Michael Yarbrough has maintained his
enrollment in Scouting since he became a Wolf Scout and worked his way up to
the rank of Eagle. He has served in many positions as an adult including Explorer
advisor, Cubmaster, Committee member, Scoutmaster, District Training staff,
NYLT staff, University of Scouting merit badge counselor, National OA
Conference Staff, OA Advisor and OA Chapter Advisor.
He has been to Philmont 12 times, even
taking a unit of disabled scouts on one trek. He has received his district’s
award of merit, the Catholic religious award, Atatari-de, and achieved Vigil
Honor in the Order of the Arrow.
He is the chairman of the board for the
Midwest Financial Fraud Investigators having served in many capacities for this
organization. He has also played an instrumental role in helping his co-workers
found the St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department Association. Michael is also
a member of the Overland Occidental Mason’s Lodge.
Joe Vaughn's devotion and dedication for
the Special Needs Scouting program is second to none. Joe currently serves as
Special Needs Activity Chairman and has also held the position of Assistant District
A veteran who served his country in the U.S.
Air Force, including a tour in Vietnam, Joe completed Wood Badge Training while
serving on the Gravois Trail District’s Adult Leader Training staff. He also served
on the staff of Xtreme2000, the council-wide camporee of 2000.
Joe has received Vigil Honor in the Order
of the Arrow, District Award of Merit, Proficient Trainer’s Award, God and
Country, National President’s Scoutmaster Award of Merit and Scoutmaster Key.
A long-time volunteer, Jesse V. Trigg is
committed to Scouting. She fosters deep understanding of the scouting values
and principles, which define her energy and drive to continue to inspire Scouts
to do their best.
She first became a volunteer Scouter
coordinating in-school units and continued volunteering with her local AME Church
troop when her son joined the troop and currently serves as the Charter
Organization Representative. Other troop and district leadership positions have
been as Committee Member, Assistant Scoutmaster, District Advancement Chair, District
Training Staff and Central Region Staff volunteer during the 2008 National Jamboree.
Jesse is also a merit badge counselor and has earned her Wood Badge beads.
Additionally, Jesse shared personal time to
teach after-school learning at the St. John Community Improvement Corporation.
She earned the Bishop Award of Excellence for Outstanding Pillar-Building in
the AME Church.
Greg Smith has been an active Scouter in
the Cherokee District for over 30 years. Since 1982, the Scouting program has
been an essential part of his family and community activities. Although successful
at any formal position he has undertaken, Greg often does much of his finest
work in the background, seeking no recognition for himself and helping out in
any capacity he can.
Greg has served as Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Unit
Committee Member, Unit Commissioner, District Committee Member, O.A. Chapter
Advisor, Elangomat Advisor and Ordeal Advisor. At the district level he has
been very involved in the camping program both assisting and/or providing leadership
for the district camping committee at numerous camporees, Klondikes and day
camps. Greg has earned many unit leader “knots” as well as the District Award
of Merit and the Cherokee District’s “Leaving A Legacy” award. In the Order of
the Arrow, he is a Vigil Honoree and Founder’s Award recipient.
Jim Shipman has made a tremendous impact on Scouting in his local
community and district. Jim has been a successful Cubmaster, Scoutmaster,
Chartered Organization Representative and Sea Ship Skipper. He has served as
his district’s Family Friends of Scouting Chairman for three years and has also
served as a Trailblazer. Scouts from around the area have had the opportunity
for fun and adventure as Jim has been the director of three different Cub Scout
Adventure Camp staffs and served on staff for many others.
Many adult leaders have benefitted from
Jim’s experience in Scouting from his role as a Troop Guide for Wood Badge, a
member of his district’s Boy Scout Leader Training team, Council Pow Wow staff
and University of Scouting instructor. Jim has also coordinated numerous
district events such as the Cuboree and Klondike Derby. Jim earned the District
Award of Merit in 2005. When he’s not Scouting, Jim is very active in the
Jackson Elks Lodge and has served in numerous capacities including being the
Lodge Exalted Ruler. He is also an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in
Eagle Scout Alan Ritter began his adult
Scouting career almost 20 years ago as a Den Leader. It was then that he built
the pinewood derby track that Pack 981 continues to use today. After Alan’s son
earned his Eagle Scout, Alan began to expand his service to Scouting. He took
Wood Badge and served on Roundtable Staff for the New Horizon’s District. He
joined the Rocks and Rappelling Committee in 2009, has presented at University
of Scouting, served as a Trailblazer and has been a
Scoutmaster for NYLT Pack and Paddle.
