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2015 Eagle Scouts in District

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Since 2015 was a reorganizational year for our district and the unofficial website debuted its district-wide announcements part way through the year, we had some of our new Eagle Scouts not receive the recognition that they so richly deserve.Eagle pin

District Eagle Board Coordinator Jerry Simon has provided us with a list of the Scouts who earned their Eagles this past year. They are listed below.

First Name

Last Name

BOR Date (Date of Rank)

Troop #

1

Cole Akers

1/14/15

514

2

Eric Feeney

1/14/15

18

3

James Walters

2/11/15

73

4

Hugh Bromund

2/11/15

174

5

Matthew Heath

2/11/15

358

6

Grant East

2/11/15

191

7

Aidan Washer

3/11/15

804

8

Adam Tanner

4/8/15

73

9

Matthew Munley

4/8/15

804

10

Zachary Hoyes

4/8/15

804

11

James Haydock

4/8/15

358

12

Grant Cawi

5/13/15

804

13

Cade Williams

5/13/15

586

14

Noah Lyons

5/13/15

69

15

William Eckrich

5/13/15

174

16

Nicholas Young

6/10/15

514

17

Joshua Shepard

6/10/15

358

18

Seth Williams

6/10/15

174

19

Samuel Keller

6/10/15

191

20

Joseph Schingel

7/8/15

269

21

Daniel Perkins

7/8/15

804

22

Brandon Hummel

7/8/15

514

23

Mitchell Polk

7/26/15

191

24

Trenton Moore

8/12/15

269

25

Samuel Teague

8/12/15

56

26

Joseph Haines

8/12/15

269

27

Alexander Ray

8/12/15

358

28

John Bruce

9/9/15

343

29

Nicholas Leverenz

9/9/15

514

30

Eric Hofer

9/9/15

514

31

Daniel Salima

9/9/15

269

32

Nathaniel Misra

10/14/15

69

33

Cameron Ruggles

10/14/15

343

34

Samuel Davis

10/14/15

358

35

Allen Evans

10/14/15

358

36

Michael Isakson

11/11/15

514

37

Matthew Bricker

11/11/15

358

38

Brian O’Leary

11/11/15

358

39

Jack Whitlock

11/11/15

191

40

Jerome Zirnheld

11/11/15

56

41

Nicholas Shirrell

11/11/15

56

42

Zachary Badger

12/9/15

358

43

Jesper Wiebke

12/9/15

358

44

Luther Rice

12/9/15

358

45

Brendan Williams

12/9/15

174

46

Jonathan Martz

12/9/15

73

47

Nicholas Rivelli

12/9/15

35

48

John Sweeney

12/9/15

514

49

James Raines

12/9/15

269

50

Lars Conard

12/21/15

56

51

Richard Witt

12/21/15

358

Along with these Eagle Scouts, our troops deserve some recognition for mentoring these scouts:

  1. Troop 358 at St Alphonsius Catholic Church in Zionsville had 12 Eagle Scouts.
  2. Troop 514 at St Monica’s Catholic Church in Pike Township suffered a fire at their church but still mustered 7 Eagle Scouts.
  3. Troop 804 at the American Legion Post in Zionsville had 5 Eagle Scouts.
  4. Troop 269 at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on the south end of Pike Township had 5 Eagle Scouts.
  5. Troop 191 at Church at the Crossing had 4 Eagle Scouts.
  6. Troop 174 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic had 4 Eagle Scouts.
  7. Troop 56 at St Luke’s United Methodist Church had 4 Eagle Scouts.
  8. Troop 73 at St Paul’s Episcopal Church had 3 Eagle Scouts.
  9. Troop 343 sponsored by Pike Township Fire Department and meeting at Bethel United Methodist Church had 2 Eagle Scouts.
  10. Troop 69 at Trader’s Point Christian Church had 2 Eagle Scouts.
  11. Troop 586 at the Zionsville LDS Meeting House had 1 Eagle Scout.
  12. Troop 35 at St Joan of Arc Catholic Church had 1 Eagle Scout.
  13. Troop 18 at Second Presbyterian Church had 1 Eagle Scout.

This means that of our 13 active troops in the district, each and every one of them had an Eagle Scout this past year. That speaks very highly of the quality of scouting across our district.

We have no district records to easily assess the past history of Eagle Scouts, but based on Jerry’s recollection, this has been a record breaking year. Customarily, Jerry schedules about 35 Eagle boards per year. Current trends suggest that the pace is not backing off any time soon.

