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Spring 2008 Newsletter

New Council Newsletter!

Welcome to the first edition of our on-line newsletter! In an effort to save paper and be more timely in our communications we will be sending newsletters in an electronic format going forward. Since our email lists are not complete, we encourage you to send this on to others who may be interested in receiving council news. We plan to continue sending one printed newsletter annually to every home in Piedmont—this newsletter will be mailed in the fall. In the meantime, if you have suggestions for improvements on our new format or news you want to hear, we’d love to hear about them—please contact us at Enjoy!

150 people attended the Awards Dinner to honor our adult volunteers.
150 people attended the Awards Dinner to honor our adult volunteers.

Council Honors Adult Volunteers at Awards Dinner, April 24, 2008

Some people are surprised to learn that the Piedmont Council serves more than a thousand youth each year. They are even more surprised to learn that we have 220 dedicated adult volunteers who deliver our great programs and these are just the individuals who are registered. Many more help in a myriad of ways. It is the adult volunteers, who almost unnoticed, deliver great Scouting programs to our youth. They do everything from driving kids on outings to teaching merit badges to leading hikes or serving as adult leaders. Once a year we come together to honor and thank all our volunteers and give special recognition to a few.

Here is a list of our very special honorees—please thank them when you see them!

Unit Volunteers: Each unit selects a “special” volunteer who has made extra effort on behalf of their Pack, Troop or Crew in the prior year—

Cub Scout Awards
Council Commissioner, Randy Litteneker, presents the Distinguished Scouter Awards for Cub Scouts to Reuben Rivera of Pack 4, Kelliane Lam of Pack 3 and Terri Burge of Pack 5.

Pack 3: Kelliane Lam- “is one of our most enthusiastic den leaders and also has been instrumental to Pack 3’s recruitment efforts. Thanks, Kelliane!” (Terri Ashton)

Pack 4: Reuben Rivera- “leads two Pack 4 Dens and is an enthusiastic Scout leader who is always willing to help.” (Erik Dryburgh, Cubmaster)

Pack 5: Terri Burge- “As a Den Leader for the last three years Terri has gracefully led the boys through their achievement awards, supported our recruitment program and tirelessly taken on many of the thankless tasks needed to operate a successful Pack. Thank you, Terri.” (Scott Willis, Cubmaster)

Pack 6: Brad Shaw- “is an outstanding member of our Scouting community in Pack 6, having served as Co-Den Leader for the past five years and taking part in all levels of activities. This year, he bridged with his son Andrew into Troop 6, where his experience as an Eagle Scout and his high level of enthusiasm for the program will be of great benefit to our Scouts. Congratulations Brad!” (Paul Orgeron, Cubmaster)

Boy Scout Awards
VP of Scouting, Vince Faughnan, presents the Distinguished Scouter Award for Boy Scouts to Mary Carter of Troop 11, Kathy Parker of Troop 4 and Ken Taylor of Troop 15.

Troop 1: Judy Levitan- “is being recognized by Troop 1 for her outstanding work as Advancement Chair: she is responsible for maintaining all records for Scout advancement, overseeing Scout advancement at the Boards of Review and assisting the annual Troop rechartering process. “ (Mike Bandrowski)

Troop 4: Kathy Parker- “is always the one who takes care of our organizational needs with such professionalism and with such a cheerful manner, I dread the time when she is no longer with the Troop. She’s one of those people who seems to be irreplaceable.” (Larry Kelley, Scoutmaster)

Troop 6: Michael Conn- “reenergized Troop 6 two years ago when he volunteered to be Scoutmaster. With two sons in the unit, he quickly immersed himself into Scouting and showed that great leaders don’t always get their start having been a Scout themselves, but by demonstrating the Scouting ideal of "Be of Service." (Brian Renner)

Troop 11: Mary Carter- “has organized and led all of our adult meetings, recruited all of the adult committee and attends most Troop outings and camp outs. She is truly an exemplary adult volunteer for Troop 11.” (Janet Labberton)

Troop 15: Ken Taylor- “an Assistant Scoutmaster and Quartermaster Adviser, has a keen interest in getting kids to discover how to lead and do things for themselves while staying subtly in the background. We are happy to recognize his committed work in these areas.” (Lonnie Simonson)

Venturing Awards
Venturing Awards presented to Sunny Holman (accepting the award for Andrew Williamson), Justin Morgan and Phil Caruthers (accepting award for Mary Williams).

Post 911: Justin Morgan- “has shown tireless dedication and commitment to the Piedmont Police Explorers. He commits to more meetings, trainings and competitions with the Explorers than any other officer in the program and constantly seeks ways to improve it, moving it forward and pushing the students to be the absolute best they can be.” (Catherine Carr)

Ship 16: Andrew Williamson (Lt. Cdr USCG) - “has worked with Piedmont’s Sea Scout unit "Ship 16" for several years and as Skipper for the past year and a half. He has reinvigorated the program, which had been inactive, through organizing regular meetings, arranging visits to US Coast Guard vessels and devoting tremendous effort toward refurbishing a donated Morgan 33’ Sloop, the main training platform for Ship 16.” (Kerry Hazelett)

Oakland Strokes: Mary Williams- “is completing two years as Co-President of the Oakland Strokes and has shown unusual aptitude and dedication in helping to lead and manage the organization.” (Frost Prioleau and Dan Herbert)

Program Events: Cubs, Scouts and Venturers participate in unit activities every week but a number of events are run by volunteers for the benefit of kids in all units. Council Commissioner Randy Litteneker took time to acknowledge the adults who participate in these activities and especially the following individuals who took leadership roles:

