Please join us for the Greater St. Louis Area Council's Annual Business Meeting and Silver Beaver recognition dinner on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at the St. Louis Airport Marriott Hotel. This year's cost to attend this event is $35 per person. You can RSVP to the dinner by mailing in your RSVP card, paying online, or visiting one of our services centers.Pay Online! 2014 Annual Dinner
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The 2014 class of Silver
Beaver recipients is made up of 24 outstanding Scouters who have provided
exceptional leadership and service to Scouting in the St. Louis area. They
are registered adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth
through service given to the council. The Silver Beaver is an award given to those who
implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work,
self-sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service. It is given to those who
do not actively seek it.
The council will highlight one Silver Beaver recipient each day leading up to the Council Annual Meeting.
Jeff Abernathy’s tireless work has made the Venturing
Program in the Greater St Louis Area Council one of the best in the country. He grew up in the Greater St Louis Area Council as a
Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Explorer/Venturer. An Eagle Scout and Vigil
member of the Order of the Arrow, Jeff serves as the council’s Venturing Officers
Association advisor, vice chairman for Venturing training and as a member of
the Thunderbird District Committee, Swift Base summer camp theme weeks
coordinator, climbing and challenge course instruction staff and the council’s
For his efforts and dedication, Jeff is the recipient of
the Thunderbird District Award of Merit, Venturing Leadership Award and the VOA
Outstanding Service Award. During the summer months, he takes care of his almost
3-year-old daughter while his wife serves as Camp Director at Swift Base.
Eagle Scout Clayton Ahlfield has been
associated with the Scouting program since becoming a Cub Scout in 1971. He currently serves as both Boy Scout
training chairman and camping chairman for the Kaskaskia District. Since 2002, Clayton has served as a
committee member of Troop 7004. For the
last four years he has been the Charter Organization Representative for
the Knights of Columbus, council 988 in Murphysboro, IL. In addition, Clayton is a merit badge
counselor for several merit badges.
In 2013, Clayton was a Scoutmaster
for the National Jamboree. Wood Badge trained and currently on his
first Wood Badge staff, Clayton is a Vigil Honor member of the
Order of the Arrow who has received his district’s Award of Merit.
A chemist by profession, Lisa Balbes is a national leader in
the STEM program. She serves as the council’s STEM coordinator for Boy Scouts
and as Boy Scout Dean for STEM University, the first in the nation which she
helped found. Lisa also oversaw the creation of the nation’s first STEM Summer
Camp, held at Beaumont Scout Reservation. Additionally, she has staffed and
coordinated Chemistry Merit Badge activities at the 2010 and 2013 National
A few years ago Lisa took the Philmont Advancement
Course and impressed the staff enough that she was asked to serve on the
National Advancement Task Force. Lisa is currently putting together a series of
Webinars to train members about the new Council Advancement Policies and
Procedures guidebook in addition to her roles as Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 352 and the Council's Friends of Scouting Family campaign coordinator.
An Eagle Scout, Kevin Boiles has remained dedicated to
Scouting. Over a span of more than four
decades, he has served in a variety of volunteer positions within Scouting all
over the nation. Since 2002 Kevin has served as the Scoutmaster of Troop 997. Last
summer he also served on staff for the council’s first STEM camp.
Along the his Scouting career, Kevin completed Wood Badge
training, was awarded the Boone Trails District Award of Merit
and received the Vigil Honor of the Order of the Arrow. He has also earned the Scoutmaster Award of
Merit and Scoutmaster’s Key. Kevin’s influence can be summed up in the words of
one of his newest Eagle Scouts, who on receiving his award commented, “I’ve
learned that you don’t have to be perfect to be an Eagle Scout, you just have
to do your best to be a good Scout.”
Bob Case served as President of Explorer Post 311, which participated
in a roll-out of a nationwide initiative to see if Senior Girl Scouts and
Explorers could undertake Scouting activities together. This led to the formation of our present co-ed
Exploring program. Bob then served the Council as Associate District Executive and
Bob’s other volunteer roles have included Communications
Cluster Chairman on the Learning For Life Committee, a speaker at area high
schools, an instructor at the University of Scouting, Council Venturing/Exploring
Committee Training Chairman, and Co-chair of the Council Venturing Leadership
Skills Course. An Eagle Scout, he has completed Wood
Badge and received the Exploring William H. Spurgeon Award.
