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Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award goes to 'Goode' Elyrian


ELYRIA – Leadership and community service -- it’s what the Boy Scouts of America stand for.

And it’s what the Heart of Ohio Council, Boy Scouts of America, looks for when selecting the recipient of the Distinguished Citizen Award.

“The award is given to people who contribute vitality to Lorain County,” said Jerry Skully, resource development director for the Heart of Ohio Council. “There is a long list of local people who have received this award – Beth Stocker, Greg White, Lenny DeLuca, Roy Church. It’s a way the scouts acknowledge leadership.”

This year’s recipient is Terry Goode, a consultant for Old Republic National Title. He also works with Leadership Lorain County, GLIDE, Common Ground, United Way of Greater Lorain County, EMH Regional Medical Center, Workforce Institute, Team Lorain County, and Lorain County Chamber of Commerce.

He currently serves on the boards of Lorain National Bank, Lorain County Community College, Workforce Investment, and the Heart of Ohio Boy Scout Council and he is lifetime director for the North Coast Building Industry Association.

“There are so many people you can acknowledge that are contributors to the community,” Skully said. “It’s really difficult to single anyone out. At the same time, certain people rise to the top year after year. These are the people that always say yes when you ask them to do something.”

That’s Goode.

“Terry represents the group of people in the community who give of their time,” Skully said. “He’s making a difference. Quite simply, that’s what we’re hoping the scouts will go on to do.”

The award will be presented to Goode at the Distinguished Citizen Dinner held Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Spitzer Conference Center, LorainCountyCommunity College.

The community is invited to attend.

Tickets are available for purchase in advance for $125 each or $1,000 for a table of eight by contacting Kim Messersmith at 419-207-8300 x 106 or emailing Businesses can sponsor tables for scouts as well.

The money from the cost of tickets benefits the Heart of Ohio Council.

“We hope the businesses in the community support this because businesses in the community are looking for leadership,” Skully said. “Scouting is a career venture with an education and career focus. I’m so proud LCCC is hosting this. It’s a wonderful connection. It’s natural.”

Goode, like most recipients, didn’t believe he was worthy of the award, Skully said.

“He thought it should go to someone else,” according to Skully.

But his long list of achievements said otherwise.

Goode arrived in Elyria in 1976, working as a military recruiter for the United States Marine Corps, where he enlisted after high school.  Shortly after his discharge in 1979, Terry began working for Lorain County Title Co., where he stayed for 34 years until retiring in 2010.

According to the Heart of Ohio Council, “Terry is acknowledged for his special ability to listen, assess, and explore alternatives in finding solutions and opportunities. Among his associates and fellow volunteers, he is known as a passionate advocate for LorainCounty, as well as for being a leader who has a unique ability to combine advocacy for positive change with compassion. That combination, also, marks his business and personal successes.”

Goode was “deeply honored” by the award, and hopes his being honored “would benefit the Heart of Ohio Council’s important work with youth.”

Goode, and his wife, Annie, have a son, Michael.

Contact Christina Jolliffe at 329-7155 or

  • WHAT: Distinguished Citizen Dinner
  • WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19
  • WHERE: SpitzerConferenceCenter, LorainCountyCommunity College
  • COST: $125 per ticket; $1,000 per table (seats eight)
  • FOR RESERVATIONS: Reservations may be made by calling Kim Messersmith at (419) 207-8300 extension 106 or emailing

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