Saturday, December 6, 2008

Meeting Minutes (3 Dec 2008)


SUBJECT: 3 December Meeting Minutes

Attendees: Dan Bradford, Angela Drinkwitz, Ralph Allen, Russ Pangburn, Weldon Hobbs, Pat Bell, Michael Uyehara, David Starnes, Larry Douglas


1. Further discussion on future locations for meetings. Some concerns on location and its affect on meeting participation. General consensus appears to be the NEC. Interim locations discussed were the Chaplain’s building at Union 3 and GRD compound. Will only have the Embassy for another 3 meetings. Need confirmation on new location soon. As the military presence consolidates and draws-down over time, look to Embassy personnel to provide continuity and leadership.

2. New patches are in. Looking to design 5-year patch w/ Iraqi Swords.

3. No Pinewood Derby –no participation from children and school leadership. Ramazan will set up a meeting to re-invigorate school leadership.

4. Discussion around stateside Troops to provide assistance (stuff) for GZC and Iraqi kids. Looking for input and further guidance. One topic of discussion were propane bottles for stoves—need for 5.

5. Larry to check on flooding at conexes from the torrential downpour.

6. Long-term strategy for combining Victory Council and GZ Council discussed. As we grow, it may make sense to combine efforts and councils. Concerns about geographical differences and convenience. Victory seems to have abundant resources / volunteers.

7. Regarding Land/Title issues: Aegis looking to provide support as part of long-term strategy for Iraqi presence; however, no commitment on land/title for GZC. Aegis has the resources to purchase—we need to engage for this effort. Aegis contact is Kevin Holberg.


Paul Olsen said...

Hello, Scouters.

I'm LTC Paul Olsen, Commander of the 249th Engineer Battalion. On a recent trip to Iraq, I became aware of your council and have encouraged my Cub Scout Pack to donate scout equipment to the Iraqi Scouts. We will be collecting a box of donated equipment and sending it to you for distribution as you see fit.

Can I have a good address for our donations?


Paul Olsen


gr8buffalo said...

How do I get some of your new patches for my Iraqi Scouting fundraising efforts?

Keith Blackey
Founder/Coordinator Iraqi Scouting Support
International Committee
Pacific Skyline Council
Boy Scouts of America
Mobile: 650-740-0703

ole Baloo said...

I nominate Keith Blackey for the ISSK award. He has been a leader in raising over $24,000.00 for Iraqi Scouting.
Please give us a contact person in the GZC to talk to.
George Fosselius
Mt Diablo Silverado Council
International Rep

Hans Lowell said...

SSG Hans Lowell, Eagle Scout:
During my tour in Iraq, 2010, I was involved in the scouting program there. Since my return, I have been trying to establish a line of contact for my Troop here with the Baghdad council. I have slated funds for Arabic Merit Badge Books (As that was the needed item when I was there), but haven't been able to figure out how to get them there other than donating to BSA's World Scouting Fund and earmarking the Iraqi Scouting Initiative. Can someone get back in touch with me. Thanks!

ole Baloo said...

Same here. My Internatonal Committe raised funds for Iraqi Scouts. Sent some through USFIS (via BSA Intl Dept) to the Arab Region.
Our wish was for Arabic language training materials for the adult Iraqis. We reserved funds to pay for shipping from the Arab Region office in Cairo to Baghdad, but are waiting for a reliable address and group to accept shipment.
George in Berkeley CA