In 2000 Richard Evans joined the Boone Trails District as a Den
Leader and Webelos Leader for Cub Scout Pack 857 chartered out of St. Peters
Elementary. He eventually became committee chairman for the Pack and saw that
all Scouts have a chance to experience what the Scouting program offers by
heading up workshops to help Cub Scouts get their pinewood derby cars completed
for race day. Once Richard reached the troop level he took on the position of Scoutmaster.
At the district level Richard has served as the district
Pinewood Derby chairman organizing and putting on district-wide derbies since
2001. He has also served on the Cub Scout roundtable training staff and Busch
Wildlife shooting camp staff. Richard received the district Award of Merit in
2007 and earned his Wood Badge beads in 2010.
Steve Fleming has been a pack and troop committee member in
addition to Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, and Crew Advisor for the Scouting units
associated with St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Ballwin, MO. In New Horizons District, Steve is currently
the camping chairman but has previously served as Friends of Scouting
trailblazer coordinator, development chairman and on the Boy Scout adult leader
training staff. For his efforts Steve has been honored with his district’s
Venturing Leadership Award, Unit Leaders Key and District Award of Merit.
For the council, Steve has served on the development and shooting
sports committees. He has utilized his shooting sports expertise for various
Scouting events including Venturing Fall Fun Rally, Venturing Summer Camp,
ScoutQuest, STEM University and Council Sporting Clays activities. He is a
merit badge counselor in four subjects and has served as a National Jamboree
Scoutmaster in 2010 and 2013.
Since 1973 Don Hazelwood has
served Troop 329 in Pacific as assistant Scoutmaster, treasurer, and committee
chairman. He has been a unit
commissioner, assistant district commissioner, OA Chapter Advisor, and a member
of the district training staff. In 1985
and 2010 Don worked on staff at the National Boy Scout Jamboree. Don has received the Scouter’s Training award, District
Award of Merit, and the Vigil Honor. He
has attended 39 summer camps with Troop 329, many OA Sectional Conclaves, and
Don is an EMT, Advanced First Aid and CPR Instructor, and
member of the Franklin County Amateur Radio Emergency Service. In 2013 the Pacific Area Chamber of Commerce
named Don its’ Citizen of the Year for his dedication and hard work.
Tim Healey joined scouting in the late 80’s with Pack and Troop 104
with St. Stephen Protomartyr Catholic Church.
His positions included Assistant Cubmaster, Cubmaster, and Troop
Committee Chairman. Through his guidance and leadership he advanced the pack
and troop to receiving numerous quality unit awards.
On a district level, Tim is currently the Thunderbird
district chairman but has also spent time as the district’s School Night for
Scouting chairman, training chairman, Eagle Board chairman, assistant district
chairman, and district commissioner. His ability to attract quality volunteers
allowed the district to grow in membership and units. Other areas of
involvement by Tim included summer camp, camporee’s and Scouting for Food. He is Wood Badge-trained and received the
District Award of Merit in 2004.
An Eagle Scout, Charlie Herbst has
served Scouting for nearly 25 years as an adult leader, performing many
leadership roles in units, at the district level and helping advise advancement
and Eagle Board of Review committees in other districts. He has been recognized
with the District Award of Merit and the Unit Leader Award of Merit and was
honored as a Vigil Honor Member of Anpetu-We Lodge, Order of the Arrow last
fall. He currently serves as Scoutmaster of Troop 2
in Cape Girardeau and as Advancement Chairman of Shawnee District.
Among the many awards and honors afforded Charlie, he was
recently recognized in 2012 for service to youth in Eastern Missouri with the
prestigious Henning’s’ Circle Promise Award by Big Brothers, Big Sisters of
Eastern Missouri. He also served eight years on the Cape Girardeau City
While a young scout, Joe Hirschi was challenged by a wise Scoutmaster
to earn the rank of Eagle Scout as a graduation gift for his father. Upon completing that, Joseph stood by while all
but one of five younger brothers became Eagles. Recognizing he’d let one brother down, Joseph vowed to never again be missing-in-action
when a “brother” needed guidance or support.
Joseph has been a Webelos leader, Scoutmaster (three
times), and committee chairman. Currently,
he is a counselor for eight merit badges, serves as Charter Organization
Representative for the LDS Church, and is the Egyptian District Chairman. Professionally, Dr. Hirschi is a mining engineer and took
part in the Content Development Team for the new Mining in Society Merit Badge.
