Scoutmaster Mack Gregg - Leading by Example
This week's 'Pay it Forward' begins a few blocks away from a Boy Scouts meeting in south Bradley County.
Melissa Gentry-Payne wants to honor her son's Scoutmaster, Mack Gregg, for Gregg's selfless acts of kindness and compassion.
Melissa say, "Any extra money he has goes toward scouting. He's only 27 years old. He's been a Scout Master for six years and his whole life he wraps around being in scouting."
"Some of these boys don't have fathers in their life. If they have a father, their father may not be active with the child, and so he's like a replacement father," Melissa explains.
Macks generosity is tough to match.
Melissa goes on to say, "We take up money to give him for his birthday and his Christmas. He will go and spend that money at the lodge store or some place like that. back on something to do with scouting."
As Melissa and I chat we decide we must quickly count out our 'Pay it Forward' cash. Then we make our way to the group's meeting hall on Dalton Pike and walk into the large hall.
Mack emerges with his troop from their meeting room, surprised at what Melissa is about to say.
"Mack, on behalf of NewsChannel 9 and McMahan Law Firm I am 'Paying it Forward.' One, two, three, four five ($500)! This is for all that you do for all of us, for our boys, because you care so much about them and you do so much for them," she says.
Nearly speechless, Mack chuckles. " Ya'll shouldn't do this. You know it will go back to the troop," he says.
Just like that Scoutmaster Gregg continues the 'Pay it Forward' tradition.
Mack says, "I just love the program. I love working with the guys, getting them away from the computer, away from the TV, back in the nature."
Gregg is inspiring the young men with Boy Scout troop 101 for generations to come.
By the way, Scoutmaster Mack Gregg has six Eagle Scouts in his troop and two more working their way up the ranks to Eagle status.
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