The purpose of Boy Scouting is to develop in a young man the ability to do things for himself and for others, to train him in outdoor skills, and to teach him patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred virtues. (BSA 18-629WB)
The Manatee District Roundtables are held the first Thursday of each month (Sept-Jun) at:
The visitation and viewing will be on Saturday, August 8th from 10:00 am - noon in the Historic Courtroom. A memorial service following the visitation will be at 2:00 pm at the City Hall Auditorium. A private
graveside service for the family the following Monday. The family appreciates very much all your prayers, love and support.
Chips was supportive of Scouts and Scouting. He was instrumental in helping to form Sea Scout Ship 459 and served as its COR.
Hopefully, there will be Scout representatives present. Attending in Class A uniform would be appropriate.
The Honorable Gilbert Smith Jr.
July 29 - Service Project Opportunity at the Bug Out Summer Social
This event is at the Palmetto Historical Park (515 10th Ave W, Palmetto, FL 34221). If you want to volunteer, you need to email Tori Edwards ahead of time so that they have a job ready for you. There are all types of activities that need volunteers: crafts, games, lemonade stand, temporary tattoo station, etc. Below is a copy of the event flyer so that you can see what types of activities will be happening that day.
July 22 - The Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout
Service Project of the Year Award
The National Eagle Scout Association has established the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award (http://www.nesa.org/PDF/542-026.pdf) to recognize valuable service of an exceptional nature by a Scout to a religious institution, a school, community, or other entity. The award recognizes the Scout for his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project, which is part of the requirements for earning the Eagle Scout Award.
Each local council will choose a council-level winner, and from that pool, each region will pick a region-level winner. A national winner then will be selected from the four regional finalists. I am unaware if our council is currently participating in this award.
Here is a link to the 2015 Adams Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award (http://www.nesa.org/adams_award.html) by council, region, and the National Winner. I encourage each of you to study this list, if for no other reason than, to get an idea of various worthwhile Eagle Scout Leadership Service Projects that you can discuss with your Life Scouts.
Who is Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams you, might ask.
Glenn Adams is the current chair of the National Eagle Scout Association, and funded the scholarship program to kick it off and sustain it. The various patches, pins and other trinkets which NESA sells goes into this fund also.
The scholarship amount varies by level. The national award winner receives a certificate, a silver device for the Eagle embroidered knot, and a cash award of $2,500 that will be available for the Scout’s future educational purposes or for him to attend a national or international Scouting event or venue. The national award winner’s local council will also receive a $2,500 award. The three regional winners who do not win the national award will receive $500, to be available for their future educational purposes or to attend a national or international Scouting event or facility. The local
councils of those three regional winners (not the national winner) also will receive a $500 award. All regional winners will receive a certificate and a gold device for the Eagle Scout embroidered knot. Each participating council
winner receives a certificate and a bronze device for the Eagle Scout embroidered knot from the National Eagle Scout Association.
Maybe Doddie Ranney, our District Advancement chair or Jim Thielen, our Council Commissioner, can ask whomever is our Council VP for Program is if our council participates in this program.
July 16 - Order of the Arrow Centennial Day
Today marks 100 years of the Order of the Arrow. The Governor of the State of Maryland, Larry Hogan, signed a proclamation making today, July 16, 2015, officially "Order of the Arrow Centennial Day," at least in Maryland. You can read the full article and see a copy of the proclamation here: http://scoutingwire.org/why-arrowmen-will-want-to-celebrate-on-july-16/.
July 15 - Sad News - Update
Meredith Lamb was born in 1956 in The Pas, Manitoba, daughter of Donald Bruce Lamb and Beverley (Spencer) Lamb. She attended University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, where she received her Bachelor of Science (Zoology) and Master of Natural Resources Management. In 1996 she married Jim Thielen, and they have lived in Parrish, Florida for many years and previously in Illinois. Meredith's many talents included graphics design, photography, and avid reader and antiquing with Jim. She was active in Scouting before moving to Florida as District Family FOS Chair, Unit Commissioner and a variety of unit level positions.
She led an active and full life as a world adventurer even though it was shorten by illness. In addition to traveling widely and working around the world, Meredith was the family historian, maintaining a Lamb History website which history includes being bush pilots with family owned Lamb Airways, owning Beaver and Cattle ranches and operating the first trading in Northern Manitoba in the late 1800’s. She truly was an unique person with a diverse and interesting background.
She is survived by her husband, Jim Thielen, her stepsons Patrick, Andy, and Phillip, her brother Todd Lamb (Marianne), Niece Julia (Ryan) and Nephew Thomas plus three step-granddaughters, Elizabeth, Grace and Haley and a wide circle of family and friends.
There will be a memorial service on November 1st at 2:00 PM to celebrate her life. The location will be announced later.
Yours in Scouting,
James Thielen | Council Commissioner
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Southwest Florida Council, BSA
I just received information from Jim Thielen that his wife, Meredith, passed away last night while he was in Indianapolis. He is in route back to his home in Parrish.
