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Lloyd Roitstein Head Shot in FDL

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Scout Executive Retires After 40 Years

Posted on 12 May 2011 by Press Release

After 40 years as a professional Scouter, Lloyd Roitstein will retire on June 30, 2011. Roitstein smiles when he says, “Now I can be a volunteer again.”

Lloyd Roitstein Head Shot in FDLRoitstein is an Eagle Scout. He graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1971, and then he began his career with the Boy Scouts of America. Before becoming the Scout Executive of the Mid-America Council based in Omaha, Roitstein served as Area Director for the North-Central Region, Scout Executive for Okaw Valley Council in Belleville, Illinois and Director of Field Service, Field Director and District Executive for the Mid-America Council.

“As I look back at the accomplishments of the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council, I am honored. I have countless wonderful memories of Scouting, dating back to when I was just a youth. As the years rolled by, I have always lived and breathed Scouting. I am “once an Eagle, always an Eagle” and am proud of the impact Scouting has made on my life and the thousands of youth that I’ve seen succeed over the last 40 years of my professional Scouting career,” said Roitstein.

“Our council wouldn’t be ranked #1 and I wouldn’t have dedicated my life to Scouting if it wasn’t for one important thing, the volunteers. You are the reason that I wake up each day and feel blessed. You are the reason that I have dedicated 40 years of my life to the movement. You are the reason that thousands of youth are making a difference in our community,” he said.

Roitstein is responsible for the leadership to 58 counties of Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. He is also responsible for operational goals to expand Scouting, strategic planning, endowment development, funding and more.

An event celebrating his dedication to Scouting will take place on Friday, June 17, 2011 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Happy Hollow Country Club, 1701 South 105 Street, Omaha. Please RSVP to Cassie Lange at cassie.lange@scouting.org.

About the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council
For over 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has created a strong foundation of leadership, service, and community for millions of America’s youth. The Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council serves 31,236 youth in 58 counties in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. The Council, supported by 7,870 volunteers was ranked #1 in the nation in 2010.

Photo courtesy Mid-America Council.

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New Scout Executive of Northeast Iowa Council

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Northeast Iowa Council Announces Scott Seibert to be Next Scout Executive

Posted on 17 January 2011 by Dan

Paul Lewis, President of Northeast Iowa Council, has announced that Scott Seibert (@scott_w_seibert) has been hired to replace Dustin Farris as Scout Executive of the Northeast Iowa Council.

New Scout Executive of Northeast Iowa CouncilMr. Seibert joined Scouting professionally in May of 2002 as a District Executive for a rural, 4-county district in the Mid America Council. He has earned several promotions in this council, including Senior District Executive, District Director, Support Service Director, and most recently as Director of Support Service.

Mr. Seibert was the staff advisor for his council’s 100th Anniversary Jubilee. The event attracted over 7,000 participants.

He also was responsible for the development and implementation of a camp development plan following the tornado that killed several Scouts at the Little Sioux Scout camp. Mr. Seibert was among the group of Scouts and Scouters who were invited to meet with President George Bush following this nationally-publicized tragedy and subsequent camp reconstruction efforts.

Mr. Seibert is a University of Northern Iowa graduate. His wife Nellica is a second grade teacher and will be looking for a teaching position in Dubuque. They have two children, ages 5 and 3. Scott’s family will join him in Dubuque upon the completion of the school year.

Please Mr. Lewis in welcoming Scott Seibert to the Northeast Iowa Council Scouting family when arrives on March 1.

Source: Northeast Iowa Council Website

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Little Sioux Scout Ranch Chapel Design

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FDNY To Say “Thank You” By Rebuilding Scout Camp

Posted on 27 May 2009 by admin

On June 11, 2008 an F3 tornado tore through the Little Sioux Scout Camp northeast of Omaha killing four young boys participating in an Eagle Scout leadership training weekend and injuring dozens. In the devastating aftermath, stories of incredible heroism arose from the destruction as children rescued children, pulling one another from the rubble while performing life-saving first aid.

Little Sioux Scout Ranch Chapel DesignOn the 9/11 Anniversary 2009, FDNY firefighters including survivors of the World Trade Center attacks, will raise the spirits of the survivors of the Little Sioux tornado as they work shoulder-to-shoulder with the young Scouts and their families to help rebuild the camp and erect a Chapel on the foundation of the structure where the four boys were lost. This very special Chapel will be built with timbers salvaged from the tornado, literally transforming the devastation into something full of Hope.

