Eberhardt honored at Scouting dinner
Eric Eberhardt was given a standing ovation on his selection as the recipient for the Minsi Trails Council 2017 Good Scout Award at the Whitehall, Coplay, Parkland Friends of Scouting dinner, held Oct. 26 at Fellowship Community, Whitehall.
The Friends of Scouting dinner program began with the Color Guard from Boy Scout Troop 59, which meets at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Egypt, and Troop 79, which meets at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Stiles.
Minsi Trails Council Executive and CEO Craig Poland presented Eberhardt with a plaque while tracing the history of Scouting from its inception in the early 1900s to the present; its many changes that made the Scouting program stronger; and the success Scouting played for those in all walks of life — from the position of presidency to those in the private sector.
Eberhardt also received a citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, presented by state Rep. Zachary Mako, R-183rd, and a commendation from the township by Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr., the board of commissioners and the community, as well as a plaque from Minsi Trails Council.
“I am humbled,” Eberhardt said, as applause filled the hall.
His role with community projects and Scouting programs were heralded by speakers taking to the podium.
Eberhardt is no stranger when it comes to Scouting, beginning as a Cub Scout, then becoming a Boy Scout and later an Eagle Scout. He then served as a Cub Scout leader in two roles — Cubmaster from 1998 to 2003 and committee chairman from 2003 to 2006 for Cub Pack 144 and Troop 144, chartered by St. John’s United Church of Christ, Laurys Station.
He is the owner of a family car business in Egypt, Eberhardt Motors, which dates back to 1924. Eberhardt first started as a technician, then service manager following his graduation from Whitehall High School and later achieved a degree in automotive technology from Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville.
He has won numerous awards by Chrysler Corporation over the years for sales and service, including achieving Diamond Status, was voted the No. 1 technician in the tri-state area and served as president of Lehigh Valley Service Managers Guild for six years.
Hozza, as emcee, mentioned Eberhardt’s ties to Egypt, which mirrored his own. They were both in the high school band — Eberhardt at Whitehall and Hozza at Northampton. Hozza’s first Plymouth was purchased from Eberhardt Motors while he was in college.
But it was Eberhardt’s commitment and generosity to the community, along with that of his wife, Lynn, that the mayor focused on — they were major donors to the rebuilding of the Ironton Rail Trail caboose; they donated the scoreboard at Egypt Memorial Park; they helped with the Navy Tomcat fighter jet veterans memorial on the Egypt Veterans of Foreign Wars grounds; and they were a sponsor of the recently dedicated veterans memorial plaza at the municipal building campus.
Eberhardt has also served on the board of directors of Wildlands Conservancy for six years and as the vice president of Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce.