September 2016
A monthly newsletter for volunteers, alumni and donors, 
highlighting the positive effects of their support of Scouting in Michigan.

Don't miss these upcoming events!
9-11 Scout Salute in Grand Rapids draws record crowds 

Record crowds turned out on Sunday, September 11 for the 14
th annual 9-11 Community Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute held at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in downtown Grand Rapids.

More than 2,700 Scouts and Scouters participated in the dawn to dusk Salute against a backdrop of more than 6,500 people of all ages who came to honor the victims and first responders of 9-11.

The annual event began in 2002 as a way to remember the events of 9-11, said Matt Hogg, Program Director, President Ford Field Service Council.  He said in the past couple of years the focus has been on the sacrifices law enforcement personnel, emergency responders and the military make everyday.

"This makes it more relevant to new generations of Scouts," Hogg said.

Alumni Spotlight
Pictured with Richard Singer_ Gordon_s Scoutmaster when he became Eagle at 312 and his wife Elizabeth
Lansing, MI -- Gordon Sandula of Thomas Township graduated from the 129th Michigan State Police Trooper Recruit School in Lansing, MI August 26th. 

47 Trooper Candidates completed a rigorous 22-week program consisting of physical fitness, self-defense, firearms, tactical driving, first aid, crowd control, crime scene management and criminal justice academics.  

He will begin his Trooper career at the West Branch Post.  Prior to joining the Michigan State Police, Trooper Sandula earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 2003, graduated from Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central High School in 2005, from Ferris State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Law Enforcement in 2009 and immediately joined the US Army.  

He served 4 ½ years earning the Army Combat Infantry Badge and Army Commendation Medal with Valor during an Iraq Theatre deployment.  He is the son of Douglas and Mary Sandula of Thomas Township, Michigan.
Leadership at its Finest
Nick Meier is the 2016-2017 Central Region Venturing Area 2 President.

Nick is a member of Crew 29 out of the Great Lakes FSC and has been involved with Scouting since Cub Scouts. For the past 7 years he's been a member of Troop 755 out of Northville, MI. Nick received his Eagle Scout in 2011 and has stayed active since then. He is also active in the OA where he is the Noquet Lodge Chief. Outside of leadership roles he has been backpacking in the Grand Tetons and scuba diving in the Keys with his troop.
Nick lives in Plymouth, MI and attends the University of Michigan pursuing a double major in Political Science and International Studies. In this term, Nick hopes to advance the ranks of the Area 2 Venturing program through recruitment programs and increased communication. His biggest goal is to create a Southern Shores VOA. Nick looks forward to the challenges and fun he'll have with the rest of the Area 2 officers.
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9/11 Scout Salute
Inkster Summer Day Camp
  A Success for the Community
After a 30-year absence, Scouting is back in Inkster, Michigan and it's making a huge impact on the youth and adults in the community. Lead by Inkster Police Chief William Riley, Father Clifton of St. Clements Episcopal Church located in Inkster, and Dr. Gary Williams of Boy Scouts of America, they are committed to teaching young men and women life skills that they can't get anywhere else.

Over 60 youth and 30 volunteers from the community participated in Boy Scouts of America's three-day summer day camp held in Inkster on August 16-18 at St. Clements Church. Youth ages 7 to 14 were able to have a camping experience like no other. From learning archery to STEM focused activities, the youth received a glimpse of the positive effects Scouting can have on their lives. The camp experienced an increase in membership each day with more people in the community learning and seeing the camp in action.

"As parents and kids walked past the church, they inquired about what was going on. Many asked if their child could participate," said Father Clifton of St. Clements Episcopal Church. "It provided much needed assistance to young people who in a sense have been thrown away by society."
An event record!
$173,909 Raised Support Youth in Scouting  

In partnership with the Construction Association of Michigan (CAM),
The 12 Annual  Building Connections , the largest gathering for the construction community in Southeastern Michigan that benefits Scouting, raised an event record total of $173,909 on September 15, 2016 to support Scouting in Southeastern Michigan. 
Building Connections provides a unique opportunity for informal business and social interaction while supporting the Scouting program for the area youth and their families. 
Now in its 12 th year, Building Connections has been a stable event for Boy Scouts of America in Southeastern Michigan since 2004, raising over $1.4 Million to support Scouting's mission to build future leaders by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun.  The Boy Scouts of America believes - and, through over a century of experience, knows - that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.
Camp DeKam...The Tradition Continues

While participating in traditional Scouting activities such as archery and hatchet throwing, guests at this year's Camp DeKam raised funds to ensure Scouting experiences for the community's financially challenged youth.
The annual event was started by Rick DeKam, a longtime supporter of Scouting and a recipient of the National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award.  Steve and Carrie Morrow co-hosted the event at their Texas Township home with Rick and his wife Val.
In addition to traditional Scouting activities, guests roasted marshmallows over a campfire and sampled culinary delights made in a Dutch Oven.  They also had the opportunity to bid on items such as a suite package to a Detroit Tigers game and a tour of Bell's Brewery complete with a growler and other goodies.  
Recipients of W.D. Boyce Award honored for service to youth

A retired military official, an Albion educator, a Marshall basketball coach, and a Battle Creek family are bound together by an unwavering commitment to give every child opportunities to succeed.

