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SALUTING OUR OUTGOING PRESIDENT


The start of Robert M. Gates’ two-year term as the BSA’s top volunteer meant the end of Wayne Perry’s presidency. But Perry, a Silver Buff alo Award


recipient and co-owner of the Seattle Mariners, isn’t leaving the BSA. Gates has asked him to stay involved and help with fundraising for the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia. He’ll also continue to teach the Aviation merit badge and will serve on the BSA’s contingent at the 2015 World Scout Jamboree in Japan.


Volunteer Scott Berger and professional Janice Downey (above, from right) show new digital merit badge technology to two Venturers. Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” isn’t new, but the singer (left) still wows crowds every time he performs the 30-year-old classic. Speaking of wows, National Order of the Arrow Chief Nick Dannemiller (right) and every Scout in attendance made us proud.


Perry has given his time and treasure


to Scouting, and he works for free — a point he referenced in his farewell speech. “People ask me, ‘Are you paid?’ I


say, ‘Well, money does change hands.’ Why do we do it? You know why we do it,” Perry said. “No other youth-serving organization in the world can have the impact on the youth we have.” Next, Chief Scout Executive Wayne


Brock (above, right) thanked Perry for his service and commitment. “He has such a positive, can-do


attitude,” Brock said. “One of his favor- ite sayings is: ‘There is no try, there is only do.’ “So how’s that for motivating the Chief Scout Executive?”


Scouts from Nashville, Tenn., Troop 31 served as color guard. We salute (from left) Powell Lowe, Ames Mullendore, Zach Smith and Wolf Robinson.


SEPTEMBER•OCTOBER 2014 ¿ S COUTING 31


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