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May 2009 Newsletter

In this issue:

Above: Bob Coleman receives the Silver Beaver Award from Ken Li, 2008’s recipient.

Volunteers Honored at Annual Dinner

Piedmont’s Boy Scout Council honored many of the community’s outstanding volunteers at its 88th Annual Recognition Dinner held at the Veterans Memorial Hall on April 23. The Piedmont Youth Bagpipe Band Venture Crew 12 opened the festivities by piping Scouters into Guild Hall where they were welcomed by Rick Eigenbrode, Council President.

Over the next 2 hours and a great meal prepared by students from the Culinary Arts Institute in Richmond—some people were thanked and awards were made. Here is a summary of those honored!

Silver Beaver Award
Bob Coleman

Council President, Rick Eigenbrode present the William R. Peterson Award to Mike and Will Carter of Troop 11.

District Award of Merit
Terri Ashton
Rick Clark

Presidential Awards
Paul Raskin
Pat Zika

Venturing Leadership Award
Ken Li

William R. Peterson Youth Leadership Award
Mike and Will Carter

Sid Singer Award
Donald Nelson

Cub Scout Distinguished Scouter Awardees (from left) Terri Ashton of Pack 3, Doug Strout of Pack 4, and David Valva of Pack 6. (not present was Susan Carroll of Pack 5)

Distinguished Scouter Awards

Terri Ashton, Pack 3
Doug Strout, Pack 4
Susan Carroll, Pack 5
David Valva, Pack 6

Above (from left): Vincent Faughnan, VP of Scouts, Malaquias Pacheco of Troop 1, Arden Hall of Troop 4, Mark Dukas of Troop 11 and Roger Eliassen of Troop 15.

Boy Scouts
Mal Pacheco, Troop 1
Arden Hall, Troop 4
Tom Elmendorf, Troop 6
Mark Dukas, Troop 11
Roger Eliassen, Troop 15

Above: Mike Humphries, Don Nelson (this year’s Sidney Singer Award recipient) and Anne-Marie Lamarche (2007’s recipient).

Frost Prioleau, Oakland Strokes
Richard Tso, Police Explorers

Above (from left): Anne-Marie Lamarche, Jo Hazelett, Gary Hartsock, Mary Carter, Kevin Fischer, Rick Eigenbrode, and Roger Eliassen.

Each year we thank all of our more than two hundred volunteers for their service to their units without which we would not have a Scouting program Piedmont. We also give special thanks to those whose leadership and volunteer service benefits the entire Scouting Community:

Program Day Camp
Mary Carter

Pinewood Derby
Bill Bocheff

Bike Rodeo
Tom Kinkaid

Above: Ken Li receives the Venturing Leadership Award from Jo Hazelett for his exceptional contributions to Venturing.

July 4 Kazoo Band
Eric Mowat

Roger Eliassen

Scouting for Food
Rick Eigenbrode

Council Engraving (Awards and Eagle Plaques)
Gary Hartsock

Career Day 2009
Anne-Marie Lamarche

OA Lodge Advisor
Kevin Fischer


Friends of Scouting
Paul Raskin and unit chairpeople:
John Campbell
Dennis Jang
Dani Tucker
Maureen Kennedy
Evan Solley
Tarang Amin
Janie Hirata
Rueben Rivera

Brian Kelleher
Dale Radcliff
Bob Coleman
Wes Smith
Carl Anderson
Dewey Watson

Tree Lot
Chris Lee, Committee Chairman and members:
David Ashton
Kevin Fischer
Grier Graff
Ken Li
Paul Mayer
Greg Pike
David Roy
Al Sciamanna

Above, from left, Executive Director, Jo Hazelett, Judy Rosenberg and Bonnie Gaither.

A special thank you to Judy Rosenberg for Chairing the dinner, to Bonnie Gaither for the wonderful flower arrangements and to all the people who contribute in other ways to the dinner’s success:

Underwriters for the Recognition Dinner:
Andy Ball
J. Robert Coleman, Jr
Dr. and Mrs. Straty Righellis

Gifts in Kind:

Recognition Gifts
    Victorinox Flash Drives
Gary Hartsock
    Engraving of Awards

Mulberry’s Market   Case
Piedmont Grocery  Case
Village Market   Case
The Wine Mine  2 bottles

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Career Day 2009 a Smashing Success!

Death Row defense lawyer Cliff Gardner shared examples of how he reinvestigates cases to see if he can uncover new evidence that effects a convicted defendant’s appeal.

Students in Brett Baker’s (PHS Class of 2002) and Lynn Wu’s class asked questions about their experience with Teach for America, a program thats sends graduates of elite universities to teach in poorly performing urban and rural schools.

Scientist Beate Illek described her research at Children’s Hospital on lung cells and diseases such as fibrosis, and also discussed the difference between pursuing an MD and PhD for careers in science.

