Glad to meet you all!

Mark Robak here and I had my first meeting last night as the new Heartland District Chair.

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Heartland covers a large area in East San Diego County, including: Alpine, Blossom Valley, Bostonia, Boulevard, Campo, Casa De Oro, Crest, Descanso, Dehesa, Dulzura, El Cajon, Eucalyptus Hills, Fletcher Hills, Flynn Springs, Granite Hills, Guatay, Harbison Canyon, Im-Ko-Pa, Jamul, Lakeside, Lemon Grove, Pine Valley, Rancho San Diego, Santee, Spring Valley, Steel Canyon and Winter Gardens and includes all or part of the following zip codes: 91901, 91903, 91905, 91916, 91917, 91931, 91934, 91935, 91945, 91946, 91963, 91976, 91977, 91978, 91980, 91987, 91990, 92019, 92020, 92021, 92022, 92040, 92071, 92072, and 92090. You can see a District map with the units here.

I was really impressed with the level of dedication of the volunteers and how many were also involved in the leadership of our council, San Diego-Imperial Council.

Talked about membership and how to get especially more Tiger Scouts, which we are down in numbers year over year.  Discussed how we might go about getting more flyers into the local elementary schools.

In terms of programs, we talked about the upcoming District Camporee and some other possible ideas for locations for it.  Also, that a number of our District leaders would be involved in running the upcoming Wood Badge training at Mataguay Scout Ranch for 2015.

Our District Executive, James Lennon talked about the results of the popcorn sales.  The sales did well and we should have the final numbers shortly once the on-line sales are accounted for.

We also kicked off the Friends of Scouting for next year.  James handed out pledge cards and mentioned we always start with the leadership.

Eric Westphall, who is the District Chair for the Scout Fair Coupon Books discussed ways of getting more East County businesses in the book for next year.

I will be heading up a District effort to have Heartland Scouts march in the Mother Goose Parade on November 23rd.  If you want to be there plan on a window from roughly 8am to 12pm.  You can email me with any questions.

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The next District Committee meeting is December 4th at 7pm at Cafe 67.

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Merry Christmas!

Yes, we can still say it, Merry Christmas!  Remember the last point of the Scout Law, being Reverent.  Some synonyms for reverent are “adore, deify, glorify, revere, worship, venerate”.

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A little background on the word Christmas is from the Middle English Christemasse, from Old English Cristes mæsse, literally, Christ’s mass.  It’s first known use was  before the 12th century.

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JFK and Boy Scouts

One of my favorite photos of JFK with a Boy Scout http://bit.ly/19OzPhc on this 50th anniversary of his death. #JFK #BSA #Troop362ElCajon

JFK meets a Star Scout

Also lots of other great photos of JFK with Scouts on Bryan on Scouting’s Blog http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2013/11/22/remembering-john-f-kennedy-the-first-president-to-have-been-a-boy-scout/

What would be cool to see, would be a photo of JFK when he was a Scout. Has anyone ever seen one…does one exist?

There are also some great non Scout JFK photos on the History Channel website http://www.history.com/shows/jfk-specials/pictures

Finally, on a personal note, on the day I was born and on the way to the hospital, my Mom voted for Nixon and my Dad for JFK :)

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