Ron Jennings is currently a member of the Trail Guide Committee
providing hay rides and trail rides for Scouts and is part of the River Trails
District training staff. He also volunteers as a part-time ranger at Beaumont
and recently refurbished the pirate ship at Cub World. During his Scouting
adventures Ron often has a camera in tow as he serves as a council photographer.
He has also
servedice as an assistant Scoutmaster, Scouting Coordinator, and a committee
member for Exploring, Fall Fun Rally and the council annual dinner. Ron was
also part of crews that planned past council-wide camporees as well as the
renovation of Swift Base. For his service, Ron has been honored with the
District Award of Merit and William H. Spurgeon Award. He is an Eagle Scout,
Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow and Wood Badge trained.
An Eagle Scout, Mike Garlinghouse began his adult
service in Scouting with Troop 114, chartered to the United Methodist Church in
Murphysboro, IL, where he served as assistant Scoutmaster and committee
chairman. At the district Level, Mike has served in several capacities such as
FOS Trailblazer and District Chairman. He also served on the staff of two Wood
Badge courses and is a recipient of the District Award of Merit.
Outside of Scouting, Mike has worked with the Murphysboro Apple
Festival where he currently serves as Assistant General Chairman and was recently recognized with the Founder’s Award. Mike has
also served on the United Way of Southern Illinois Executive Board for the past
10 years. In 1999 he
was selected as Murphysboro Citizen of the Year by the Murphysboro Chamber of
Since 1997 Ron Krull has helped packs, troops, and the district
committee as a den leader, assistant
den leader, pack committee chair, assistant Scoutmaster, and merit badge
counselor. Currently he is the OA
Assistant Scoutmaster and Order of the Arrow Chapter Advisor.
Ronald is Wood Badge trained, has earned Cub Scouter and Boy
Scout Leader Training recognition and has been awarded the District Award of
Merit. He is also Vigil Honor in Order
of the Arrow and constantly lives up to his Vigil name, Wikhetschik Sachaguntin
(Builder of Leaders), providing guidance to hundreds of youth.
Robert “Bob” Malon is a person to call when you need
something done on the Troop, District or Council level. He has been involved with
Pack and Troop 20 for more than 15 years where he has served in most of the
leadership positions. He currently is the committee chairman for the Troop. Bob
also serves as district vice chairman for Boy Scout leader training. Other positions which Bob has volunteered for
include Cub Scout day camp, Eagle board, Scouting for Food, Friends of Scouting
trailblazer, camporee adult advisor and popcorn chairman.
He participates in the Order of the Arrow and is a regular
at Spring Conclaves and Fall Reunions. He also attends Summer Camp each year
with the troop. Bob is Wood Badge
trained and received the District Award of Merit in 2009.
Roger McFarland, AIA is a
lifetime member of the St. Louis Eagle Scout Association and the National Eagle
Scout Association. He served on the St. Louis
ESA Board of Directors for 10 years and has held leadership positions of
membership vice president, executive vice president, and president.
He is personally designing,
documenting and administering the construction for the new shooting range at S
bar F Scout Ranch.
Roger also serves as a
Merit Badge Counselor for architecture, back packing and swimming and leads the
Architecture Merit Badge sessions at STEM
programs. At the unit level, Roger has served
as a leader from 1997 to 2012 as den leader, Webelos leader, Cubmaster, assistant
Scoutmaster and committee member for Pack 102, Troops 49 and 0100 and Crew 49
in University City. He is a Brotherhood Member of the Order of the Arrow.
Rob Brandenburg has served Scouting in the
Alamo Area Council and the Greater St. Louis Area Council. He is currently the committee chair for Troop
21 chartered by Wydown Middle School PTO in Clayton, Mo., council activities chairman
and a vice chairman of Learning for Life/Exploring. He is also serving on Wood
Badge staff for the 2014 fall course.
Previously, Rob has been the Pathfinder
District Chairman where he launched an inaugural district-wide Community
Preparedness Workshop training both Scouts and adults for response to
community-wide emergency situations. He has served as the Pathfinder vice chairman
for finance, council shooting sports committee member, Cubmaster, and troop
committee member. Rob has earned the District Award of Merit in both the Alamo
Area Council and The Greater St. Louis Area Council.
Eagle Scout Mark
Murray has been involved in Scouting for many years. Growing up in Pack 442 in Union, MO, he had the special honor of serving as Cubmaster for
his childhood unit. He has served the pack in
nearly all leadership positions. As Scoutmaster
with Troop 442, he led a crew to Philmont and provided 15 years of leadership
at camporees, troop activities and summer camps. Mark had the privilege of mentoring 26 Eagle
Scouts during his tenure as Scoutmaster.
