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Home»Programs»Annual Events»Council Annual Dinner

Council Annual Meeting & Recognition Dinner

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
St. Louis Airport Marriott
10700 Pear Tree Drive
St. Louis, MO 63134
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.

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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 communications committee.

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 Scout Jamborees. 


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 Exploring Executive.

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 NOAC.    

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 Council.

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 Commerce.

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 Philmont. 


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.

Currently 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 Kennett, Mo.

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 Museum.

In Scouting, 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.

Dave currently 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.