Ramon Rodriguez—Day Camp
Bill Bocheff and Arnie Abrams—Pinewood Derby
Tom Kinkaid—Bike Rodeo
Eric Mowat—July 4, Kazoo Band
Mark Dukas—Camporee
Rueben Rivera—Twilight Camp
Kevin Fischer—Order of the Arrow
Gary Hartsock—Engraving (lots of it!)
Al Sciamanna—Dedicated Council Volunteer

Fundraising: Membership fees paid by individuals go to the National Council so funds must be raised locally to support the Council Service Center (staff and administrative costs). The council provides training, technical support, answers questions, finds and provides resources to units, leaders, volunteers and youth. The cost of maintaining the Council Service Center in 2007 was $350,000. Money to operate the Council came from three major sources: Friends of Scouting—the annual campaign to which families and the community are asked to make a voluntary contribution; the tree lot which generates about $60,000 net income each year and the Endowment Fund whose income provided about 36% of the council’s operating budget in 2007. In addition, T-shirts at the July 4th Parade have net an average of $3000 in the several years that we have sold them. Here are some of the volunteers who have helped raised money to keep the council solvent and strong!

Friends of Scouting
Paul Raskin—Council Chairman
Tami Collins—Pack 3
Erik Dryburgh—Pack 4
Scott Willis—Pack 5
Paul Orgeron—Pack 6
John Campbell—Troop1
Frank Arthur—Troop 4
Brigid Roy—Troop 6
Evan Solley—Troop 11
Tarang Amin—Troop 15

Tree Lot Committee and Long Time Volunteers: Chris Lee, Ken Li, May Thomas, Grier Graff, Kevin Fischer and Al Sciamanna
General Managers: Brian Kelleher, Al Youn, Art Edmonds, Dale Radcliff and Greg Andreas

Endowment Fund
Brian Kelleher, Chairman and Committee Members: Dale Radcliff, Bob Coleman, Wes Smith, Carl Anderson, Dewey Watson and Founding Chairman, Jim Hoelter

T-Shirt SalesKen Li

Rockefeller Award
Jan Perkins, President of Area 3, presented the Winthrop Rockefeller Award to J. Robert Coleman, Jr.

Winthrop Rockefeller Award — J. Robert Coleman, Jr.
This award is made to a Scouting Volunteer who has provided visionary leadership through service and giving in leading their council on the path of financial sustainability. The honoree is a volunteer who has made a significant impact on the operating, capital and endowment needs of their local council. It is an individual who not only supports the council financially but also asks others to follow his or her example. As Endowment Chairman for several years, Bob Coleman was the leading force in raising it to its current level of more the $4 million. This feat has made a major impact on the Council’s ability to sustain itself well into the future!

Jacob Andreas receives Bill Peterson award from Al Youn.
Jacob Andreas receives the William R. Peterson award presented by Al Youn, Council Board member.

William R. Peterson Award for Leadership by Youth—Jacob Andreas
This award was established in 1999 to honor William R. Peterson, a lifelong Scouter, who passed away the prior year. Its purpose is to recognize a Piedmont Council youth, who through his or her leadership demonstrates the benefits of being a youth run organization. Jacob Andreas has served in numerous leadership positions in his Troop and as a member of Order of the Arrow. He has garnered many Scholastic honors and was recently selected by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to be one of 25 members of the first All-State Academic Team.

Scout to Scouter
Erik Dryburgh recieves the Scout to Scouter award presented by Rich Harms, 2006 recipient.

Harry M. Thomas Scout to Scouter Award—Erik Dryburgh
Harry Thomas was one of the first Piedmont Scouts in 1910 and served continuously until his death in 1964. In 1950 he established an annual award to be presented each year in recognition of services to Scouting and as a stimulant to other young men who had completed their Boy Scouting and then returned as an adult Scout leader. This year’s awardee, Erik Dryburgh exemplifies the spirit of this award. He served as a Pack 4 den leader for five years, and a year each as Assistant Cubmaster and Cubmaster. In addition and concurrently, he has served as the Treasurer for Troop 15. Erik’s good turns go way beyond Scouting. He has also provided Pro Bono legal counsel to a lot of community youth organizations which include: Beach Parents Organization, Piedmont Educational Foundation, Piedmont Basketball Foundation, Piedmont Youth Soccer Club, Jack London Youth Soccer Sports League and Skyline Lacrosse Club.

Sid Singer
PHS Principal, Randy Booker (left) and Anne-Marie Lamarche (right) present the Sidney C. Singer Award to John White (center).

Sidney C. Singer Service Award—John R. White
This award was established in 1986 in honor of longtime Scouter, Sidney C. Singer, Jr. It is made to a citizen of Piedmont who has performed outstanding service to youth in the community, either in or outside of the Scouting program. This year’s award went to John White who has actively served Piedmont Community youth through his involvement with Piedmont High School Boosters, Piedmont Community Church and an important role in last year’s staging of “Every 15 Minutes,” a program to educate high school-aged kids on the dangers of drinking and driving. For John White’s comments on his award, look to the end of this article.

Award of Merit
Randy Litteneker (center) is congratulated by Chris Lee and Jo Hazelett for receiving the Award of Merit.

Award of Merit —Rich Harms and Randy Litteneker
The Award of Merit is presented by the Council to Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature at the Council level. This year the two awardees were Rich Harms and Randy Litteneker. Rich served as served as Scoutmaster of Troop 1 fro many years after his Eagle Scout son graduated from high school. In addition, he is leading his third trek to Philmont this summer and he also serves as the Eagle Project review person for the council. Randy Litteneker is currently the Council Commissioner and in addition to his Troop and Order of the Arrow activities, is active as Wood Badge staff. Both Rich and Randy are Eagle Scouts.

