Kaskaskia District, Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America would
like to thank the many volunteers, donors, and those in attendance at the 2013
Kaskaskia District Trivia Night Fund Raiser which was held Saturday, 9 November
2013 at the American Legion Hall, 1700 Gartside, Murphysboro. All of the proceeds will go towards supporting
Scouting activities in the Kaskaskia District.
We particularly want to thank the sponsors of the different rounds to
the trivia event including HDR Engineering, Old National Bank, 1st Bank and
Trust, Budslick Management, Morgan and Guthman CPA, Womick Law Firm Chartered,
and Communications Express. Also many
organizations and individuals provided silent auction merchandise and services,
including The Stage Company, The Bank of Carbondale, Dave's Automotive, Plaza
Tire, Panera, Fat Patties, Custom Cleaners, Dale Hartman, the Harlem
Globetrotters, Gloria Jeans Coffee, the Buhman Family, McAllister's Deli, Scott
Martin, Ken Yamamoto, Murphysboro American Legion, and Judy White. Under
the leadership of Cathy Schmidt and many
other volunteers, the event was a great success.
scouts need to register via Cathy Schmidt or Susan Ellis. They have to
be with a crew and we are both taking crews. You can put my contact info
in there. Contact Cathy at email@example.com or 618-559-3501. Thanks.
Steve Buhman, Scout Leader with Troop 4 in
Murphysboro was one of the adult leaders to attend and participate in
the 2013 National Jamboree in West Virginia. He was able to take some
5000+ (6913) pictures at the Jamboree which he has placed
on his professional photography Web site. He has permission for you to
view the pictures at the Web site below. After reviewing/viewing all
of the pictures, I felt that I attended the Jamboree. Thanks Steve.
Pictures from National Jamboree Troop A247
Marion Mayor Bob Butler and Carbondale Mayor Joel Fritzler were
honored during a Good Scout recognition dinner last month at John A.
Logan College. Both mayors earned the rank of Eagle Scout in their
The dinner fundraiser was provided by Egyptian and
Kaskaskia districts of the Greater St. Louis Area Council Boy Scouts of
America. Local corporate sponsors included Golden Eagle Distributors,
Pepsi MidAmerica and The Southern Illinoisan.
Master of Ceremonies
Michael Garlinghouse of Murphysboro, a board member of United Way of
Southern Illinois, welcomed the large crowd of BSA supporters. He
introduced both mayors, offering each an opportunity to speak.
each mayor eagerly accepted the offer to share a few words, Garlinghouse
added, “You should never invite a politician to speak.” That brought a
round of laughter and applause.
Butler reminisced about several
camping trips, including one that involved a snipe hunt. He later served
as a summer camp staff member and was inducted into Order of the Arrow.
The longtime mayor said he learned a lesson in life from the Scouts,
that of “keeping on,” as he described endurance hikes and a difficult
swim to an island in a Wisconsin lake.
Accompanying Butler to the dinner was his wife, Louetta, and Marion City Manager Gail West.
pointed out that Butler didn’t know he would get two statues this year,
referring to the Scout statuette and the new life-sized statue of him
on the Marion square.
“Once an Eagle Scout, always an Eagle
Scout,” Fritzler said. He emphasized that everyone should “reach out and
thank former teachers, Scout masters and those who helped form us into
Presenting the award to Butler was Joseph Hirschi of
Marion, chairman of Egyptian District of the Greater St. Louis Area
Council BSA. Don Monty of Carbondale, a longtime BSA supporter,
presented Fritzler with his award.
Several Scouts participated in
the program, with one demonstrating knot tying. All of the guests had
the opportunity to try to duplicate the endeavor with a small rope by
The dinner raised $4,562 in pledges for the two
districts, which include the counties of Alexander, Franklin, Hamilton,
Jackson, Johnson, Perry, Pulaski, Saline, Union and Williamson.
Good Food, Great Fun and support a Great
Cause. Troop A247, Southern Illinois' own 2013 Jamboree Troop is hosting
a comedy night on Saturday, March 23 at the Murphysboro American
Legion. Doors open at 6 pm, comedy follows.
Venture Crew 4 is helping with this. One of our Associate Advisors (Nicole Allen) is a
student at Second City in Chicago. She and two other writers from SC
have written a series of comedy sketches. They will be producing and
performing them along with help from Crew 4, JT A247 parents, and other
community members. Saturday March 23 at the Murphysboro American Legion
(1700 Gartside). Doors open at 6:00. There will also be a dinner
catered by Pat's BBQ. Cost is $15. A dessert auction and a silent
auction will also be happening. 18 to attend. All tickets must
purchased in advance.
