First Selectman Ellen Scalettar recognized Charlie Whiting as April’s Woodbridge Person of the Month. Scalettar initiated the Woodbridge Person of the Month Recognition program to spotlight the many Woodbridge residents, volunteers and employees who go above and beyond the expected in their dedication and commitment to Woodbridge and its residents.
Whiting, a life-long Woodbridge resident, founded Woodbridge’s Troop 63 of the Boy Scouts of America in 1963. Since then he has served as Scout Master, mentor, counselor, guide and friend to hundreds of boys as he guides them from young Cub Scouts to mature Eagle Scouts.
Boy Scout Troop 63 is one of the oldest Troops in the Connecticut Yankee Council. The Troop is known as the “outdoor troop” and outings include all types of camping, hiking, backpacking, skiing, canoe trips, white water rafting as well as cultural events such as visits to historical parks and monuments in addition to community service projects.
“Charlie has done so much to contribute to the quality of life in Woodbridge, including guiding and inspiring our young men, protecting our residents and organizing Town employees,” said Scalettar. “Woodbridge would be a very different place without him.”
Whiting will turn 88 this month and has decided to start slowing down. This past February, for the last time, Whiting served as Master of Ceremonies during the “Crossing Over” ceremony that marks a Cub Scout’s transition to a Boy Scout. Whiting has also been instrumental in the Boy Scout annual fundraiser sale of Christmas trees.
In addition to his commitment to the Boy Scouts, Whiting has been a member of the Volunteer Fire Department since 1948 and served as Assistant Fire Chief from 1983-1985. Professionally, he worked for the Town of Woodbridge Highway Department for 32 years, retiring in 1995. During that time he helped start the Town’s labor union and was one of two Highway Department employees who responded to fire calls.
If you know a Woodbridge employee, resident or volunteer who’s gone above and beyond expectations, please nominate that person for this award by contacting Betsy Yagla at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-389-3403.