Good Scout Award winner has left his mark throughout town

Westborough – By selecting Nelson Ball, the Knox Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America has chosen a great guy to present with the Good Scout Award.


They will do so Thursday Nov. 13 at Indian Meadows Country Club, beginning at 6 p.m.

It would be easier to list local clubs and organizations Ball has not been a part of, but suffice to say that the 77-year-old always seems to be starting something.

Ball began the Westborough Rotary Club in 1969, the Fay Mountain Recreation Corporation in 1973 and the Westborough Music Parents Association in 1983.

As for scouting itself, Ball was involved briefly, although he would have liked it to have been longer.

"I was involved for about two years," Ball said. "It was during the war and what happened was the church that was sponsoring the troop and hosting the meetings couldn't aff ord the oil to heat the church because of the rationing that was going on at the time, so they had to shut the program down. I had hoped to be in it longer, but it just didn't work out."

Ball's short-term association with scouting aside, he was thrilled to learn he had been selected as this year's recipient of the Good Scout Award.

"I was very honored. It's a great organization," Ball said. "I can't wait. And I'm bringing my 1933 copy of 'Boys' Life' with me to the dinner.

"Scouting is much bigger than people realize," Ball continued. "I saw a story about scouting recently that talked about the value of scouting to the people that join. The story said if you take 100 scouts, what's the likelihood, or how many will appear before a judge as opposed to how many would attend this college or university or become a doctor or a lawyer or a businessman? Scouting has prepared so many people for life. It's a great organization."

So, too, is Rotary, and Ball is pleased that he has been associated for so long to such a great organization.

"I was lucky enough to be the chairman of the scholarship committee for about 25 years and it was so rewarding to help so many great kids over the years," Ball said. "The driving range was our major fund-raiser and it was a very, very lucrative one. In those 25 years we probably raised about $750,000 and were able to present scholarships to more than 300 students."

Ball has attended Rotary meeting all over the world and is most proud of the fact that Rotary was the first organization to make an effort to reduce polio and that Rotary raised more money for that eff ort than any other organization.

"I think we would have completely eradicated the disease if we could have gotten into those pockets of superstitious countries and gotten the serum to the kids that needed it," Ball said. "We made great inroads in stamping out the disease and I think we would have eliminated it completely if we could just have gotten the chance."

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