mausoleumThe Celebration of the Lives of Genevieve and Waite Phillips – February 1, 2014 in Los Angeles – is more than 7 months away but 20 persons have already registered and secured their places at this 50 years-in-the-waiting event. This many registrations, this early, is phenomenal and indicates a sold-out event.

February 1, 2014, is the first Saturday after the 50th Anniversary of the death of Waite Phillips, and most Celebration events will be held at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, the cemetery where both Phillips funerals were held and where both now rest. The Celebration events include a visit to their private mausoleum where the doors will be opened and you will be able to stand before the crypts of the two people who changed your lives. You will pay the respects for which you – and by that time one million Scouts who have hiked the Philmont trails — have waited a lifetime.

There is a hard ceiling of 140 persons for this event – this is the fire code limit for the chapel where the Celebration observance will be conducted (the same chapel where the Phillips funerals were conducted) and the restaurant where we will gather for lunch following the Celebration observance. When the 140 places are sold, you will be on the wait list.

If you do not clear the wait list, you will be on the outside looking in, missing the Celebration observance moderated by Philmont General Manager John Clark, an observance which includes musical tributes offered by Rod Taylor, a video presentation by “Philmont Movie” filmmaker Larry McLaughlin and a keynote address by Ed Pease. This talent, in this location, will never happen again. To avoid being on the outside looking in, register now.

Your cost for this event is $55 per person, and this includes the lunch. (The cash bar at lunch is on your own.) For full details and to register, go to

Don’t be shut out like you were at Tulsa or for the Celebration Trek!