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Tony Argiz Honored by South Florida Council

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Tony Argiz Honored by South Florida Council

Posted on 01 November 2009 by Dan

Antonio-Argiz-new-bioMorrison, Brown, Argiz and Farra, LLP (MBAF) CEO and Managing Partner Tony Argiz was recently honored by the South Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America for his service to the South Florida community as part of Hispanic Heritage month. The 11th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards Celebration also commemorated the work of Former Mayor of the City of Miami, Maurice Ferré, and Congresswoman for the 18th District of Florida, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

The Hispanic Heritage Awards program recognizes respected Hispanic community leaders that exemplify the values of Scouting through their service and support of the community. Proceeds from the event benefitted the South Florida Council’s Hispanic Outreach Program called Operation Scoutreach, which brings Scouting to at-risk youth in economically-challenged communities.

“The South Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America is not only helping to form tomorrow’s leaders, but it is also setting an example for our community,” said Argiz, accepting the honor.

A recipient of many community and professional commendations, Argiz just completed a two-year term as Chairman of the United Way of Miami-Dade, heading a tremendous effort during some of the most challenging economic times. He currently serves the community as President and Chair-Elect of the Orange Bowl Committee, a major engine of economic growth for South Florida. Additionally, Argiz has served on the boards and committees of many charitable, civic, community and educational organizations.

“I’m grateful for this award and promise to continue helping the South Florida community to the best of my ability,” added Argiz.

About the Boy Scouts of America
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. The South Florida Council proudly serves over 70,000 young men and women throughout Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties.

About MBAF
MBAF is ranked in the top 50 accounting firms in the nation and is the largest independent Florida-based certified public accountant firm in the State. The firm has been ranked as “Best of the Best,” the list of the top 25 performing firms in the country, for 14 years. MBAF provides tax and accounting, audit, technology consulting and litigation support and business valuation services to entrepreneurs, wealthy individuals, private and public corporations and legal practitioners across a broad range of industries.

Source: Morrison Brown Argiz and Farra, LLP Press Release

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Greg’s Fish Shack Dedicated at Ingersoll Scout Reservation

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Greg’s Fish Shack Dedicated at Ingersoll Scout Reservation

Posted on 02 August 2009 by admin

Greg's Fish ShackGreg’s Fish Shack was dedicated at Ingersoll Scout Reservation during a ceremony witnessed by more than 100 Scouts, Scouters, and friends and family of Greg Tripp.

Greg, an Eagle Scout and ScoutReach Executive on the W.D. Boyce Council staff, tragically passed away in 2003 from a brain aneurysm on Thanksgiving Day, but the legacy he left behind is surely remembered by those lives he touched. A group of 60-plus ScoutReach youth and leaders were on hand for the dedication, and while only a few of them knew Greg, the message presented by those who did know him were thoughts of Greg’s passion for kids, life, friends, family, and of course, fishing.

Following an opening welcome by Scout Executive George Clay and recognition of volunteers who contributed to work on the project by ISR Ranger Kevin Walsh, Scout Reach volunteer Todd Baker shared some remarks and anecdotes about his experiences with Greg and Scouting. Former W.D. Boyce Council Scout Executive, now Central Region Area Director, Fred Wallace and his wife Kelly, Greg’s sister, shared their appreciation with the crowd on behalf of the family.

Also celebrating Greg’s legacy, included family friend, Frank LaFoon, who also served as Greg’s former Scoutmaster, and former Council staff members who had the privilege of working with Greg. Traveling across states for the dedication included Dan Busby, Rob Hemmelgran, Michael Lane, Paul Wilkinson, Greg Brownfield, and current WDB Council Finance Director Mike Fifhause. Members from Wenasa Quenhotan Lodge, Order of the Arrow, were also present and assistant in preparations for the dedication as the weekend served as the Spring Conclave.

The Tripp family thanks those who were able to attend and hopes that Greg’s Fish Shack will bring many wonderful memories to those who use it for many years to come.

