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January 30, 2020, concluded a historic moment for Scouting in Idaho! The former Ore-Ida Council and the Snake River Council merged into the new “Mountain West Council.” I am so grateful for your energy and passion to see the Scouting movement thrive in central and southern Idaho.
This morning, I was reflecting why this merge process was so smooth. I occasionally hear of other councils across America that are faced with the same opportunity and need, but to some, their discussions have been met with turbulence.
May I share with you a couple of key components why I believe this transition has been so positive and why it ultimately led the merge to a “100% unanimous vote” of approval:
- Every meeting held began with a Prayer, Pledge of Allegiance, and the Scout Oath and Law. This set the tone for everyone’s discussion and conduct.
- The focus of the merge was centered on four important
- Membership Growth
- Financial Sustainability
- Unit Service
- Quality Program Delivery
- The former Ore-Ida Council and Snake River Council have had incredible leadership. I wish to personally thank our two council presidents, Andy Fujimoto and Bret Belnap, and our two council commissioners, Geoff Wardle and Scott Pierce.
- Likewise, our two Executive Committees have been stalwart, open-minded and supportive throughout the process.
- Our own area directors, Manny Ramos and Kent Downing have been present and guiding.
- The national service center has been so helpful, especially from legal counsel, Russ McNamer and Melena Sparkman.
In so many ways, our work is just beginning. But the tone, the unity, and the synergism make this a proud moment in our history. We will continue to face stormy weather. Because of you, I am so grateful we are “Steady at The Helm.”
My sleeves are rolled up!