Venturing

All,

Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, otherwise known as coronavirus, all meetings and events run by the District Committee have been postponed.

We are communicating as we gather information via email lists, so please make sure your leaders are on the district email list and that their position is listed correctly. This will allow us to get them specific information that relates to them.

There are many ways to continue Scouting while maintaining social distancing and we encourage everyone to take advantage of those opportunities.

Please reach out to your commissioners during this time if you have any questions, concerns, or are in need of guidance. That is why they commission!

Yours In Scouting,

Chris Blocher, Tonkawa Assistant District Commissioner

Scouters,

In response to the email sent out on March 13, 2020 by Scout Executive John Coyle instructing Longhorn Council Scouters to follow the school district calendars and not to commence meetings or activities until at least March 27th. Being that we serve scouts and leaders in multiple school districts and that we will not be able to meet to finalize awards and plans for the banquet until the day of the banquet if we adhere to this directive, district leadership has decided to postpone the District Award Banquet.

Once the district committee has finalize plans for the future date, we will address any needs for refunds or updated reservations for the event.

Please continue to scout safely!

Lewis Gonzales, District Chair & Bob Hammer, District Commissioner

REMINDER: All Award Nomination are due no later than February Roundtable.  Please submit them directly to Gary Utrup or through the link https://www.tonkawaawards.com

Topsanah District is performing Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) on March 6th, 2020 at 5:30 PM until March 7th, 2020 at 7:00 PM. This Friday/Saturday training for Scouts BSA leaders and Cub Scout leaders moving into Scouts BSA will be held at Briarwood Camp.  If you have any questions or wish to register, please contact Fran Zaccaria.

The first step in the implementation of the recommendations made by the Service Assessment Committee which were unanimously approved by the Executive Board of the Longhorn Council, November 19, 2019 is the formation of the 2020 District Nomination Committees for the newly formed 12 traditional Scouting Districts.

The nominating committee has a major responsibility mandated in Standard Local Council Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws which states: Form a slate compromised of nominees for District Chair, one or more Vice Chairs, and District Members at Large, plus a nominee to be submitted by the District Chair for Council Executive Board approval to serve as District Commissioner.

Wayne Haythorn has graciously agreed to serve as the Chairman of the nominating committee for the merging of Tonkawa and Topsanah Districts. At the January district meeting, he presented the process and procedure to be followed. He is selecting 3-4 registered Scouters from each district (for a total of 7 or 9 on the committee) and is looking for representation from all facets of Scouting. He'd like each program in Scouting represented as well as all of the geographic 'regions' of the new district. Since this is an open process, he would like input from ALL SCOUTERS on who should be considered for this committee.

Wayne is a life long scouter, most recently serving as the Council OA Lodge Advisor. He has continue in Scouting beyond his sons' years in the program and maintains many relationships within many of the Troops, Packs, Postsand Crews in both districts. The District Committees are excited to support Wayne in this role.

All recommendations must be to Wayne before the February Roundtable as the membership of the nominating committee needs to be publicly announced 30 - 60 days before the April business meeting (which is scheduled prior to April Roundtable).

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