improve communications skills. Families In Transition (FIT) offers equine/group therapy for service members and families at Smithfield Farms in Falmouth.

HIT’s financial assistance to veterans is accomplished through ongoing grants to various local agencies as well as direct veteran assistance.

For their dedication to Scouting values, Cape Cod & Islands Council is pleased to recognize Heroes in Transition as a Distinguished Citizen for 2017.

Eagle Scout Class of 2017

Troop 36, Mashpee: Callan Banner, Christian Cotton, Austin Moloney

Troop 40, Falmouth: Brian Estes, Alexander Manos, Brendan Lyon, Hale Thomas

Troop 42, East Falmouth: Alexander LaRuffa, Thaddeus Lincolne

Troop 44, Pocasset: James Carelli

Troop 47, Sandwich: Michael Lippincott, Jackson Hagist, James Hines

Troop 50, Yarmouth Port: Trevor Thompson

Troop 52, Cotuit: Weiming Qin

Troop 54, Centerville: Michael Burke, Nicholas McKean

Troop 75, Brewster: Owen Kennedy

Troop 77, Brewster: Trevor Branch, Christopher Donlan, Kyle McIlvin

Troop 83, Eastham: Samuel Palmer, Michael Newton


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