The Midnight Sun Council, BSA salutes,


C.B. Bettisworth


Karen Perdue

 2016DC Karen and CB on the Skiff

As 2016 recipients for Distinguished Citizens of the Year!


Karen Perdue was raised in Fairbanks, attending local elementary schools and graduating from Lathrop High School. She briefly left Alaska to attend and graduate from Stanford University. Karen spent her early years working in the family business, Perdue’s Jewelry, with her parents, Ralph and Dorothy Perdue. By her mid-teens, she determined that retail was not her strength, so she hired on with the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner as a cub reporter and also made money for college working as a Teamster on the Trans-Alaska pipeline. In the late 1970’s, she went to Washington, DC to work as a press secretary for Senator Ted Stevens, which launched her career in public service. She spent 25 years working in State Government in Juneau, including 7 years as the State’s Commissioner of Health and Social Services.


CB Bettisworth, while born in Seattle, comes from a long line of Fairbanks families (Hering, Strandberg). He attended Fairbanks elementary schools and graduated from Lathrop High School. In 1967, CB completed his Professional Degree in Architecture at the University of Oregon, and worked as a laborer for his father, Bob Bettisworth. Upon graduation, he worked for Philleo Architectural and Engineering and for Grey Rogers Meyers and Morgan – now known as Design Alaska. In 1972, CB engaged in a Master of Planning Degree program at the University of Washington, which led to a 3-year stint as a Borough Planner in Ketchikan. In 1976, he formed what is today Bettisworth North Architects and Planners, and remained as its sole owner until 2007, when he sold the enterprise to three employees.


The banquet will be held on December 7, 2016 at the Westmark Gold Room at 6:00 p.m.
Mark the date on your Calendar and call the Scout Office at 452-1976 to make your reservations!


Click on the following links to view/download:

Distinguished Citizen Banquet invitation

Distinguished Citizen Banquet invitation response card

Distinguished Citizen Banquet Sponsor 

Distinguished Citizen Banquet Sponsor response card







B-Line Construction
Bennett Engineering
Fairbanks Memorial Hospital




 Past Recipients:

Earl A. Cook, 1983

Mary Jane Fate, 1996

Jim Lund, 2009

V. Paul Gavora, 1997

V. Paul Gavora, 1997

Michael K. Powers, 2010

Leo Schlotfedlt, 1985

Michael T. Cook, 1998

Dermot Cole, 2011

Grace Berg Schaible, 1986

Paul & Jane Massey, 1999

Terrance Cole, 2011

Earl Hoover Beistline, 1987

Harry "Red" Porter, 2000

Nancy Hanson, 2012

Joseph Emil Usibelli, 1988

William G. Stroecker, 2001

Robert B. Groseclose, 2013

Jeffrey J. Cook, 1989

Betty L. Everts, 2002

Barbara L. Schuhmann, 2013

Jo Ryman Scott, 1990

Skip Cook, 2003

Mike & Peggy Pollen, 2014

Arthur Stephen Buswell, 1991

Mary E. Binkley, 2004

Bert & Becky Bell, 2015

William Ransom Wood, 1992

Glen Hackney, 2005


Richard A. Wien, 1993

Richard & Anna Frank, 2006


Frank X. Chapados, 1994

Dennis & Mary Wise, 2007 

Francis W. McGuigan, S.J., 1995

Chuck & Carolyne Wallace, 2008

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