Thursday, 10 April 2014 15:58

2013 Eagle Recognition Dinner Recap

The Pony Express Council's 2013 Eagle Recognition Dinner was held February 22 at Moila Shrine Temple in St. Joseph, Missouri. The purpose of the dinner was to honor those Scouts in the Pony Express Council who received their Eagle Scout Award in 2013. The dinner also honored long time Scouter Gary Combs as the 2013 Eagle Class Honoree.

The evening opened with a social hour as guests arrived to the second-floor banquet hall at the Moila Temple. The room was decorated with Eagle Scout memorabilia, and a projector listed the several sponsors who could not be in attendance for the evening. The 25 attending Eagle Scouts enjoyed conversations about their projects, anticipation for the evening in their honor, and a shared sentiment of relief and pride for their success and accomplishment.

As the 7 o'clock hour grew near, the Eagles, their guests, and attending sponsors found their seats as the show began. The dinner chairman, David Whitmer, called forth the colors, expressed the importance of becoming an Eagle Scout through an entertaining story of his own Eagle Dinner, and then said the two magic words, “Let's Eat!”

After a filling buffet dinner, the new Eagle Scouts were introduced and honored individually by the Pony Express Council Scout Executive, Alan Franks. Franks gave the young men their new duties and responsibilities as Eagle Scouts, reminded them of the many people who helped them along their trail, and congratulated them one more time.

Next, was the moment to honor the 2013 Eagle Class Honoree, Gary Combs. Combs, a Medicine Man in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say and Silver Beaver Recipient, has been involved in just about every level possible in the Pony Express Council for almost 40 years. His son, Kevin, spoke in his honor to the Eagles just before Gary gave his own inspiring words to the young men. Combs' contributions to Scouting were well recognized with a standing ovation as he concluded his address to the audience.

Whitmer concluded the fantastic evening by presenting Combs with a plaque listing the 2013 Eagle Scouts of the Pony Express Council. The Eagles, Combs and Franks gathered together for a photo as the crowd was dismissed and many waited around to shake the hands of the new Eagles and the Eagle Honoree.

The 2013 Eagle Dinner was a great night. Thanks to all of the donating sponsors, the chairman David Whitmer, and the Special Events Committee for their roles in making this event a success.

Congratulations again to all 59 Eagle Scouts of the Pony Express Council in 2013 and to Gary Combs, the 2013 Eagle Honoree.

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 22:12

2014 Council Recognition Dinner Recap

This year's Pony Express Council Recognition Dinner took place April 5, 2014 at Grace Evangelical Church in St. Joseph, Mo. The Council Dinner is a time to recognize volunteers across the districts and award the council's highest award, the Silver Beaver, to those deserving recipients.

The evening opened at 5 p.m. with a social hour for guests as well as the Annual Heritage Society Reception. After all the guests arrived, greeted each other, and found their spots for dinner, there was only one thing that seemed logical to do: eat dinner! Dinner was a generous portion of Chicken Parmesan, twice-baked potatoes, green bean casserole and for dessert, peanut butter and fudge parfait.

After dinner, the guests were treated to the evening program portion of the night. The program started with Event Chairman Jim Wheeler introducing the emcee, Clark Hampton. Clark then introduced Scout Executive Alan Franks and Council President Nick Robb. All three gentlemen gave their remarks of wisdom and excitement for Scouting in the Pony Express Council.

The awards quickly got underway with recognition of the newest members of the James E. West Fellowship. These gentlemen had also been given honors at the previously mentioned Heritage Society Reception. Each District was then presented with their Key 3 Journey to Excellence Awards. All districts received high marks and were noted by Franks as being successful in many areas including, “membership growth, financial stewardship, trained quality leaders, and continued focus on program.”

Congratulations to the many volunteers at all levels of the Pony Express Council for your outstanding service to Scouting in 2013!

The time of the night to present the coveted Silver Beaver Awards had arrived with much anticipation and excitement. If you're not familiar with how this award is presentations, each recipient is introduced by another distinguished member of their District. The presentation process is the first chance at actually knowing who it is that will receive the award. Before revealing the award recipient's name, the presenter tells of all the service, dedication, and leadership that this person has provided to the Pony Express Council over the years. As this list is quite long in each and every case, we have listed just a few brief notes below with each recipient.

First to receive the honor was Mabel Blanchard of the Crossed Arrows District. Presented by Gaylon Whitmer, Mabel is well known around the Council and Crossed Arrows District through her enthusiastic involvement in the Cub Program. Mabel has also received the District Award of Merit and served in many leadership positions at various levels in the Council. Along side her son Zach, an Eagle Scout, Mabel has enjoyed multiple summers on the Camp Geiger Staff.

Next to the podium was Richard Miller of the Kanza District. Richard proudly presented the Silver Beaver honor to long time Unit and District Leader Paul Becker. Along with his involvement and leadership through Wood Badge and the White Coup Society, Paul has also received the District Award of Merit. Paul became involved in Scouting with his sons, Matt and Andrew, who are both Eagle Scouts, Keepers of the Sacred Bundle, and long time Camp Staff Members.

The third Silver Beaver Recipient of the night was Dave Bengston of the Ma-Has-Kah District. Dave received the District Award of Merit in 2001, and has served as the Friends of Scouting District Chairman. Kevin Bailey had the honor of presenting Dave and proudly telling the crowd, “in the entire time that I've known him, he's worked tirelessly to make a difference in his community, been a friend to all that know him, and has been an advocate for both youth and adults alike.” Well put, Kevin.

