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Wednesday
May252016

2016 Founders Day Dinner

NINETEENTH ANNUAL FOUNDER’S DAY DINNER

OF THE OTIS H. CHIDESTER SCOUT MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA

APRIL 30, 2016 6:30 P.M.


VISCOUNT SUITE HOTEL 4855 E. BROADWAY BLVD. TUCSON, ARIZONA

 

Otis Chidester at Camp Lawton - circa 1940

Distinguished Eagle Scout Otis H. Chidester became a scout on September 8, 1912, in Susquehanna, PA. At the time of his death 84 1/2 years later, he was our nation's senior scout in continuously registered and still active service. He founded the Otis H. Chidester Scout Museum of Southern Arizona in 1984. The Museum's purpose is to collect, preserve, and exhibit items, documents, photographs, and memorabilia relating to the Boy Scout movement, with special emphasis on Southern Arizona. Besides his lifelong dedication to the Boy Scouts of America, Otis was, among other activities, a teacher of graphic arts at Tucson High School, a lay leader of Catalina United Methodist Church, a past president of the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society, a missionary to the Seri Indians of Mexico, the senior member of The Tucson Corral of Westerners, and a 72 year member of the Masonic Order.

 

PROGRAM

Invocation:

Pledge of Allegiance:

DINNER

The Legacy of Otis H. Chidester: Board of Directors of the Otis H. Chidester Scout Museum of Southern Arizona.

Presentation of the 2016 Otis H. Chidester Scout Awards:

Reflections of Recipients:

Brian Goldstein

Sherrie McConaughey

Lou Potter

 

BRIAN GOLDSTEIN

Brian’s involvement in Scouting began in 1973, when he enrolled in Catalina Council’s Cub Scout Pack 168. After earning the Arrow of Light Award, he became an Eagle Scout in 1982. He attended the National Jamboree in 1981, and the 1982 Pimaree. He was Senior Patrol Leader for the Arizona contingent to the 1983 World Jamboree. As an adult, Brian has served as an Assistant Cubmaster, Cubmaster, and Roundtable Commissioner and is currently the Chartered Organization Representative for Pack 295, Troop 216, and Venture Crew 216. Brian and his wife Pam have two sons, both Eagle Scouts. He is a Brotherhood Member of the Order of the Arrow and has earned his Woodbadge Beads. Brian has received the Scoutmaster’s Key, the Commissioner’s Key, the District Award of Merit, and the Silver Beaver Award in 2007. In addition, Brian has coached Little League Baseball, served as Vice President of the Southern Arizona Junior Golf Association, served five years as President of the Tucson Optimist Club, and is the current District Governor of the Arizona Optimist District.

 

SHERRIE McCONAUGHEY

Sherrie was a girl scout as a youth and a leader for her daughter Meghan’s troop from 1993-2001. In 1997, when her Eagle Scout son Sean joined Scouting, she became Tiger Cub Coach for Cub Scout Pack 186. She went on to serve as a Den and Webelos Den Leader and Pack Committee Chairman. She was Activities and then Program Chairman for Spanish Trails District. For Catalina Council, she volunteered as accountant for popcorn sales in 2002 and 2003, and then as a business manager for Camp Lawton in 2004. After a Philmont Trek in July 2005, she returned in September for training to become a B.S.A. climbing director. She developed the climbing committee and program for Catalina Council where none previously existed. She retained the responsibility of Climbing Committee Chairman until 2015. She has received the District Award of Merit, Silver Beaver and Venturing Leader Awards, Woodbadge beads and is a Vigil Honor recipient . For the National B.S.A., she has staffed at NOACs and also at the 2010 and 2013 Jamborees in scuba In addition to Scouting, Sherrie volunteered at Tanque Verde Unified School District as library and special education aide for 1992-2002 and for the American Red Cross.

 

LOU POTTER

Lou Potter was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, in which city he joined the Scouting movement. He was a businessman in Rockaway, New Jersey and was a volunteer for the Rockaway Township Fire Department. While in Rockaway, Lou, father of a son and daughter, was a volunteer Scouter for more than 25 years. Among multiple positions, Lou was a Webelos Denleader and Cubmaster in Pack 165. He also coached girls’ soccer in 3 divisions and was an Elder in the First Presbyterian Church in Rockaway. Lou retired in 2000, in which year he and his wife Julia moved to Tucson. He has continued his Scouting work in Catalina Council, where he is currently Assistant Spanish Trails District Commissioner. He received Woodbadge Beads in 2005, received the Spanish Trails District Award of Merit in 2004, and the Silver Beaver Award in 2006. He helped organize the Council Hispanic Youth Soccer Program and serves as a Deacon and Elder in Christ Presbyterian Church along with being a member of the building and Grounds Committee.