I have no further details to give you at this time. When I receive further information on arrangements, I will pass it on.
Please keep Jim in your thoughts and prayers.
Take some boys camping and let Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water forge them a more moral compass
June 29 - Needed: Shooting Sports Staff for CFE
I'm trying to put together a shooting sports staff for CFE. Don and I need NRA certified instructors and RSOs, BB/archery certified adults, and youth (Boy Scout or Venture) over 14 to staff the range for events and to run the range when reserved by units for shooting sports activities.
I already know there will be a need for staff for November 13-15, 2015 for Webelos Activity Weekend, December 4-6, 2015 for Winterfest, and March 18-20, 2016 for Cub-O-Ree. Anyone who is interested can send me an email at email@example.com.
Shooting Sports Director
June 24 - Paying it Forward
Remember the story of the boy who found $20 and gave it to a soldier? This
is the follow-up. Be sure to watch to the end.
This story is several years old and has been around before, but it touched me more this time than it did in the past.
Having just come off a week at CFE (Cub Day Camp) working with youth of the age of this young boy, it made me realize how pure their souls are and how they are impressed by the actions of the adults around them. We should all remember how our example serves as a model of their behavior today, tomorrow, and in the future.
When I came in from the range Friday evening I was dead tired from spending the week with over 220 boys teaching them gun safety and allowing them to grow in character while having fun. When this email arrived in my in box I was immediately rejuvenated and was ready to re-up for another week!
We all should experience such transformative leadership.
Take some boys camping and let Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water forge them a more moral compass
June 21 - Scouts Night at McKechnie Field
Packs, Troops and Crews,
The Bradenton Marauders are hosting a Scouts Night on Friday, July 3rd. Please view the flyer Here for more information. The deadline for registration is June 30th. Gates open at 5:30 pm and the game starts at 6:30 pm, with post-game fireworks!
May 25 - Memorial Day
Perhaps you are familiar with the Medal of Honor as well as some of the
This is a Video that I would like to share with you on this Memorial Day. It
is a very inspiring description of a Catholic priest during the Korean war
who received the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at
the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with
the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division during combat
operations against an armed enemy.
I was not a member of his unit at the time of his capture (I was in a
division that was on his division's left flank). However during a second tour in
Korea in 1966 I did command Troop A of his unit. His notoriety is well know
throughout the 8th Cavalry Regiment, and for that matter throughout the
Army as he is the only Army Chaplain to have been awarded the Medal of
Today as we honor those those who are no longer with us, let’s not forget
those who heard the call, stood up, stepped forward, raised their right
hand, took the Oath, stood in the gap, walked in the fire, and did their
duty. Consequently, they have nothing to prove, no one to convince.
This is heroism. Real heroism.
Take some boys camping and let Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water forge them a
more moral compass
A BIG Thank You to Maureen and Ed for putting together the Adult Recognition Dinner, held on Thursday, May 7th. We had close to 70 guests and a good time was had by all. Thanks, also, to Popi’s Place for an outstanding meal.
The recognitions were as follows:
Outstanding Leader Awards (as submitted by individual units for outstanding service to their Pack or Troop):
Pack 22 - Nora Jacoby
Troop 22 - Douglas Bennetts
Pack 41 - Lisa Van Beuren
Pack 42 - Tracy Legato
Troop 89 - Richard Yunker
Cubmaster of the Year: Pack 22 - Mark Landers
Scoutmaster of the Year:
Troop 89 - Larry Price
Live Oak (a district award to recognize those leaders who go above and beyond the call of duty, started in 1958):
Troop 10 - Tony Klene
Troop 10 - Lee Manevitch
Pack 42 - Lisa Van Beuren
Scouting for Food Award (recognition for the largest contribution this year - 1810 pounds):
Pack and Troop 76
District Award of Merit (1. A nominee must be a registered Scouter. 2. A nominee must have rendered noteworthy service to youth in Scouting, outside Scouting, or both. Note: The nature and value of “noteworthy service to youth” may consist of a single plan or decisions that contributed vitally to the lives of large numbers of youth or it may have been given to a small group over an extended period of time. 3. Consideration must be given to the nominee’s Scouting position and the corresponding opportunity to render outstanding service beyond the expectations of that Scouting position. 4. The nominee’s attitude toward and cooperation with the district and/or council is to be taken into consideration. 5. Nominations cannot be considered for posthumous awards.):
Troop 89 - Geoff Ashman
Troop 22 - Ed Genewick
Training Knots Awarded:
Gary Breton - Scoutmaster's Key
Gary Breton - Unit Leader Award of Merit
Eric Salibury - Scouter's Training Award for Boy Scouts
Rhonda Leiberick - Den Leader Training Award
Also, Judge Gilbert Smith received a plaque for his 6 years of service as chairman of the Manatee District Committee.
Our regularly scheduled Roundtable meeting will take place on Thursday, June 4th at the Salvation Army Worship Center on SR-70. This will be our annual fireside meeting and potluck supper, so be sure to bring your chair, something to share, and get ready for a great scouting summer.