Lorenzo “Ren” N. Hoopes, at age 97, received the 2010 Spirit of Scouting Award from the San Francisco Bay Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America on Saturday, Oct. 9. The award recognized his 84 years in Scouting.
More than 250 guests attended the award ceremony at the Claremont Country Club in Oakland including Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy, religious leaders of other faiths and members of the community.
Hoopes began his Scouting experience in Brigham City, Utah, in 1925. Over the years, he served in various roles including troop scribe, senior patrol leader, assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster and troop committee chairman and held various district and council assignments. He received the Silver Beaver Award in1995.
In accepting the Spirit of Scouting award, he said, “What I have given to Scouting pales in comparison to what Scouting has done for me.”
Those attending the 2010 Spirit of Scouting Award ceremony for Lorenzo “Ren” Hoopes include Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy; Paul Cobb, editor of the Oakland Post; Elder Robert N. Packer, Area Seventy; Reverend Tom Paris of the Greek Orthodox Church; Lorenzo “Ren” Hoopes; Oakland California Stake President Dean Criddle; and the Rev. Dr. Ray Williams of the National Missionary Baptist Convention of America.
Hoopes’ church service includes serving as president of the England Bristol Mission from 1979-1982, president of the Oakland Temple, president of the Oakland Stake and serving twice as a bishop.
For many years he worked for Safeway Inc., where he retired as a senior vice president and director of stores in 1979. In 1953, during the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, he was granted an 18-month leave from Safeway to serve as the executive assistant to President Ezra Taft Benson, then the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
He also served on the Oakland Board of Education for 17 years, where he was president twice. Other boards he served on include: chairman and member of the Board of the Foundation for American Agriculture; vice chairman and member of the Board of the Farm Foundation; president and member of California’s Coordinating Council for Higher Education; chairman, director, and secretary of the National Dairy Council; and chairman and member of the National Advisory Council.