Charles E. Thompson
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Silver Beaver and Volunteer Recognition Dinner Recap view slide show
The Mohegan Council's annual Silver Beaver and Volunteer Recognition Dinner held on Monday, May 17th at the Hogan Center was a special event. The torch of the council leadership was passed from Eric H. Schultz to our new executive board president Charles E. Thompson and many fine volunteers were recognized for their contributions to Scouting.
Eric spoke about the council's many achievements over the past four years. He described the strategic plan that was developed in 2007 and the successes accrued toward realizing the goals of that plan. One of the best objectives in the strategic plan, he said, came directly from the suggestions of the volunteers that he and scout executive, Jay Garee met with during round table sessions when Eric first became executive board president. Volunteers expressed interest in having a scout show similar to those held at the Worcester Auditorium years ago. From their enthusiasm for the idea came the concept of a mega scout show involving community exhibitors in celebration of the centennial year of scouting. Eric said that the First New England Scout Show was the highlight of his tenure as council president. Read more of Eric Schultz's remarks.
Charlie Thompson was warmly welcomed in his new role. He addressed the audience as being "red-coater" volunteer. He said that many volunteers have approached him to say that they are very pleased that he will be leading the council after his "years of getting his hands dirty working on the front lines with our youth." Charlie was Scoutmaster for Troop 155 for 25 years, continues to serve the troop on their troop committee, is a member of TVAA, and past chairman of the camping committee and Hassanamisco District commissioner. I'll be camping with my troop at Treasure Valley the third week in July, he said, and you can all come by and see me then.
Charlie added that the volunteers may not be so happy to have him in the leadership role once they learn what he expects of them. "I've heard people say "The Council" as though it is something other than them =E2=80=93 something to point a finger at and feel at a distance from but this attitude is wrong! We are all The Council =E2=80=93 everyone one of us. And it is up to all of us to strengthen Scouting by working together as a unified body to serve our youth.
I expect everyone to step up with their financial support. We have a $62,000 gap this year in the operational budget which is only 5% of the Mohegan Council's entire operational budget. 5%! We can make that up by participating with our gifts. As a unified scout council it is in our best interest to ensure the Mohegan Council succeeds and its best chance of doing so is if everyone gets off the sidelines and into the game. Read more of Charlie's remarks.Vincent Matulaitus acknowledged Brad Estabrook for his record years in Scouting. Alison Specter welcomed Matt Conlon and Stephen Forde III (absent) into the James E. West Society. Jay Garee congratulated each of the three districts for achieving the Quality District Award and presented the Key 3 of the Massasoit, Quinsigamond and Hassanamisco Districts with a plaque acknowledging this hefty achievement.
A highlight of the program is the recognition of the Silver Beaver recipients. The Silver Beaver is given to volunteers who give selflessly to advance the program through participatory service.
The program ended at 9:00 p.m. after an evening of fellowship, good food, and the recognition of fine Scouters. Our gratitude to Jeff Harris, Quinsigamond District Executive who developed the program for the evening and the other staff and volunteers who worked together to make it an exceptional evening for all.
Attention Scouters of the Mohegan Council!
Do you possess web skills or just a passion for the Internet and Scouting?
Would you like to help the Mohegan Council continue to improve communications?
We are now forming a special Website Sub-Committee and need your help. We are seeking two volunteer members from each of the Council's three Districts. Commitment would be one committee meeting per month plus any special assignments that you accept as this team works together to achieve the following goals:
1. Branding consistency with BSA standards and Council identity.
2. Improved site navigation.
3. More online registrations.
4. Accurate program and event information.
5. Easy online fund-raising.
6. And more based on your ideas as a committee.
To express interest and apply, submit your name, email address, phone number, unit and district information, and a one paragraph expression of interest and experience. Submissions can be sent to Michael Villa, Website
Sub-Committee Chair via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.