Alan saw a need for an older Scout program
for Troop 313 and founded a Venturing Crew, which presented a whole new range
of opportunities for him to volunteer. He became the District’s Venturing
Roundtable Chairman and led this year’s Venturing Friends of Scouting effort.
Outside of Scouting, Alan has climbed to the high point of 46 states and
has served on the Board of the State High Pointers Club. He has visited more
than 130 Countries. He has been a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church
of Kirkwood, serving in the Choir for 45 years and has served the church as an
Elder twice, a Trustee twice and is currently leading a significant organ and
chancel enhancement program.
community leader in the Sikeston area as well as a dedicated, dependable
scouter, Dan Norton has been actively involved in the Cherokee District of the
Greater St. Louis Area Council since 2001. Dan began his scouting career at the
unit level where he has served as Tiger Cub Adult, Den Leader, Webelos Den
Leader, Troop Committee Chairman and Assistant Scoutmaster. Since 2006, Dan has also served in various district
and council positions such as Council Training Committee Member, Council Scout
Show/Special Activities Chairman, District Committee Member, Unit Commissioner
and District Chairman.
has been involved with the Family and Community Friends of Scouting campaigns for
many years and has always been a strong proponent of the many training
opportunities for adult leaders. His
scouting recognition includes the Scouter’s Training Award, Wood Badge and the
District Award of Merit. Dan’s non-scouting
activities include a 25-year tenure with the Sikeston Rotary Club where he
served in various leadership positions and is a Paul Harris Fellow. He also coached in the local youth soccer and
a kid, Rich Myers earned the Arrow of Light and the rank of Eagle with a palm before serving
his country in the U.S. Navy. Now as an adult, Rich brings the knowledge,
wisdom and caring heart that he developed during his time as a Scout to the
River Trails District.
has held many positions in the unit but his truest passion is in the Cub Scout
Program where he has remained a leader on and off again for nearly 20 years. In
addition, he has served as a Friends of Scouting Crew Chief for eight
years and was the family campaign chairman for four. As District Commissioner, Rich
helped the district excel as a Quality District all three years he was a part
of the Key 3.
A Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, Rich
presently serves on the District Committee and Advancement Committee and is
registered as an ADC and Unit Commissioner. He has received his District’s
Award of Merit and Key Three Award.
25 years ago Tom Lacavich jumped in and built Pack 284 from a couple of leaders
and boys to a thriving Pack which fed a prospering Troop which then birthed an active
Explorer post that has now become a Venturing Crew. Tom has completed Wood
Badge training, is a District Award of Merit recipient, a Vigil OA member, and
has held many positions within the Pathfinder District including Camping and
Advancement Chair, along with District Vice Chair.
manning a Scouting For Food Firehouse to participating on district and council
training events, Tom continues to give to the program. His support has extended
from helping a struggling unit gather camping equipment to making bag lunches
for CSAW BSAW programs to dressing as a pirate to welcome leaders to a Cub
Scout Pow Wow event!
Tom is there to help any
scout with an Eagle project or a leader with a training program. Performing
quartermaster and cooking duties for leader training staffs and camping youth
staffs are some of his favorite things.
Mike Kost has served as Den Leader,
Assistant Cub Master, Cub Master, Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, Crew
Advisor and District VOA Advisor during his 21 years in Scouting. He is Wood Badge Trained and has served on
several NYLT courses including the Council’s first Venturing NYLT. Mike has led his troop and crews to five high
adventure treks encompassing all of the high adventure bases and recently
received his Kodiac Course Director Certification.
A Vigil OA member, Mike has attended summer
camp every year since joining Scouts and did not miss a troop campout for
almost 15 years. He is a recipient of
his district’s Award of Merit, has earned the Scoutmaster and Crew Advisor Keys
and was awarded the Venturing Leadership Award.
