Boy Scouts to honor Matte at distinguished citizen’s dinner

MORGAN CITY, La. — The Evangeline Area Council Boy Scouts of America will honor former Morgan City Mayor Tim Matte at its St. Mary Parish Distinguished Citizen’s Award Dinner at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The dinner will be held at NicoBella reception hall, the Cefalu building, at 722 Front Street in Morgan City, according to a news release from Craig Overland, district director for the Evangeline Area Council serving Iberia, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion parishes.

Hors d’ oeuvres and an open bar will be serving wine and beer will be available. The dinner also serves as a fundraiser for scouting. All proceeds raised will support Boy Scouts of America’s programs throughout St. Mary Parish, Overland stated.

The event has been held since 2003 and honors a different distinguished citizen each year selected by a volunteer committee made up of people within the parish and asks the committee “to find somebody they think has exemplified scouting,” Overland said.

Matte has always been a big supporter of scouting, Overland said. “He’s come to these events every year. He’s helped us out a lot in the past in just community awareness of scouting and things like that. We felt like it was an opportune time since he had retired to really honor him,” Overland said.

Overland added that the selection committee tries to stay away from choosing politicians while they are in office, he said.

Matte said he was “very honored that they selected me.” Matte was a scout himself and had two sons who were in Boy Scouts.

“It was one that I always considered to be a very positive organization and made positive impressions and influences on the youth of the community so that’s why I’ve tried to help support them,” Matte said.

Matte has participated in fundraising for the distinguished dinners and has attended the annual steak dinner hosted by the Boys Scouts in Morgan City, he said.

As mayor of Morgan City, Matte attended several of the Eagle Scout award ceremonies. “We’re always impressed with that group of young people. They’ve moved all the way through the ranks and become Eagle Scouts,” Matte said.

The Evangeline Area Council honored Donna Meyer, president of the St. Mary Parish Chamber of Commerce, at its 2012 Distinguished Citizens Dinner.

People wanting to attend the dinner can still get tickets as late as at the door Thursday, Overland said.

An individual ticket for the dinner is $75.

For more information, contact Overland at 985-518-3155 or

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