Scouting, Volume 64, Number 2, March-April 1976 Page: 4
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JOTA CONTACTS. For 18 years
JOT A (Jamboree-on-the-Air) has been
a successful event for Scouting's radio
"hams" all over the world to chat with
each other. Our own station, K2BSA,
situated on the grounds of the BSA Na-
tional Office in North Brunswick, N.J.,
last October logged an unusually large
number of contacts.
Scouters Don Wright, Troop 44,
Pennington, N.J., and Peter Shavney,
Post 681, Glenside, Pa., with a crew of
helpers deserve a special note of
thanks. They manned K2BSA and re-
ported: 631 total JOTA K2BSA con-
tacts; and 1,652 total contacts of USA
radio amateurs during JOTA, the big-
gest response ever.
Details on this year's JOTA will be
announced in our September issue.
YOUTH WILL BE HEARD. A
Topeka, Kans., Eagle Scout and an
Ogden, Utah, Cub Scout were selected
to represent the millions of youth
members of the BSA. David Honigs,
17, Troop 59, Faith Lutheran Church,
and Jeff Hunsaker, 10, Pack 262, Og-
den 75th Ward of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints, serve as
National Youth Representatives for
The third youth rep is Larry Car-
penter of Raleigh, N.C., a member of
WRAL-TV Communications Post 5.
Larry serves by virtue of his having
been elected by his fellow Explorers as
National Explorer President. His suc-
cessor will be elected in March.
These three young men and 13
others — 12 regional winners of the
Reader's Digest-BSA Public Speaking
Contest and a conservation spokesman
— rendered to President Gerald Ford
and Congress our BSA 1975 annual re-
port in February.
The 13 other Report to the Nation
delegates were: Joseph E. Tofalo,
Whitesboro, N.Y.; Joan McElvenny,
Braintree, Mass.; Kevin S. Kreger,
Homer, Mich.; Kathleen M. Henry,
Bloomington, 111.; Keith Sevedge, Kan-
sas City, Kans.; Pamela Toler, Spring-
field, Mo.; William H. Cozart III,
Greensboro, N.C.; Joe Bishop, Albany,
Ga.; Paul Richardson, Dallas; Bill Clay,
Copperas Cove, Tex.; Joseph T.
Cusack, Scottsdale, Ariz.; David K.
Butler, Sacramento, Calif.; and as con-
servation spokesman, Robert Gutier-
rez, Phoenix, Ariz.
The public speakers won in local and
regional competition. The three youth
members were chosen by local Scout
council, area and regional selection
committees. Scout councils have infor-
mation on future selection procedures.
ANOTHER RECORD? Scouter
Danny R. Beltz, Stroud, Okla., may
have the most twins in any one troop in
the nation. His Troop 36 has Alan and
Keith Mauldin, Donnie and Ronnie
Jones and Steve and David Kitchen.
Any contenders for the title?
POISON PREVENTION WEEK.
Mark March 14-20 as Poison Preven-
tion Week. All Explorer, Cub and
Scout units can make the period mean-
ingful by encouraging parents to clean
out all unusable or out-of-date house-
hold and garden poisons, helping
adults store safely those that are kept,
educating all young people about the
dangers of poisons. A review of first
aid for poisoning is also appropriate.
SOSSI. Scouts on Stamps Society Inter-
national is a nonprofit organization of
philatelists who specialize in stamps
about Scouting. Membership is open to
all interested in the topic. Dues are $3
a year and entitle you to a subscription
to the SOSSI journal. Send a stamped,
self-addressed, long envelope for a
sample copy of the journal and a mem-
bership form. Make checks or money
orders payable to: Scouts on Stamps
Society International, Dept. SM, 1000
Golfview Road, Glenview, 111. 60025.
CORRECTION, PLEASE. For about
two years we've advertised the booklet
Above Ground Archaeology being of-
fered free to Scout leaders. Now the
publication must be purchased. It is 80
cents and is available from the Super-
intendent of Documents, U.S. Govern-
ment Printing Office, Washington,
D.C. 20402. It is a handy publication
with a raft of hints on how to collect
and display historical artifacts like
documents, maps, photos, etc. The
booklet dispels all notions that to gath-
er such finds you need a pick and shov-
el. Especially appropriate for Bicen-
tennial theme activities.
RAILROAD AWARDS. Three Scouts
showed they were on the right track
when they claimed top prizes in the
Annual Scout Scholarship Grant Com-
petition of the Railway Progress Insti-
tute. Paul H. Williams, 13, Bernards-
ville, N.J., won a $1,500 scholarship
grant; David J. Harmer, Roseville,
Calif., a $1,000 scholarship grant; and
David R. Freyer, 17, Batavia, 111., a
$750 prize grant. Topic of the contest:
"Why Are Railroads Important to the
Nation?" Future contests will be an-
nounced in Scouting.
DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY. Happy
Anniversary to Troop 3, Austin, Tex.,
as it celebrates its sixtieth year of con-
tinuous registration in the BSA. An an-
niversary supper was held in Novem-
ber of last year at the chartered insti-
tution, the Northwest Hill United
SORRY. In our "Philmont" story (Jan.-
Feb. 1976) we forgot to credit photog-
rapher David L. Jolkovsky whose pic-
ture of Father Ralph Soldano appeared
on page 33.
NEW MEMBER OF GOVERNOR'S
STAFF. Once a month a new member
is introduced to the Georgia governor's
staff. An outstanding Eagle Scout from
one of the 12 councils in Georgia is
that newcomer. He begins an exciting
day with Governor George Busbee at 9
a.m. Throughout the day the Eagle
Scout bird-dogs the governor as he is
interviewed by newsmen, confers with
various heads of departments, decides
policy and greets dignitaries.
A selection committee in each Scout
council chooses the Eagle Scout to be
honored. Governor Busbee was a Scout
in his youth and has been an active
Scouter. He suggested the recognition
plan which will continue through Sep-
tember 1976. (continued on page 6)
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