Samuel Miller Memorial Medal Winner: Duane H. Zobrist, Esq.
For over sixty years, Zobrist has been a registered Scout or leader supporting the Boy Scouts of America as board member in many roles, including Executive Board member and President of the Stonewall Jackson Area Council. Zobrist’s leadership was instrumental in securing financial support for improvements to programming and infrastructure that made tremendous contributions to the accessibility to local youth of scouting resources, improved training and activities facilities, and impactful leadership instruction.
Known to youth throughout Charlottesville, Albemarle, and surrounding counties for his “wildlife classroom,” Zobrist is an expert falconer promoting protection of Eagles and other bird of prey species. His legendary Golden Eagle “Hera” is well known to thousands of youth in our community. Over the past decades, he has touched the lives of numerous young people by introducing them to the wonders of nature and the outdoors and the importance of respect for all living things that compose our complex physical environment, its protection, and its promotion.
A resident of Albemarle County, Zobrist has served two different terms as an Albemarle Planning Commissioner and is a long-term Rotarian volunteer and leader. He has served in all officer roles and as President of the Rotary Club of Charlottesville.
The Samuel Miller Memorial Medal recognizes sustained and substantive leadership contributions focused on area youth, in the spirit of one of our nation’s first major philanthropists, Samuel Miller. The Samuel Miller bequest in 1869 created and sustains the Miller School of Albemarle, one of the nation’s first co-educational boarding schools, located in western Albemarle County.
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