Piedmont High School students relished a spectacular opportunity to learn from some of the Bay Area’s brightest talents at the recent Career Day on Thursday, May 14th. This biannual event, jointly sponsored by the Piedmont Council and Piedmont High School, featured 72 speakers from a plethora of vocations discussing the joys and dislikes of their jobs and sharing how they arrived at their current careers. Students registered online in advance for two sections, each an hour in length and featuring two or three speakers from complementary professions. Chairwoman (and mother of a Troop 15 Eagle Scout) Anne-Marie Lamarche did an extraordinary job recruiting speakers and coordinating the logistics of the event—it would not have been successful without her! We look forward to the next Career Day, in 2011!

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Jungle Safari Day Camp! 6/15-19

Come to the highlight of the Cub Scout year! Join your friends at Dracena Park for a week filled with archery, sports, games and more! Sign-up today at

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Boy Scouts: Need Service Hours?

What better (and more fun) way to get them by serving on the Day Camp Staff? We’re looking for den leaders, ASPLs, archery guides and more! E-mail Jason at for more info.

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2010 National Jamboree- July 26th-August 4th

This is the most epic event of all in Boy Scouting! We have just a few spots left for this trek to Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia. For more information and/or to register go to

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2010 Camporee - April 15th - 18th

As 2010 is the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouting in the United States, we will be partnering with other Bay Area Councils for a mammoth Camporee in April at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Please visit the official website for further details ( and please note that we will not be having our usual Piedmont Camporee in May.

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Walk to the Capitol- Save the Date!

As part of the 2010 Scouting Anniversary celebrations, all Cubs, Scouts and Venturers are invited to join their peers from other Councils throughout California for a march from Raley Field to the California State Capitol on Saturday, October 24th 2009! Chief Scout Executive Robert Mazzuca will even be attending. More details to follow!

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Piedmont Fencing Crew

The Fencing Crew Group (some members are missing). Head Coach Bill Cracraft (left) Foil Coach Peter Ignatov (right).

Piedmont Fencing Crew has had a good year, so far, with about a dozen fencers competing regularly. The boys sabre team, Ryan Blumenstein, Lee Malmgren and Brandon Escobar, fenced the senior divisional qualifiers for the 2009 Summer Nationals, took third place, earned bronze medals and qualified the team for nationals. In individual qualifiers, Paige MacKenzie took the silver medal and qualified for Summer Nationals in Cadet Womens Foil and Sam Colburn took the bronze medal and qualified for Summer Nationals in Y-14 Mens Epee. Ryan Blumenstein qualified for the Junior Olympics and traveled to Albuquerque to fence in December, 2008. A number of fencers are competing for the first time, this season, and have already learned from the intensity of competition. Crew fencers, boys and girls, include sabreurs in the Youth-12, Youth 14, Cadet and Junior categories; Foilists in the Y12, Junior and Senior categories; and epeeists in the Youth-14, Cadet, Junior and senior categories. Competitors have fenced in both Regional Youth Circuit and Super Youth Circuit events as well as numerous local Bay Cup events. Now in its fourth season, the Fencing Crew is coached by Piedmont Recreation and Crew Head Coach, Bill Cracraft, assisted by Coach Peter Ignatov. Although Piedmont Fencing Crew members are high-school age, fencers age 8 and older are welcome in the Recreation Department program and there are still places open for fencers of all ages in summer camps, so those interested in learning to fence should sign up soon.

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The Piedmont Community Service Crew

Above: Rebuilding Together Oakland working on the home of an elderly low income Oakland resident.

The Piedmont Community Service Crew sponsored a renovation project with Rebuilding Together Oakland this spring. Months of preparation by Crew Advisor and Crew members included raising more than $5,000 through local connections; obtaining donations of food for the volunteers; recruiting services from local businesses and volunteers for the work days; and project planning to establish the tasks to be accomplished. On two consecutive Saturdays in April, the Crew managed approximately 80 volunteers to spruce up the home of an elderly low income Oakland resident. The exterior of the house was scraped, detailed trim features repaired, primed & painted; front & rear stairs were totally rebuilt; several doors & windows were replaced along with awnings over the doors. For information on the Community Service Crew contact the council office at 547-4493 or Ken Li at

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Eagle’s Nest

Congratulations and welcome to our new Eagle Scouts! The Council now boasts 1051 Eagle Ranks earned since 1921 and remains one of the leading councils in the country for percentage of youth earning this highest honor. For a complete list of Piedmont Eagle Scouts go to

Name: Nicholas Riker

Troop: 15

Years in Scouting: 8 years

High School/Year of Graduation: Piedmont High School 2008

Recognitions: Patrol Leader, Librarian, Troop Guide, Day Camp Den Chief; Bank of America Plaque for Music, Clan-O-Log Award (Yearbook Editor-in-Chief), Community Service Award, Piedmont High Honor Society: 5 Semesters; Soccer and Cross Country

Project Information and Hours: 102 hours

Planned and coordinated construction of 15 shelves in the props loft for the Performing Arts Department at Piedmont High School, a bucket and pulley system for raising props into the loft, and a hat rack for the department’s costume closet.