Silver Beaver 1
Ken Li (far right) proudly shares his Silver Beaver Award with his daughter Lindsay and his wife Valerie Ng.

Silver Beaver — Ken Li
This final and important award is made to men and women for noteworthy service of an exceptional character to youth by registered Scouters, upon recommendation of the local council, and approval of the Executive Board of the National Council, Boy Scouts of America. It is the highest honor a local council may bestow. In 1926, the first Silver Beaver was presented to Lord Baden Powell. Since that time the Piedmont Council has presented this honor to 85 people.

Ken Li
Ken Li’s Silver Beaver award was presented to him by Greg Andreas, last year’s recipient.

This year the Awards Committee selected Ken Li to receive the Silver Beaver. Ken, never a Scout himself, jumped in with both feet when his son Nicholas joined Cub Scouts about 10 years ago. As Nicholas grew up, Ken has done everything from chairing popcorn sales for his Cub Pack; getting our annual T-shirt fundraiser off the ground; participating in Wood Badge and serving as an Assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 11. But this was not enough for Ken. In the past several years as Vice President for Venturing, Ken provided the spark to launch two new units (Community Service and Fencing) and provided support and guidance to most of our other Venturing units. Ken has been the guiding force behind the success and strengthening of these units and has made a substantial impact on the program. If any of you know Ken, you have probably been asked to help in some way!

The dinner, attended by 150 people was chaired by Judy Rosenberg and flowers were arranged by Lynn Fischer. The dinner is not a fundraiser and we are grateful to those who helped keep our costs down by providing underwriting: Andy Ball, Dr. Bradley Irving, Dr. and Mrs. Straty Righellis, Maureen Kennedy and Sunny Piedmont Cleaners and Thornhill Pet Hospital. In addition, Piedmont Grocery and Village Market each donated a case of wine. The awards were engraved by Gary Hartsock.

We are very fortunate to have so many wonderful and dedicated people who give so much to make this Council great!

John White
Piedmont Council’s Executive Director, Jo Hazelett with John White.

Remarks by John White (Sid Singer Awardee)

“I was taken completely by surprise when Anne-Marie called me to say that I was to receive the Sid Singer Award from the Piedmont Boy Scout Council.
Frankly, I don’t think what I do is that big a deal.

“But the opportunity to recognize the great work that happens with youth in this town, now that’s special and that’s really why we’re here. It’s especially meaningful this year because two of our own children, Miranda and Riely, are graduating in June and I love being recognized at the same time that they and their friends are coming of age and moving on. It’s great to be part of the Class of 2008.

“The fact that this recognition comes from the Boy Scouts is very, very meaningful to me. When I was growing up a million years ago in Cincinnati, Ohio one of the best experiences in my youth was being an active member of Troop 149. We did a ton of camping, including two trips to Philmont, which introduced me to the West. As a matter of fact, my mother believes that part of the reason I settled in California was the opening of my vistas with those Scout trips to Philmont, and she’s probably right.

“But the other aspect of Scouting that was so influential to me was our Scoutmaster, Jim Moffett. He was truly a lovely man who was patient, and fun, and respected us all. It was his passion for the outdoors that made ours a camping troop and he carried it off with such a sense of style that his nickname was Gentleman Jim—made even more remarkable given the fact that it was me and all the other wild and wooly youth he was leading into the wilderness. Be we loved the experience, and we loved him, and I think we all knew he loved us.

“If there’s one person I’d like to dedicate this Sid Singer Award to it would be Jim Moffett. And if there’s one person who has taught me how satisfying and fulfilling it is to spend extended time with our youth, it would also be Jim Moffett. In this small town of Piedmont we are unbelievably blessed to have our young people growing up close at hand. In these uncertain times there is nothing I believe in more that these fine boys and girls who are our future. I would like to recognize them, and all the other adults like myself who are fortunate enough to have a hand in making that promise come true.”

Cub Family and Resident Camp—Sign-Up Now!

Calling all Cub families! Have some good ol’ family fun this summer at the second annual Family Camp, July 24-27 at Camp Cutter in Santa Cruz! Parents, Cubs and siblings are invited to join us for archery, canoeing, hiking, crafts and much, much more! Download the registration form at and contact Jason with any questions: 547-4493 or

Boy Scouts and Venturers—We Want You at Family Camp!

Looking to make some extra cash this summer while having fun? Well, look no further than the Cub Family Camp, July 24-27 at Camp Cutter in Santa Cruz, described above! The activity stations (archery, canoeing, etc.) will be staffed by Boy Scouts and Venturers from the Piedmont and Alameda Councils, so we need you! 14 and 15 year olds get service hours, while those 16 and older earn $8.00/hour. For more information or if you’d like to sign-up, please contact Jason at or 547-4493.

Cooking Crew—Adult Volunteers Needed!

We’re excited about the launching of our newest Venturing unit, a Cooking Crew! Before we start churning out gourmet feasts and forging the next Bobby Flays and Rachel Rays, though, we need a few Piedmont adults to help advise the unit. If you have some verve and élan in the kitchen and are interested in interacting with high school students, please let us know! The time commitment can be as low as 2 hours a month. If you’d like more information or would like to get involved, contact Jason at or 547-4493. Bam!

A Summer of Fun with the Piedmont Council!

While the school year is filled with action-packed Scouting trips, the fun really begins in the summer! Join us for one or more of these epic events! For more details, please see our website:

Highlander Hike Botanical Gardens
In March our Highlander Hikers visited the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens.