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Your Children… Your Greatest Treasure

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Trapper Trails Coucnil To Recognize Local Scoutreach Leaders

Posted on 05 February 2009 by admin

Trapper Trails Council is pleased to announce the third annual Whitney M. Young and Vale la Pena! awards banquet will be held on February 6, 2009 at the Weber State University’s Sky Room in Ogden.

your Children... Your Greatest TreasureThe Trapper Trails Council will present the Whitney M. Young Service Awards to Farrell Alleman, District Commissioner of the Bridger Valley District and business leader; Marsha Prantil, Senior Director of the YMCA of Greater Salt Lake – Ogden; and Ernest Stacy, past District Chairman of the Bridger Valley District.

The Council will also present the Vale la Pena! Awards to Francisco Carrillo, Hispanic community leader; Andres Ramos, Young Men General Board of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; Rita Ramos, Trapper Trails Council Spanish Training Coordinator; Kurt Rifleman, physician and community leader; Alberto Vasquez, Hispanic community leader.

“Service to others has always been on of Scouting’s most important objectives,” said Michael Jenkins, Field Director. “The Trapper Trails Council is grateful for the efforts of these individuals and the many other dedicated volunteers who have worked to bring the benefits of the Scouting program to all our community’s youth.”

Established by the Boy Scouts of America in 1978, this special recognition is named for the late Whitney M. Young Jr., civil rights spokesperson and executive director of the Urban League from 1961-1971. The award was created to recognize outstanding services by an adult or an organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for youth from rural or low-income urban backgrounds.

Within urban and rural settings, the need to teach the principles of the Scout Oath and Law has never been greater. Scoutreach is the Boy Scouts of America’s commitment to ensure all youth have the opportunity to participate in Scouting

For more information, call Jeremy Bell at 801-475-7497

The following was a news release issued by Trapper Trails Council.

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Radio Sandy Springs

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Radio Sandy Springs – Boy Scout Hour

Posted on 25 October 2008 by Dan

At the beginning of October, there was some buzz around the internet Scouting community about “The Boy Scout Hour“. The Boy Scout Hour is a weekly radio show hosted by the Atlanta Area Council. The show is broadcast over the radio waves, but is also streamed online, and is now available for download online.

The Boy Scout Hour debuts on http://www.radiosandysprings.com, 1620 LPAM in Sandy Springs, GA. Hosted by the Atlanta Council of Boy Scouts this new radio show will be the only one of its kind in the world that is known of.

The show hosts and guests will discuss every aspect of Boy Scouting from merit badges to camping and all points between. Troops throughout the world are invited to listen, call in 404-943-1620 or email boyscouthour@radiosandysprings.com with questions, answers, or suggestions of topics.

Boy Scouts, from all over the world can listen live at http://www.radiosandysprings.com or listen to an archive of past shows posted within 48 hours on The Boy Scout Hour site on Radio Sandy Springs website.

October 4, 2008 The Boy Scout Hour, 3:00PM ET

Originally the recordings weren’t available online like announced, however the shows are now available, here is a small recap / review of the currently available recordings.

3rd Edition
October 18, 2008 Boy Scout Hour Show
The 3rd Edition of the Radio Sandy Springs Boy Scout Hour focused on one part of a trilogy of High Adventure Trips organized by the Atlanta Area Council geared towards Scouts who normally wouldn’t be able to attend one of these High Adventure Bases. The show’s hosts were Sam Nowell(?) a Scoutmaster of 10 years, and Byron King the Council’s Scout Reach Director. The show features discussion about the Council’s trip to Sea Base, the planning involved, their Out Island Adventure, and how the trip affected the involved Scouts. The show then switches into more of the ScoutReach program, how it removes the barriers to Scouting and how Scouting is reaching out to at risk kids.

This third edition seemed to flow much nicer than the 2nd episode, and it appears that the host was more familiar with the Scouting program.

