Song Leader: Jim McDonald with My Country Tis of Thee
- Time to sign up for bowling
- Next week’s program (Aug 15) has changed. It will be about an upcoming solar eclipse. Meeting will be in the Crystal Room.
- School supplies are being collected for the International School here in St. Louis
- Food supplies are being collected for The Bridge
- A fundraiser is going on for Polio Plus with the Rams. Buy tickets through the special program and a portion goes to Polio Plus.
- Aug 22nd program – STL250 – info about the upcoming 250 year anniversary celebration of St. Louis
- Aug 29th program – microfinance partners in Africa
Sergeant at Arms: Mary Jane Thomsen
Happy Hour Aug 29th at Garland Wines
Michelle Good is helping with strategic planning at a Lutheran School where she presented an 8th grade aware this spring.
Banner exchange with 3 visiting Rotarians from Cape Town, South Africa
Speaker: Ron Green, CEO/Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America Greater St. Louis Council
Introduced by Ryan Kirchner
Rotary and Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have a lot in common. The Scout Law and the Four Way Test have many similarities. Both organizations are about service to others and being ethical. Both organizations are international in scope with scouting in 170+ countries. A new BSA program is called messengers of peace. This is being done to promote worldwide peace.
The BSA of Greater STL was founded in 1911, just 1 year after the organization began in the USA. Therefore it is one of the oldest councils in the country. It is also one of the 5 largest councils and is the premier council for delivery of programs. The BSA of Greater STL serves Greater STL, 13 counties in southern IL and counties in SE MO. In 2012, 617 boys earned their Eagle Scouts Award.
New programs are in Robotics and other STEM areas (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). One third of BSA merit badges are STEM related.
Camping is still a strong program. Locally there are 4 properties. Newer programs being offered at the camps include motor boating, waterskiing, sailboarding and mountain biking.
Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and still boy only programs. Venturing, Exploring and Learning for Life and co-ed programs. In fact in Venturing and Exploring there are more girls than boys in leadership roles.
Scouting for Food Drive, which began in St. Louis and went nationwide in 1985, is very successful. In 2012, two million items were collected. (This program originated as the Eagle Scout project of Bob Zangas’s son.
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