I'm Back with a new Address
Scott Begin (sbegin@MCS.NET)
Sat, 26 Jul 1997 11:18:52 +0000
It has been almost a year since I posted anything to SCOUTS-L, so I will reintroduce myself and bring you up to date on what I've been doing.
My name is Scott Begin and I'm one of the original subscribers to SCOUTS-L.
I've been subscribed almost continuously since the beginning (1 summer off while I was at Philmont and 3 months off while unemployed after graduating), although for the better part of the last year, I've been getting Digests and waiting until I had a chan
ce to read through them (I did read through ALL the digests since last September...it took me almost 2 months in my "spare" time at home and work). I'm glad I did read those back issues. There were some things I wouldn't have found out about any other w
The reason I haven't been active on Scouts-L has been that I got married last September, with Doug "Lefty" Coffman, SCOUTS-L founder, as my best man. After the wedding and honeymoon at Disneyland, we spent almost a month moving my wife out of her apartm
ent, deciding what we didn't need out of our joint possessions, and getting settled. Until recently, I hadn't had time to read through the back issues of SCOUTS-L to catch up before jumping back in. After getting a much better ISP account, I decided to g
et back into things.
In addition to getting settled, my wife and I have been active with Alpha Phi Omega, working on the committee to bring the 1998 National Convention to Chicago (which lost:(, working with the local APO section (equivalent to a BSA district/council), and be
comming a Scouting advisor to a new chapter at the University of Chicago. I have also been working with my scout troop where I'm an ASM and also the adult quartermaster.
For those who haven't been around long enough to remember me, I was a cub scout (no AOL) for 3 years, a scout for 7 (Life Scout) in Pack/Troop 551, Galien, Michigan (SW Michigan Council). As a youth I attended the 1985 National Jamboree, Philmont in 198
7 and served 2 years on Camp Staff at Camp Rota-Kiwan in Kalamazoo, MI.
I became an ASM in my troop after turning 18, although I wasn't real active in the troop while I was in school at Central Michigan University. While in college, I joined Alpha Phi Omega, the national service fraternity, and served 3 years on Philmont St
After graduation, I got a job working in downtown Chicago and moved to Illinois. I joined Troop 348 in Oak Forest, IL (Calumet Council) as an ASM and have been with them almost 5 years (I'm nearing 10 years as an adult leader, 20 years involved in scouts
I am very active in Troop 348 and also serve on the Camp Betz (Council Camping) committee. I'm an ordeal member of Michigamea Lodge 110. I am a member of the Philmont Staff Association. I am still very involved with Alpha Phi Omega, as a Scouting Advi
sor to the Gamma Sigma chapter of Alpha Phi Omega at the University of Chicago, as well as being a member of the Section 48 Staff, and being on the Alpha Phi Omega National Scouting Relations Committee.
My wife, Dawn, has been in Alpha Phi Omega longer than me, and also serves as an Advisor to Alpha Phi Omega at the University of Chicago and serves on Section 48 Staff. She has no scouting experience prior to meeting me, but is resisting "getting sucked
in." The other adults in the troop have tried hard to get her registered.
In my real job, I am a Systems Administrator for BRIDGE, which was formerly known as Knight-Ridder Financial. We collect information on the Commodities/Futures markets worldwide and sell it via a daily dialup service, data on diskette and wall charts, an
d a weekly printed magazine. I keep our computers running, install upgrades, etc.., and am the main person providing technical support for our software products (we're a small, 20 person part of a much larger company).
As I indicated, I've recently moved to a new ISP, so now I have much better mail software, web browsing access, speedy 33.6 net access, and a new email address:
After 5 years with MCI Mail, the firstname.lastname@example.org account will be closed this fall.
It's great to be back.
Yours in Scouting,
Scott A. Begin ASM, T-348, Oak Forest, IL, Calumet Council
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