Hey Volunteer – THANKS!

International Volunteer Day (IVD) is a chance for volunteer-involving organizations and individual volunteers to promote their contributions to development at local, national and international levels. By merging UN support with a grassroots mandate, IVD is a unique opportunity for volunteer-involving organizations to work with government agencies, non-profit organizations, community groups and the private sector.

IVD was established by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly through Resolution 40/212 on 17 December 1985. Since then, governments, the UN system and civil society organizations have successfully joined volunteers around the world to celebrate the Day on 5 December.

On IVD 2014, we not only celebrate volunteerism in all its facets – but also pay special tribute to people’s participation in making a difference locally, nationally and globally. IVD 2014 highlights the contribution of volunteers in engaging people from the grass-roots in decision-making processes, ultimately creating space for participation that leads to: stronger governance, social cohesion, peace and sustainable development.

On 5 December 2014 join us in recognizing the commitment of all volunteers, and applaud hundreds of millions of people who volunteer to make change happen.

To post/read about volunteer actions all over the world and to download useful tools and information, please visit: http://www.volunteeractioncounts.org/en/ivd-2014/

This article first published on the UN Volunteers Website.

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January Webcasts on the New Cub Scouting Program

As you know, a new Cub Scouting program is launching June 1, 2015 that will be more fun and exciting for boys, and easier to implement for unit leaders. To ensure units are ready to make the transition, a series of webcasts will be hosted in January. The webcasts will outline the coming changes, how to prepare, and when resources will be available.

Although the content will be geared to the roles listed, anyone with an interest in learning about the new Cub Scouting program is welcome to attend.

The sessions will be recorded for later viewing. It is easy to attend! Just navigate your Internet browser to: http://www.livestream.com/bsanationalcouncil and you are ready to view the webcast!

Cubmaster Webcasts

  • Saturday, January 17 at 8:00am (Central)
  • Saturday, January 17 at 3:00pm (Central)

Den Leader Webcasts

  • Saturday, January 17 at 9:30am (Central)
  • Saturday, January 17 at 4:30pm (Central)

LDS-Specific Considerations *

  • Saturday, January 17 at 11:00am (Central)
  • Saturday, January 17 at 6:00pm (Central)

*It is recommended that those interested in the LDS session view one of the role specific sessions first.

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Top Sellers!

Congratulations, Popcorn Top Sellers! Everyone did a great job this year in the Popcorn Sale!

Congratulations, to Pack 328 for selling $18,360 and being the #5 unit in the council!

Top 5 Units:

  • $48,020 Pack 507 Root River
  • $31,308 Pack 393 Polaris
  • $30,495 Pack 208 Southshore
  • $28,025 Pack 570 Gateway
  • $18,360 Pack 328 Fox River

Top 5 Sellers:

  1. $15,305 Connor S. Pack 208 Southshore
  2. $6,145 Tyler S. Pack 507 Root River
  3. $4,425 Ryder B. Pack 507 Root River
  4. $4,015 Trenton H. Pack 206 Lighthouse
  5. $3,710 Danny D. Troop 530 Root River

The Fox River District had an increase overall in the fall sale; these units will be able to offer great program for their Scouts.

The overall Council sale increased as well, thanks to your awesome efforts!

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District Awards – District Dinner 2015

Volunteering for Scouting is a lot of work. And we strive to recognize those volunteers who go above and beyond to help give our youth an outstanding program! But we can’t recognize someone if we don’t know who they are.

101712_2354_2012Distric1.pngEach year we host a District Dinner – a special adults’ only evening out for our Scouters and their spouses.

This year that special dinner will be Thursday February 5th, 2015.

We’re still working out the details, but we’re hoping to have great food and awesome entertainment, as well as many of our best Scouting friends from around the district for great conversation and friendship. Please save the date.

More importantly, we want to recognize those among us who go above and beyond over and over through some very special awards:

  • Lean On Me: Given to a registered leader in your unit, that you can call upon at the last minute, and they will come through.
  • Midas Touch: Given to a registered leader in your unit who seems to make good things happen when they get involved.
  • Silver Dollar: Given to a registered leader in your unit who has helped in a special way, or given an extra effort to help raise funds or resources for their unit, or for scouting in general.
  • Spark Plug: Given to a registered leader who has gone “above and beyond” the duties of his/her position in the unit for at least two years, and has contributed their time helping our district in at least two separate activities.

Last but not least, we also give out the District Award of Merit, a very special award recognized throughout the BSA. It’s the highest honor a district like ours can bestow upon a volunteer, and receiving it is very special indeed. Our past District Award of Merit honorees attend and help us confer the award upon each successive year’s class.

Please consider spending a few minutes nominating those who make a difference in your Scouts’ lives. They will appreciate the recognition. Please take the time to consider our Fox River District awards and the District Award of Merit form.

Dunham’s Friends & Family Nov 2014

If you haven’t gotten your new Dunham’s discount cards for this year, make sure you pick them up at the next Roundtable. We should have plenty for any families that want them, but only take what you need, please.

The cards entitle you to 10% off any regular price items at Dunham’s at any time – a pretty good deal!

But twice per year we get an even better deal – 20% off your entire purchase of any regular priced items in the store. It’s a great way to start Christmas shopping a little early for all that great camping gear that your Scout really wants!

Our Fall weekend is THIS weekend, starting Friday 11/14/14 and running through Sunday 11/16/14. Click on the link above to get the coupon. You can print it, or they can scan it directly from your phone.

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