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From the District Chair - District Happenings

Posted on Feb 8 2013 - 5:47am

Button Gwinnett Scouters,

I hope all of you are doing well! February has arrived and a lot of activities have been going on and are planned.

On January 25th, our Golden Eagle Committee, chaired by Marsha Anderson Bomar, hosted a very successful Golden Eagle Breakfast at the 1818 Club. The breakfast is a way to bring local business and community leaders together to support our Friends of Scouting fundraising campaign. This year, our breakfast honored Mark Tyrrell. Mark has been a past Scouter, and as the proprietor of Tapp Lumber has supported countless numbers of Scouts by donating lumber and supplies for their Eagle Scout projects. We're so fortunate to have someone like Mark in our community! In addition to Marsha, I want to personally thank the rest of the Golden Eagle Committee for their dedication and leadership:

 

  • Frank Broniec
  • Jenny Chapin
  • John Cherry
  • Steve Webster
  • John Jenkins
  • Jeb Stuart
  • Mark Grams
  • Lisa Rood

Last weekend, the annual Klondike Derby was held at the Robert Woodruff Scout Reservation, near Blairsville. For those not familiar with this event, Boy Scout patrols compete in various Scout Skills by traversing the "Yukon Territory" completing tasks and events at various towns. The event is themed to the Klondike Gold Rush  of the late 1800's and teaches the boys the history of this notable period in the framework of a fun competition.

We were "blessed" with some very cold weather on Friday night and a snow storm on Saturday! When District Executive George Snipes, Activities Chair David Penton, and I departed Woodruff at 5:30 AM on Saturday morning to attend a meeting at the Atlanta Area Council Volunteer Service Center, it was a balmy 17 degrees! By the time we started to make our way back to Woodruff, several inches of snow were on the ground and many cars were off the road and in the ditches. We arrived to find that the Klondike Derby was in full swing and the various patrols were having a great time competing. This was not only the first time many of our Scouts had camped in the snow, it was my first time as well!

Although the races were cancelled on Sunday morning because of the weather, I can't compliment Bob Weaver enough for a job well done! Bob, his town mayors, and the youth of Crew 9236 hosted a fantastic and memorable event. I heard from several boys that this would go down as one of their favorite camping trips. A special thank you also goes out to Connie Fisher, Tonie Owens, and Tricia Gallagher, our MVPs of the weekend! These special volunteers operated the health lodge and took care of several boys who came in needing to get out of the cold, warm up and dry out. We always strive for our boys to have fun, but in a safe environment. Without trained and dedicated adult volunteers, we could not accomplish this.

February is a very busy month for many of our Cub Scout packs as well. Many are in the process of hosting pinewood derbies, which means a lot of sleepless nights for parents! February is also a special month as this is when we celebrate the birthday of Cub Scouting and many of you will be hosting Blue and Gold Banquets this month. Congratulations to all of our Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts who will be recognized for their rank advancements!

March is quickly around the corner, which means Webelos Woods for our Webelos I and II dens. Den Leaders, please don't forget to register your boys for this all-important event.

I'm looking forward to seeing many of you as I make visits this month!

Yours in Scouting,

Terry Walls - District Chair