This is my final opportunity to send a note as your Scout Executive. Actually, June 30 was my official last day, so I write this as a newly retired staffer and new Scouting volunteer.
Retirement is bittersweet – a combination of joy and anticipation for a new life adventure, mixed with sorrow for the separation from so many people we have grown to know and love.
First, let me start with how pleased I am that Don Bean has been selected to be your new Scout Executive.
Early in my tenure here in Montana Don served with distinction in Black Otter District, and then was promoted and moved on to the Great Salt Lake Council. He returns to Montana now with his terrific family to serve the council again.
Don exemplifies the Scout Oath and Law – your council officers chose well!
Ellie and I are excited as we move to Central Oregon, specifically Bend. This move puts us much closer to our older son Greg and his family, and a non-stop flight away from our younger son Doug and his family.
In addition, Bend is an awesome spot for outdoor activities – I think of it as the closest thing to Montana that Oregon has to offer.
We also look forward to more time for church commitments, volunteer activities, including Scouting, and just plain time for each other.
The tough part – and it is very tough – is the end of direct contact with the many good friends and colleagues who we will miss dearly. Our years in Montana will be remembered as extraordinary, because of many wonderful people.
Regarding Team 315 and the past thirteen-plus years, I am so grateful for the opportunity to have been your Scout Executive.
The council has faced many challenges and gone through many changes and emerged stronger because so many of you have gone above and beyond to make Montana Council amongst the best councils in the BSA.
I am so thankful for our hardworking staff, our passionate officers and board, and the many dedicated unit and district volunteers. Together you make Scouting in Montana simply amazing!
I am very bullish about the future of Scouting in Montana.
Recent improvements to the infrastructure and programs at K-M and Melita have laid the foundation to make our camps the best of the best.
The substantial addition to our endowment funds has brought more financial strength and security. Lastly, our growth in membership continues to provide Scouting to more Montana youth. There is much to celebrate!
As we head to Oregon we extend our heartfelt thanks to you for your kindness and friendship. We will miss you and hope our paths cross again along the Scouting trail. Godspeed, my friends!
All the best to you and Team 315!
Yours in Scouting,