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The honors keep rolling in for ‘Big Sonia,’ the documentary about Sonia Warshawski. Last month Overland Park Mayor Carl Gerlach proclaimed Jan. 23 ‘Big Sonia’ day in the city where she owns and operates her shop, John’s Tailor Shop. In case you are wondering, Mayor Gerlach is 6 feet 10 inches tall while Sonia is a petite 4 feet 8 inches! The film has shown at the Glenwood Arts Theater for nine weeks and is expected to play at least through next Thursday, Feb. 8. The website says, ‘Must End Soon,’ so if you haven’t seen it yet, get out there and see it!

MORE GAVIN BRIVIK NEWS — In December we told you that composer Gavin Brivik won the World Sound Track Award for Best Original Composition by a Young International Composer from the Belgian Association of Authors, Composers and Publishers. Last week we learned that he has composed the music for “My Nephew Emmett,” a film nominated for an Academy Award in the Short Film, Live Action category. The UMKC alum posted on Facebook that he is “so incredibly lucky to have scored this film and been a part of the extremely talented cast and crew.” The film is slated to be shown at the Tivoli as part of its 2018 Official Oscar® Short Films Programs, which opens Friday, Feb. 9. Check the website, tivolikc.com, next week for exact times.

In the summer of 2017, Ron Fredman (left) was elevated to Sagamore in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say at a Tribal Celebration Chieftain’s Ceremony held at the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation. He is shown here with his friend and fellow Sagamore Rob Sisco.

RON FREDMAN HONORED AS A SILVER BEAVER — Ron Fredman, a native Kansas Citian who recently moved to Phoenix, Arizona, was expected to be in Kansas City yesterday (Wednesday, Jan. 31) for the Boy Scouts of America Heart of American Council Annual Recognition Dinner. The highlight of the evening is the presentation of the Silver Beaver Award, the highest recognition presented on the council level. Fredman, who represents the Shawnee Trails District, is one of 18 people who were expected to be awarded with the honor in front of about 1,000 people. The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given at the council level.

Fredman began his association with Boy Scouts when he became a Cub Scout in 1964. He was an active member of Troop 61, where he became an Eagle Scout. He began volunteering as an adult in 1981 and has worked with Scouts not only in Kansas City, but in Lansing, Michigan, and is in the process of getting involved with the Grand Canyon Council in Phoenix on the troop and council level. His resume as a Scout and as a Scouting volunteer is impressive and he is involved in a variety of other civic activities as well. Professionally, he became the chief development officer of the Phoenix Symphony in September 2017. He formerly held same position with Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony and Houston Symphony.