It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Roy Rhodes on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. Roy joined this council in 1972 and has been a pillar of the Scouting brotherhood since then. Many youth grew up in the program with Roy serving in some adult leadership capacity, many adults shared their Scouting passions with Roy, and all shall miss his wisdom and fellowship. Roy served most recently with Boy Scout Troop 99, Woodlore Camping School, the Order of the Arrow, the Menawa District Committee, and the Council Executive Board.
Visitation is Friday, May 31, 2013, from 6 PM until 8 PM, at the First United Methodist Church located at 217 S. Main Street in Enterprise, AL.
Funeral services are Saturday, June 1, 2013, at 2 PM, at the First United Methodist Church located at 217 S. Main Street in Enterprise, AL.
All Scouts and Scouters should wear their full BSA Field Uniform, including Merit Badge Sash for youth members. Scouts attending Woodlore will also attend the services since Mr. Rhodes was a big part of that program.
You may honor Roy through the council Memorial and Tribute Fund. Learn more at Memorials & Tributes.
National Executive Committee Approves Membership Standard Resolution
May 23, 2013
BSA Membership Standards
We appreciate your participation and support of Scouting as we help equip your children with the life skills to become good, strong citizens. Throughout Scouting’s 103 years, our focus has remained the same — to accomplish incredible things for young people and the communities we serve. During the recent membership policy review process, we have continued to stay focused on that which unites us, reaching and serving young people to help them grow into good, strong citizens. As an integral part of the Scouting family, I want to take a moment to briefly update you about our membership policy.
In February, the Boy Scouts of America embarked on the most comprehensive listening exercise in its history to consider the impact of potential changes to its membership standards policy on the organization and gather perspectives from inside and outside of the Scouting family. This review created an outpouring of feedback from both those who agree with the current policy and those who support a change.
On May 23, following this review, the approximately 1,400 voting members of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Council approved a resolution to remove the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation alone. The resolution also reinforces that Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting. A change to the current membership policy for adult leaders was not under consideration; thus, the policy for adults remains in place. As the National Executive Committee just completed a lengthy review process, there are no plans for further review on this matter.
While people have different opinions about this policy, we can all agree that kids are better off when they are in Scouting. Going forward, our Scouting family will continue to focus on reaching and serving youth in order to help them grow into good, strong citizens. America’s youth need Scouting, and by focusing on the goals that unite us, we can continue to accomplish incredible things for young people and the communities we serve.
Chief Scout Executive
Boy Scouts of America
After 37 years of service to the Alabama-Florida Council, Bonita Hovey has decided to retire effective May 31st. We are saddened by her departure and yet joyous for her. In Bonita’s own words, "You don’t work at a place for 37 years unless you love what you do."
In honor of her dedicated service, the Council Executive Committee, by special proclamation, has declared Thursday, May 30, 2013 as Bonita Hovey Day. A daylong celebration will be held to give volunteers and staff an opportunity to share their best wishes. We will have refreshments throughout the day with a special presentation for Bonita at 5:30 PM.
Please join us as we celebrate the years of service Bonita has given to the Alabama-Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Cards of congratulations, plus donations for a retirement gift can be sent to:
Boy Scouts of America
C/O Bonita Hovey Day
6801 W. Main Street
Dothan, Al 36305-6937
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