Kerl, Charles Henry award 22 Jul 1977
Kerl's service to youth is recognized by Kiwanis Charles "Henry" Kerl, one-time farmer, welder and now police officer, has received the Beatrice Kiwanis Club's second annual Service to Youth Award. Kerl was nominated by the Homestead Early Risers Kiwanis Club, of which he is a member. Much of Kerl's time is involved in the Junior Citizens Camp, held in Fremont every summer for boys and girls between 10-13 years old. The camp, consisting of 30-40 kids from eastern/ Nebraska, involves hiking, swimming, fishing and boating. Counselors are assigned to every five youngsters. Kerl and the members of the local committee have a year-round job, locating volunteers to serve as counselors. counselors. The local committee also presents films and programs about the camp to interested civic groups. Active . In addition to his local committee work, Kerl has served as a counselor at the camp for five years and on the State Board for four years. He was a .director of Camp Fremont in 1976 and has been instrumental in developing the interest and participation of other communities. In 1974, he served as a counselor at Camp Jefferson in Fairbury. The camp was for junior high students, sponsored by the Region 14 Crime Commission. Kerl became a police officer for the Beatrice Police Department in 1966. He was born in Nemaha County, Kan. and graduated in 1944 from Pawnee City High School. Following graduation, he farmed in Pawnee, later moving to Sioux County and continuing to farm until 1957. He became a welder and lathe operator at Dempster Manufacturing in 1957. Kerl and his wife, Marie, have four children, Nancy, 25; Jerry, 23; Tim, 11; and Brian, 6. He is a member of the Footprinters and belongs to the Beatrice First Presbyterian Church. He has taught Sunday School and been a Sunday School superintendent. Kerl e'njoys fishing, especially with his children. His four-year tenure as a Henry Kerl YMCA baseball coach saw one undefeated, undefeated, award-winning team. He was a judge during the Boogadie Days Pet Show in Feb. of 1975, was active in the Boy Scout Contribution Drive of 1976, and completed the 12 mile CROP Walk for Hunger in the fall of 1976 with his son, Tim. Police Work Kerl says he realizes the importance of children learning about police officers and their work. He has presented programs on this subject for Pre-school Story Hour at the Beatrice Public Library and at grade schools. In Oct. 1976, Kerl assisted with training eight sixth-grade students as part of St. Joseph's school crossing safety program. Working through the Probation Office, he has sponsored two junior law offenders, offenders, acting as a "big brother" to the boys. "It's a beautiful award to win," Kerl said.