Every Thursday in Spy publications, readers listen to Craig Fuller (and Al From) as he opines about national politics in his informed, clearly articulated way. He’s worked at the highest levels of the federal government. He understands trustworthiness.
Since he moved to Talbot County more than seven years ago, Fuller has been vice-chair of the Academy Art Museum and currently serves as chair of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. He’s engaged and engaging.
Now, Fuller will be the 2023 recipient of the distinguished citizen award presented by the Del-Mar-Va District Council, Boy Scouts of America. When asked by Dick Bodorff, a recent recipient, Fuller said, “ I had no hesitancy to say yes. I have been blessed to do many things in my life. I’m not accustomed to being honored. I feel touched to accept this honor.”
The annual Scouting event will be Friday, Sept. 29 at the Academy Art Museum in Easton.
Fuller appreciates the training that Scouts receive in leadership, code of conduct, culture and skills necessary to survive and partake of the joys of nature. “I have always enjoyed the outdoors, whether it was camping, fishing, boating or hunting,” he said. He’s so pleased that young men and women can learn the same skills.
Fuller has known Eagle Scouts, including Tom Donohue, former chair of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, “a great business leader” who gives credit to Scouting for his success. Past recipients like Dick Bodorff, Jim Harris and Al Smith say the same.
A California native, he served on President Ronald Reagan’s staff for four years before becoming chief of staff to Vice President George H.W. Bush. Leaving the White House in 1988, Fuller went on to hold leadership positions in public affairs firms before becoming the CEO/President of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).
In 2013, AOPA had a tent at the Scouting jamboree in West Virginia, attended by 35,000 scouts. The tent contained flight simulators, which drew long lines.
Fuller noted at the jamboree that Scouting allowed boys and girls to be curious and explore a panoply of interests. The Scouts represented all economic levels. Families benefited by watching their children grow and mature.
Were an adult merit badge given for civility, Fuller would be a natural recipient. Anyone who has watched him moderate political debates in Talbot County would immediately observe his gentlemanly manner. Fairness is his byword.
Del-Mar-Va Scouting’s 2023 distinguished citizen award honors a well-acclaimed community leader in Talbot County. Craig Fuller is determined to generate sufficient interest and donations, so that the district council can continue to support Scouts and their families.