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CEO of Exxon Mobil Named National BSA President

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CEO of Exxon Mobil Named National BSA President

Posted on 02 June 2010 by Dan

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced today that Rex Tillerson, chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corporation, has been elected to serve as the 33rd president of the century-old organization. Tillerson will step into his new role during the BSA’s National Annual Meeting in Dallas, May 26–28.

During his two-year term, Tillerson will direct the National Executive Board, which guides the national youth-service organization. A top priority for Tillerson will be to build upon the momentum and excitement generated by the organization’s 100th anniversary.

Tillerson, who is an Eagle Scout, sees scouting as a powerful vehicle for preparing the current generation of young people to become the skilled leaders of tomorrow. While the BSA’s mission and principles have remained constant throughout the last century, the BSA continues to adapt to today’s youth, embracing new technology and channels to deliver programs to reach current and new members.

“The investment with the greatest return is the one we make in our country’s youth. Scouting provides opportunities for young people to experience and understand the world around them—not only making them better citizens, but more successful contributors to the workforce,” Tillerson said. “I can speak to the power of those lessons — I am a product of the Scouting program. I apply the values and principles I learned as a Scout on a daily basis.”

ExxonMobil is a global leader in an industry that uses technology and innovation in every element of its business and recognizes the essential role of math and science in the energy industry and the country as a whole. ExxonMobil is working with the BSA on programs that incorporate meaningful science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education into the Scouting experience.

“Rex Tillerson has the rare talent of being a visionary who inspires thousands, but also possesses the mind of an engineer who knows how to get things done,” said Bob Mazzuca, chief scout executive of the BSA. “With the benefit of his business acumen, deep love of Scouting, and his leadership skills, the Boy Scouts of America is well-prepared to enter our second century of service to others.”

Tillerson is a member of the BSA’s National Executive Board and is active in the Circle Ten Council in Dallas. In addition to being named president during the National Annual Meeting, Tillerson also received the Silver Buffalo Award, the highest commendation given by the BSA for extraordinary service to youth. Tillerson is one of 12 Silver Buffalo recipients this year, including Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates.

Named by Fortune as one of the 25 most powerful people in business, Tillerson leads one of the world’s largest corporations, overseeing more than 80,000 employees on six continents. He joined Exxon as a production engineer in 1975 and rose quickly through the ranks before assuming leadership of operations in Russia and parts of the Middle East during the 1990s. Following Exxon’s merger with Mobil Corporation in 1999, Tillerson became an executive vice president. He assumed his current position of chairman and CEO in 2006.

In addition to Scouting, Tillerson is involved in numerous business groups and is a former director of the United Negro College Fund. He is also a member of the Chancellor’s Council and the Engineering Advisory Board for the University of Texas at Austin and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Tillerson follows in the footsteps of past BSA national presidents: John Gottschalk, chairman and CEO of the Omaha World-Herald Company; William F. “Rick” Cronk, former president of Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream; John Cushman, chairman of Cushman & Wakefield Inc.; Roy S. Roberts, managing director of Reliant Equity Investors; Milton Ward, CEO of Ward Resources Inc.; and Ed Whitacre, chairman and CEO of General Motors.

A native of Wichita Falls, Tillerson is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He and his wife, Renda, have four children.

Source: Boy Scouts of America

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Harford County Celebrates Accomplishments of a Local Eagle Scout

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Harford County Celebrates Accomplishments of a Local Eagle Scout

Posted on 18 May 2010 by Dan

The Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) celebrated Eagle Scouts with a reception held Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Bel Air, Maryland. Twenty people including local Eagle Scout alumni and BSA staff joined BSA National Eagle Scout Association National Director, Bill Steel, and Baltimore Area Council BSA Executive Board member Tom Owsley in recognizing the accomplishments of Alex Griffith. As the Scouting movement celebrates its 100th anniversary an emphasis is being placed to reconnect with Eagle Scout from all years. A recent poll by Harris Interactive showed that over 13,000 Eagle Scouts reside within the metropolitan Baltimore area. 

