Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re-intro
Fri, 16 Oct 1998 22:07:23 +0000
Now that I've managed to convert my current email address to all of
of the Scouting-associated lists...and the account is up and going
(with the lone exception of Patch-L -- I think I've been kicked off
there; Kevin (Doyle) hasn't returned my postings to him nor has
I've received the survey posting from the server...), I was told
that I needed to "re-introduce myself" to our list.
Here's the SHORT version; the longer version is found on my website
(address below and also until next Tuesday at
Hi Scouters! I'm glad to be back! Again, my thanks to my wife
Jessica ("Jessiann") for keeping me online and connected with all
of you through our move from western Kentucky/southwestern Indiana
to the Twin Cities suburbs!
My name is Mike Walton, and I've been sitting toward the "front" of
the virtual room since 1989...when our list first got going. I'm a
longtime Scouter, having been blessed with serving as a Cub Scout,
Boy Scout, Explorer, and as a volunteer leader with several Packs,
Troops (including two of the five I were a youth member of as
Scoutmaster), Posts (including two of the four I served as a youth
member within) and a Varsity Team. I'm the holder of several BSA
awards, among them the Arrow of Light, Eagle (with Silver and Gold
Palms) and one of the first Exploring Achievement Awards; a
Certificate of Heroism/Heroism Medal, the Hornaday Award (old gold
medal) and the God and Country youth religious emblem. I also hold
a couple adult religious emblems, three Scouter's Keys and six
training awards as well as other items. (Man, this sounds a *lot*
like bragging....I sure hope you don't perceive it as such; I'm
just as proud of the piece of wood given to me from one of my
Troops and the "untrainable" patch that's framed within my old
Exploring uniform...it was given to me from the training team I
I'm not a holder of a Silver Beaver. I've failed to be around in a
Council long enough to merit being honored with that. But that's
okay...there's still many more decades....
As a adult volunteer, I've been fortunate as a result of my
family's and later my military experiences to have served in eleven
local Councils, with positions ranging from District
member-at-large to Council Commissioner; and service on three Area,
two Regional and three National volunteer committees of the BSA.
I've also served on three national Exploring cabinets as a youth
and as a youth and later adult member of six Council Executive
Boards. I was the youngest Scoutmaster ever in the Transtlantic
Council to head up a Council's contingent to a National Scout
Jamboree; and there's some other firsts and seconds somewhere back
I was also blessed to have worked alongside my Scouting mentor and
former Area Director in Kentucky and Tennessee, William Joe Woodall
as a Paraprofessional for three and half (three weeks and two days
lacking the fourth year) in the eastern parts of those two states.
It was an experience that I regard the best of any job I've ever
had...including the military ones!!
I've been able to be in "the right places doing the right things"
and in the process, have met a lot of the BSA's senior and
middle-level managers earlier in their careers as Field Directors
or District Executives/Exploring Executives. That's a great thing,
because of many of them, I've been able to answer some of your
harder questions here (and to shed some light since the BSA cannot
OFFICIALLY have representation here on our (or any other list). As
noted, I sometimes don't get it *exactly right* but I try....
I'm a Army Major (due to be on the Lieutenant Colonel's list next
spring) currently assigned with the Army's 88th Regional Support
Command at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. I'm working also at Northland
Insurance, creating and editing forms.
The thing I really enjoy about being a part of this list is the
amount of learning and sharing which goes on daily here. There's a
lot of really GREAT Scouters that take the time to share their
experiences -- good and bad -- with all of us. I encourage you to
use their experiences and knowledge to make your youth program
experiences the best it can be....
I'm finishing up my CSP collection and if everything goes right,
I'll start up a new collection of CSPs...so post me privately or
over at Patch-L (when I get back there!!). I trade and collect
anything related to Scouting...
Well...that's enough of a intro...a more complete rundown on who I
am and all is over on the website!! I'm really happy and proud to
be here...and happy to promote this list as a valued resource for
anyone who's working with youth or for their benefit!!
Oh yeah..."settummanque" is short for "sekkettummanque". In the
language of the Delaware Indian (and of our Order of the Arrow), it
means "blackeagle". Why? That too, is on my website.
Always happy to help in getting your questions and concerns
answered, either here through the list or privately (and to ask you
before I post them to the list at large,...)
(c) 1998 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") firstname.lastname@example.org
http://mninter.net/~blkeagle Burnsville, MN 55306-7130 (612) 435-3085
privately at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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