June 7th: Highlander Hike @ Tilden
June 15th-21st: Brownsea National Youth Leadership Training for Boy Scouts
June 21st: Community Service Crew Hot Lunch @ St. Mark’s Church in Berkeley
June 22nd-28th: Troop 4 Summer Camp
June 22nd-28th: Troop 15 Summer Camp
June 23rd-27th: Cub Day Camp @ Dracena Park
July 4th: Cub Scout Kazoo Band in the Piedmont 4th of July Parade
July 6th-12th: Troop 6 Summer Camp
July 6th-12th: Troop 11 Summer Camp
July 12th-14th; 19th-21st: John Muir National Youth Leadership Training for Boy Scouts
July 19th: Community Service Crew Hot Lunch @ St. Mark’s Church in Berkeley
July 20th-26th: Troop 1 Summer Camp
July 24th-27th: Cub Family Camp @ Camp Cutter in Santa Cruz
July 27th-August 8th: Boy Scout Excursion to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico
August 3rd-12th: Community Service Crew Trip to Costa Rica

Recruitment All Year Long!

While most Packs, Troops and Crews hold recruitment events in the spring and fall, youth can join anytime throughout the year! Whether you’re a Boy Scout interested in a Venturing unit such as the Fencing Crew or the Oakland Strokes rowing team or you have a friend who is considering joining Boy Scouting (you need not have been a Cub in order to join Boy Scouts!), check out our wonderful programs this summer! What better time than now, with no homework or school to keep one occupied?

Sea Scouts Sailing into Adventures Galore!

Piedmont’s newly reinvigorated Sea Scouts program has had an eventful and glorious year! Avid sailor Martin Thomas recently joined the adult leadership as the Assistant Skipper, the group got new sails for their 30 foot Morgan sloop—the “Revenge”—and are now ready to start sailing the ocean blue. Under the able leadership of Skipper Andrew Williamson and a great group of adult leaders, the Sea Scouts are truly charting a new course.

Bike Rodeo a Smashing Success!

One of the highlights of the Cub Scout year, the Bike Rodeo again provided a fun and informative day for Piedmont elementary school families. Held at Beach Elementary School for the second consecutive year, 150 kids and parents came to learn safety tips and even conquer a daunting obstacle course! The event was jointly organized by the Piedmont Police Department, whose high school Police Explorers ran the event along with members from the UC Berkeley co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, and the Piedmont Council. Much thanks to our generous sponsors Dreyer’s, Mulberry’s Market, Safeway and Wheels of Justice!

Boy Scout Camporee—May 16-18!

This year’s “Island Adventure” Camporee, the veritable Olympics of Boy Scouting, will be held this weekend at nearby Bort Meadows in Anthony Chabot Regional Park. Scouts from Piedmont’s five Troops- plus a patrol of 4th grade Webelos- will compete in a medley of events while Scoutmaster Roger Eliassen and other adult leaders oversee the cooking of an 80-100 lb. pig for an epic luau! For more information please visit If you’d like to attend as a guest, you must RSVP with Jason Zeledon at 547-4493 or

Eagle’s Nest

Congratulations and welcome to our new Eagle Scouts! The Council now boasts 1038 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

Kevin Renner

Troop:  6
Years in Scouting: 11 years
High School/Year of Graduation: St. Mary’s College High School 2009
Recognitions: Den Chief, Patrol Leader, Quartermaster, National Jamboree, Parvuli Dei and Ad Altare Dei Religious Awards, Order of the Arrow; Honor Roll, National Merit Society, Athlete Award, JV Football & Varsity Tennis, Scholar Athlete; North Coast Section, CIF Distinguished Scholastic Team
Hours and Project Information: 178 hours
Power washed and stained existing fences. Designed and organized the construction and staining of two additional redwood fences with gates.
Comments about Scouting Experience: “In Scouts you don’t just learn how to tie knots and make fires. You learn things of far more importance. You learn friendship, leadership, confidence. You learn not just to lead as SPL, but how to lead by example. You learn to be confident in your decisions and how you handle prickly situations.”
Scoutmaster’s Comments: “His strongest attributes are working with younger Scouts, teaching and leading.”

Andrew Harvey ES

Andrew Harvey

Troop: 11
Years in Scouting: 11 years
High School/Year of Graduation: Piedmont High School/2008
Recognitions: Den Chief, Patrol Leader, Bugler, Instructor, Order of the Arrow Troop Rep and Vice Chief for Finance, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader; 2nd Place PHS Science Fair, PHS Honor Society, CIF Scholar Athlete, Varsity Water Polo and Tennis, PHS Band and Jazz Band, UC Berkeley Academic Talent Development Program.
Hours and Project Information: 149 hours
Developed and organized the painting of a miniature roadway for tricycles at Unity Council Head Start School in the Fruitvale area of Oakland.
Comments about Scouting Experience: “... in general, improved my life vastly by both improving my skills of camping and other everyday life skills as well as letting me have loads of fun on campouts and the meetings...”
Scoutmaster’s Comments: “Andrew is dependable, reliable, friendly, personable, intelligent, responsible and good with adults.”

Alex Guidici ES

Alexander Guidici

Troop: 1
Years in Scouting: 10 years
High School/Year of Graduation: Piedmont High School 2007
Recognitions:  Den Leader and Senior Patrol Leader for Day Camp, Patrol Leader, Chaplains Aide, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Brownsea Leader; Rugby, Sailing Race Team, 4 Year Varsity Water Polo, and Youth Bagpipe Band Pipe Major.
Hours and Project Information: 100 hours
Planned and coordinated the construction of a 3-bin wood and wire stationary compost box for Whittier Elementary School in Oakland.
Comments about Scouting Experience: “The years in Scouting have given me the ability to lead a group, whether I know the members or not. Such leadership has raised my comfort with responsibility, and has flooded into other areas of my life.”

