Dan Ownby Joins World Scout Committee

Dan OwnbyDALLAS, Texas (January 27, 2011)—Houston energy executive and Sam Houston Area Council board member Dan Ownby will serve as one of a 12-member committee of volunteers from around the world that represents more than 31 million Scouts from 220 countries and territories. His election was made at the recent World Scout Conference in Brazil—where it was also announced the 24th World Scout Jamboree will be held in the United States.

Ownby, a lifelong member of the Scout program, is an Eagle Scout, a member of the Boy Scouts of America’s honor society, Order of the Arrow, and has served in numerous Scouting positions in the Houston area—most recently as chairman of the council’s centennial camporee, SHACJam, which was attended by over 27,000 participants. Ownby is a member of the BSA’s International Committee and the U.S. Foundation for International Scouting, and has been active with international Scouting for over a decade.

His earliest connection with international Scouting dates back to a summer at the Cub Scout day camp in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he became acquainted with two international Scouts visiting from Holland. Much of his adult life has revolved around helping kids in the Scouting program and introducing Scouts from different parts of the world to Scouting opportunities. Ownby was instrumental in establishing an exchange program with Scouts from the Republic of Georgia. Through the 7-year-old exchange program, Scouts from the republic have had the opportunity to work with Scouts at camps in the Houston area, advancing their leadership skills and sharing their culture.

Ownby’s primary goal for the committee is to help nations utilize Scouting to develop their next generation of leaders. He commends the leadership provided by former World Scout Committee Chairman and former BSA National President Rick Cronk, who has laid the groundwork for building a program that will attract young people from around the world.
Ownby and his wife, Allison, reside in the Houston area.

Parmar OATC Scholarship

PJ Parmar lost his mother last Sunday. She found peace after fighting a lengthy battle with cancer.

We have all faced tough challenges throughout our lives requiring us to draw upon strength from our family, friends, and memories. Some of PJ’s strongest memories include his time at Philmont–working with wonderful people amongst God’s country. PJ continued his work at Philmont over the last two decades leaving many memorable contributions to the ranch, including building upon fellowship with friends, donating hard labor, and practicing medicine at the Health Lodge. We would like to create an OATC scholarship in PJ’s mother’s name as an honor to PJ and the mountains we have climbed, both metaphorically and here on earth.

We all know what Philmont meant to us, some found love, some found passion, all found inspiration. A fully funded scholarship would annually provide one youth an opportunity to explore the magic of Philmont. Would you be willing to consider making a contribution to help others experience Philmont’s magic? To help others see the azure skies and to meet such great people as yourself? These friendships last a lifetime and the experiences can help provide a solid foundation to face future challenges.

If you would like to contribute to this worthwhile cause, please send payments to:

Philmont Scout Ranch
Attention: PSA – Parmar OATC Scholarship
17 Deer Run Road
Cimarron, NM 87714

Or donate online.

Sincerely,
Jon Seim
[email protected]

HL Hembree Passes

Ranch Committee Member H.L. Hembree III, former chairman of Arkansas Best Corporation in Fort Smith, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, according to his family. Born Nov. 16, 1931, Hembree was 79.

The SSSAC Great Room is named in Hembree’s honor.

The City Wire

Thanks From the Villa

October 12, 2010

Dear PSA Members,

I just wanted to say a big, big “Thank you” to everyone who helped with the Villa reception that kicked off this autumn’s Ranch Committee gathering.

You were charming as you helped the guests in and out of the vintage cars, you were excellent hosts as folks strolled through the Villa, and you did a great job of facilitating the honoring of Harry Bovay.  I’m really not quite sure how we could have carried this off without you.

I enjoyed catching up with those of you from the past and it was a pleasure meeting others of you for the first time.

Philmont is looking great right now – the cottonwoods along the main road are half-way to orange as autumn motors through the area and there’s a hint of stormy weather for the high country.  The Autumn Adventure program at CHQ has been busily successful and PTC has been non-stop-busy with lots of different council groups coming and going.  We’re hosting an archaeological conference at PTC this coming weekend.  It will be the first one in 26 years.  Warren Lail (currently at Highlands University) is heading it up and archaeologists from all over the country will be attending.  We’re hoping that this might be the first of many more to come.

I hope that autumn is bringing lots of beautiful color to your neck of the woods and I hope the rest of the year goes smoothly and happily.  Many thanks again for your help with the “Big Reception”.  All of our guests were more than impressed with all that you did for them.

Until next time, be safe and take care,

Nancy Klein