Comments about Scouting Experiences: “Scouting has helped prepare me for making my way successfully through life by teaching me the values I need to do so. The points of the Scout Law will always be noticeable in my behavior with others and myself. No matter what, I know that the virtues of Scouting will continue to influence my decisions and actions.”

Scoutmaster’s Comments: His strongest attribute is his ability to follow through with any task he is assigned.

Name: Peter Andreoni

Troop: 15

Years in Scouting: 12 years

High School/Year of Graduation: Millennium High School 2008

Recognitions: Den Chief, Troop Guide, Patrol Leader, Day Camp Counselor, Lead patrol to Best Overall/Most Skilled Award at Camporee 2006, Order of the Arrow Ordeal Honor; Group Leadership position at Stone Mountain School; Select Scouts Team and First Place in Soccer.

Project Information and Hours: 228 hours

Planned and coordinated the construction of a redwood trellis at Lazear Elementary School, in Oakland, to provide a shady place for people to eat and relax next near the playground area. Plants were placed in proper locations to grow over the trellis to provide shade.

Comments about Scouting Experiences: “As a scout I really got to see parts of the Earth that some people never see and really understand why “Leave No Trace” is so important. In all aspects of my life, I plan to do as little harm to the environment in every way possible and always follow the Outdoor Code.”

Scoutmaster’s Comments: His strongest attributes are his outdoor and survival skills.

Name: David Granberg

Troop: 11

Years in Scouting: 10 years

High School/Year of Graduation: Piedmont High School 2008

Recognitions: Patrol Leader, Chaplain’s Aide; Day Camp Den Leader and Arts & Crafts Manager; Venturing Heritage Award; Brotherhood Honor, Order of the Arrow; PHS Literary Magazine Editor, Honor Society, Bank of America Award in Liberal Arts, Cross Country and Track & Field Scholar Athlete, North Coast Section Qualifier; Historian & Secretary, Oakland Area Reform Jewish Youth Group.

Project Information and Hours: 152 hours

Planned and coordinated construction of a portable “ga-ga” pit (a type of dodge ball game played in a walled wooden octagon enclosure) for the Jewish Community Center’s Day Camp.

Comments about Scouting Experiences: “My time as a Boy Scout has been an invaluable experience for me that I am sure changed me for the better.”

Scoutmaster’s Comments: David is helpful to other Scouts; he is reliable and always goes the extra mile to help. He is diligent and thorough. He is also thoughtful.

Name: Brendan Kelley

Troop: 4

Years in Scouting: 10 years

High School/Year of Graduation: Piedmont High School 2010

Recognitions: Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader, Chaplain’s Aide, Day Camp Staff Station Leader; Order of the Arrow, Brotherhood Honor; President of the Piedmont Longboarders Club; Varsity Rugby Team.

Project Information and Hours: 61 hours

Planned and coordinated construction of two sets of storage units for electronics equipment at Clausen House in Oakland.

Comments about Scouting Experiences: “Boy Scouts helped me make the middle school transition; while everything was changing, Scouts was not. It gave me something to hold onto. All of kids in our troops were friends. We stuck together at school and our friendship anchored us. Scouts gave us an identity, a sense of self. Boy Scouts is such a large part of my life that I can’t imagine how things would be without it.”

Scoutmaster’s Comments: Brendan has the ability to see through to the essence of a situation and state a compelling case.

Name: Patrick Nolan

Troop: 6

Years in Scouting: 7 years

High School/Year of Graduation: St. Mary’s High School 2009

Recognitions: Scribe, Quartermaster, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, Order of the Arrow – Brotherhood Honor; Academic Achievement and Student Athlete Award; Captain Varsity Football Team; Member – Pacific Fencing Club and Encinal Yacht Club Jr. Sailing.

Project Information and Hours: 214 hours

Planned and coordinated construction of a 130’ wire fence at St. Mary’s High School to enclose a future garden and protect it from wild animals.

Comments about Scouting Experiences: “During my tenure in Scouts I have held numerous leadership roles. These positions have provided opportunities for me to excel in leading other members of my Troop, as well as improving my work ethic. I cherish every aspect of Scouts and hope to continue as an adult leader in the program after my time as a youth has passed.”

Scoutmaster’s Comments: His strongest attribute is his sense of ethics. He knows what is right and doesn’t stray from that path.

Name: Wesley Motlow

Troop: 4

Years in Scouting: 11 years

High School/Year of Graduation: Piedmont High School 2009

Recognitions: Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, Archery Director – Day Camp Staff, Camp Oljato Staff; Excellence in AP US History Exam; Member of PITS Rugby and Oakland Strokes Rowing Crew.