At the reception key note speaker, Mr. Steel announced that 16-year old Harford County Resident, Alex Griffith, has been awarded the National Eagle Service Project of the Year for his Eagle Scout Service project. Alex’s project was chosen from over 50,000 Eagle Scout Leadership Service Projects in 2009. This award will be presented at the National Council Annual meeting at the end of this month in Dallas, Texas. 

Alex attracted national media attention when he decided to raise funds and build a playground for the orphanage in Krasnoyarsk, Russia where he was adopted from at the age of 11 months for his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project. Through this project and over more than two years, Alex, along with the assistance of his Boy Scout Troop (Troop 809) and other volunteers, dedicated countless hours to raising over $60,000 for the purchase of the elaborate playground. In April 2009, Alex and a crew of Boy Scouts and leaders travelled to Krasnoyarsk with the playground kit and spent two weeks assembling the playground. They worked alongside Russian youth, overcoming language and cultural difference. 

Alex has been recognized for his efforts as a 2009 CNN Hero of the Week, one of 28 Heroes selected from over 9000 nominations from 100 countries. Alex is here to tell us about his Scouting experience. 

The Eagle Scout award is the highest rank a boy can attain in the BSA. Only 4% of all registered Scouts earn this coveted mark of success. A Scout must complete 21 merit badges, serve in a leadership position successfully for six months in their Scouting group, show Scout Spirit, and complete the capstone Eagle service project.  Once the requirements are met the Scout takes part in a board of review with adults from his group and the larger Scouting community.  

The Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project provides a Scout with the opportunity to demonstrate leadership of others in the completion of a significant project to benefit his school, church, or community.  Normally the service project involves over 100 hours of effort by the Scout and individuals who assist him. In 2009, total project hours of Eagle Scouts throughout the metro area was 87,972 hours. In Harford County 54 youth achieved the rank of Eagle. 

The Baltimore Area Council, BSA is initiating a number of opportunities for Eagle Scouts of all ages to renew their commitment to serve others. First among these is the “Eagle Reserve” an alumni and affiliation network of Eagle Scouts in the Baltimore area. Realizing that many Eagle Scouts are not in a place in their career or family life to be able to devote time as a unit volunteer the Eagle Reserve connects Eagle Scouts to the countless options to serve others, and perhaps help the next crop of Eagle Scouts.  All Eagles are encouraged to contact kmcclelland@baltimorebsa.org or 443-573-2540 for alumni information and updates.

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Dr. “Red” Duke will address Eagle Scouts at a ‘Gathering of Eagles’

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Dr. “Red” Duke will address Eagle Scouts at a ‘Gathering of Eagles’

Posted on 11 April 2010 by admin

The Tall Timbers District of the Boy Scouts of America is looking for Eagle Scouts of ALL ages, who live in the District and the South Montgomery County area. The District is hosting a ‘Gathering of Eagles’ on Sunday, May 23, 2010, in The Woodlands at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott, starting at 6:00 p.m. Dr. James H. “Red” Duke will be the keynote speaker.

Dr. Red Duke obtained the rank of Eagle Scout and was subsequently honored by the Boy Scouts of America with the Distinguished Eagle Scout award. Dr. Duke established the first air ambulance service in Texas, and established the first Level 1 Trauma Center in Southeast Texas.

The Eagle Scout is the highest ranking scouting. Fewer than 4 percent of all Scouts achieve Eagle rank, however, “Once an Eagle Scout, always an Eagle Scout,” declared Pat Brown, one of the Tall Timbers many volunteers. “An Eagle Scout promises to give back to Scouting more than he received, ” Brown added. “It is a lifelong commitment to live the Scouting ideals. Dr. Duke exemplifies that lifelong commitment.”

Tall Timbers District was created in 2009, when local district lines were redrawn to better meet the needs of Scouts. Tall Timbers District has more than 60 units of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Teams, Venturing Crews, and Sea Explorers, serving over 2100 young men and women led by over 1200 adult leaders. Geographically it covers part of South Montgomery County stretching from the San Jacinto River south, including The Woodlands.

If you are an Eagle Scout and would like to attend, or if you know an Eagle Scout who may like to attend, please provide or update your contact information by contacting Linda Smith at Linda@gatheringofeagles2010.com or go to www.gatheringofeagles2010.com The District will NOT share your contact information with others.

Source: Press Release

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