2024 Distinguished Citizens Dinner

June 3, 2024

Scouts Honor Shawn Gorman and L.L.Bean at 45th Annual Distinguished Citizens Dinner at Holiday Inn by the Bay

On a pleasant spring day on May 16th in Portland, Maine, more than 200 business leaders and Scouts gathered at the Holiday Inn by the Bay for the 45th Annual Distinguished Citizens Dinner. The event highlighted Shawn Gorman, the chairman of the board at L.L. Bean, in recognition of L.L. Bean’s unwavering support for Pine Tree Council and Camp Hinds.

Shawn had the pleasure of meeting two exemplary Eagle Scouts, Cameron Lebel of Troop 187, and Natalie Poulin from Troop 2019, joined by Maine’s Scout Executive, Matt Klutzaritz. The commendation was graciously presented to him by Horace Horton, Esq., an Outstanding Eagle Scout, and past Pine Tree Council President.

The air was filled with stories celebrating the great outdoors, respect, honor, and community values. Both Cameron and Natalie delivered heartfelt speeches about the profound impact Scouting has had on their lives. Cameron warmly reminisced, “The great outdoors became my classroom, and nature my mentor.” Natalie, who began her Scouting journey at age 4, proudly displayed the first patch she earned at age 9 to the audience.

Shawn shared touching family memories, recounting how his brothers were always in pursuit of the next badge. He humbly accepted the award for himself and L.L. Bean, quoting his great-grandfather’s wisdom about hunting and fishing as gateways to the great open spaces, helping one forget life’s trivialities. Adding to this spirit of embracing nature, Shawn highlighted L.L. Bean’s latest initiative with Mental Health America to go “off the grid” on social media, encouraging people to spend more time outdoors.

The event was a symphony of inspiration, laughter, cheers, and applause. Pine Tree Council President Jack O’Toole urged support for local Scouts in Maine, celebrating the longstanding legacy of L.L. Bean and Shawn’s family.

Finally, Roger Griswold, WMTW-TV Chief Meteorologist and Pine Tree Council Board Member, noted how each year’s event continues to surpass the last. The evening concluded with a promise: next year’s event in the spring is one you won’t want to miss.