Message from your President
Dear Fellow Eagle,
I hope you were able to navigate the Holiday season with as little stress as possible and take the time to celebrate the seasons with those close to you. Now that life is getting back to the daily grind it is time to look forward to the wonderful things to come in 2013!
In reflection, 2012 was a groundbreaking year for the Eagle Scout Association. We integrated a new membership management system and website, by popular demand we created opportunities for online registration and payment for events, and we maintained our strong tradition of service and camaraderie through our projects and fellowship events.
If you are looking to get more involved in the Eagle Scout Association, we invite you to jump in wherever you feel comfortable. Here are some ways you can get involved:
Scholarship Promotion – The ESA provides several scholarships each year thanks to those who support our annual Trivia Night. Encourage local Eagle Scouts who are graduating seniors or are in college to apply for one of our scholarships. Applications can be found on the ESA website.
Golf Tournament – The ESA’s largest fundraiser each year is our annual Golf Tournament. This event allows the ESA provide service through large scale capital projects. This year’s tournament will be held on April 29th at the Old Hickory Golf Club. Standard entrance fee is $125.00/Person. Our chairman, Jeff Kendall, would appreciate your help in any of the following areas:
•· Participate in the tournament
•· Help promote the tournament
•· Sponsor a round
•· Donate an item or gift basket for raffle
•· Solicit players, sponsors, and donors
Annual Meeting – Our Annual Meeting and BBQ will be on May 15th. All Eagles are invited to join us this evening to celebrate the successes of the past year and pass on the torch to the next year’s officers. We are looking to form a committee to help with this year’s event, if interested please contact me directly.
Take a Leadership Role – The ESA Nominating Committee is hard at work looking for the best individuals to become a member of our Board of Directors. For more information or to show interest, please contact me directly. Other leadership opportunities include joining a committee – Membership, Finance, Communication, Events, Service, and many more.
I’d like to take a moment to reinforce this call to action! The ESA provides wonderful service to the community and to local Scouts, but we are capable of so much more with your help. Please let us know how you want to get involved.
One of my goals over the past eight months has been to ensure we are providing the best possible service to the community and to our members. Located on the Association’s website there is a Membership Satisfaction Survey that I encourage every member to participate in. Your feedback will be used to guide the ESA into the future. For those who are receiving this letter in print, you will find the survey in paper form.
Finally, as we enter the New Year it is time to renew your membership for the 2013-2014 program year. Dues cover administrative costs of the organization including but not limited to printing, postage, stationary, mailing, and the new member management system. Payment can be made online or mailed to our PO Box. We would prefer an online payment. Payments are due by April 1st, 2013. Our membership team would also encourage you to update your online profile through our website so we know the most effective way to keep in contact with you.
I hope that you have a wonderful day and look forward to hearing back from you on how you plan to help the ESA in the coming year!
Yours in Service, Encouragement, and Brotherhood,
J. David Gilbert
The Eagle Scout Association