Introducing the Class of 2023 Silver Beavers

The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given at the council level. This nomination form must be sent to the local council.

Each year we receive nominations for volunteers throughout the council that have gone above and beyond for local Scouting programs. We are proud to introduce this year’s class of Silver Beavers.

Bob Hann

First of our Class of 2023 Silver Beaver, we are honored to introduce you to Bob Hann from Sunriver, OR. Mr. Hann joined the Crater Lake Council in 2016 after a 18-year distinguished Scouting career with the Aloha Council in Hawaii. He received his Eagle Scout Rank and OA membership in 1959. Later on he received the OA Vigil Honor in 1963 and the OA Founders award in 2007. In 2011 Bob was awarded the Distinguished Eagle Scout title and NESA Outstanding Eagle Service Award in 2011.
He was appointed Assistant Council Commissioner in August of 2016 and began providing training to the Commissioner staff in addition to his other duties. He accepted the role of Council Commissioner in 2019. In that role he provided solid mentoring and support through some of our hardest times as a council. In 2020 we restructured from a districts-level structure to a council-level structure, and Bob went above and beyond to help make that move more seamless.
Today Bob is serving on the Council Executive Board and helps with the Commissioner function when he is able. Many of us thank him for being “Mr. Fix It” since his ability to guide and mentor us through problems always make the task at hand seem smaller. He currently lives with his wife Joan in Sunriver, OR in their retirement home.

Fred Schroeder

Up next in our line-up for the Silver Beaver Class of 2023 we are delighted to introduce Mr. Fred Schroeder. Fred began his Scouting life as a youth, obtaining the Eagle Scout rank in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. When his own son Byron joined Cub Scouts, he was quick to jump back in to serve as a Den Leader through to Scouts BSA and became Scoutmaster.
Fred then served as District Chair for little more than a year – at the time of district restructuring he moved to the position of District Commissioner. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, he acted as the glue that held Scouting in Central Oregon together. To keep Scouts engaged, he made sure that his actions kept them active. He continues to hold monthly leader meetings in Bend.
Today, Fred Schroeder is a family law attorning living in Bend, OR with his wife Cherish and their family. H attends Council Executive Board meetings while still serving as District Commissioner. He acts as the voice of Bend, OR in order to be the link of information between the Scouting area he serves and to the rest of the council.

Erik Johnsen

Erik Johnsen began his Scouting as a Cub Scout, receiving his Arrow of Light in 1993. From there be went through the Scouting program and became an Eagle Scout in 1998. He has been a member of the OA since 1995 and recently attained his OA Brotherhood.
Erik is involved with our units out in Jacksonville, OR acting as a Committee Member for Pack 3017, Troop 0017, and Troop 8017. His dedication to keeping Scouting programs continue to grow throughout the Crater Lake Council is humbling. He has had notable success serving as the chair for the Wild Rivers District Membership Committee. Today he is in his third year as Council VP of Membership on the Council Executive Board. His willingness to travel and donate his free time to grow Scouting has done much to keep our programs alive.
Erik resides with his wife Jami and their family in Jacksonville, OR. Outside of Scouting, Erik is active in doing work to improve his local community. He has served as Board Treasurer for Roots and Wings Community Preschool. Since 2018 he has served as a board member and current president for Madrone Trail Public Charter School. A man of still many hats, he is a sponsor and host for Recovery Café and still finds time to work as a partner at Cairn Investment Performance Consulting.

Bill Anderson

Last – but certainly not least – our final Silver Beaver for the Class of 2023 is none other than our own Council President William “Bill” Anderson. Bill is our newest Council President, taking on the role in July of 2022.
Bill was a youth in Scouting , receiving his Eagle Scout rank and OA membership in 1977. His time as an adult Scouter began in May of 2000, spending 10 of those years at the unit level as a committee member, Venture Crew advisor, and Assistant Scoutmaster. He also spent a year on the Fremont District Committee. In March of 2020, Bill began serving on the Council Executive Board before taking on his current role. Bill isn’t just a man who sits behind the desk with his title, though. He is active on the Council Training Committee and has spent part of this summer as Camp McLoughlin’s Camp Commissioner. It is a great (and fun) way for him to become more acquainted with more of the council.
Outside of Scouting, Bill works tirelessly within his community. He was awarded a Distinguished Service Award for his accomplishments as President/CEO of Mid-Oregon Credit Union. He is also the President of the Rotary Club of Bend and serves as the Board Chair of Economic Development of Central Oregon. In the past he was the a budget committee member for Deschutes County, and he is also experienced as a NW Credit Union Association Board Chair. At this time, Bill and his wife Tina are enjoying retirement from the banking industry at their home in Powell Butte, OR.