Andy VanSlyke ES

Andy Van Slyke

Troop: 11
Years in Scouting: 10 years
High School/Year of Graduation: Piedmont High School 2008
Recognitions: Patrol Leader, Cub Scout Camp Counselor, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Brotherhood Member in the Order of the Arrow, Oakland Strokes Crew, Gold Medal, Long Beach Competition.
Hours and Project Information: 97 hours
Planned and coordinated the painting of numbers and letters in the playground of Nielsen Elementary School in Dublin. The project is designed to introduce the younger children to letters and numbers in a fun and constructive environment.”
Comments about Scouting Experience: “Looking back over all of my Scouting experiences I am glad that I have been a part of it and feel that what I have learned will help me for the rest of my life. I am very glad that I have gone down the trail to Eagle.”
Scoutmaster’s Comments: “has a friendly, affable nature, good sense of humor and is impervious to cold weather.”

Jeff Kalmon Jr ES

Jeffry Kalmon II

Troop: 6
Years in Scouting: 5 years
High School/Year of Graduation: St. Mary’s College High School 2008
Recognitions: Quartermaster, Scribe, Chaplain’s Aide, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Ordeal Member, Order of the Arrow, Ad Altare Dei Award; Football and Lacrosse, Youth Ministry Music Leader.
Hours and Project Information: 109 hours
Planned and coordinated the construction of a new storage system at Dimond Recreation Center, which included patching, priming, and painting the areas around the storage.
Comments about Scouting Experience: “(Scouting) taught me discipline and life skills which I will use all my life. Scouting strengthened my leadership skills and made me a more solid individual.”
Scoutmaster’s Comments: “Jeffry has a remarkable level of enthusiasm. He finds ways to make things fun. He is engaging and charismatic. He is a very nice kid.”


Christopher Bishop

Troop: 11

Years in Scouting: 12 years
High School/Year of Graduation: Bentley School 2008
Recognitions: Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, Brotherhood Member of the Order of the Arrow; Student Ambassador, Director’s List (9,10,11), AP Scholar w/Honors, Aquila Art and Literary Journal, Tennis, Soccer, Varsity Cross Country and Coaches Award.
Hours and Project Information: 149 hours
Planned and coordinated the construction of a wooden storage shed to hold emergency supplies for Zion Lutheran Church and School.
Comments about Scouting Experience: “In Boy Scouts, I learned how to lead others….By the time I finished as Senior Patrol Leader, I realized that leadership requires preparation, delegation and respect.”
Scoutmaster’s Comments: “Chris’ strongest attributes are his calm, steady personality, sense of humor and easy-going manner.”

Bryce Chu ES

Bryce Chu

Troop: 15

Years in Scouting: 11 years
High School/Year of Graduation: Piedmont High School 2008
Recognitions: Librarian, Quartermaster, Troop Guide, Day Camp Staff , World Scout Jamboree Patrol Leader, Camporee Planning Committee; Asian Student Union, Honor Society, Varsity Baseball, Co-Captain Varsity Football and First Team All League Football and Baseball.
Hours and Project Information: 134 hours
Planned and coordinated the construction of a 16’ x 17’ area patio in the East Bay Regional Park District’s Tilden Little Farm.
Comments about Scouting Experience: “I have learned to become a leader….I have learned to be a role model, to have a positive attitude, and to be a good communicator. All of these social skills will benefit me as an adult.”
Scoutmaster’s Comments: “Once he starts something he does the best possible.”

Kevin Clark ES

Kevin Clark

Troop: 15
Years in Scouting: 12 years
High School/Year of Graduation: Piedmont High School 2008
Recognitions: Den Chief, Day Camp Staff, Quartermaster, Chaplains Aide, Patrol Advisor, Sea Scout Boatswain and Mate. Vigil Honor Order of the Arrow and Lodge Chief, Founder’s Day Award; Football, Tennis and Rugby, Scholar Athlete Tennis and Football and Tennis Team Captain
Hours and Project Information: 139 hours
Planned and coordinated construction of a wall ball board and two soccer goals for Rosa Parks Elementary School in Berkeley.
Comments about Scouting Experience: “Boy Scouts has provided nothing but fun and learning experiences for me. I have learned great leadership skill, countless life lessons and above all made many new friends.”
Scoutmaster’s Comments: “(Kevin’s strongest attributes are) his willingness and good disposition toward all aspects of life.”

Jason Silver ES

Jason Silver

Troop: 15
Years in Scouting: 12 years
High School/Year of Graduation: Piedmont High School 2008
Recognitions:  Den Chief, Librarian, Patrol Leader, Troop Guide, Brotherhood Member Order of the Arrow; Lacrosse and Soccer, Honors Society, Scholar Athlete, Community Service Award     
Hours and Project Information: 153 hours
Planned and coordinated the building of two A-frame picnic tables, and a new brick wall near the northwest corner of the Piedmont Recreation Department.
Comments about Scouting Experience: “Being an Eagle Scout, I will look back to the Scout law to guide my future decisions as they have instilled in me principles of trust, loyalty, helpfulness and respect.”
Scoutmaster’s Comments: “He has a positive, friendly manner. He is completely trustworthy.”

Conclave 1
Bonnie Gaither and Dale Radcliff (seated), Kevin Fischer (background).

The Conclave, by Jim Weber

This year, Piedmont’s Order of the Arrow Lodge, Hungteetsepoppi, had the honor of hosting the annual Section W3A Conclave at Coast Guard Island near Alameda.

Hungteetsepoppi is one of the eight local lodges of Section W3A, which stretches from Monterey Bay to Napa. Once a year, the eight local lodges gather for a weekend of training, competitions, shows, fellowship and fun, with typically over 300 members attending.

