Boy Scouts of America 100 Year Celebration Gala & Auction

On Friday, Dec. 10 I was the guest speaker celebrating 100 years of Scouting at the Tacoma Elks Lodge. I am pictured above with Emcee Tom Carroll (Council Commissioner of Pacific Harbors Council) and Mike Kiel (organizer of the Centennial Holiday Gala).

While greeting guests I had the opportunity to meet Mariala - what a sweetheart!

With Timothy Garber (Scout Executive/CEO of Pacific Harbors Council) and his beautiful wife.

Checking in guests with fellow Scout Leader Tracy Steinkoenig-Kapelski.

With Tyleen Byrd - another fellow Scout Leader. I first met Tyleen this last summer when I served as a Den Leader at a camp she directed - we had so much fun!

Appropriately, I spoke on my platform "Embracing the Special Needs Child" and explained how Scouting has done just that in making a lifelong impression on both of my boys who have special needs. I was able to share my testimony of how Scouting has played such a major role in our family and in the development of my children's self esteem, confidence and leadership skills despite their challenges. The impact a Scout Leader has on a boy's life will come back ten fold - I know!

Receiving my official Scout Coin for my service to Scouting

With John Disney - a lifelong Scouter who has invested 61 years now to the Boy Scouts of America - Amazing!

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