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Senators Introduce Legislation to Mint Boy Scout Commemorative Coin

Posted on 23 May 2008 by Dan

Nebraska’s Senator Ben Nelson and Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) introduced legislation yesterday to create a $1 silver coin to recognize the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.

Under the legislation, the U.S. Mint would produce 350,000 commemorative coins in honor of the anniversary. A share of the proceeds from the sale of the coins will be donated to further scouting activities in underserved areas of the country.

“My times as a Boy Scout were some of my most memorable and important as a young man,” said Nelson. “This coin serves as a memorial and a promise to the millions of scouts in America, both young and old, that the Boy Scouts of America has and will continue to positively shape the lives of young men for many years to come.”

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law: to help people at all times, to keep one’s self physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Since 1910, over 111 million youth have participated in scouting programs, making it the largest youth organization in the United States.

There are currently three million youth and one million adult leaders in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturing programs across the country, accounting for more than 6.5 million hours of community service and 75,000 community improvement projects in the past four years alone.

Congress granted the Boy Scouts of America a federal charter in 1916. 248 members of the 110th Congress have participated in Boy Scouts of America as scouts or adult leaders.

The physical design of the coin, which has not yet been determined, will be symbolic of the 100 years of service by the Boy Scouts. Minting of the coins, which will occur between February 8, 2010 and January 11, 2011, will be at no cost to the taxpayer.

At the time of introduction, the measure had 37 additional cosponsors in the Senate. Similar legislation cleared the House of Representatives on May 15, 2008.

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John Gottschalk

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Boy Scouts Select John Gottschalk as New President

Posted on 23 May 2008 by Dan

The Boy Scouts of America has selected John Gottschalk, chairman of the Omaha World-Herald Company, as president at the organization’s National Annual Meeting in San Diego on May 23.

During his two-year term as the BSA’s top volunteer, Gottschalk will direct the National Executive Board, which guides the national youth-service organization. One of his top priorities will be to assist Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca in moving the organization toward the BSA’s 100th Anniversary Celebration in 2010.

In addition to his role as president of the BSA, Gottschalk serves as chairman of the Omaha World-Herald Company, a media conglomerate of daily and weekly newspapers, magazines, and electronic publications. He has served on the board of directors since 1980 and joined the company full-time in 1989.

“I am honored to serve as national president during such a pivotal point in the Boy Scouts of America’s history as we move toward our 100th anniversary in 2010,” Gottschalk said. “We have one of the most spectacular opportunities that we’re ever going to have in this 100th year. For so long, too long, others have been defining us. I think the greatest opportunity we have immediately is to define ourselves — not that we don’t know who we are, but define ourselves to America.”

Gottschalk, an executive vice president on the BSA National Executive Board, is a recipient of the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope and Silver Buffalo awards. He also is a member of the 1910 Society and Founders Circle.

“The Boy Scouts of America is enthusiastic about John’s new role as national president of our organization,” said Bob Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive. “By drawing from his sound business experience and tenacity, he will help lead us into the next generation of Scouting.”

Gottschalk follows in the footsteps of past presidents such as Ed Whitacre, former chairman and CEO of AT&T; Milton Ward, CEO of Ward Resources Inc.; Roy S. Roberts, Managing Director, Reliant Equity Investors; John Cushman, chairman of Cushman & Wakefield Inc.; and outgoing president William
F. “Rick” Cronk, former president of Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream.

Gottschalk is a director of Cabela’s, Inc.; Election Systems & Software, Inc.; and McCarthy Group, Inc. His community involvement extends to the boards of directors of Creighton University, the Henry Doorly Zoo, the Omaha Symphony, and the Joslyn Art Museum. Currently, Gottschalk serves as chairman
of the USO World Board of Governors and the Omaha Performing Arts Society.

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Pack 471 Fun

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The Fun Pack 471 Had in 2007-2008

Posted on 20 May 2008 by Dan

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