From Troop 343 Assistant Scoutmaster Andrew Himebaugh:
“The Clique”Word has been received that the Troop is run by a clique. Upon investigation we find that this statement is TRUE.Furthermore, we find that this clique is composed of faithful members and loving parents who are present at each meeting; who willingly accept appointment to committees; who freely give of their time to teach skills to the Scouts; to look out for each other; and to serve in a wide variety of ways.They are those who sincerely believe that the more one puts into his Troop, the more he gets out of it.The strange thing about this clique is that it is very easy to get into.All one needs to do is demonstrate a lively interest in the organization, make constructive suggestions and accept responsibility when asked to do so.Show a continued interest in all the affairs of the Troop and before you realize it, you will be a member of the clique. . . . And you will be surprised how very happy they are to have you!
On Thursday, March 9, 2017, North Star District honored its award winners from the 2016 Scouting Year. Thank you to Banquet Chair Mark Pishon for a wonderful evening, enjoyed by the over 100 attendees.
Thank you to former Pacer Eddie Gill for serving as our Keynote Speaker. He gave a very emotional and powerful personal story of the impact on youth service organizations on his life. He spoke very highly of scouting as a partner in the youth service organization movement.
Congratulations to 2016 honorees:
|Ron Wells||Arrowman of the Year||T343|
|Sandra Mitchell-Holder||Boy Scout Committee Chair Person of the Year||T512|
|Jeff Heck||Commissioner of the Year|
|Tom Rude||Cub Scout Committee Chair Person of the Year||P358|
|Jeremy Morin||Cubmaster of the Year||P105|
|Tom Sugar||District Award of Merit||T358|
|Michael Rodriguez||District Award of Merit||T514|
|John Ruggles||Firecrafter of the Year||T343|
|Derrick Daily||Hooked on Scouting||P105|
|Geordie Hester||Hooked on Scouting||P105|
|Seth Fleming||Hooked on Scouting||P105|
|Joe Seufert||Hooked on Scouting||P171|
|Brandi Jittjumnongk||Hooked on Scouting||P358|
|Elizabeth Selm||Hooked on Scouting||P358|
|Martin Price||Hooked on Scouting||P830|
|Brendan Cavanaugh||Hooked on Scouting||T358|
|Nancy Sugar||Hooked on Scouting||T358|
|Dr. Jay Bhatt||Hooked on Scouting||T69|
|Jennifer Buddenbaum||Hooked on Scouting||T69|
|Brent Seiler||Hooked on Scouting||T804|
|John “Rusty” Hitch||Hooked on Scouting||T804|
|James Beck||Scoutmaster of the Year||T358|
|Jeremy Morin||Spark Plug Award||P105|
|Matt Rekeweg||Spark Plug Award||P105|
|Theresa Arens||Spark Plug Award||P105|
|Courtnay Henthorn||Spark Plug Award||P171|
|Jenny Beyer||Spark Plug Award||P358|
|Matt Selm||Spark Plug Award||P358|
|Terry May||Spark Plug Award||P358|
|Tammie Buchanon||Spark Plug Award||P830|
|Jane Sullivan||Spark Plug Award||T358|
|Kevin Russell||Spark Plug Award||T358|
|Luther Rice||Spark Plug Award||T358|
|Michael Luciani||Spark Plug Award||T358|
|Toby Hlade||Spark Plug Award||T358|
|Ed Parada||Spark Plug Award||T56|
|Mike Faulk||Spark Plug Award||T56|
|Mike Yates||Spark Plug Award||T56|
|Jay Leinart||Spark Plug Award||T69|
|Scott Stukenborg||Spark Plug Award||T69|
|Beth Price||Spark Plug Award||T804|
|James Corridan||Spark Plug Award||T804|
|Jane Burgess||Spark Plug Award||T804|
|Martin Rice||Spark Plug Award||T804|
|David Bruce||Venture Advisor of the Year||C358|
Director of Field Services Nathan Young was on hand, too, to award North Star District the Journey to Excellence Gold Award. This reflects not just on the District but on all of the units that earned their gold, allowing the District to bask in their glories.
Thank you to Nancy Sugar, Troop 358 and supporter of Pack 180’s rebuild, for taking these wonderful photographs of the evening.
For Thursday, March 9, 2017’s Recognition Dinner, we are looking for donations of scout paraphenalia for the auction.
If you have a donation, contact Con Sullivan.
Remember to put in your and your spouse’s reserviation for the District’s Annual Awards Banquet. Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the Palomino Club in Zionsville. This is our chance to recognize our dedicated adult scouters.
This is a non-uniform event.
On March 9, 2017, we hold our annual District Awards Banquet at the Palomino Club in Zionsville, IN.
We still have some time for nominations for the District Award of Merit (2 available), the highest district award possible in the BSA. Award recipients do not need to be active in the District Committee, but do need to be exemplary scouters in their unit.
In addition, we are looking for
- scouters to recognize in the first year of scouting but made a significant contribution;
- Scouters to recognize for their long term contribution to their unit;
- Scouters who have earned their Scouter’s Key;
- Scouters who have been awarded their Unit Award of Merit; and
- Scouters who deserve recognition for any particular efforts.
Here is the district nomination form.
You will be able to make reservations for you and your spouse by Friday this week. This is a non-uniform event.
Now is the time to start thinking about recognition for adults in your unit or in the district. From District Executive Con Sullivan:
There are nomination forms for you to complete if you feel someone in your unit or district is deserving of recognition at the North Star District Dinner on March 9th. Please complete the relevant nomination form(s) and return to Mark Pishon, North Star Advancement Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 12th.
The flyer is worth distributing to your unit.
Many Cub Scout Packs are getting ready to change leadership in the coming months as Webelos transition to Boy Scouts and their parents follow.
Recognition of outgoing leaders is important to inspire incoming and future leaders to uphold a high standard of service in your unit. If outgoing leaders are recognized, incoming leaders will become more excited to duplicate the feat.
Now is a great time to see if your departing leader has earned the Unit Award of Merit. This is an award offered by the unit, approved by your Unit Commissioner or lacking a Unit Commissioner the District Commissioner, and then the Council Executive and Council Commissioner.
Please review this recognition now so that you can have it available for worthy volunteers at the coming Blue and Gold Banquet for your Pack.
For more information contact your District Commissioner or District Executive.
Scoutmastercg.com has a wonderful column about your Scouting Legacy. It is worth a quick read.
It is useful to keep your spirits up. Another spin is that it is a reason we need to recognize adults now. The boys often are slow to do it themselves. It may take years.
It may never occur and the adults must do it in self-reflection.
Still we are leaving a legacy.