Thank you to the scouters whose mentoring helped these scouts reach the Eagle rank.

Congratulations to the new Eagle Scouts and their families. May they see many Eagle Palms in the next several years.

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Notes for chartered organization representatives

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For our chartered organization representatives, we are entering the busiest season of the year, where your services are most uniquely needed for Boy Scouts.

First, the district elections for 2016 officers will take place at our regular December committee meeting on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 7 PM in Brandt’s Lounge on the first floor of Luke’s Lodge at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th street, Indianapolis, IN 46260. The Lodge is the outbuilding on the northeast corner of the church’s campus.

Second, the council elections will take place at the annual meeting for Crossroads of America Council at the Belzer Activity Center on Camp Belzer’s campus, 6102 Boy Scout Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46226. The meeting begins at 5:15 PM.

The chartered organization representative is the only person who is entitled to vote on behalf of your chartered organization and the scouting units that your organization has. (Other eligible voters for the 2016 District Committee Elections include the 2015 District Members-at-Large, that is anyone duly registered to serve on the District Committee, and 2015 Council Members-at-Large, residing in the North Star District.)

It is exceedingly important that your chartered organization representative be in attendance at both of these elections.

At the December meeting, you will be voting for the officers of our district for the coming calendar year. The District Chair, elected at the District Election, has the duty to represent our district to council for quarterly executive board meetings in 2016 and will be our official vote there. In addition, we elect the chair’s cabinet for 2016. If anybody has nominations for any of these positions, they need to be directed to our nominating committee chaired by Scott Claybaugh. The nominating committee is on track to announce the slate of District Chair and Vice-Chairs shortly before Thanksgiving. The nominating committee expects additional positions to be slated in early December.

At the January meeting, you will be voting on the council’s officers for the coming year. In addition, any resolutions for bylaw amendments or policies to be addressed pursuant to the bylaws will be voted on, too. Eligible voters should have received a letter inviting them to attend via US Mail this past week. See that written correspondence for further details and deadlines for nominations and resolutions to place on the ballot.

It is too early to provide any guidance regarding what else is going to be on the agenda for either meeting. Monitor this website for information as it becomes available.

In the meantime, cubmasters, scoutmasters, and committee chairs should be contacting their chartered organization representatives to confirm that the chartered organization representatives have these dates on their personal calendars.

Eagle Board Report for November

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News from District Eagle Board Coordinator Jerry Simon:

The following scouts passed their BOR on November 11th. They will not officially be Eagle Scouts until certified by National but, once that happens, their date-of-rank will be November 11, 2015.

Jack Whitlock T 191
Michael Isakson T 514
Nicholas Shirrell T 56
Jerome Zirnheld T 56
Matthew Bricker T 358
Brian O’Leary T- 358

Congratulations to these scouts on completing their obligations for the Eagle Scout rank! We look forward to the good news of National’s confirmation.

Rechartering Turn-in report 11-13-15

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UPDATE 11-13-15 at 10:00 AM: new tables inserted below.


Thank you to the units that have now turned in their rechartering applications. (Pack 625 is intentionally omitted from this DistrictCommissionerreport.) This report is as of 9:00 AM on Friday, November 13, 2015 from DE Con Sullivan. (If your unit has turned in documents at the Registrar’s office in the final hours of Thursday, the paperwork may not have made through office mail to Con’s desk yet.

I am pleased to announce every single unit who is rechartering has logged into the system and reviewed their roster. That is an important step to completing the process.

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Change of Night for District Committee

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Since the regularly scheduled District Committee meetings for November and December conflict with Thanksgiving and Christmas, respectively, we will be meeting one week earlier than usual.

On November 19th, we will be meeting at St Luke’s UMC’s Luke’s Lodge, the outbuilding on the church campus. We will be on the second floor on the westside of the building, in the room called the “Cafe.” (Don’t ask me why. There is a kitchenette but no other evidence of coffee or food.) There is a grief counseling group meeting on the first floor, so please enter quietly and go up the left staircase, entering the first alcove on the left, passing the men’s restroom.

On December 17th, we will also be in Luke’s Lodge, except we will have the main room on the first floor: “Brandt’s Lounge” also known as the “fireplace room.”

NOTE, 11-13-15: In the blast email on the committee meeting locations, there are references to Room N-101 for both November and December. Neither are correct. All such references should be ignored. Sorry for the confusion.

