Meridian Matters October 2014



Meridian Matters October 2014
Meridian Matters
October 2014
District Chair
Friends of Scouting
Meridian Matters Editor
Kent Screechfield
Sue Oki
Tim Welty
George Gavrell
Dave Newton
Dave Newton
Jim Bergsten
Rand Mahoney
Dan Chevez
Chris Knaus
OA Advisor
Program & Activities
R/T Commissioner
R/T – Cub
R/T – Scout
R/T – Venturing
Scouting for Food
Eagle Packets
Eagle Projects
Eagle Board
Dennis Bleile
Mike Hoffman
Adrianne Kordelos
Gregg Ankenman
Steve Tom
M’Lu Knaus
Debbie Wiley
Nicholas Hall
Brent Henderson
October 2014
November 2014
Eagle Orient./Packet & Proj. Review (D-LDS)
Scouting for Food Bag Distribution
12 District Committee Meeting (D-LDS)
15 Scouting for Food Pick-up
20 Eagle Board of Review (D-LDS)
20 District Roundtable (Note date change) (SR-LDS)
Save The Date
Jan 31 - LEAD
Eagle Orientation/Packet & Project Review Board (D-LDS)
District Committee meeting (D-LDS)
Eagle Board of Review (D-LDS)
Roundtable meeting & Webelos II night (SR-LDS)
Scouting for Food Orientation, Hanger Distribution (SR-LDS)
Contact M’Lu Knaus, District Scouting for Food Coordinator,
with questions. [email protected] 925-934-3493
October Roundtable
Our next Roundtable meeting will be October 23rd, 7:309:00 p.m. at the LDS Church, 5025 Crow Canyon Road, San
Ramon. Break-out session topics include:
- Boy Scouts: Webelos to Scout Transition – Parents of
Webelos are invited to learn about area troops and the
transition from Webelos to boy scout.
- Cubs: Derby’s/Pack Good Turns/Give Goodwill.
- Committees: Scouting for Food Planning.
- Varsity Huddle: None.
- Order of the Arrow: Moluk Apanuc Monthly Meeting
Don’t miss it! Bring a friend!
Webelos to Boy Scout Transition
Webelos II parents (no scouts please) should plan to attend
the October Roundtable meeting on Oct. 23rd. Learn more
about the Webelos to Boy Scout transition and meet
representatives from Troops in your area. While joining a
particular Troop is generally a Scout's decision, this event will
give parents an opportunity to meet briefly with many Troops
and narrow down the search on behalf of the Scout. Each
Troop has its own personality and areas of extra focus such
as: Leadership, Reverence, Outdoor activities, Service to
others, etc. and this event will allow parents to find Troops
that meet the Scouts interests, family values, and favorable
meeting location (i.e., close to home, at my son's future
Middle School, or at our Church). Most families narrow their
search to 3 or 4 Troops before they start attending Troop
recruiting events.
Questions ? Contact Dan Chevez (925) 837-0936
[email protected]
Scouting for Food
Thank you for submitting your Unit SFF
Coordinator contact information. Next
step: Unit Coordinators should
(1) submit by Oct 17 an approximate
number of scouts participating; and
(2) ensure there is a representative at the Oct 23 Roundtable
SFF meeting to get instructions, pick up the door hangers, and
coordinate with any other unit in their given area.
Key dates:
- Oct 17 Deadline to submit number of scouts
participating from each unit
- Oct 23 6:45 pm, prior to Roundtable. Instructional
meeting and distribution of door hangers to Unit SFF
- Nov 8
Distribution of door hangers by scouts
- Nov 15 Collection of food by scouts
Youth Protection Training
Did you know that it is a requirement that all Scouters are
trained in youth protection? MDSC policy is that all
Scouters to submit proof of YPT with any original registration
or recharter; there will no longer be a 30-day grace period.
The good news is that as of mid-September the Meridian
District has 74% of its members trained, 21% had expired
training and 5% have never been trained. The other bit of
good news is that Youth Protection Training is easy and
readily available online at Beat the December
Meridian Matters
October 2014
rush! Ensure your YPT training is up-to-date for your benefit
and the benefit of your Scouts.
Friends of Scouting (FOS)
Our thanks to all who supported Scouting through the
2014 FOS campaign. Through your generosity, our District
raised $117k in pledges and donations; 99% of our goal.
Thanks! Any units with outstanding pledges or
contribution please submit these as soon as possible as we
will be wrapping-up our 2014 campaign soon before moving
on to 2015. For more information, contact Rand Mahoney,
899-3840, [email protected]
Adult Training
For a great training website and to get more detailed
information, go to or
- Position Specific for Boy Scout, Venture, Varsity
Sept 27, 2014 - Advance Camp, Antioch
- Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO):
Oct 11, 2014 - Girl Scouts Cordelia Program Center,
- Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills: Oct 10-11,
2014 - Girl Scouts Cordelia Prog. Center, Cordelia Oct
24-25, 2014 - Camp Fetterman, Brentwood
- Outdoor Webelos Leader Training (OWL): Oct 10-11,
2014 - Girl Scouts Cordelia Prog. Center, Cordelia Oct 2525, 2014 - Camp Fetterman, Brentwood
- The 2014 calendar for High Adventure Training is
available at:
For more info, contact Jerry Dees, [email protected], 8301804.
It is never too late to bring a new family
into Scouting. If you need ideas or
assistance with recruiting, contact District
Membership Chair, Dan Chevez, at 925-8370936. [email protected]
Harvest in the Vineyards
A great opportunity to taste exquisite wines and sample food
from local restaurants – all while supporting Scouting!
Saturday Nov 1st. 3 – 7 p.m. Carriage House at Charles
Krug Winery, St. Helena.
Information at
Opportunities to Support the District!
Our committees are recruiting for additional support. If
you’d like to get involved more at the District level just let us
know – there are always opportunities. All levels of
commitment are possible; it’s only an hour a week. 
In particular we are seeking to fill the following roles:
Order of the Arrow
Attention Arrowmen! Come to the Fall OA
Banquet, Saturday, October 25th, Camp
Meridian OA Chapter (Moluk Apanuc) typically
meets at the same time/date and location as
Roundtable. Contact Christian Campbell or Dennis Bleile to
For questions or information, please contact Christian
Campbell (Moluk Apanuc Chief) at
[email protected]; or Dennis Bleile (Chapter
Adviser) at (925) 216-1086 or [email protected]
Unit Commissioners
Communications Coord.
Finance Chair
Asst FOS Chair
- Training Chair
- Asst Camping Chair
- Boy Scout R’table Commish.
- Asst Finance Chair
-Youth Protection Coordinator
Contact: Kent Screechfield, [email protected], or Sue Oki, [email protected],
for more information.
Leader Education and Discovery (LEAD) 2015
January 31, 2015 at DVC, Pleasant Hill. Learn about the
upcoming changes in Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity, and
Venture Programs, position specific training, cooking in a
dutch or box oven, chemistry for cubs, where to go
backpacking and/or hiking, pack/troop games and more....All
adults (Uniformed Leaders, Committee Members, Interested
Parents, District & Council volunteers) are encouraged to
Registration opens soon! Discounted early registration
(includes lunch!) $45.00. Youth $10.00.
For more information or to register, go to:
A Remembrance
With sadness, we note the recent passing of Chuck Savage.
Chuck was a dedicated Scouter serving as Iron Horse District
Chair and on the MDSC Executive Board as Vice President of
Program. Meridian Scouters will recall Chuck’s enthusiasm
as a trainer and leader in many Wood Badge or Outdoor
Leader Skills classes. He will be sadly missed by all in our
Scouting community.