-A 24/7 Production of Comedy
-Saturday March 23, 2013
-Murphysboro American Legion (1700 Gartside)
-Doors at 6 pm
-Dinner by Pat's BBQ
-No tickets at the door
-Contact a Jamboree scout or Cathy Schmidt at 618.559.3501
Kaskaskia District, Greater St.
Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
Annual Adult Recognition Dinner and
17 January 2013, the Kaskaskia District of the Greater St. Louis Area Council,
Boy Scouts of American held its annual adult recognition dinner and award
ceremony at the Grace United Methodist Church in Carbondale. District Chair John Mead welcomed the adult
leaders and boy scouts who attended the event.
Kaskaskia District' Venturing Crew 4 provided the opening ceremony and later in
the event provided an overview of Venturing and some the activities the Crew
was involved during 2012.
9 Boy Scouts who became Eagle Scouts during 2012 were recognized for their
achievement. Those receiving their Eagle
Scout rank included Daniel Sherwood of Troop 4, in Murphysboro, Alexander
Sellars of Troop 58 in Goreville, Garrett Andrew Loyd of Troop 47 in
Pinckneyville, Dustin Butler of Troop, Carobndale, Quinian Monk of Troop 133 in
Carbondale, Joseph Jeralds of Troop 4 in Murphysboro, Douglas Halim of Troop 4
in Murphysboro, Bryan Herron of Troop 151 in Carbondale, and Jacob Loving of
Troop 4 in Murphysboro.
first District Award of Merit went to Walt Tomcrak (Troop 66). Our second
District Award of Merit went to Blaine Barthelomew of Carbondale. Our 2011 Scouter of the Year award recipient was
Aaron Anderson of Troop 4. Congratulations
to the Tim and Amy Rogers family Pack 112, chartered to the United Methodist
Church of Murphysboro. They are our Scout Family of the Year. Our 2012 Venturing Advisor of the Year was Susan
Nellis of Crew 71, Campbell Hill. Congratulations
to our 2012 Scoutmaster of the Year, Gary Steele, Troop 4, chartered to the
Grace United Methodist in Carbondale. The
2012 Assistant Troop Leader of the Year is Scott Halim of Troop 4, chartered to
the St. Andrew Parrish of Murphysboro. This
year's Cubmaster of the Year was Jean Schubert of Pack 47, chartered to the First
Christian Church of Pinckneyville. Don
Palmer of Pack 88, chartered to American Legion 1096 of Campbell Hill, is our
Webelos Den Leader of the Year. Congratulations
to our 2012 Tiger Leader of the Year, Beth Caraker of Pack 41 and Wolf/Bear
Leader of the Year, Robert Monroe, both of Pack 41, chartered by First United
Methodist Church in Vienna. The winners
of the Spark Plug Award were Scott Satterlee of Troop 4 in Murphysboro and
Katie Russell of Pack 47 in Pinckneyville. And the winner of the Rookie of the
Year Award was Brian Brammeier of Troop 47, chartered to the First Christian Church
of Pinckneyville. Skip Mudlaff was given
special recognition for his long time service to Scouting and his most recent
service to the Eagle Scout Committee.
Yamamoto of Murphysboro was recognized for receiving the Silver Beaver Award
which is the highest award given at the Boy Scout Council level.
Happy New Year
I'm writing this during the last morning of 2012. Tomorrow 2012
will have ceased to exist except for memories. The New Year is a good
time for new beginnings and new projects. As the religious emblems
coordinator for the Kaskaskia District I'd like to invite each unit
leader to consider encouraging you Scouts to work towards the Religious
Emblems. There is an emblem for virtually every religion, be it
Christian, Jewish, Muslim or whatever. Work towards these emblems is in
line with the 12th point of the Scout Law, a Scout is Reverent.
If you want some help in getting started or just need more information, I'd be happy to provide whatever assistance I can.
May all of you experience Peace in the coming year.
Don Sparling, Kaskaskia Religious Emblem Coordinator
6 is the date for our next Roundtable mtg. It's a potluck mtg., so if
time permits, bring a dish to share. If you don't have time, don't
stress - just come. Fun, food, fellowship with other Scouters, and
information on all the upcoming events and programs - what more can you
Our Scout Executive, Ron Green, is scheduled
to come MONDAY, December 3 to share our Council's Strategic Plan.
The meeting will take place at the Murphysboro Middle School Auditorium
located at 2125 Spruce St. in Murphysboro. Doors open at 6:30 - meeting
starts at 7:00 PM - please plan to attend!
Ron Green is the Scout Executive/CEO of the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.