Announcement of Annual Meeting
The annual business meeting of the Phoenix District is being held soon. The district committee is responsible for increasing the effectiveness of Scouting throughout a district through the achievement of district goals. Thus, the task of the district nominating committee selecting a slate of competent officers and members at large for the next year is an extremely important one. The nominating committee forms the slate of nominees for district chair, one or more vice chairs, and district members at large. During the annual business meeting, chartered organization representatives, and registered district and council members will vote on the slate of officers following the procedures as outlined in the District Nominating Committee Worksheet, No. 14-33157. The nominating committee has been appointed:
||• Chief David Kimberly, Nominating Committee Chair
||• Cindy Scanland
||• Troy Black
||• Charles Griffiths
||• Debbie Rollinson
||• Lincoln Goodwin
||• Enrique Lima
||• Michael Lorehn
||• Kevin Renfro
||• Fr. Robert Price
||• Charles Herd
||• Ronnie Anderson
||• Randy McQuay
If you have a suggestion for the nominating committee to consider or questions, please send information with supporting material before November 7th to Drue Banta, Senior District Executive at Drue.Banta@scouting.org
District committee meetings are typically held the first Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church (14301 Stuebner Airline Rd., Houston, Texas 77069). Consisting of chartered organization representatives (CORs) and elected district committee members, the district committee coordinates the functions of the district. The purpose of the district is to work through chartered organizations and community groups to organize and support successful units. The end result of effective district support is more and more youth members receiving a better and better program. All districts are responsible for carrying out four standard functions:
- The membership function strives for growth through the organization of new Scouting units and through new members and adult volunteers joining existing units and working to retain current members.
- The finance function sees that the district provides its share of funds to the total council operating budget.
- The program function concentrates on helping Scouting units with camp promotion; special activities including community service; training adult volunteers; and youth advancement and recognition.
- The unit service function provides direct coaching and consultation by district volunteers for unit adults to help ensure the success of every Scouting unit.
The Phoenix roundtable newsletter is a monthly newsletter that contains information about upcoming district and council events and activities and becomes available the first Thursday of the month. The electronic newsletter is sent on a weekly basis and is in addition to the roundtable newsletter.
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Phoenix District Roundtable
December 7, 2017
Roundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the first Thursday of the month at Klein LDS Center (16535 Kleinwood Dr, Spring, 77379) at 7:00 pm to help unit leaders plan and carry out their own program. Roundtable is a form of supplemental training for volunteers. The objective of Roundtable is to give leaders program ideas, information on upcoming events and trainings, and an opportunity to share experiences and enjoy fun and fellowship with other Scouting leaders. As a result of the Roundtable experience, unit leaders will be inspired, motivated, informed, and able to provide a stronger program for their Scouts. Follow our Facebook page.
November 11, 2017
Pushmobile is a relay race using simple, homemade, Cub Scout-powered cars. Cub Scout dens make their own pushmobile. Four to eight boys work together as a team to push their pushmobile through the course to the finish line. The purpose of this event is to have fun, promote participation in a team effort, and to provide an activity where "doing your best" is most important. Trophies are presented to the top three teams per rank and to the top three packs.
A patch is guaranteed to the first 400 Scouts paid online. The pack trackside location is awarded in order of payment. Registration can be completed by parents, den leaders or pack leaders. The event is being held at Klein Oak High School, Southwest Parking Lot (22603 Northcrest Drive, Spring, TX 77389).
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Friends of Scouting
Friends of Scouting is an opportunity for families, friends, alumni, businesses and community organizations to support Scouting. The $33 registration fee goes directly to the national office of the Boy Scouts of America. If a Scout unit collects dues, that money stays with the unit to help pay for supplies, advancements and other activities. None of that money helps the Sam Houston Area Council. In order to keep Scouting affordable for all youth, the council runs an annual Friends of Scouting fundraising campaign.
Friends of Scouting helps:
- Recruit and train youth and leaders
- Provide assistance to those in need
- Keep camps and activities affordable
- Enhance programming and facilities
- Provide communication tools for volunteer leaders
Friends of Scouting contributions provide approximately 24 percent of the support the council receives each year. The success of Scouting depends on those who support it. Please help Scouting provide the resources necessary to make sure every youth can benefit from Scouting’s fun, exciting, adventure-filled activities that foster character, honesty, respect and life-long values.
Unit Leaders: Each unit is requested to hold a FOS presentation at your unit’s biggest gathering (typically the blue and gold banquet or a troop court of honor) during the months of February through May. The presentation, which takes approximately seven minutes to conduct, informs parents and leaders of all council services, its financial needs and extends an opportunity to help fulfill the need. Please sign up for a presentation.
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December 8-10, 2017
Webelos Woods is a campout designed to introduce 4th and 5th grade Webelos to the many outdoor adventures of Boy Scouting. This awesome weekend event includes patrol-method camping and Scout activities. Webelos will have an opportunity to work with Boy Scout troops in a number of skills, activities, and games; experience a Boy Scout campfire program and Scout’s Own Service (non-denominational); and have fun and get a taste of Boy Scout camping.
On Saturday morning, Webelos patrols compete in Webelos skills (first aid, fire building, camping skills, games, knots) and during the afternoon local Boy Scout troops teach basic Boy Scout skills. The patrols are judged on patrol flag and yell, resources, leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit. The evening will finish off with an entertaining campfire program. After the campfire troops, crews and ships will host a cracker barrel where Webelos and their parent/guardian can tour their campsites and ask questions.
Pre-registered Webelos Scouts will receive an event patch and water bottle; registration is $16.50 and includes activities supplies. Late registration is $21.50 and begins 10/6/17; patches and water bottles are not guaranteed. Onsite registration is $26.50. Registration is typically done by the den or unit leader. The event is being held at Spring Creek Park (15012 Brown Road, Tomball, TX 77375).
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Attention, all Phoenix units! Now is the time to get your rosters in order and get ready for recharter. Please download our Recharter Summary Handout Sheet (below) and follow these instructions to get your unit ready for recharter for the 2018 Scouting year. Check back here in our recharter section of the Phoenix website, and at www.samhoustonbsa.org/recharter on the SHAC website for updated information on the recharter process.
For now, follow steps one and two of the overall plan:
- Preparation (process new applications, update the unit roster, ensure every adult has current YPT and top leader (and hopefully all leaders) are trained.
- Training (Attend one of our three District Recharter Workshops) on 10/12/17, 11/2/17 and a date TBD. Recharter packets will be distributed at one of our three training sessions.
- Thursday, October 12 at 6:30 pm the training location is at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, 14301 Stuebner Airline Road.
For questions, contact Kevin Renfro, Phoenix District Commissioner.
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Hundreds of thousands of dollars go back to the Scouting program in the Sam Houston Area Council as a result of the annual popcorn sale. 70% of all dollars collected during the sale support local Scouting. The popcorn sale is a way for a Scout to support his or her way through the various activities during the year. There are three options to sell popcorn: traditional take order sales, sell online to friends and family out of town and show-n-sell. New for this year, units that sell over $12,000 will receive free home popcorn delivery. For more information, contact the district popcorn kernel, Montye Holmes.
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The Sam Houston Area Council is focusing on leveraging the power of social media through Facebook. The more Scouters share and repost, the more powerful our marketing can be.
We are compiling a list of unit social media sites so we can work together to spread the word about Scouting by tagging, liking commenting and sharing each other posts.
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