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Sea Scout group leader Colin Lynch presenting Stephen Taylor with an Honorary Life Membership of the Group.

Malahide Sea Scouts have honoured one of its longest serving leaders Stephen Taylor, by bestowing on him Honorary Life Membership of the Group. Stephen who joined the Group as a Scout in 1975 has been a member and Sea Scout Leader for some forty one years, twenty one of which was as Skipper of the Friday Troop. The presentation was made by Group Leader, Colin Lynch in front of a gathering of over one hundred leaders at the annual leaders Quiz night and Social gathering. Present to witness the presentation was Stephen’s wife Melanie as well as his mother and his father who is also an Honorary Member of the Group.

Since its inception in 1975 just fourteen people have been made Honorary Members of the Group . Notable recipients include former president of Ireland Cearbhall O’Dalaigh, Television presenter Eamonn Andrews and Former Chief Scout and Flag Officer Commanding the Naval Service, Commodore Tom McKenna along with others who have given profound service to the Group over many years .

Stephen has in recent years been a stalwart of Scouting Ireland at a National level and is just completing his second term as National Water activities Commissioner. He has been central to the development of Sea Scouting nationally and in the evolution of programme and Support Services to Sea Scout Groups around the Country.

Speaking to the County Leader, Stephen said; “I feel very privileged to become an honorary member of the Group and to be considered

as one of such a small and exclusive group

of people.”

“As for missing Scouting I have no doubt that when I get settled in Seattle I will find a Scout troop not too far away”.

Presenting Stephen with the Award, Group Leader Colin Lynch recounted many of Stephen’s exploits as a Leader in the Group and the countless young people whom he influenced during his many years of service. Sadly Stephen is departing with his family for pastures new in the United States, but this award ensures that he will always be a member of Malahide Sea Scouts.