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Quanah Parker District Highlights- April 2012

Posted in Quanah Parker by goldenspread on Sunday, April 1, 2012

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District Chairperson–  Joni Mickna – sjmickna@sbcglobal.net (806)674-7040 (cell)

District Commissioner– Steve Rodriguez Steve.Rodriguez1978@gmail.com (806) 231-3380 

District Executive– Chase Roach chase.roach@scouting.org  (806) 341-4491 

April Calendar:

5          Quanah Parker Roundtable

12        Quanah Parker Committee & Unit Commissioner Meeting

21        Gardening Merit Badge (Date subject to change)

28        Camp Card Monies Due

Greeting

Hello, I’m Chase Roach the District Executive for the Quanah Parker District. 2011 was a great year for Scouting, and 2012 is shaping up to be even better. For more details on any of the about items please take a look at goldenspread.org or contact myself, Joni, or Steve, directly with the info listed above. We look forward to hearing from you.  

Quanah Parker Pinewood Derby

On March 24th we had our 9th Annual District Pinewood Derby, and it was FANTASTIC record breaking event!!! We had 99 entries and over 250 total people that attended. This was more than double the visitors and participation from years past. The Volunteer support was incredible and none of this would have been possible without them.  

Greg and Pack 82 brought their new Derby Track that was SUPER FAST!! The computer integration and screen projection worked great. We were able to run through 3 heats, and 3 winners for each rank class, including the Leader and Open Division. We also had 4 visitors from Westover Elementary that ran in their own Open Class.

The positive feedback and excitement over the Derby has just been pouring in—phone calls, emails, and text messages, full of praises and new ideas for next year. Keep them coming. We will have a brief review at the Thursday, April 5th 7:00PM Roundtable coming up. Everyone is welcome and invited to represent their individual Units. 

We also want to send out a Special Thanks to Charles Ritchie, and the Kwahadi Kiva for hosting our Event. We are very blessed to have such a wonderful place full of Scouting history and years of dedication to growing and supporting the Scouting Movement.

Scouting for Food

On March 24th, we also supported Scouting for Food. Part of our entry fee for the Pinewood Derby was 2 cans of food per race entered. I’m proud to say that we raised over 250 pounds for the High Plains Food Bank. WAY TO GO!!!

We also had individual units participate in Unit food gathering campaigns in Amarillo and Dumas. Each campaign supported their specific local Food Banks, and we’re still gathering weights for a total collective weight. Preliminary info shows a considerable growth over last year.

Preparations and Planning have already begun for an even bigger and better gathering for next year. The Food Bank, and many local family’s needs our help!!    

Gardening Merit Badge

On Saturday, April 21st, we are working with The High Plains Food Bank to teach the Gardening Merit Badge. This is a tentative date, and may change, but we will keep everyone posted. What a great opportunity for Scouts to be part of one of the most important operations in Amarillo; all while earning a merit badge. I will send out a Constant Contact with all of the pertinent info in the next week.

Camp Cards

All of the Camp Cards have been distributed, and we have a record number of Units participating. On Saturday, April 28th, at the Camporee, the unsold cards or money is due. I already have some units that have sold all of their cards and looking for more. Sadly, I don’t have extras available, but all of the unsold cards that return, on the 28th, will be redistributed to any units that would like more.

I recommend weekly follow-ups with your Scouts to celebrate success stories, and remind them of time remaining. I also recommend collecting all monies/cards the week before the 28th at your weekly meeting. That will lesson last minute money/card chasing.

So, let’s get out there and make some money for your Units. Woo Hoo!!

Great job to all who participate in funding local scouting with Friends of Scouting Campaigns. Funding for Scoutreach programs and camps is needed more than ever this year. Please contact me directly to setup an FOS Presentation at your Blue and Gold Banquet or Court of Honor. Thank you again!

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