Boy Scouts to Honor Rolly Kidder With the Good Scout Award

Rolly Kidder, center, meets with boy scouts from Troop 267 sponsored by the Fredonia American Legion. Kidder is being honored as a Good Scout at the Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, June 23 at Shorewood Country Club.

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Allegheny Highlands Council

The Allegheny Highlands Council, Boy Scouts of America, headquartered in Falconer, New York, announced today that Rolly Kidder will be honored with the Good Scout Award at their 40th Annual Golf Tournament. It will be held at Shorewood Country Club on Friday, June 23.

“We are extremely pleased,” said Derek Dawson, decade-long chairman of this year’s event. “Rolly is a life-long native of our area and has been involved in our community for so very long. He really and truly is a good scout and a terrific person, and really deserves this tribute. This is our 40th Anniversary of the Good Scout Tournament, and we promise a fun day for everyone involved.”

Rolly is a lifelong resident of Chautauqua County. He was a 4-Her as a youth and graduated from Jamestown High School.

Kidder is a graduate of Houghton College, Evangelical Theological Seminary, and the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.

Kidder is a Navy Vietnam War veteran, having served as a Patrol Officer with River Division 535 in the Mekong Delta in 1969 and 1970. He also authored two books. Rolly served in the New York State Assembly from 1975 to 1982 and operated his own Appalachian-based natural gas drilling company from 1984 to 1994.

Subsequent to that, he worked in an investment advisory firm for 10 years and, most recently, was the Executive Director of the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown. He also served as a Director of National Fuel Gas Company for 10 years.

He and his wife, Jane, are the parents of four children and eleven grandchildren, and live on Lake Chautauqua. He is currently very concerned and involved in the quality of life around the lake, and is working to help get sewers built around Chautauqua Lake.

The Good Scout Golf Tournament is organized by our local boy scout council every year to honor outstanding community leaders who exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. The proceeds of the event help the council serve over 4,000 youth and 1,000 leaders in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties in New York, and McKean and Potter counties in Pennsylvania. They also operate Camp Merz in Mayville, Elk Lick Scout Reserve in Smethport, Pennsylvania, and their Service Center in Falconer, New York.

For more information about playing in or supporting the tournament, please contact the Boy Scouts at 716-665-BOYS (2697), or visit their webpage for tournament details at