The Talon Newsletter
Quarterly Newsletter for National Capital Area Council's Eagle Scout Alumni, Gathering of Eagles (GOE)
In this issue...
Dear Fellow Eagles,
In a couple of months thousands of Scouts will enjoy what for many of them is the best part of the Scouting program: Summer Camp. For me, summer promised great adventure at Camp Lakota in Defiance, Ohio. So much so that I eventually worked as a camp staffer there.
I hope that our events this year - and the ones in the months ahead - will bring back some of the adventure of your years in Scouting. So far this year, we have had two Capitol Hill events, a Court of honor recognizing our Outstanding Eagle Awardees, several networking events, and our Eagle Career Day. If you missed Eagle Career Day, you will not want to miss it next year. It was energizing to hear the new Eagles talk about their career aspirations. Our mentors were equally outstanding and quite accomplished, representing more than 20 diverse career fields. Distinguished Eagle Scout and PBS NewsHour Anchor Ray Suarez ended the day with words of wisdom and inspiration for all.
Last night I attended the gala event at the Capitol to kick off the History of Scouting Trail opening this weekend. During the evening I met one of the youngest Eagle scouts to earn all 130 merit badges and Bernard Queneau, the oldest living Eagle. While speaking with them I was struck by the exciting history we have had and the promise of the story we have yet to write. Scouting is alive and well both in our youth and our alumni. We have some great events planned for the rest of the year--just look below at the great lineup. I hope to see you there!
Gathering of Eagles
PS - Interested in organizing your own Eagle Scout Business Networking Event like the one led by Merritt Green (see below), email me at GOEInfo@Scouting.org and we'll help you get started.
Distinguished Speakers Series Sept. 3
featuring renown aerospace businessman Norm Augustine, retired CEO, Lockheed Martin
Join the Gathering of Eagles and distinguished aeronautics businessman, Norm Augustine, to discuss issues surrounding Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and the Boy Scouts of America's STEM focus. Mr. Augustine recently authored a report about STEM education for the National Academies, Rising Above the Gathering Storm.
WWWhere: The Cosmos Club (2121 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington DC)
When: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 6-8 PM
Cost: $40 pp
Dress: Business Dress Required
Gathering of Eagles' 2013 Council Shoulder Patch is now on sale through the NCAC online store. Only 2,000 were produced and they will not be any more made after they are gone--so order yours today! Cost is $5.
The National Capital Area Council and the Gathering of Eagles have partnered with the United Way of the National Capital Area to "Do More 24."
It's simple! Any good turn, any size. Pledge your commitment to do a Good Turn on 6.6.2013 and that you'll share it with us on Facebook or Twitter. Let's start a movement - help us Turn it Forward!
How do you participate? Sign-up today by sending an email to DoMore24@NCACBSA.org.
Check out and follow all the exciting campaign updates on NCAC's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NCACBSA!
Remember, we can only make it viral with your help. Forward this message to your friends and family and challenge them to join you in doing a Good Turn on June 6!
Nominations for NCAC's 2014 class of Outstanding Eagle Scouts are now being accepted. Get your nomination form and read about the selection criteria by CLICKING HERE. Our 2013 NOESA Class included the President and CEO of the American Astronomical Society and the President of Cardinal Bank. Who do you know that is an Eagle Scout and has regional prominence?
Greater Alabama Council's Elijah LeCroix won the National Award for the Glenn and Melinda Adams Eagle Scout Project of the Year. Our local winner, George Brown III, was awarded his honors at our Eagle Career Day on May 11 (he is pictured below with Eagle Scouts Ray Suarez and Jim Morgan). To read more about all the local and regional winners, CLICK HERE. The nomination period for our Council's 2014 Adams Service Project is now open. Remember: Because of the generosity of our Eagle group, there are scholarships awarded to the overall winner and the best Eagle project submitted by a district Eagle board of review. Let's make sure the great Eagle projects in the area get the recognition they deserve!
To get a nomination form for an Adams Award candidate, CLICK HERE. Send completed nomination forms to GOEawards@Scouting.org.
The History of Scouting Trail (HOST) will launch this weekend for participants from our Council.
Did you know that Scouts played an important part in the Women's Suffrage Protests??? Learn more about Scouting's amazing history through the HOST Trail.
Read more and register by CLICKING HERE.
Have you wanted to get reconnected to Scouting by helping to deliver the Scouting program to local Scouts? Do you have the time to be an adult leader for a campout--or even on a regular basis during the year? You may have assumed that you couldn't get involved in the Scouting program until you had a child in the program. That's not true! Lots of area Troops in the area are looking for Eagle Scouts to fill in as leaders at camp, at Troop meetings, and even for merit badge activities. If you can give your time, email us, we'd love to hear from you: GOEInfo@Scouting.org.
(Pictured Right: Former Gathering of Eagles' Vice Chair for Service, Michael Files, volunteering as a leader at Camp Snyder in the summer of 2011.)
Become a Card-Carrying Member of NESA
Did your NESA membership lapse? Did you ever "officially" join NESA? You are receiving this newsletter because we know you're an Eagle Scout. If you would like to be an official dues paying member of NESA, which also gets you a subscription to Eagle Scout Magazine, CLICK HERE.
Not sure about your membership status, please email GOEInfo@Scouting.org and we'll find out for you!
Gathering of Eagles will be attending Scout Day at Nationals Park on Sunday, September 22. The game is versus the Miami Marlins at 1:35 PM. There is a pre-game parade for all Scouts in attendance. Please email GOEInfo@Scouting.org to reserve tickets with the Gathering of Eagles block.
Join Immediate Past Chairman of the McLean Chamber of Commerce, Merritt Green, for his monthly Eagle Scout Business Networking Lunch on Thursday, June 13 at Seasons 52 in the Tysons I Mall. Every 2nd Thursday of the month, same time, same place, Eagles get together to network, eat great food and enjoy the fellowship of likeminded business leaders. CLICK HERE to RSVP. You may also email GOEInfo@Scouting.org to RSVP and pay onsite.
No we're not talking about foil packs! The feed we're talking about is your FACEBOOK FEED! If you've liked us, you have probably noticed a huge increase in the number posts (and a subsequent increase in our 'likes' and traffic). If you haven't liked us yet, please do, by CLICKING HERE. That will allow folks in your network to see our page. And who knows, maybe we'll find an Eagle who hasn't yet joined our group! We're more than 1,800 strong, which represents only about 10% of the Eagles in the Washington Metro Area. Help us get the word out! Have an Eagle friend who isn't signed up to receive Talon? Send him to www.boyscouts-ncac.org/thegathering and ask him to sign up. It's free and easy!
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