The James E. West Fellowship Award nationally recognizes individuals who contribute $1,000 or more in cash or securities to the East Texas Area Council's permanent East Texas Boy Scout Foundation. Individuals may contribute monies toward a fellowship in honor of someone else: an Eagle Scout, a Graduate, a Silver Beaver/Vigil Honor recipient,Scoutmaster/Cubmaster, Retiree, council president or special loved ones including non-Scouters, youth or adults.
Fellowships can also be provided in memory of a departed loved one, business associate or special Scouter or non-Scouter.
The award is named after the first Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America who exemplified Ralph Waldo Emerson's observation that "an institution is the lengthened shadow of one man". Today, Scouting is the "lengthened shadow" of the more than three decades of the farseeing and dedicated leadership of Dr. James E. West.
Contributions to the East Texas Boy Scout Foundation through the James E. West Fellowship are never spent; only the interest is used to further the programs and outreach of the East Texas Area Council. As a member of the James E. West Fellowship, you may attend one of the Fellowship Weeks at Philmont Scout Ranch or Florida Sea Base. Contact Travis Rubelee or (903) 597-7201 for more information.
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James E. West Recognition Levels
$1,000+ Bronze Member Level: Certificate & Pin
$5,000+ Silver Member Level: Certificate & Pin
$10,000+ Gold Member Level: Certificate & Pin
$15,000+ Diamond Member Level: Certificate & Pin
$25,000+ Become a Second Century Society Member
(Donors may make cumulative gifts to reach Silver, Gold, and Diamond Levels)
New Council Shoulder Patch
Square Knot for Uniform Wear
Completed forms should be mailed to the Council Service Center at 1331 East 5th Street, Tyler, TX 75701 or faxed to (903) 597-0141 or sent via email. For more information on this or other endowment societies, please contact Travis Rubelee at email@example.com or (903) 597-7201.
What is a James E. West Fellowship Award?
The James E. West Fellowship Award is a recognition authorized by the National Council, BSA and presented by the East Texas Area Council for individuals and chartered units who contribute $1,000 or more in cash or securities to the East Texas Boy Scout Foundation. This contribution is in addition to, and should not diminish or replace, the donor's annual gift to Friends of Scouting Campaign.
Who was James E. West?
James E. West was appointed to the position of Chief Scout Executive in 1910 by the founding leadership of Scouting in America. West worked with Sir Robert Baden-Powell, Daniel Carter Beard, Ernest T. Seton, and many interested community leaders to give direction to the infant program of Boy Scouts of America. On January 2, 1911, West and others formed the National Council, B.S.A. During that year the Scout Oath, Law, badges and fundamental policies were established. Under his leadership over the next 33 years, Scouting grew and matured into the program we recognize and enjoy today. "Scouting today is the lengthened shadow of more than three decades of the farseeing and dedicated leadership of Dr. James E. West."
Why is he Recognized?
James E. West is credited with not only helping form Scouting but guiding, protecting, and nurturing the program through many critical challenges. His leadership and foresight into the value of and need for Scouting in this country exemplified Ralph Waldo Emerson's observation that "...an institution is the lengthened shadow of one man." Little Jimmy's Story
Who can Become a James E. West Fellow?
Organizations or individuals may contribute an award in honor of someone -- an Eagle Scout, a Silver Beaver recipient, Council, District or unit Scouter, or in memory of a departed loved one. There can be no finer honor paid to a Scouter than to be named a James E. West Fellow, indicating that the nominee is in the same spirit and dedication to Scouting as was James E. West. Those who are recognized by the James E. West Fellowship Award will cast their own "lengthened shadow" as they help ensure the Scouting legacy by helping create the financial stability needed to carry Scouting in the next century.
How is the James E. West Fellowship Recognized?
The James E. West Fellowship Award is an attractive 8 X 10 inch certificate, personalized with the honorees name, date of gift and presented in a bound presentation folder. In addition, there will be a distinctive lapel pin and an embroidered square knot and 2 limited edition Council Shoulder Patches. The recognition is immediate and may be presented after the commitment is paid to become a James E. West Fellowship member.