For the last 54 years, Bill Swilley has been doing more than one good turn each day. He has consistently done his duty to God, his country, his community and the Scouting movement.
Swilley joined Scouting as a Cub Scout in 1943. He received the Arrow of Light in 1945 and bridged over into Boy Scouts. As a Boy Scout he served in Troop leadership positions and was inducted into the Order of the Arrow in 1946. He earned the Eagle Scout Rank in 1949 and has served Scouting as a volunteer ever since.
Bill Swilley has served Scouting in a number of roles including: Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, Unit Commissioner, District Commissioner and Charter Organization Representative. For his service to Scouting Swilley has received the Silver Beaver Award, the Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award, the Order of the Arrow’s Vigil Honor, the God & Service Award and many others.
Swilley’s service isn’t limited to Scouting though. He has been an active volunteer at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church for over 20 years. He has served as a Sunday School Teacher, an Usher, an Nursery Caretaker, and a member of the Sanctuary & Funeral Guild among numerous other responsibilities. For his service to the church he was awarded the Methodist Torch Award in 2016. This award recognizes individuals for their outstanding service to the United Methodist Church.
Bill Swilley is an active servant in his community as well. He has published a local newspaper and has led an annual food drive in his Chamblee neighborhood. He has served as the Chamblee Parks Director and volunteered with various youth serving organizations throughout Dekalb County.
Bill Swilley is a prime example of the Scout Slogan: “Do a good turn daily”. Even though he has received many awards, Swilley continues to humbly serve others. He gives back to the organizations that supported him as a boy. He gives back to his neighbors and his church. And at the end of each day, Swilley should have no trouble guiltless sleeping, knowing that he has done his daily task.
Bill Swilley is an Eagle Scout from Chamblee, Georgia and a long-time volunteer in the Atlanta Area Council.