June 7, 2017

Carol Beddingfield

Executive Director


Chamber Chatter


We are all guilty of criticizing our youth for their lack of civic pride, community involvement, or even their lack of leadership.


The Chamber wishes to recognize and show appreciation to the son of a local family whose business is a Chamber member.


Austin Sherrill has received the ranking of Eagle Scout through his work in Troop 106 Boy Scouts of America, Mentone, Alabama, Greater Alabama Council.


Austin’s tremendous accomplishment will be recognized on June 10, 2017, at the Court of Honor Celebration.


Attaining the Eagle rank is of great significance not only for Austin but also for our community at large.


Austin’s project will help preserve a vital part of Fort Payne’s history. He spent over 200 hours to clear a path on the Trail of Tears, located off Godfrey Avenue which lead to an abandoned overgrown cemetery. Now people can view the tombstones and learn more about the individuals who lived in our area many years ago.


An Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scout program.The award was created in 1911.


Only four percent of Boy Scouts achieve the rank. The necessary requirements take years to fulfill.


Austin started his journey in scouting as a Webelo during which time he earned the Arrow of Light Award, the highest rank in Cub Scouting.


He earned at least 21 merit badges through the years before he began his Eagle Scout project.

The project is the opportunity for Austin to demonstrate his leadership of others while performing a project for his community. His abilities will continue to influence not only the lives of his friends and fellow scouts but also all those with whom he has contact for the rest of his life.


Eagles are more likely throughout their lives to volunteer for their community, be in leadership position at their place of employment, donate money to charitable groups, and to work with others to improve their neighborhoods.


Austin’s parents, Jason and Monique Sherrill, have been a tremendous influence on his life’s choices. It is an honor to have this family as part of our Fort Payne community.


I met Austin while door to door canvassing.  In fact, he and his father were the only ones that gave me water and invited me in to cool off.  I was totally impressed with his manners and concerns.


I am excited about Austin’s potential to lead our youth in the future. I am sure he will not stop at achieving the ranking of Eagle Scout.


Congratulations to one of Fort Payne’s finest citizens – Austin Sherrill.