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April 30, 2008 > Friends of Scouting, Creating Community Leaders

Friends of Scouting, Creating Community Leaders

Submitted By Ferdinand Villarosa

What organization brings the following stellar results? 72% of Rhodes scholars, 66% of members of the U.S. Congress, 66% of all graduates of military academies and 26 of the first 29 and 114 of the first 214 astronauts were members of this organization...Boy Scouts of America.

The San Francisco Bay Area Boy Scout Mission Peak District will host its fifth annual "Friends of Scouting Community Breakfast" on May 9, 2008 from 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. at the Fremont Marriott. The event is aimed at increasing awareness and support for Scouting in the Tri-Cities area to recognize local community leaders who have supported or made a significant contribution to Scouting.

The first honor goes to an individual in the community who has been a big supporter of Scouting. The second honor goes to a dedicated adult Scout leader. The "Good Scouter" award goes to Mr. Jim Brunelli of Central Chevrolet. The "Scouter of the Year" goes to Mr. Henry Allen. Finally, recognition will be given to the 2007 Eagle Scouts.

Jim Brunelli is the General Manager of Central Chevrolet and is a mainstay of this family owned business for the past thirty years. An active member of the community, he is a third-generation member of the Niles Rotary, serving as the organization President from 2005-2006. Mr. Brunelli also served as the Scoutmaster for Troop 2 composed of students from the California School of the Blind.

Henry Allen has been an active Scout leader for more than 25 years and was chosen as one of only 80 Scout leaders in the U.S. to lead a local area Scout Troop to the 21st World Jamboree in the United Kingdom in 2007. He has also served as a leader to two National and two other World Jamborees. Mr. Allen's leadership has been instrumental in organizing and revitalizing a number of Scout units and developing youth as leaders in Scouting and the community.

"Jim Brunelli and Henry Allen have been long-time supporters of the Boy Scouts organization," stated Garrett Yee, District Chairman for the Mission Peak Scouting District. "The Friends of Scouting event is but a mere token of appreciation to the numerous efforts they have done to further the cause of the program. They truly exemplify the Scout Oath of 'help[ing] other people at all times.' The Eagle Scout Honorees for this event are some of the product of those efforts."

The Friends of Scouting Breakfast is Mission Peak District's major fundraiser of the year to help support the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of America. The money collected from this campaign helps create new Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scout Troops, recruits new youth membership and maintains the Council's three camps - Rancho Los Mochos, Wente Scout Reservation and Camp Royaneh. It provides leadership training for adult volunteers and Scouting youth, pays for chartered organization's insurance, provides professional personnel for district support and maintains the Youth Leadership Training Center in San Leandro.

The local Mission Peak District is hoping to raise $120,000 this year to support more than 90 units and over 1,500 Scouts. At a cost of $175 for each Scout per year in training and materials, the district spends $262,500 annually just in the Tri-Cities. In addition to the traditional Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs, the district provides an extensive Explorer Program. This program helps young men and women learn more about civic jobs through their involvement with Explorer Posts at the Fremont Fire Department, Fremont Police Department, Union City Police Department, Newark Police Department and Washington Hospital.

Individuals or organizations interested in investing in the youth of the San Francisco Bay Area Council, Boy Scouts of America Friends of Scouting Breakfast should contact Joe Barton at joeb@sfbac.org.

To find out more about Scouting in the area, visit www.sfbac.org/missionpeak or contact Joe Barton, District Executive, at (510) 577-9000 or joeb@sfbac.org. The San Francisco Bay Area Council serves Alameda County and San Francisco County.


Scouting community breakfast
Friday, May 9
7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Fremont Marriott
47000 Lakeview Blvd., Fremont
(510) 577-9000
joeb@sfbac.org

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