The 9/11 Anniversary rebuilding project is being sponsored by The New York Says Thank You Foundation whose mission is to help rebuild communities affected by disaster as a way of saying “Thank You” for all the love and support Americans from across the country extended to New Yorkers in the days, weeks, and months
following September 11.

To support this “Pay It Forward” effort to help rebuild the Little Sioux Scout Camp on the 9/11 Anniversary 2009, please visit www.NewYorkSaysThankYou.org and click on the DONATE NOW button. Your donation is 100% tax-deductible and any amount you contribute is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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ScoutFit – New Wellness Program Offered by the Mid-America Council

Posted on 28 February 2009 by admin

One in three children in Nebraska (K-12) are overweight or at risk of being overweight. To help combat this, the Mid-America Council is transforming our many wellness-based activities into a higher profile program – ScoutFit.

ScoutFitThe ScoutFit program will bring to light the current wellness-based activities and advancements Scouting offers and also use new, specially designed wellness challenges, menus, help guides and awareness campaigns to encourage healthy behaviors and attitudes among our members. Through ScoutFit, the Council will proactively address wellness, and by extension, obesity in our units and community.

The Council’s ScoutFit Challenge began with the staff and was recently rolled out to volunteers. Nearly 100 leaders, with more signing up every week, have pledged to be ScoutFit. Here’s the story of one.

My ScoutFit Story
By Clarissa Conolley, Program Assistant

Since joining Boy Scouts of America, I have enjoyed guiding the Scouts during fundraisers, service hours and camping trips. However, I did not enjoy having little energy, feeling tired and not being able to keep up with the youth. Less than a year after I signed the adult application form, I realized I had to do something to change my unhealthy lifestyle, and ScoutFit helped me do that.

ScoutFit teaches that the trick is to start with one habit at a time. I began by drinking more water and less soda. I ate healthier foods with smaller portions. I chose the stairs over the elevator, and parked further from the entrance. These small steps helped pave the way to a big achievement. I’ve lost 45 pounds and feel great. I can’t wait until summer camp at Camp Cedars. Let’s see if the troop can keep up with me this time!

To register for Scouts, call 402.431.9BSA (9272). Visit, https://macsecure.waittinteractive.com/forms/form14.aspx and pledge to be ScoutFit in 2009!

About Mid-America Council
The Boy Scouts, Mid-America Council serves youth in 58 counties in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. The Council serves youth by instilling them with values that last a lifetime. Such values include honesty, helping others, character development and respect for the law. Scouts learn these values while participating in fun, family-friendly activities. The Council, supported by 8,516 volunteers, is headquartered in Omaha, with a satellite Scout Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

The following was a press release issued by Mid-America Council.

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Mid-America Council Receives “Centennial Quality Council” Award

Posted on 23 January 2009 by admin

Centennial Quality CouncilThe Mid-America Council, Boy Scouts of America is recognized as “Centennial Quality Council” for 2008, for providing youth members with the highest quality program experience possible.

For nearly 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has created a strong foundation of leadership, service, and community for millions of America’s youth. Today, the Mid-America Council celebrates this legacy as it reaffirms their commitment to inspire and prepare future generations.

The council received this recognition under the leadership of Daniel P. Neary, Chairman and CEO of Mutual of Omaha and Mid-America Council Chairman, Stephen L. Bartlett, Vice President, Wells Fargo Private Bank and Council Commissioner, and Lloyd E. Roitstein, Mid-America Council Scout Executive/President.

In order to receive Centennial Quality Council, the Mid-America Council had to achieve 10 areas of achievement, including serving more youth in its traditional program, ending the year with 30,527 total youth.

The council also focused on staff development and recruiting quality volunteer leadership at every level of the organization. Individuals looking for volunteer opportunities can call 402.431.9BSA (9272).

The Boy Scouts, Mid-America Council serves youth in 58 counties in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. The Council serves youth by instilling them with values that last a lifetime. Such values include honesty, helping others, character development and respect for the law. Scouts learn these values while participating in fun, family-friendly activities. The Council, supported by 8,516 volunteers, is headquartered in Omaha, with a satellite Scout Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

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Memorializing the Little Sioux Scout Ranch Tornado Heroes

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Memorializing the Little Sioux Scout Ranch Tornado Heroes

Posted on 02 October 2008 by Dan

On June 11, 2008 an F-3 tornado tore through 200 acres of the Mid-America Council’s 1800 acre Little Sioux Scout Ranch located at the Loess Hills, in Iowa. There were 124 Scouts and Scouters attending the Council’s National Youth Leadership Training Course, “Pahuk Pride”, that night when four Scouts lost their lives.