The recently retired Scoutmaster continues to serve his
district on the Eagle Review Board and District Committee. Soon he will rejoin the pack to serve as Pack
Trainer. Wood Badge trained, Mark has
also served on the Cub Scout roundtable staff, district leader training staffs
and district and council camporee staffs. He is a Vigil Honor member in the Order of the Arrow
and has received the District Award of Merit and Scoutmasters Key.
As the Council coordinator for Wilderness First Aid
teaching, Jeff Pack has instructed over 25 courses since 2010 and enabled hundreds
of Scouts to attend high adventure safely. In 2008, he attended his first Boy Scout
summer camp where he used his Red Cross training to save a parent’s life. He serves on his district’s training staffs
and is a dean and presenter for University of Scouting and Pow Wow.
Jeff, who is a Vigil Honor of the Order of the Arrow and Wood Badge trained, has also spent time as den
leader, assistant Cubmaster and Cubmaster for Packs 604 and 304, assistant
Scoutmaster and Scoutmaster for Troop 782 and Associate Crew Advisor for Crew
2782. He has served as a Scoutmaster at NYLT
and as Assistant Course Director for NAYLE at S bar F Scout Ranch and
Eagle Scout Reverend Dr. W. Mart Thompson’s tireless
dedication to Scouting, his family, community and church has enriched the lives
of many people. He is a recipient of the District
Key Three and District Award of Merit.
institutional head and chartered organizational representative for Zion Lutheran
Church in Pevely for their Pack, Troop, and Crew, Mart has held several other positions,
including Scoutmaster. Since 2001 he has
been Council Chaplain for the Lutheran committee, supporting chaplains for
camporees and summer camp. In addition
to numerous committee activities, he attends the Council of Religious Relationships.
In 2009 he served as Chairman of the Lutheran Churches (LCMS) Scout Unit
Organizing Initiative. In 2013 he was blessed
with a sabbatical by his congregation to be a Philmont Protestant Chaplain.
Paul T. Combs, an Eagle Scout, is a member of the executive
board of the Greater St. Louis Area Council. He previously served on the
Cherokee District committee and is past chairman of the Cherokee Friends of
Scouting campaign. Paul has been involved with Friends of Scouting campaigns
for the Greater St. Louis Area Council and the former Southeast Missouri
Council since 1989. He also served on the troop committee of Troop 272 in
Paul is president of Baker Implement Company and of Combs Farming Company and
Sunrise Land Company. He has served two terms as a director of the Federal
Reserve Bank of St. Louis. In 1995,
Missouri Governor Carnahan appointed Paul to a six-year term on the board
of curators of the University of Missouri System, where he served as both vice president and president of the board.
Gary Dollar has dedicated his life to helping millions of
people throughout our region and making a difference in the community. The former president and CEO of the United Way of Greater
St. Louis, Gary guided efforts of the United Way as it supported more than 200 vital
health and human service agencies that helped more than a million people each
year in 16 counties in Missouri and Illinois. The agency consistently ranked
among the most generous and effective in the country during his tenure.
Since retiring from the United Way, Gary has become a
partner with EMD Consulting, an organization committed to helping nonprofits
build organizational strength. He also serves on the boards of the Center for World Health and Medicine, Rx
Outreach and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
After being inducted to
the Order of the Arrow Brotherhood as a youth, Ron Fromm has continued his
involvement in Scouting into adulthood. The retired
Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Brown Shoe Company, Inc., Ron is a member of the GSLAC board, He has been active in the annual Friends of Scouting
campaign, and in the development of the council’s strategic plan.
Ron and his wife Cheri
are involved throughout the St. Louis community having just served as co-Chairs
of the 2013 United Way Campaign of Greater St. Louis, where he serves on the
board of directors and executive committee, The Muny, the National Council of the Washington University
Olin School of Business, The March of Dimes, and the Magic House Children’s
Dave Senay has been a member of the Greater St. Louis Area Council board since 2006.
In this role, Dave has provided the council with crisis communications advice
and assistance, in addition to design and production services for the annual
report and strategic plan. Nationally, through Dave’s leadership,
Fleishman Hillard provides the Boy Scouts of America with crisis communications
as well as general marketing and messaging support.
is active in many other community organizations and serves on the boards of the
Council of Public Relations Firms, The Advertising Council, the International
Board of Junior Achievement, and Jazz St. Louis.