scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Mike Walton at LaCroix District Dinner
MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle (blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG
Sun May 02 1993 - 18:56:59 CDT
Hey Todd...I'll be posting a separate posting to you later this evening!
Todd, Jessi and I had a GREAT TIME at your District's Recognition Dinner. I
had misplaced my binder and couldn't get out the door before finding it...at
my office up the road; so again, I do apologize for being there a little late.
But true to my words I spoke last Friday, without Jessi around, I would
truly be lost. She called me at 3:15 on Friday and told me to "leave at 4
because you want to be there at 6pm" (it's only a 45 minute drive...she
remembered "friday afternoon traffic".
I tried to find the place on my own once I got into town, and met up with
Pam. We were both trying to find the dinner site, and I ended up following
her to the college campus and to the student center where the Dinner was held!
Little did I know that not only would she become one of the three District
Chairs in the split, but ALSO she would be sitting at our table during the
Most especially, I was really thrilled about your introduction of me to the
Most places I go to want to read out "my life story" and it becomes a speech
before the speech...I'm happy to go and just tell everyone about how
technology is changing Scouting and how Scouting is using technology.
It also helps to promote this list among those that feel that "the only
people that's doing it are "computer wonks"."
Just to give everyone else here a little flavor for what I spoke about, I
mentioned the fact that many of the things that makes Scouts-L so successful
has been the people here...the ones that's been around forever and the new
folks. I also mentioned that we talk about so many topics in a week (and I
demonstrated some of them by reading some of the topics and questions asked
of the list and of me over the years...thank Goodness for "keepers" from my
No names...just descriptions.
And I mentioned how electronic communication is bringing Scouting around to
revealing more than what they would otherwise reveal about the program, our
interaction within it, and how we can together make the program better.
It was a good time....I enjoyed sharing my stories of Scouting with your
I felt that they needed to be reminded that Scouting is fun, but fun with a
And as you privately wrote to me, Todd, before the Banquet, since the
District is being split three ways, you wanted to insure that I present a
positive message so that people can leave with fond memories of their former
District instead of "we have to work harder" (there was a little of that in
I do have to apologize...Jessi asked me to "explain what you meant when you
started reading the descriptions of the District Award of Merit holders with
"this is the part I really hate..." did you WANT to say that, Mike??"
I do apologize. I didn't complete my statement to your audience, and it was
REALLY a great honor you gave me in reading the bios of the three District
Award of Merit recipients. It was NOT that I did NOT want to read them, but
rather that "I hated this part of the program when I was a Scouter because
until I received the District Award of Merit, it kept me on my toes and when
my name WASN'T called, my heart sank just a bit...."next year," I would tell
I was almost embarrassed because one year, I thought I was getting the
Silver Beaver. The description started out with the fact that the
receipient was a Scout at Fort Knox, and earned Eagle there, and there were
so many similarities....until the reader explained that he was the Finance
Chair for the District for a couple of years, and I was almost at the
podium. Good thing I stopped right in front of the actual Silver Beaver
receipient, because otherwise I would have been REALLY, REALLY embarassed!!
I became instead the first to shake Major Greg Jenkins' hands and to hug him
as he became our Council's latest Silver Beaver holder!
I'll send you a private posting later to explain it to the District too.
Again, I do apologize for NOT completing my thought during that special part
of the ceremony!!
I also enjoyed meeting LOTS of your District's Scouters afterwards. I
wished that you and your wife stayed around, but I can remember those
"babysitter timer" days as well!! I know where River Falls is now, and
Jessi wants to go back and visit because it reminded her (both of us really)
of being once again in a "college town" as we have lived in several college
towns before we moved up north!
And the food was GREAT, Jessi and I laughed when we saw the china (REAL
SILVERWARE!), tablecloths and great food!! It was really nice...and the
dessert was nice too....someone took the time to create a sheet cake in the
design of the District patch, exact and down to the last detail!!
Again, we had a GREAT TIME, Todd...I used the *coffeemug* today at work, and
it works out well (although I had to hold it in the car this morning...it
won't fit in the holder...but there's very few of my coffeemugs or cups
which does!! *smiling*)!!
Thank YOU for inviting me and Jessi... again, Todd, we had a GREAT time!!
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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