2nd Edition
October 11, 2008 Boy Scout Hour Show
The 2nd Edition of the Radio Sandy Springs Boy Scout Hour features Andrew Hallberg the Marketing Executive for Atlanta Area Council, John Roland a District Executive, and a Webelos Scout. The main topic of the show was the Popcorn fundraiser, and explaining the sale to the non-Scout community. The Webelos Scout was the second highest seller for the Council last year and has already sold over $6,000 worth this year, with two weeks remaining. The show went on to discuss Scouting within the local Community, Scouting’s ties to religion, and the “uncoolness” of Scouting.

Unfortunately the radio host didn’t appear to be very familiar with the Scouting program. He also kept wanting to make the information larger than what his guests knew, asking questions about the National and International Scouting programs and their fundraisers. I’m sure this will get better as the radio station host and the Atlanta Area Council hosts refine the show and its direction.

Note this episode’s recording was cut off early.

1st Edition
October 04, 2008 Boy Scout Hour Show – Not available online.

Have you listed to the Boy Scout Hour? What are your impressions of the show?

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Blog Action Day: Poverty

Posted on 15 October 2008 by Dan

I’m taking a little editorial break to participate in Blog Action Day. Normally I would have put together a more detailed post, however I forgot about this annual event until this afternoon when I received a reminder from a colleague.

The topic of this year’s Blog Action Day is Poverty.

As a Social Worker I have worked with many kids and families that lived well below the “poverty level”, I’ve struggled to find a mental health professional who would treat a teenager because their was no private insurance to bill. I’ve called friends, colleagues, businesses, trying to find a bed for a high schooler who gave up his when his younger brothers moved back home. I’ve bought a meal for a kid who hadn’t had breakfast or lunch, and probably wasn’t going to get dinner that day.

As a Soldier I have seen “third world” poverty that opened my eyes to the global issues of poverty. I used to see the commercials on tv asking for my meager donation to “sponsor a child” but didn’t internalize the images I was seeing. After seeing it with my own eyes its hard to understand how people can live in such conditions. No clean water, barely any food, mud buildings…

What can we as Scouts and Scouters do?
The most important thing we can do is make sure future generations understand that this is a problem that needs attention. Think about these examples:

1. Participate in Scouting For Food. Maybe your unit can work a little harder and expand your area by a couple of blocks to collect more food. You could make sure to get local media attention so more people know about the food drive. Instead of just collecting door to door you could add barrels at local grocery stores.

2. Older Scouts and Venturing Crews can serve a meal at a Soup Kitchen. Most of the time meal sites rely on volunteer labor to prepare, serve, and clean up for each meal served. See what the restrictions are and see how you can sign up.

3. Talk to your Council about volunteering with the ScoutReach program. In urban areas these groups usually meet after school with the help of a paid facilitator. Scouts and Leaders are normally welcome to come in and help teach a skill or run activities.

4. Participate in a school supply drive or coat drive or clothing drive, etc.

This is obviously just a few simple ideas. Think outside of the box, come up with your own. Poverty is an issue we should all care about.

Whatever you do, make sure the Scouts involved see the benefit of their work! Often this is where there is a disconnect. Yes, kids love putting spare change in the red kettles with the bell ringers, but how many kids know what that money is used for? Yes, we put some food in a barrel but where does that food go? Who does it help?

I think a Cub Scout parent did a great job of documenting this concept in his blog post titled: “Poverty Close to Home – Blog Action Day 2008“. I’d encourage you to read the whole post but here is a snippet:

We brought items for the collection, because it was the “right” thing to do. To help out in this season of thanksgiving. To give and then move on to happier thoughts.

For our small group within the Cub Scout Pack, though, we were charged with delivering these collected items to the Repairers of the Breach. Would it be “safe” to take a few 3rd graders to a shelter in downtown Milwaukee? Away from the safety of our suburban neighborhood?

After much discussion, both with parents, and with the “Repairers” organization – we decided we would take a group of parents and kids to the shelter to deliver the items we had.

It was an experience I’ll never forget.

Read the whole post: Poverty Close to Home – Blog Action Day 2008

What can you do to make a difference in the fight against poverty?

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