Mid-America Council – Durham Scout CenterMid-America Council plans to install a replica of the exclusive McKenzie Statue at the entrance of the Mid-America Council – Durham Scout Center, as a tribute to not only the four young men, but also to the 120 others that personified the scouting movement that night with their heroic actions and compassion for their fellow Scouts.

What is the McKenzie Statue?

Dr. R. Tait McKenzie was a surgeon, physical educator, artist, and sculptor. He was a personal friend of Lord Baden-Powell. Dr. McKenzie was a member of the Philadelphia Council Executive Board from 1911 until his death in 1938. When asked in 1914 to create something tangible “that would stand as a symbol of what scouting stood for, “Dr. McKenzie sculpted his beloved statue portraying the “Ideal Boy Scout.”

The sculptor portrayed in his statue the traits of character he knew the movement to install in a boy. To Dr. McKenzie, the uncovered head represented reverence and obedience; the ax on which the hand rests was a symbol of George Washington’s truthfulness.

The Philadelphia Council (now known as Cradle of Liberty Council) sells these life-size cast bronze statues only as an accommodation as a special request. Since the first was erected, 31 statues have been cast and are located around the world. Each of the life-size statues weighs 500 pounds and stands 6’ feet tall. They are individually cast, which is a very time consuming process and can take up to 6 months to complete. Considerable time, effort, and skill is required to supervise each casting. This is done by the Sculptor-in-Residence at Princeton University, one of Tait McKenzie’s students. He approves the location of each statue.

Other McKenzie Statue Locations:
– Boy Scouts of Canada, National Office
– Central Region Council: Naperville, IL
– Dauch Service Center, Detroit Area Council: Detroit, MI
– Gerald R. Ford Council: Grand Rapids, MI
– Gilwell Park: England
– Great Sauk Trail Council: Ann Arbor, MI
– Greater Cleveland Council: Cleveland, OH
– Indianhead Council: St Paul, MN
– Middle Tennessee Council, Brentwood, TN
– Milwaukee County Council: Milwaukee, WI
– Occoneechee Council, Raleigh, NC
– Simon Kenton Council: Columbus, OH
– Southwest Michigan Area Council: Kalamazoo, MI
– University of Pennsylvania, PA
– Winnebago Council: Waterloo, IA

This project is estimated to cost $28,000 total. The statue itself costs $15,700, shipping to Omaha $2,000, concrete base $5,000, Bronze Plaque listing the N.Y.L.T. participants $2,500, Bronze Plaque listing the contributing Councils.

The Mid-America Council is inviting all Councils to help memorialize the young heroes of June 11, 2008. If you are interesting in supporting this effort, please ask your local Boy Scout Council how they are collecting donations. A list of the Council’s that support the project will be listed on the base of the statue.

The following Councils have already forwarded their support: Evangeline Area Council; Jayhawk Area Council; Mid-Iowa Council; Northern Star Council; Okefekokee Area Council; Orange County Council; Patriot’s Path Council; Pennsylvania Dutch Council; Philmont Scout Ranch; Pine Burr Area Council; Potomac Council; Westchester-Putnam Council.

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Tom Osborne, University of Nebraska Athletic Director

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Mid-America Council to Award Citizen of the Year

Posted on 14 February 2008 by Dan

The Mid-America Council is proud to announce Tom Osborne, University of Nebraska athletic director, as Citizen of the Year.

Osborne will be honored at the 38th Annual Citizen of the Year luncheon on June 24, at 12 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Central, 3321 South 72nd Street.

The Council’s Citizen of the Year Award will be presented to Osborne for his leadership, integrity, honor and compassion. He and his wife, Nancy, founded the TeamMates program in 1991. This program provides support and encouragement to school-aged youth with the goal of seeing children graduate from high school and pursue a post-secondary education. Osborne continuously contributes to building youth leadership skills and supports the community.

Both Osborne and the Mid-America Council, Boy Scouts of America are dedicated to youth and the community. The Mid-America Council provides an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, learn citizenship and to develop personal fitness.

Previous recipients of this award include: Walter Scott, Jr. (1988), Bruce Lauritzen (1995), Bill Fitzgerald (1996), John Gottschalk (1998), Ken Stinson (2003), David Sokol (2005) and John P. Nelson (2006).

Tickets to the Citizen of the Year luncheon are on sale now and can be purchased by contacting Melinda Auch, 402.431.9BSA (9272).

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