PAST RECIPIENTS OF THE OTIS H. CHIDESTER MEMORIAL AWARD

1998: Edward F. Ronstadt (Deceased 1999: Roy P. Drachman (Deceased) 2000: Charles H. Farrell (Deceased) 2001: Virginia Sugg Furrow, M.D. (Deceased) 2002: David Ray Brown 2003: William H. White (Deceased) 2004: Luis D. Romero 2005: Joyce Coon and Bill Coon (Deceased) William Garbell (Deceased) 2006: C.L. "Stub" Ashcraft, Jr. (Deceased) Richard W. Hughes Dr. Franklin D. Rollins (Deceased) 2007: John G. Pacheco (Deceased) 2008: Richard Bartholomew Douglas G. Wright 2009: Roy J. Barker, Ph.D. (Deceased) Colonel Alan B. Thomas Chip Travers 2010: Richard Myers (Deceased) David Roberts 2011: Mike George (Deceased) David Gibeault, M.D. A. C. “Chuck” Moyer, II 2012: Jack Marcy Todd Scholer William “Bill” Taylor, Jr. 2013: David German Steve Mayer Michael D. Maynard 2014: Ralph Coltrin Charles “Butch” Farabee Marvin G. Stafford 2015: Dr. Bonnie and Everett Gibson Jim Nelson

BOARD OF DIRECTORS - 2016

CURATOR: Luis D. Romero

PRESIDENT: James B. Klein, M.D.

VICE PRESIDENT: Todd Scholer

TREASURER: Dr. James Gruhl

SECRETARY: Gowher R. Jamshedi

DIRECTORS: Robert Favuzza Suzanne Flax Michael D. Maynard Jeremy Snavely

 

Boy Scout Troop in Windsor, New York, 1924. Scout Master was Otis Chidester

OTIS H. CHIDESTER SCOUT MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA 1937 E. Blacklidge Drive Tucson, AZ 85719 (520) 326-7669 / (520) 795-9484 www.azscoutmuseum.com

Tuesday
May192015

Celebration of Life for Lorraine Denk and John G. Pacheco

OTIS H. CHIDESTER SCOUT MUSEUM

OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA

CELEBRATION OF LIFE

For Departed Scouters and

Charter Museum Members

LORRAINE M. DENK

and

JOHN G. PACHECO

MAY 17, 2015

2:00 P.M.

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Tuesday
May192015

2015 Founders Day Dinner - May 2

EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL

FOUNDER’S DAY DINNER

OF THE

OTIS H. CHIDESTER SCOUT MUSEUM

OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA

MAY 2, 2015

6:30  P.M.

VISCOUNT SUITE HOTEL

4855 E. BROADWAY BLVD.

TUCSON, ARIZONA

PROGRAM

 

 

Invocation:                                                                                                                 

 

Pledge of Allegiance:                                                                                                                         

 

 

DINNER

The Legacy of Otis H. Chidester:       Board of Directors of the

            Otis H. Chidester Scout

Museum of Southern Arizona.                                

 

Presentation of the 2015                     Board of Directors of the

Otis H. Chidester Memorial                Otis H. Chidester Scout

Awards:                                              Museum of Southern

            Arizona         

 

Reflections from the 2015                              

recipients:    

Dr. Everett Gibson and  Bonnie Gibsson

Jim Nelson       

 

Otis Chidester on April 19, 1994, with his own 1924 Scoutmaster UniformDistinguished Eagle Scout Otis H. Chidester became a scout on September 8, 1912, in Susquehanna, PA.

At the time of his death 84 1/2 years later, he was our nation's senior scout in continuously registered and still active service.

He founded the Otis H. Chidester Scout Museum of Southern Arizona in 1984.  The Museum's purpose is to collect, preserve, and exhibit items, documents, photographs, and memorabilia relating to the Boy Scout movement, with special emphasis on Southern Arizona.

Besides his lifelong dedication to the Boy Scouts of America, Otis was, among other activities, a teacher of graphic arts at Tucson High School, a lay leader of Catalina United Methodist Church, a past president of the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society, a missionary to the Seri Indians of Mexico, the senior member of The Tucson Corral of Westerners, and a 72 year member of the Masonic Order.

EVERETT GIBSON, D.O.  and  BONNIE GIBSON

Bonnie Gibson graduated from Bemidji State University (Minnesota) in 1975.  She received a Masters Degree from the University of Arizona in 1976.  Her daughter Erin was active in the Girl Scouts of America and later was an Explorer in the Boy Scout program.  Her son Paul earned his Eagle Scout rank in Catalina Council and was awarded the Vigil Honor degree from the Order of the Arrow.  Bonnie was a Girl Scout leader for 6 years, 1980-1986.  In the Boy Scout program, she served as Cub Scout Commissioner in the Fort Lowell District and was the Catalina Council Pow Wow Co-Chairman for two years.  She was an Explorer Crew Leader at Philmont Scout Ranch, 1993.  She was a handicraft counselor  at Camp Lawton during the summer of 1997.  She received the Fort Lowell District Award of Merit and, in 1990, she received the Catalina Council Silver Beaver Award.  She is an artist who specializes in the carving of  gourds and conducts classes in this field.  She served as a National Park Service Artist in Residence in 2010.