On September 8 their dedicated efforts were honored during the annual W.D. Boyce Leadership Breakfast at Win Schuler's restaurant in Marshall. The breakfast is hosted by the Boy Scouts of America Michigan Crossroads Council.

The honorees were:
--Rob Beam, a retired federal employee with over 38 years of combined military and civilian who currently serves as the Course Director for the MCC's National Youth Leadership Training program.

--Harry Bonner, a retired Albion educator who has received numerous awards for his work with minority youth including an Honorary Doctorate from Albion College in 2015.

--Sal Konkle, Women's Varsity and Junior Varsity Basketball Coach for Marshall High School with a combined 21 years of positively impacting the lives of the students through her coaching style.

--Hazel family members who are continuing Jim Hazel's legacy of unselfishly providing resources to programs that positively impact the lives of all youth.
Upcoming Events

The Michigan Crossroads Council hosts a number of special events throughout the year to fund various Scouting programs and to recognize the outstanding individuals that provide those programs. Here are some events coming up this year:

CEO of Chelsea Milling Company to be honored
Thursday October 6th
 Ann Arbor, Michigan

Howard "Howdy" S. Holmes, CEO of Chelsea Milling Company makers of "JIFFY" mix, will be honored at Southern Shores Field Service Council's 20th Annual Washtenaw County Distinguished Citizen's Dinner at Barton Hills Country Club in Ann Arbor. Holmes is an author, journalist, public speaker, former professional race car driver, and Boy Scout.
A reception begins at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $150 per person.
Shooting Stars Sporting Clays Invitational
Thursday October 6th
 Detroit Gun Club

Join us at the Detroit Gun Club for our "Shooting Stars" Sporting Clays Invitational.  This 100-clay tournament is one of the largest one-day charity shoots in the country.Ford Motor Company has stepped up again, providing its leadership toward our primary goal of supporting Scouting in Southeast Michigan. All the shells needed for sporting clays, trap, skeet, and 5-stands are provided.  There will be shooter awards based on a Lewis Class breakdown as well as a variety of other recognition's including "Hot  Shot" and "Star of the Day."  The event includes breakfast, lunch, and reception.Following the day's competition, there will be a reception featuring an open bar and hors d'oeuvres. The reception will conclude with the awards presentation and the grand raffle.

For more information, contact Jaime Hayes at 313.361.1291 or at  or register here
Distinguished Eagle Scout Award
Presented to Mr. Weber, 
President of Water & Woods FSC
Saturday October 15th at Warwick Hills and Golf Country Club

Mr. Weber will receive the National Eagle Scout Association's highest honor award for his commitment and dedication to Scouting in the local community 

Community and business leaders from Mid-Michigan will attend the Distinguished Eagle Scout Awards Dinner to honor and present the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award to Mr. Michael Weber for his commitment to Scouting in and around the Flint area.  Under Mr. Weber's tenure as Council President of Water and Woods Field Service Council, Boy Scouts of America quality character building programs have been delivered to nearly 20,000 youth members across 27 counties. For more information, contact Marilyn Costigan at 810-235-8728 or or visit here 
15th Annual Autumn Adventure
Thursday November 3rd at Hunters Creek Club

Autumn Aventure is one of Southeastern Michigan's premier European pheasant hunts to benefit Scouting in the region. Enjoy a splendid fall day with your guests. Join us for lunch and the hunt and then close the day with a reception and auction at the Hunters Creek Clubhouse. 
For more information, contact Jaime Hayes at 313.361.1291 or at or register here
Distinguished Citizens Award Dinner
Wednesday, December 7th DoubleTree by Hilton Bay City - Riverfront

Honoring Matt Felan: President & CEO of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Allience  and Dominic Monastiere: President - DM Consulting Services, LCC.  Matthew Felan is the President & CEO of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance. Prior to joining the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance, Matt served as the Director of the McLaren Bay Medical Foundation from 2013-2014 and as the Chief Development Officer at Special Olympics Michigan from 2011- 2012.  Dominic was President of Chemical Bank in Bay City from 1987 to 2007 at which time he was promoted to Executive Vice President & Chief Risk Management Officer for the entire company at corporate headquarters in Midland. For more information or reserve your spot contact Marilyn Costigan at .
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