Newton-Rock­dale Coun­ties Had Fine Record in 1960

The Covington News - - LOOKING BACK -

En­thu­si­as­tic Scout­ing of­fi­cials of the Newton-Rock­dale Dis­trict, B.S.A. held their first meet­ing of 1961 Tues­day night at the Teen-Can Build­ing in Cov­ing­ton and mapped out plans for the big­gest scout­ing year ever.

E.G. Las­siter, Jr., dis­trict chair­man, presided over the meet­ing and called on the chair­men of the other phases of the Scout­ing pro­gram to re­port on their pro­posed ac­tiv­i­ties for the com­ing year.

Dis­trict Scout Ex­ec­u­tive Charles Pat­ter­son re­ported to the group of lead­ers that the Newton Dis­trict closed out the year 1960 with a ter­rific record.

The re­port showed a gain of two scout units and 60 more boys over the 1959 record, thus giv­ing the Newton-Rock­dale Dis­trict 45 units and 750 Boy Scouts.

Pat­ter­son lauded the work of the dis­trict of­fi­cers and scout­mas­ters and was very pleased that the dis­trict didn’t drop a sin­gle unit in 1960. He pointed out that this record was “very un­usual.”

The goal set for 1961 for the Newton – Rock­dale Dis­trict is to carry Scout­ing to 845 boys, an in­crease of 95 over 1960, and to or­ga­nize six more units to give a to­tal of 51 Boy Scout troops and Ex­plorer posts in this area.

“I am happy to an­nounce that we will not hold a Boy Scout Fund Drive in the Newton– Rock­dale Dis­trict in 1961.”

B.B. Snow of Por­terdale, fi­nance chair­man, told the gath­er­ing, “We promised the peo­ple of this dis­trict dur­ing the 1960 drive that if our cause was sup­ported sub­stan­tially we would not hold another drive for two years, and we in­tend to keep that prom­ise.”

He also pointed out that the peo­ple in this area would be much more will­ing to sup­port the 1962 drive, sched­uled in the Spring, if a drive were not held this year.

The Newton – Rock­dale Dis­trict had a very suc­cess­ful fund drive in 1960. Di­rec­tor Pat­ter­son said that $153,000 was raised for the new Bert Adams Camp project alone in this dis­trict.

Fig­ures show that the Scout­ing pro­gram in the Newton–Rock­dale dis­trict is presently reach­ing one out of five boys of Scout­ing age.

Pat­ter­son said that the best work in the dis­trict is be­ing done with boys of Ex­plor­ing age. “Ex­plor­ing,” Pat­ter­son said, “is our Scout pro­gram’s low ebb in most dis­tricts, but not so in Newton–Rock­dale.”

Pat­ter­son also was elated to see that all of the dis­trict of­fi­cers were present at the Tues­day meet­ing.

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