The Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America will honor Rex W. Tillerson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ExxonMobil Corporation, at its 2009 Eagle Scout Hall of Fame Induction on Monday, November 2nd at the Hilton New York.
This annual event honors Eagle Scouts who have made significant contributions to society, and past Eagle Scouts inducted into the Hall of Fame include New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Chairman and CEO of Marriott International, J.W. Marriott, Jr., and John C. Whitehead, Chairman of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, who will serve as the Honorary Chairman of the Event.
Tillerson is a member of the national executive board of the Boy Scouts of America and is slated to become President of the Boy Scouts of America in 2010. President Barack Obama serves as Honorary President of the Boy Scouts of America. Both the Boy Scouts of America and ExxonMobil are based in Irving, Texas. Tillerson has said, “I think the highlight of my youth and adolescent years were my achievements in Scouting,” and “Scouting has always been a part of my life. I continue to believe that it’s the best thing going for young men today.” Tillerson’s father was an executive of the Boy Scouts of America during his youth.
As an Eagle Scout, Tillerson attained the highest rank in the merit-based Scouting program, a distinction that only about 2% of Scouts can claim. Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout spirit, service and leadership, including an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads and manages. Prominent business and political leaders having earned the Eagle rank include astronaut Neil Armstrong, President Gerald Ford, Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Academy Award-winner Steven Spielberg, and journalist Walter Cronkite.
Three Eagle Scouts from Staten Island’s Troop 21 will also be recognized at the event for their efforts to rescue a woman from her burning home earlier this year. They employed their Scout training in a lifesaving attempt and they are being presented a heroism award for their selfless actions.
The Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America serves tens of thousands of young people in New York City through a variety of youth development programs that promote character, leadership, and life skills, including substantial outreach to boys and girls in the most disadvantaged communities of the five boroughs. Hundreds of thousands of community service hours are logged annually by Scouts and the almost 6,000 adult volunteers in New York City.
The Boy Scouts of America will celebrate its 100th Anniversary on February 8, 2010, with prominent national and local highlight activities to honor Scouting’s service to our country and more than 100 million youth in the past century. Local highlights include Scouts ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on February 8, 2010, a citywide service day on April 24, 2010, and a New York City Scout weekend from July 30- August 1, 2010 with a Times Square celebration on July 31, 2010. Additional engagement programs are planned, and national highlights include a partnership with Major League Baseball and U.S. Mint production of BSA Centennial Silver Dollar commemorative coins.
ExxonMobil is the world’s largest publicly traded international oil and gas company. Tillerson assumed the top position on January 1, 2006.
For more information on Scouting in New York City and the Eagle Scout Hall of Fame Induction, please visit www.bsa-gnyc.org. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org, with 100th Anniversary details at www.scouting.org/100years. More information on Exxon Mobil Corporation is available at www.exxonmobil.com.
Source: Greater New York Councils Press Release