Everett Gibson, D.O. received his medical degree on June 4, 1955.  He practiced Family Medicine and Emergency Mediciine in Tucson for 40+ years.  Before he retired in 1998, he was  President of the Tucson General Hospital Medical Staff, 1969-1970, and was President of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association, 19663-64.  He earned his Eagle Scout Badge in 1948.  During his long career as a scouting volunteer in Catalina Council, he was Cubmaster of Pack 100 for 2 years, Scoutmaster of Troop 208 for 3 years, and Scoutmaster of Troop 007 for 3 years.  He was Old Pueblo District Chairman, 1969-1970, and served on the Catalina Council Executive Board, 1969-2002.  He earned his Wood Badge Beads on July 29, 1970, and served on 6 Wood Badge staffs, twice as Scoutmaster.  He was camp physician at Camp Lawton during the summer of 1997.  He was Scoutmaster of Catalina Council’s Troop 741 at the 1993 National Jamboree.  He received the Old Pueblo District Award of Merit for 1972, and he received the Catalina Council Silver Beaver Award for 1974.

The 1937 E. Blacklidge home of Otis and Martha Chidester after the garage had been added (circa 1950)

 

JIM NELSON

Jim Nelson was born and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin.  As a Cub Scout, he earned the highest rank, including what is now called the Arrow of Light.  As a Boy Scout, he achieved the rank of Life Scout and was just four merit badges short of those needed for the rank of Eagle.  In high school, he participated in football, basketball, and track.  During the Vietnam War period, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, from which he retired after more than 20 years.  All three of his sons have been active in the Boy Scout program.  Jim, himself, has served as Cubmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, Unit Commissioner, District Commissioner, Troop Committee Chairman, Chartered Organization Representative, and District Committee Member.  He was Catalina Council Pow Wow Co-Chairman, 1983.  He has served as Co-Chairman or Chairman of multiple Old Pueblo District Pinewood Derbies. He has organized almost thirty Cub Scout Packs, 7 Boy Scout Troops, and 1 Venture Crew in the Old Pueblo District.  Jim received the Old Pueblo District Award of Merit, and the Catalina Council Silver Beaver Award for 2005.       

 

PAST RECIPIENTS OF THE

OTIS H. CHIDESTER MEMORIAL AWARD

1998:     Edward F. Ronstadt  (Deceased

1999:     Roy P. Drachman     (Deceased)

                                2000:     Charles H. Farrell     (Deceased)

2001:     Virginia Sugg Furrow, M.D. (Deceased)

2002:     David Ray Brown

2003:     William H. White   (Deceased)

2004:     Luis D. Romero

2005:     Joyce Coon and Bill Coon  (Deceased)

William Garbell  (Deceased)

2006:     C.L. "Stub" Ashcraft, Jr.  (Deceased)

Richard W. Hughes

                                                Dr. Franklin D. Rollins  (Deceased)

2007:     John G. Pacheco

2008:     Richard Bartholomew 

                                                Douglas G. Wright

2009:     Roy J. Barker, Ph.D. (Deceased)

                                                Colonel Alan B. Thomas

                                                Chip Travers

2010:     Richard Myers

David Roberts

2011:     Mike George  (Deceased)

                                                David Gibeault, M.D.

A. C. “Chuck” Moyer, II

2012       Jack Marcy

                                                Todd Scholer

                William “Bill” Taylor, Jr.

2013:     David German

                Steve Mayer

                Michael D. Maynard

2014.      Ralph Coltrin 

                                                Charles “Butch” Farabee

 

                                    BOARD OF DIRECTORS  -  2015

CURATOR:                          Luis D. Romero

PRESIDENT:                       James B. Klein, M.D.

VICE  PRESIDENT:           Todd Scholer

TREASURER:                     Dr. James Gruhl

SECRETARY:                     Gowher R. Jamshedi

DIRECTORS:                      Robert Favuzza

                                        Suzanne Flax

                                         Michael D. Maynard

                                       John Pacheco

Martha and her two “kids” (baby goats) April 1948

OTIS H. CHIDESTER SCOUT MUSEUM

OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA

1937 E. Blacklidge Drive

Tucson, AZ  85719

(520)  326-7669  /  (520) 795-9484    www.azscoutmuseum.com

Thursday
Mar262015

Work Day at Museum April 11, 2015

Join us Saturday morning, April 11 at the museum for a work day.

Call 520-795-9484 for details.

Tuesday
Jan272015

2015 Annual Meeting

The Annual Membership Meeting of the Otis H. Chidester Scout Museum of Southern Arizona will be held on Tuesday,  January 27, 2015, at  6:30 P.M. at the Pima County Medical Society Auditorium, 5199 E. Farness Dr., Tucson AZ  85712.

Committee Chairpersons are asked to submit their annual reports by January 15, 2015.