Rechartering Turn-Ins Report

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UPDATE 11/11/15, 12:30 pm: Troop 269 and Crew 358 have scheduled deliveries.

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Thank you to the units that have now turned in their rechartering applications. (Pack 625 is intentionally omitted from this report.)DistrictCommissioner

The following units have turned in their applications:

Applications received 11-11-15

The following units have scheduled to complete their charter applications:Recharter arrangements 11-11-15 This means that this is our current statistics:Recharter Overview 11-11-15
For the units who have not turned in their application for rechartering, we need to get this wrapped up this week. Please contact District Commissioner Jeff Heck or Lead Unit Commissioner for Rechartering Mat Gerdenich to schedule a time to pick up the Recharter Application and supporting documents this week. Their contact information is on the Rechartering email sent to the unit Key 3 on or about September 29, 2015 from Council.

2016 Silver Beavers Announced

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From Sandi Hobbs at Council’s office this morning:

Silver Beaver Pendant and Patch

I am pleased to announce that the Selection Committee has done an excellent job selecting our 2016 Silver Beavers. We had many to choose from and they did a hard job well.

Please join me in congratulating the following recipients and please let your volunteers know.

Frank G. Blum
Jay A. Copra
Harold “JR” Davis
Donald E. Dickerson
Kevin G. Fife
Timothy D. George
Markus Jones
Bruce D. Metzger
Clark M. Millman
Jerry W. Phillips
David B. Radtke
Michael L. Rhees
Paul E. Rusk
David W. Wagner
Joseph P. Wehrheim

Advancement Resources

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Often we have questions about advancement issues. BSA puts out a great deal of information. Often this feels like drinking from a firehose.

One of the ways to avoid this problem is to be sure your unit’s advancement coordinator subscribes to the irregularly published BSA Advancement News. (Irregular because it is sometimes monthly and sometimes bi-monthly.) Advancement News masthead

For a new advancement coordinator, catching up on old articles in the archive can be daunting. They may just want to look at specific issues of the moment. One of the best ways to do that is to review the Advancement News index of articles on the BSA Advancement website. The article titles are often catchy and artistic, but misleading about the main idea. Have patience with it. It is not intended to be a advancement manual (the Guide to Advancement serves that purpose). Instead it is intended to focus on hot topics.

If an advancement coordinator wants to study the history of advancement changes, he or she can read back issues of Advancement News. There is a lot to be learned to look at how a once “hot topic” was handled and resolved. It helps guide an advancement coordinator to have a better sense about how to handle future problems. The method of resolution will often be similar: the timeframe required to identify the issue then resolve, the groups giving input who have the most persuasive authority on the final result, and the types of issues that are resolved with finality versus lingering effects.

Always start with the Guide to Advancement, the most recent revision for the current year of Boy Scout Requirements, the most recent issue of Advancement News for answers, and the related Merit Badge Counselor’s Compass newsletter. If those prove unsatisfactory, review the News index. You may surprise yourself with the quality of answers that are already published.

If you still do not find your answers, reliable and regular private bloggers can provide insight, such as Clarke Green at www.scoutmastercg.com with a focus on scoutmastership, Frank Maynard at www.blogwhiteblather.com with a focus on committee issues, and the Ask Andy column at www.netcommissioner.com.

To subscribe to the Advancement News, follow these instructions:

Send an email to advancement.team@scouting.org.
Put ‘Subscribe’ in the Subject line and in the body of the email put only your:
Email Address:
Name:
Council Name:

Report: Pack 358 Cub Hayride

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Thank you to Pack 358 to opening their annual hayride to the district. I know one or two packs took advantage of the offer with resoundingly glowing compliments to the hosts.

For those packs that missed out, a good time was had by all.

Thank you to Daniel Corum for the photographs.

Packs 625 and 358 break bread together
Packs 625 and 358 break bread together
Wagons, ho!
Wagons, ho!
Father-son time
Father-son time
Hot dogs for all!
Hot dogs for all!
Cubs at play
Cubs at play
Camaraderie of the bonfire
Camaraderie of the bonfire

Eagle Report for North Star

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District Eagle Board Coordinator Jerry Simon submits the following report:
North Star averages about 30 new Eagles per year.
Starting in January of this year through October, 35 scouts have received their Eagle Rank. We will be doing six more in November and at least five in December.
It looks like 2015 will be a banner year for us.
Considering all the issues North Star has had trying to be a functioning district, we have great troops with great volunteers that are making Scouting happen.