A Wayne County resident is recognized for his volunteer contributions to the Boy Scouts of America. Thomas Richard Yarboro of Goldsboro from the Tuscarora Council of B.S.A., is one of 13 recipients of the Silver Buffalo Award, Scouting’s top honor for adult volunteers.
Created in 1925, the Silver Buffalo Award for distinguished service to youth is awarded to those persons who give noteworthy and extraordinary service to youth. This award is Scouting’s highest commendation of the invaluable contributions that outstanding Americans make to youth.
Scoutingmagazine.org provided the following biography of Yarboro’s contributions to Scouting:
Thomas Richard Yarboro, Tuscarora Council (Goldsboro, N.C.)
Tom Yarboro’s background and knowledge of multiple businesses, processes and practices have been invaluable at every level he has served at the BSA. Yarboro has served as president at the council, area and regional levels, and on the Executive Committee and Board at the national level. He is currently chair of the Membership and Relationships committee. At each stop, he brought with him thoughtfulness, reasoned judgment, business acumen and respect for his fellow volunteers.
Yarboro has excelled in Scouting ever since he earned his Arrow of Light and, later, served as president of his Explorer Post. He received the District Award of Merit, God and Service Award, International Scouter Award, Distinguished Citizen Award and Silver Antelope Award.
Yarboro is proud that Scouting is now “fully able to provide the gifts of Scouting to the whole family. … Scouting is needed today more than ever.”
Along with his service to the BSA, Yarboro has selflessly served the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, from board member and local club president to National Trustee, as well as 3 years as National Council president. As president, he represented the interests of 30,000 local board members serving 4,100 independently owned and operated clubs across the country and on military installations around the world, all of which combine to serve more than 4.2 million youth and their families. In 2010, Yarboro was recognized by the White House with the President’s Call to Service Gold Volunteer Service Award, presented on behalf of Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
Yarboro is a lifelong conservationist and avid outdoorsman, particularly enjoying hiking, hunting and fishing. He is the Chief Risk Officer for the Goldsboro Milling Company family of companies and also Chairman of the Board of global food and agriculture supply chain enterprise Ag Provision LLC. He and his wife, Betty, have four children.