When you have gone to as many Boy Scout Eagle Scout Courts of Honor as I have, you see people in attendance that are "constants"; people who consistently make time to come to the ceremony and praise the Scout for their many accomplishments. These people are scouting parents, fellow Scouts, distinguished members of the community, and in the case of my troop, a man who earned his Eagle rank back in the 1930s. It was toward the end of my Eagle trail in 2008 when the newly minted state representative Tony Hwang became a constant at these ceremonies.
This state representative became not just a constant at our award ceremonies, but in the community at large. It seemed that every public event in town that I happened to be attending, a smiling Tony Hwang would also be there talking with the people. It is easy to be cynical and say that he is only out there because that is what politicians do, but with Tony, that simply is not the case. When he is out at events or going door to door spreading his message, he has consistently shown himself to be the type of person who would much rather connect with individuals than talk at crowds. He can (and in most cases, will) go on for hours talking with constituents to understand what their concerns are and how he, as a state representative, can address them.