Since holding the Conclave at Coast Guard Island allowed us access to their facilities, some of the most memorable events were the tours of Cutters Sherman and Morgenthau, an eventful search and rescue demonstration with a helicopter, and a strike team demonstration.

Conclave 2
Kellan Turner, Jim Weber and Kevin Fischer.

32 Members from the host lodge, Hungteetsepoppi, attended and used their superiority at athletics to dominate many of the sporting events. This year, Hungteetsepoppi Lodge won the "Most Indian" lodge award while losing the main Conclave Award to Miwok.

In attendance at this Conclave were the 2008 National Vice-Chief Ben Stilwill, and 2007 National Chief Evan Chaffee. Also, Lodge Adviser Kevin Fischer will be assuming the roll as Associate Section Adviser.

The next time Hungteetsepoppi will host the conclave will be in 2015, so get ready for 7 years of dominating other lodges on their home turf!

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Criminal Background Checks Now Required for all Scout Volunteers

As dedicated BSA volunteers, you understand the importance of keeping our youth safe in the Scouting program. To ensure Youth Protection, our organization has conducted criminal background checks on all new volunteers since April 2003. Because some volunteers have been continually registered in the program since before April 2003, some have not had a criminal background check. In the next few months, we will be communicating with those volunteers on this issue. The letter will explain the need for consent to conduct a criminal background check and direct volunteers to a Web site.

The letter with the Web site information is scheduled to be mailed by June 2, 2008. The Web site address is, and the site will be active from June 1 until August 1, 2008. On the site, volunteers will be asked to review an authorization statement, agree to consent to a background check, and provide information, such as your Social Security number, which is necessary to conduct the CBC, and verify and submit the information.

To learn more about the Volunteers and Background Checks program, click here.

Contributions to the Friends of Scouting Campaign 2007-2008


Mr. Billy Allen
Ms. Paula Althoff
Mr. Jack Anderson
Mr. Frank Anderson
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bailey-Gates
Mr. and Mrs. James Bangert
Ms. Karen Barbieri
Mr. & Mrs. Fred Barnes
Mr. James Barnes
Mr. and Mrs. John Bates
Mr Bradley Bredemann
Mr. John Bryan
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Buttner
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Cadenasso
Dr. and Mrs. Revels Michael Cayton
Mr. George Chambers
Mr. Peter Cole
Mr. Charles Coon
Mr. and Mrs. L. Dale Crandall
Mr. Sheldon Crandall
Mr. Norman Davis
Mr. and Mrs. Troy Davis
Mr. and Mrs. John Dittoe
Mr. and Mrs. Vivian Dorsch
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dunham
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Egawa
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ellis
Mr. J. Eppler
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Felder
Cdr. Hugh Finley
Mr. and Mrs. William Fraley
Dr. and Mrs. Oscar Frick
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gerken
Mr. and Mrs. Doug Gillespie
Ms. Marella Guigou
Mr. Ross Hambly
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Hansen
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Hayes
Mr. and Mrs. George Heath Jr
Dr. and Mrs. John Hege
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Heilbron
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Henn
Mr. and Mrs. William Henshaw
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Herbert
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hill
Ms. Marie Hogan
Mr. and Mrs. Grant Hunt
Ms. Velma Jarvis
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Jepsen
Mr. and Mrs. Dean Johnson
Mr. and Mrs. Vaughan Jones
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kenny
Mr. and Mrs. Dade King
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kohne
Mr. and Mrs. George Krusi
Mr. and Mrs. Louise Linford
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Locktov
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lombardi
Lt. Col. Ralph Love Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lowry
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lowry
Mr. and Mrs. Gene Maloney
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth McKean
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin McKeown
Mr. and Mrs. John Mead
Ms. Jean Mitchell
Ms. Eleanor Moore
Ms. Caralee Morris
Mr. and Mrs. William Nevin
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Plock
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Pritchard
Mr. & Mrs. Edward Purcell
Mr. & Mrs. Jon Reynolds
Mr. & Mrs. Drew Robarts
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Rosen
Mrs. Edward Rowe
Dr. and Mrs. James Sakamoto
Mr. William Sheaf
Mrs. John Shuman
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Smegal
Mr. and Mrs. James Soper
Dr. and Mrs. Jack Stehr
Mr. John Sullivan
Mr. and Mrs. C. Z. F. Sutton
Ms. Clara Ann Tennis
Mrs. Janet Towler
Ms. Marilyn Tracy
Mr. and Mrs. John Tsoi
Mr. and Mrs. James Wieking
Ms. Virginia Wildman
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Wong
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Woods


S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
Lakeside Foundation


Ackerman’s Servicing Volvos, Inc.
Tulloch Construction, Inc

Matching Gifts

Applied Materials
Bank of America Matching Gifts Program
Chevron Texaco Employees’ "People Making a Difference" Campaign
The Clorox Company Foundation Employee Giving Campaign

Pack 3

Mr. Thomas Andreoni & Ms. Karen Stanton
Mr. and Mrs. James Baack
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Baker
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Becker
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Christiansen
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Collins
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Crowley Jr
Mr. Don Eidam & Ms. Ellie Campbell
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Filler
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Ford
Mr. and Mrs. Arnie Gutlaizer
Mr. and Mrs. John Hanke
Mr. and Mrs. James Harrison
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Heckmann
Mr. Paul Kuroda & Dr. Janine Hirata
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Lalli
Mr. Garrick Lew & Ms. Diane Hiura
Dr. Terrence Liu & Ms. Eileen Consorti
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Lymburn
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Martinez
Mr. Richard Meyers & Ms. Wilma Wallace
Mr. and Mrs. Guy Orban
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Perkocha
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Rose
Mr. and Mrs. Justin Rosenthal
Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Sacay Jr
Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Max Stern
Mr. and Mrs. Adam Thacher
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Valen
Mr. Christopher Van Gundy & Ms. Linda Chung
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Winn
Mr. and Mrs. George Zimmer

