On behalf of the Executive Board and Scout Executive James Westfall, congratulations to our class of 2021 Silver Beavers. These wonderful Scouters were nominated by fellow volunteers and selected by a group of past Silver Beaver recipients who made up the selection committee.
The Silver Beaver is the highest honor a local Council can bestow on a registered adult volunteer and is recognition of volunteer work done at the District and Council levels. Congratulations to a well-deserved group of individuals! These individuals will honored at the Crater Lake Council Annual Dinner on Saturday, August 14th.
Rick Bailey was born in Bend and have bounced around Oregon a little, but always returned to Central Oregon because it is such a special place. Besides his mom, dad, and step-dad, Rick was blessed to know some of the distinguished individuals that made Bend such a great place as well as many mentors who took him under their wing after his father passed. All these people showed him the great importance of family (blood or not), hard work and giving time and effort back to your community. Because of their influences he has been involved with Deschutes United Way as a board member and board president, helped found St. Thomas Academy in Redmond, served on the Redmond 2J School District Board for 8 years, as well as in Scouts, where he has been a den leader, Cub Master, District Committee member twice, District Vice Chair, and briefly District Chair.
Michelle began her journey in Scouting as a mom. When a prominent committee member in her sons’ troop unexpectedly moved out of state, she was asked to take on those responsibilities to help those Scouts continue with their rank advancements. She held it for almost 10 years and has helped many Scouts! After her oldest joined the Order of the Arrow, the Boy Scout’s national honor society, she was nominated and became an active member. Her vigil name is “mother of love and nourishment” and enjoys feeding large numbers of Scouts on a very small budget. Michelle is currently the advisor to the treasurer in Lo La’Qam Geela Lodge, Order of the Arrow.
Russell A. Dunn
Russell A. Dunn (Russ) began Scouting in 1961 with Troop 44 in the San Fernando Valley Council, California. He was an 11 year old Boy Scout and progressed to Eagle Scout in 1966. He remained in Boy Scouts to age 18, then became a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster. Russ served 25 years at the Klamath Falls, Oregon police department. He received the Medal of Valor in 1985 during a S.W.A.T. team operation. He retired as a detective in 2005. Russ reengaged in Scouting in 2010 as the District Chairman of the Klamath District, Crater Lake Council to the present. He also served as the chairman of the Friends of Scouting campaign for the District and to the present. Russ continues to support youth in Scouting as the Klamath District Chairman.
Susie Smelser is a Scout mom living in Eureka, CA. She is currently a leader in the Council through the Order of the Arrow as an Associate Advisor, helping with technological advances and coordinating youth to allow them every opportunity to succeed in their leadership endeavors. She rebuilt and revitalized the Pacific Rivers Cub Scout Day Camp program, bringing strong program and recruitment ideas into it to get that camp back running again and continued on as a top staffer after many years of running it. She also served as a District Executive, but during that time exceeded her DE responsibilities with a full-time level of volunteer responsibilities throughout. She has been a mainstay as a top volunteer at all District activities like Spook-Er-Ree, Camporee, Merit Badge Jamborees, District Recognition Dinners, Chapter OA Events, and more.
Ken Moffett is the president of Real Property Management & Maintenance living in Fortuna, CA. He began his Scouting as a Cub Scout earning his Arrow of Light, the highest Cub Scout rank, in 1979. As a youth he was awarded the Eagle Rank, the highest Scouts BSA rank, in 1986. He has been a mainstay in all Camp and Order of the Arrow functions in Humbolt County since the early 80’s, beginning with his induction into the OA. This led him to Camp Hetten Cove Staff and Junior Leader Training. In OA he served as Mow-A-Toc Chapter Advisor, Lodge Vigil Advisor, and Ordeal Cook. At the Section level he was Conclave Trading Post and Auctions Advisor for many years until the Council realignment brought Pacific Rivers to Crater Lake Council. Ken’s OA and camping experiences makes him a valuable member of the District Properties Committee. He is now the chair of that committee and a member of our Council Properties Committee.