Project Information and Hours: 91hours

Planned and coordinated construction of four, five foot-long, cedar benches for the Carl Munck Elementary School outdoor learning program in Oakland.

Comments about Scouting Experiences: “Scouting continues to play an important role in my life….My life up to this point is unimaginable without scouting, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Scoutmaster’s Comments: As a counselor for two years at Camp Oljato, he’s developed great scouting skills.

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In Memoriam

Officer John R. Hege

On Saturday, March 21, Officer John R. Hege and three other Oakland police officers were tragically gunned down by a parolee. John was kept on life support for three days so that his organs could be donated in accordance with his wishes. According to the California Donor Network his heart, liver and kidneys saved the lives of four adult males from California, and his tissue donation will enhance the lives of as many as 50 others. John Hege was a 1983 Eagle Scout from Troop 15. His good friend Warren Heffelfinger, and fellow Troop 15 Scout remembers him this way, “There are men who shrink in the face of adversity, and there are men like John. In our 36 years of friendship I never knew him to turn his back on an obstacle. He might be the most driven individual I have ever known. Being a Police Officer was a goal he set his eyes on a long time ago, and it probably presented him with more hurdles than all previous challenges put together. But he made it and he served with honor, and we should all be proud of the lessons he has left us.” The following gifts were received in Memory of John Raymond Hege:

John Hege (second from left) repainting back boards for the tennis courts at the Piedmont Recreational Dept for his Eagle Project.

Stephen & Elisabeth Austin
Nancy Baker James Bangert
Nava Bat-Avraham & Saul Ben-Meyet
Robert & Marian Beattie
Ann Binning
Lawrence & Barbara Birch
Robin & Steven Black
Oakland Chapter - CA VII Blue Knights Int’l Motorcycle Club
Mark Borsuk
Patricia Boyle
Gene M. Bright
Bruce, Julia, Sebastian & Addison Burke
Dick & Mary Carter
Joan Cassou
Jeffrey Cheng
Francis Corbosiero
Richard & Jacqueline Corriveau
Barbara Cox
Walter & Joan Dickie
Mary Elena Dochterman
Nicholas & Donna Dragonjac
Roger Eliassen
Robert & Cynthia Erickson
John and Anne Fleming
Michael Foley
Dick & Bonnie Gaither
Carolyn G. Gerran
Evelyn Gilliana
Ralph & Alice Gillibert
Eleanor Gordon
Diane Gould
Kenneth & Judith Gould
Grier & Linnea Graff
Thomas & Maria Graffeo
Allen & Marian Halden
Dr. Jay & Ms. Helen Hann
Susan Hill
Nicholas Jarlsberg
Dean & Nancy Johnson
Vaughn & Martha Jones
Genevieve Katz (American Assoc of University Women)
John Kelson & Liz Dalrymple
Almarinda Kersh
Lt Col & Mrs. John Keutmann
Paul & Susan Knoll
Anne-Marie Lamarche & Mark Menke
Jeff Lauber
Roland & Rebecca Lazzarotto
Paul & Elene Manolis
Dale Rogers Marshall
Jeff & Jennifer McCort
Hunter & Susan McCreary
Stuart & Judith McKee
John S. Mead
Stanley & Josephine Meikle
Michael J. Moy
Kathryn Muhs
Irene M. Olson (American Assoc of University Women)
David & Sylvia Omoto
Sabrina Outland
Frederick & Ann Patton
Forest Paul
Edward & Paige Poulson
Sean & Blanche Poynter
Edward Pressnell
Officer Keith Rieg & Family
David Riker & Rosetta Newhall
Dave & Cheryl Robinson
Louis & Deborah Roessler, III
Douglas & Jane Roix
Stuart Sampson
Carolyn Sheaff
Dr. & Mrs. Wade Sherwood
Jeannette Singer
Dr. Arthur Siu
Tom & Sue Smegal
Betty Smith
Dick & Ginnie Smith
Todd & Angela Springer
Jack & Barbara Stehr
Gwendolyn Stevens
David & Jeanne Swenson
Capt. Thomas W. Vilas, Jr
Greg Lyons, W.E. Lyons Construction Co.
Dr. John Weaver, Jr
Maureen Weingartner
Timothy White
Allan & Kitty Wilson
Frederick Wooster
James Wulfsberg
Kenneth & Catherine Zugar
Michael Savage Legal Fund
Preston Guillory Investigations
La Mesa Police Officers Association
San Francisco Police Officers Association
Stockton Police Officers Association
Piedmont Educational Foundation
SF Police Credit Union
Fremont Police Association
Service Champions
Patrick Richards, Christine Austin & Family
SCC Park Rangers Assocation, Inc

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