At the Council level, Mike staffed the
first STEM University and has staffed the University of Scouting for the last five
years. He is active with the Council VOA
and will once again provide catering for the Venturing Celebration Dinner this
Scout Ed Kohner, now a State Administrative Law Judge, has been very involved in the Boy Scout
training program and is currently his district’s Vice Chairman for Training. He
has served on numerous staffs such as NYLT, University of Scouting, Adult
Leader Training and Wood Badge. Ed has also served as course director for his district’s
Boy Scout and Venturing adult leader training courses. During his tenure the district achieved the highest percentage of
trained leaders in the Council for the first time in recent history.
Ed is also
on the District Commissioner Staff and is a unit commissioner for three units and
a great resource for other commissioners.
For his dedication, he has received his district’s Award of Merit.
He is a
member of the American Bar Association, the Missouri Bar, the St. Charles
County Bar Association, and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and
served as a volunteer for Missouri’s Youth in Government and Mock Trial
programs. Ed‘s military service spanned over 30 years including serving as a Company
Commander and Battalion Commander. He
retired from the military as a Colonel.
Frank Kelemen has given over 33 years of
service to the Boy Scouts of America. Recently, he became the Boy Scout
Roundtable Commissioner for his district. He has served on staff on six of the
last eight district Klondike Derbies and has taken his troop to 15 council summer
camps over the course of his Scouting career.
He was directly instrumental in the
resurrection of the Brotherhood Ceremonial Team of his district’s Order of the
Arrow chapter team five years ago and has since served as the adviser. He also
acts as a guide and mentor to Scouts and Scouters making their way from Ordeal
to full Brotherhood membership in the Order of the Arrow.
Beyond Scouting, Frank served two years as president
of the Pacific Soccer Association. He also served for five years as a Missouri state
soccer high school referee. A six-year U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran, Frank earned
the Vietnam Service medal and Vietnam Campaign medal.
Cubmaster Kathy Hall delivers the scouting experience with enthusiasm, energy
and great knowledge, and always with her infectious laugh and engaging sense of
humor. She has provided the youngsters in her units the opportunity to try new
things, give service to others, develop self-confidence and become stronger in
their ethical standards.
In addition, Kathy
offers a unique perspective: In 1985 she became the first African-American
female Scoutmaster in the United States when she took over the leadership of
Troop 213, Mount Bethel Missionary Church, St. Louis. Other firsts have followed. She is the first
African-American female to serve on GSLAC Wood Badge Staff, and the first
African-American female to become a member of the Shawnee Lodge Order of the
commissioner in the Grand Towers District and member of the St. Louis Catholic
Archdiocese Scouting committee, started her volunteer scouting service as a den
mother in 1977. She has continued to serve in St. Louis as well as in the
Circle Ten Council in Texas. She received the District Award of Merit in 1988.
Kathy earned a B.S. in Commissioner’s Training in the University of Texas
For more than 13 years, Keith Guller has
been a leader in the Gravois Trail District’s Friends of Scouting campaign- first
as a team leader, then as chairman and currently as his district’s development
chairman and member of the council’s executive board. In 2007, he received the District Award of Merit.
In the St. Louis
area, Keith is the chairman for the National Kidney Foundation’s board of
directors, an organization he has supported for over 15 years. He initiated the
Guller Family Lectureship in Preventive Cardiology for the Barnes Jewish
Hospital Foundation and as a board member for 10 years, works to connect the hospital and a family of charitable
Keith is a founding
member and serves on the current board for the Institute for Private Business
at the John Cook School of Business at St. Louis University. This organization
assists key executives and owners of family or private businesses with ways
to resolve critical issues, shape the growth of their businesses and power the
future of the St. Louis region. He is also an active member of the Association for the
United States Army raising funds for veterans’ children to attend college.
An Eagle Scout, Vigil OA member and Wood Badge trained, Gerhard K.
Glassl continues to deliver the promise of scouting to youths and adults
through his extensive involvement. Gerhard was awarded the Bronze Pelican by the St. Louis Archdiocese and a St. George Emblem for his outstanding
contributions to the spiritual development of Catholic youths through
Gerhard has been associated with Pack, Troop and Crew 685 since 1998 and
a BSA leader since 1990. He has led many events and enabled others to develop
their own leadership by the skills and knowledge he shares and mentors. An NYLT
Scoutmaster, National Jamboree Troop Assistant Scoutmaster Wood Badge and adult
leader training staffer and Unit Commissioner are all examples of his council
In addition to Scouting, Gerhard has dedicated countless hours as a CYC baseball and soccer coach for 10-plus years, Every Child’s Hope board member
for 17 years and a member of the Deutschmeister Brass Band since 1970.