Pack 4

Mr. Robert Andrews & Ms. Karen Bormann
Mr. Donald Ashburn & Ms.Margaret Ovenden
Mr. Michael Blake Sr
Mr. and Mrs. William Bocheff
Mr. Edwin Callahan & Ms. Dulcy Wolverton
Mr. Andrew Champion
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Chin
Mr. and Mrs. Stephan Dean
Mr. and Mrs. Erik Dryburgh
Mr. and Mrs. CheeKeong Lin
Mr. and Mrs. Andre Madeira
Mr. and Mrs. Tai Tam

Pack 5

Mr. and Mrs. Eric Bentley
Mr. and Mrs. Allen Bouch
Mr. and Mrs. Glyn Burge
Mr. and Mrs. James Bushnell
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Downey
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Lichens
Ms. Frannie Mok
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Pellegrini
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Porter
Mr. and Mrs. Todd Reynolds
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Rogers
Ms. Michelle Roos
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Sharman
Mr. and Mrs. Drew Singer
Mr. Clifford Wang
Mr. and Mrs. Kelly Wiesbrock
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Willis

Pack 6

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Crosby
Mr. Thomas Elmendorf & Ms. Kathleen Rousseau
Mr.and Mrs. Donald Gray
Mr.and Mrs. James Lennon
Mr.and Mrs. Paul Meyer
Mr.and Mrs. William Murphy
Mr.and Mrs. Erik Okada
Mr.and Mrs. Celso Perez
Mr.and Mrs. Matthew Szuhaj Sr
Mr.and Mrs. Sean Walsh Sr
Mr.and Mrs. Frank Zelinka

Troop 1

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Adams
Ms. Barbara Addleman
Mr. Michael Bandrowski & Ms. Renee Scott
Mr. and Mrs. Roderick Brown
Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell Bublitz
Mr. and Mrs. John Campbell
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Fishel
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Freeman
Mr. and Mrs. David Fullerton
Mr. Jay Gorud & Ms. Jan Howland
Mr. and Mrs. L. Randolph Harris
Mr. Gregg Hauser & Dr. Judy O’Young
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Hernandez
Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Lam
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Marshak
Mr. and Mrs. Seamus Meagher
Mr. Anthony Mirante
Mr. & Mrs. Jan Olsen
Mr. and Mrs. Greg Pike
Mr. Francis Ryan & Ms. Judith Levitan
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Savidge
Mr. Todd Sotkiewicz & Ms. Mary Margaret Sinnema
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sweeney Sr
Mr. and Mrs. Terry Watson

Troop 4

Mr. Frank Arthur & Ms. Eileen Ash
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Cardoza
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Cohen
Mr. and Mrs. Pete Docter
Mr. and Mrs. Bob McBain
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mead
Dr. and Mrs. George Rutherford
Mr. Roger Strauch & Dr. Julie Kulhanjian
Dr. and Mrs. Peter Sun

Troop 6

Ms. Dianne Crosby
Mr. Jeffrey Green & Ms. Pat Dombrink
Mr. and Mrs. James Hager
Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Holl
Mr. and Mrs. John Hyland
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffry Kalmon
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Nolan
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Orgeron
Mr. and Mrs. David Roy
Ms. Catherine Stearns
Ms. Dani Tucker
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Woelffer
Hon. and Mrs. Pat Zika

Troop 11

Mr. Greg Andreas & Ms. Judith Rosenberg
Mr. Frank Arthur & Ms. Elieen Ash
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bishop
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Bleich
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Carter
Mr. and Mrs. Massimiliano Chiodo
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Collins
Dr. and Mrs. Scott Corvin
Mr. and Mrs. David DaSilva
Mr. and Mrs. David De Roche
Mr. and Mrs. Steven DeBacker
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Dukas
Mr. and Mrs. Vince Faughnan
Mr. G Fletcher
Mr. Richard Granberg & Ms. Anita Stapen
Mr. Peter Harvey & Ms. Prudence Ashley
Ms. Mary Heller
Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Jacobs
Mr. Conrad Alt & Ms. Maureen Kennedy
Mr. and Mrs. John Kerley
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Labberton
Mr. Gary Lee & Ms. Lisa Oyama
Mr. Ken Li & Ms. Valerie Ng
Mr. and Mrs. Randy Litteneker
Mr. and Mrs. Nick McCully
Mr. and Mrs. Mark McKeen
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Meyersieck
Mr. Derrick Palmer & Ms. Cary Robnett
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Raskin
Mr. and Mrs. Justin Rosenthal
Mr. Jay Sloan & Ms. Sasha Match
Mr. and Mrs. Evan Solley
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Soper
Mr. Richard Turney & Ms. Lisa Kieraldo
Ms. Christy VanSlyke
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Walker
Mr. Clifford Wang
Mr. and Mrs. Wai Wong
Mr. and Mrs. James Yeh

