New Eagle Scout Reception May 19 to Recognize Scouting Youth for Community Service

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Eagle Scouts will be honored for their commitment to a "Life of Service" at a reception in Houston May 19 featuring master of ceremonies Jose Grinan, senior morning anchor at Fox 26 TV.

More than 1,175 Eagle Scouts will be honored for their achievement, including their Eagle Scout Service Projects that add up to more than 172,000 hours of community service—a time and materials contribution of more than $2,000,000 to the Houston area.

The Eagle Scout Association of the Sam Houston Area Council (SHAC), Boy Scouts of America, is hosting a New Eagle Scout Reception to recognize the new 2012-13 Class of Eagle Scouts on Sunday, May 19, featuring Master of Ceremonies Jose Grinan, senior morning anchor at Fox 26 Television, and Eagle Scout Alumni in the Class of 1966 from the Gulf Ridge Council in Tampa, Florida.

The reception will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 8686 Kirby Drive, beginning at 2:00 p.m. and is open to all Boy Scouts and their families in the Greater Houston Area.

More than 1,175 Scouts will be honored who have earned the Eagle Scout rank in 2012 and 2013 for their achievement, including their Eagle Scout Service Projects that add up to more than 172,000 hours of community service—a time and materials contribution of more than $2,000,000 to Houston and surrounding communities.

Eagle Scout Dalton Owen will receive the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams Sam Houston Area Council Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award for building an amphitheater and butterfly garden for Cedar Bayou United Methodist Church. The finalists for this award their projects are Derek Hill, fence and kiosk construction in the Jones State Forest Recreation Area; Jacob Henry Furler, cell phone charging station at Texas Children's Hospital; James R. Hollas, Wolf Sanctuary Memorial Garden at St. Francis Wolf Sanctuary; Noah M. Horwitz, playground map of the USA and autistic map games at Westview School NPO; and Kyle Lee Sherling, new pig facility for Boys & Girls Country.

In addition these youth Achievements, several Eagle Scout Alumni will be honored for their “commitment to a life of service” as life-long Eagle Scouts, including John R. Curry, founder and former CEO, Gulfex, Inc.; Daniel G. Ownby, director, Buckeye Partners, L.P.; Charles E. Schneider, CFO for KBR, Inc.; Brian G. Smith, president and CEO, BSCI; Frank D. Tsuru, president and CEO, Momentum Energy Group; John P.Wilkirson, CFO and executive vice president, Cobalt International Energy, Inc.; Clay C. Williams, executive vice president and CFO, National Oilwell Varco, Inc.; David W. Hawes, principal, Hawes Hill Calderon, LLP. who will receive the local Outstanding Eagle Scout Award and Charles J. Jacobus, Sr., former mayor of Bellaire, Texas, who will receive the national Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.

For more information about the event, please visit or send an email to info(at)thegatheringofeagles-houston(dot)org.

About The Eagle Scout Award
The Eagle Scout Award is the highest award in Boy Scouts. Eagle Scouts are held to a higher standard of values and are committed to a life of service. Fewer than four (4) percent of all Boy Scouts, an estimated two (2) million young men, have earned the award since 1912. Eagle Scouts maintain this designation for life. The first Eagle Scout award in the Sam Houston Area Council was granted to H. Melton Palmer in 1916.

Eagle Scout candidates must provide leadership in completing a community service project and pass an extensive board of review before advancing to the rank of Eagle. Eagle Scouts maintain this designation for life. Eagle Scouts include, President of United States Gerald R. Ford; astronauts Neil Armstrong, James Lovell, and many others; Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg along with a Supreme Court Justice, U.S. Senators, State Governors, Fortune 500 CEOs, Entrepreneurs, and Nobel Prize Winners.

About the Eagle Scout Association
The Eagle Scout Association--SHAC is a fellowship of Eagle Scouts in the Greater Houston Area organized “to perpetuate the growth of Scouting through the power of adult Eagle Scout leadership” by providing a formal structure for re-engaging Eagle Scout alumni through networking, recognition and service.

Contact the Eagle Scout Association—SHAC at info(at)thegatheringofeagles-houston(dot)org

About the Sam Houston Area Council (SHAC)
SHAC delivers the Boy Scouting program to more than 50,000 youth in the Greater Houston Area, covering a 16-county area, with the help of more than 20,000 volunteers and 1,300 chartered partners. The Boy Scouting program serves youth from first grade through age 20 in the areas of outdoor skills, personal fitness, leadership, and lifelong ethical values.

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Eagle Scout Assn - Sam Houston Area Council, BSA
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