Dr. Thomas F. George, chancellor and
professor of chemistry and physics at the University of Missouri–St. Louis,
began his scouting career in Philadelphia. He then became active in the
Wisconsin Samoset Council in the 1990s and eventually served as President of
the Council before moving to St. Louis in 2003.
In St. Louis, Tom has served on GSLAC’s
Executive Board with leadership of the Learning for Life and Special Needs
committees. He is also active on numerous other boards in St. Louis, including
the YMCA, St. Louis Science Center, Academy of Science, Missouri Botanical
Garden, Grand Center, BioSTL Coalition, Beyond Housing, Innovate St. Louis and
Christian Hospital, and he serves as chair of the Higher Education Consortium
of Metropolitan St. Louis. In addition,
he chairs the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference, made up of 16
universities covering Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.
In his spare time, Tom is an active
scientific researcher in lasers/nanoscience/medicine, with 740 papers, 5
authored and 18 edited books. He is an
accomplished jazz pianist, performing regularly in various venues throughout
the region and overseas.
Dennis (Denny) Gallagher lives the Scout
Oath and Law every day and has been a wonderful example for both the Scouts and
adults he comes in contact with. He has been a huge asset to the Pathfinder
District Training Staff for which he has served as chairman since 2008. He has
also been the OA Advisor for Camp Promotions for the last eight years.
Dennis is a regular at many GSLAC
Council trainings including working as a presenter at Pow Wow and University of
Scouting since 2004 and 2008, respectively. He has also been a important part
of Pathfinder‘s Call of the Wild advancement program by teaching hundreds of
Cub Scouts the art of tying knots since 2003.
An active member of Our Lady of the
Presentation, Dennis is a valuable volunteer in the parish. Among his
many duties, he helps with the maintenance of the church using his talent as a
bricklayer to build walls for the church sign, repair steps, tuck
point windows and walls and other vital repairs to the church.
With driven determination Jason Dill works
to better our community by giving back to our youth. His commitment to the
Scouting Program is evident as a volunteer at the troop, district and council
level. Jason has been a Committee Chairman and Unit Commissioner. At the district
level, he served as District Training Chairman, Vice-Chairman of Training,
Scouting for Food, Merit Badge Counselor, Camporee Staff and Eagle Board. On
the council level, Jason is a member of the Special Needs Committee and serves
as an instructor at University of Scouting.
Jason is Wood badge trained, and was
recognized with the District Award of Merit in 2008.
In the community Jason offers his time and
talents with many non-profit organizations including Crisis Center Nursery and
Insight Theater Company.
Robert Bruton has been a servant leader in the community for more than 40 years as a
combat veteran of the U.S. Air Force, a Scout leader in the Osage District and dedicated church and
Among his many roles, Bob is a chartered
committee chairman, assistant Scoutmaster and a committee member. He is also his district’s advancement
chairman and acts as a merit badge instructor and counselor for eight merit
badges. His many functions have earned him the William D. Boyce New Unit Organizer
Award, District Award of Merit and multiple district leader awards. Roy has
completed both Wood Badge and Sea Badge and is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow.
He is a voting member of the Citizen Corps
Council, which is responsible for the oversight of the Franklin County
Emergency Preparedness and Emergency Management Training. Bob served the community during multiple free dental clinics, helping more than 200 people get the dental care they couldn’t
Brooks’ dedication has had a monumental impact in both the community as well as
in scouting. A volunteer in the River Trails District, he has used his numerous
positions in Scouting, such as Scoutmaster and Assistant District Commissioner,
to keep boys and girls motivated in the Scouting program. Roy’s 20-plus years
of experience in Scouting have earned him the district award of merit and the
Vigil Honor of the Order of the Arrow.
only has Roy contributed a considerable amount of time to the Boy Scouts, he has
also been registered and active in the Girl Scout program for close to 18
years. In addition to Scouting, Roy has coached CYC soccer for over eight years
and nine years for the Khoury league.
believes in the future of all youth and is willing to donate every spare moment
of his time to see youth succeed.