Last called to the stage to present a new Silver Beaver Recipient was Ken Baker, Ceremonial Chief Little Pack Rock. Ken was pleased to present his good friend and fellow Chieftain, Darrell R. Jones. After 27 years on the Tribal Council, Medicine Man Short Fire became Chieftain Short Fire in 2013. An Eagle Scout, Tapper, and Silver Coup Recipient, Darrell has also spent time as the Robidoux District Dance Director, Make Talk Now Executive Producer, and currently serves as the Chairman of the Inner Circle Trade Company Merchandising Committee. 

Congratulations and thank you to all the new Silver Beaver Recipients for your outstanding dedication, service and leadership to Scouting and the Pony Express Council! 

Saturday, 18 January 2014 12:50

2014 Conclave Winners

Brave Traditional Costume
      1.     Sebastion Perry - Small Tall Rabbit
      2.     Brayden Welch - Little Last Return to Sender
      3.    Alex Adams - Speaks with Man
      4.     Zackery Dotson - Least Swift Iron
Brave Fancy Costume
      1.     Dakota Cutsinger - Little Light in the Sky
      2.     River Sisk - Little Last Journey
      3.     Patrick McNicle - Little Southern Shot
      4.     Tanner Duin - Paints Forrest
Warrior Traditional Costume
1.  Cameron Thomas - Warrior Small Silver White Wolf
2.  Harlan Johnson - Little Signal Flight
3.  Gage Dotson - Little swift Iron
4.  Drew Trump - Little Fights with Water
Warrior Fancy Costume
      1.     Josh Barmann - Smallest Black Dirt
      2.     Jared Wood - Little Fire Light
      3.     Patrick Bircher - Little He Who Leads
      4.     Andrew Gerhardt - Least Ho Ke Ya Pe
FB/TTB Traditional Costume
      1.     Lincoln Thomas - Least Silver White Wolf
      2.     Ryan Hanway - Little Dry Fields
      3.     Ellis Covington - Little Iron Wheel
      4.     Nicholas Gnuschke - Little Sun Devil
FB/TTB Fancy Costume
      1.     Tyler Osmon - Small Silent Hickory
      2.     Spencer Rosenak - Little Distant Vision
      3.     Tyler Ruiz - Black Lodge
      4.     Robbie McCammon - Least Walks Beside Him
R/KSB Traditional Costume
      1.     Nicholas Meltzer - Little Rides the Trail
      2.     Grant Chowins - Little Valley Guide
      3.     Andrew Schneider - Medicine Devil
      4.     Kurt Shepard - Lone Wind

R/KSB Fancy Costume
      1.     Jordan Miller - Least Swift Hunter
      2.     Garrett Giles - Little Tough Straight Tomahawk
      3.     Coleman Taylor - Kicking Crow
      4.     Dayton Zirkle - Little Hunts Buffalo
Brave Traditional Dance
      1.     Sebastion Perry - Small Tall Rabbit
      2.     Zach Reinert - Least Sees the Sun
      3.     Zackery Dotson - Least Swift Iron
      4.     Brayden Welch - Little Last Return to Sender
Brave Fancy Dance
      1.     Conner Martin - Lone Strike
      2.     Patrick Mcnickle - Little Southern Shot
      3.     Zach Reinert - Least Sees the Sun
      4.     Tanner Duin - Paints Forrest
Warrior Traditonal Dance
      1.     Cameron Thomas - Small Silver White Wolf
      2.     Harlan Johnson - Little Signal Flight
      3.     Conner Osmon - Smaller Silent Hickory
      4.     Dalton Auffert - Chisholm Trail
Warrior Fancy Dance
      1.     Patrick Bircher - He Who Leads
      2.     Andrew Gerhardt - Least Ho Ke Ya Pe
      3.     Conner Osmon - Smaller Silent Hickory
      4.     Caleb Prettyman - Least Timberwolf Trail
FB/TTB Traditional Dance
      1.     Ryan Hanway - Little Dry Fields
      2.     Lincoln Thomas - Least Silver White wolf
      3.     Robbie McCammon - Least Walks Beside Him
      4.     Nicholas Gnuschke - Little Sun Devil
FB/TTB Fancy Dance
      1.     Tyler Osmon - Small Silent Hickory
      2.     Spencer Rosenak - Little Distant Vision
      3.     Dawson Mohr - Least Trades Wheat
      4.     John Rupert - Least Wolf Seeker
R/KSB Fancy Dance
      1.     Jordan Miller - Least Swift Hunter
      2.     Garrett Giles - Little Tough Straight Tomahawk
      3.     Dayton Zirkle - Little Hunts Buffalo
      4.     Nicholas Meltzer- Little Rides the Trail
R/KSB Traditional Dance
      1.     Nicholas Meltzer - Little Rides the Trail
      2.     Grant Chowins - Little Valley Guide
      3.     Gabe Miller - Small Swift Hunter
      4.     Justin Grubb - Little Fire on the Hill
Open Traditional Dance
      1.     Ryan Hanway - FB Little Dry Fields
      2.     Nicholas Meltzler - KSB Little Rides the Trail
      3.     Sebastion Perry - Brave Small Tall Rabbit
      4.     Lincoln Thomas - TTB Least Silver White Wolf
Fancy Dance Open
1.  Tyler Osmon - FB Small Silent Hickory
2.  Jordan Miller - Runner Least Swift Hunter
3.  Garrett Giles - Runner Little Tough Straight Tomahawk
4.  Tyler Ruiz - TTB Black Lodge
Newman Scholarship
Garrett Giles - Little Tough Straight Tomahawk
John Carr - Little Sky Signal
Sam Adams - Piercing Eye
Brandon Keller - Little Strong Mustang
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