Troop 15

Mr. and Mrs. Tarang Amin
Mr. Thomas Andreoni & Ms. Karen Stanton
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Barker
Mr. and Mrs. John Chiang
Mr. & Mrs. Lincoln Chu
Mr. Rick Clark & Ms. Patty Reed
Mr. Grant Crossen & Ms. Melissa Wenters
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Drake
Mr. and Mrs. Erik Dryburgh
Mr. and Mrs. William Essert
Mr. and Mrs. Hal Feiger
Mr. Peter Fetterolf & Ms. Jennifer Nixon
Mr Thomas Gandesbery
Mr. Jim Gay & Ms. Mary Liz Wardlaw
Mr. and Mrs. James Horner
Mr. and Mrs. William Howard
Mr. Mark Menke & Ms. Anne-Marie Lamarche
Mr. and Mrs. James Musbach
Ms. Virginia Preston
Mr. David G. Riker & Ms. Rosie Newhall
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Rogers
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Schofield
Mr. and Mrs. Osman Sezgen
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Sieben
Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Silver
Ms. Catherine Stasio
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Turner
Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Walters lll
Mr. and Mrs. Terry Watson
Mr. and Mrs. John White
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Yoder

Oakland Strokes—Crews 8 & 9

Mr. and Mrs. H. Frost Prioleau

Community Service—Crew 22

Mr. Ken Li and Ms. Valerie Ng

Fencing—Crew 21

Mr. Ken Li and Ms. Valerie Ng

Ship 16

Mr. and Mrs. Kerry Hazelett
Mr. Ken Li & Ms. Valerie Ng

Police Explorers—Post 911

Mr. and Mrs. Chung-Yiu Lam

Executive Board

Mr. & Mrs. Tarang Amin
Mr. Gregory Andreas & Ms. Judith Rosenberg
Mr. & Mrs. Gary Barker
Mr. & Mrs. John Campbell
Mr. Rick Clark & Ms. Patty Reed
Mr. & Mrs. J. Robert Coleman Jr
Mr. Richard Eigenbrode & Ms. Pat Nicholas
Mr. & Mrs. Roger Eliassen
Mr. & Mrs. Vincent Faughnan
Mr. & Mrs. Abe Friedman
Mr. & Mrs. Dick Gaither
Mr. & Mrs. Brian Kelleher
Ms. Maureen Kennedy & Mr. Conrad Alt
Mr. & Mrs. Chris Lee
Mr. Ken Li & Ms. Valerie Ng
Mr. & Mrs. Randy Litteneker
Mr. & Mrs. William Molmen
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Orgeron
Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Pike
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Raskin
Chief Lisa Ravazza
Mr. & Mrs. David Roy
Mr. Roger Strauch & Dr. Julie Kulhanjian
Mr. & Mrs. David Sweet
Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Tai
Hon. & Mrs. Patrick Zika

Advisory Board

Hon. & Mrs. Carl Anderson
Mrs. Rosamond Castle
Mr. and Mrs. Robert McCreary III
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Radcliff
Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Smith

Members at Large

Mr. and Mrs. William Ashton
Dr. Fred Byl
Ms. Barbara Cox
Dr. and Mrs. Jay Hann III
Mr. James Meagher Sr
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Prindle
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Singer
Mr. and Mrs. Ian Turner
Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Wooster


Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Fischer
Mr. & Mrs. Kerry Hazelett
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Mayer
Mr. Yuki Ikeda & Ms. Linda Tu
Mr. and Mrs. Jason Zeledon

Tree Lot Underwriting

Bay Alarm
Elizabeth Dalrymple
State Farm Insurance

Gifts Made in Honor of an Individual

Eagle Scout, Christopher Bishop
Todd Sotkiewicz & Mary Margaret Sinnema

Bill & Mike Carter
James C. Bangert

Eagle Scout, Bryce Chu
Peter Craigie & Conna McCarthy

Eagle Scout, Kieran Craigie
Rick Clark & Patty Reed
The Lamarche/Menke Family

Eagle Scout, Chris Gorud
Jay Gorud & Jan Howland

Burr Faughnan, Troop 11
James & Suzanne Soper

Eagle Scout, John Fullerton
Barbieri Family

Silver Beaver, Ken Li
Lawrence & Patricia Siskind

Gifts Made in Lieu of Flowers were Received in Memory of The Following Individuals

Francisco Arizer
Janet & Sheldon Crandall

Ina Burrows
Velma & Allen Jarvis

Mr. & Mrs. Bill Cronk, Jr
Doug & Melinda Gillespie

William "Bill" D. Dabney
H.C and C.W. Hansen

William W. Sheaff
Marilyn Tracy

Charles H. Guigou
Marella R. Guigou

Kenneth Miller
Rowe Family

William B. Mitchell
Jean B. Mitchell

Arthur Wyman Procter
Jane & John Branigan
John B. Corcoran
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dunham
Nigel & Kimberley Ekern
Larry Gage
Winnie W. Huang
Frederick Kolbe
Jane Randall Charles & Anne Smith
Artemis P. Willis
Mary G. Wilson
Carolyn Wyckoff

Edward H. Rowe
Mrs. Edward Rowe

Mr. John Robert Shuman
Mrs. John Robert Shuman

Troop 2 (1948-1955 era)
Richard S. Lowry, Eagle 1952

Dr. George Smith
Paul Mayer

Robert F. Wildman
Virginia P. Wildman

Switch-back Scout Pants Buy One-Get One Offer

The Scout Shop has alerted us to an exceptional offer through May 15 only—two sets of pants for $40. You can find the specific information for this great deal on at the link below. Don’t miss this opportunity for these nylon zip-away Scout pants for the summer. This is an excellent opportunity for new Scouts. Think about your growing boys; you can buy his exact size now, and one size up for next year. You could even buy him one and one for your husband. Don’t wait; the offer expires on May 15. Don’t forget to use the Promo Code: S36822.

REI Discounts

REI offers a 10% discount off most regularly priced items to Scout Troops. There is no minimum purchase to obtain the discount and they may offer deeper discounts on larger orders. They also offer personalization on many items for an additional fee. If you need a bid or quote before you purchase you can access REI’s online bid system at

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