October 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!
Newest Scouts "Blast Into Scouting"

The rockets were flying during "Blast Into Scouting" events on October 8 at locations throughout Michigan.

More than 2,500 new Cub Scouts, their family members, and friends launched water-bottle rockets and participated in activity stations that included mapping the constellations, learning about the effects of gravity, and learning what it takes to be an astronaut.

Sunday Akinbode, a parent from the Detroit area, said, "The event today is really fun and hands- on. (My son's) friends at school are in Scouting, and it great that he gets to learn about life and how to survive."
Akinbode's son, Jacob, said he was really excited.

"I like having fun and making the rockets with my friends and I am really forward to Scouting," Jacob said.

Click here to view photos from Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids

Another parent, Nicole Sanborn, said her son loves camping, fishing and building things.

"We are always looking for things to do to get out of the house and as a family, and not just stay home and play video games. I am an engineer so these STEM activities are really important to me and I'd like to see more of them," she said.

Brian Nastase, Chief Operations Officer for the Michigan Crossroads Council, said he looks forward to watching the Council's newest Cub Scouts become engaged in the many Boy Scout leadership and life skill-building activities offered throughout Michigan.

"Whatever events and activities these young boys decide to get involved with, we are confident that they will learn and grow," Nastase said.
Howard "Howdy" Holmes 
Honored with Distinguished Citizen's Award

Howard "Howdy" Holmes, president of Chelsea Milling Company best known for its "JIFFY" mix brand, is the recipient of this year's Distinguished Citizen's Award presented by the Southern Shores Field Service Council.

The 20 th annual Washtenaw County Distinguished Citizen's Award Dinner was held on October 6.  More than 100 people attended the event to honor Holmes.
at Barton Hills Country Club in Ann Arbor.

"When I was contacted about this award I automatically recited the Boy Scout Oath and Law.  That just came out and I have no idea where it came from," Holmes said.  "Scouting clearly left an impression on my mind because that was 50 plus years ago.  It's not something I'm aware of talking about since."

The Distinguished Citizen's Award is presented annually to an individual who has provided outstanding leadership to their community on a personal and professional level, while also supporting the mission of Scouting.

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And the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award Goes too...
Mr. Michael Weber pictured with his wife and three sons

Community and business leaders from Mid-Michigan attended 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. The event took place on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club located in Grand Blanc, MI. 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.

Mr. Weber has been a Global Vehicle Systems Engineer for General Motors since May of 2006 and has lead the success of integrating the advanced engineering work between General Motors' Design Studios and the Body SMT Advance Engineering Group. With 39 years of experience in the automotive industry with focus on body structure, engines, and lab/testing development, it is no secret that technology is a focal point of Mr. Weber's career and why he uses his profession to jump start careers of the youth involved in Scouting.  Click here to view full story.
$180,00 Raised Support Youth in Scouting  

We had a perfect day for the annual Sporting Clay's Shooting Stars event at the Detroit Gun Club! This year's event was a rousing success, with over $180,000 raised to support the character and leadership development programs of the Boy Scouts of America! A huge thank you to our Event Partner, Ford Motor Company, and all of the sponsors that helped make the day so successful! Click here to view photos.
Cle Jackson and Grand Rapids Community Foundation Receive Young Award

Cle Jackson, Senior Community Liaison for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and President of the Greater Grand Rapids National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the Grand Rapids Community Foundation were each honored with the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award.

The awards were presented on October 11, during the "Fulfilling the Dream" luncheon at the Amway Grand Plaza Ambassador Ballroom.  The event was hosted by the President Ford Field Service Council to benefit its Scoutreach program which provides Scouting opportunities to youth in the urban core.

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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:

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 jaime.hayes@scouting.org 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  Marilyn.Costigan@scouting.org .
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