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.
Pledge of Allegiance:
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’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 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 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
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