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Eagle Scout Alumni Association

San Diego-Imperial Council

 

Message from the ESAA President

 

Hello ESAA Board members and friends,

Ordinarily my monthly message contains news of upcoming events, and programs, accomplishments attained, and a restatement of our Scouting principles to guide us forward. Regrettably, the effects Covid-19 have deeply impacted our calendar and accomplishments.
 
For example, the NESA Western Region Scholarship selection meeting scheduled for April 4, 2020 in San Jose has been cancelled. The Western Region Board had already converted the meeting into a conference call only session. However, the BSA National Staff are unable to provide the necessary technical support for the meeting due to Covid-19. I will certainly report back to you when the meeting is rescheduled.
 
Our joint venture in April with I Love A Clean San Diego has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 20, 2020.  Governance of the San Diego Imperial Council has gone virtual for the month of March. Our Council Board meeting was by conference call only. All Council facilities are closed. All Council group events, meetings, and training sessions have been cancelled for the month of March. 
 
Despite these setbacks Covid-19 reinforces and magnifies the value and benefits of our allegiance, and commitment to the bedrock of the Scouting principles set forth in the Scout Oath and Law.
 
The moral compass of Scouting is more important and relevant than ever during this pandemic.  We need to keep ourselves physically strong and mentally awake.  How else can we help others at all times?  Being helpful, friendly courteous, and kind will certainly benefit our entire community. Public health officials are constantly advocating the benefits of personal hygiene, and cleanliness. As an Eagle Scout I have every confidence you are up for these challenges.
 
It is my sincere hope for you and your family to remain safe and healthy as we navigate this unchartered territory.

Best Regards,

Dan Mazzella
ESAA
President, 2020

During this time of crisis, we would like to remind you that "a Scout is helpful." 


The state has provided a list of essential services which include “Workers who support food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, such as those residing in shelters.”
 
There are some essential services that rely heavily on volunteer support and are currently facing staffing shortages.  One such agency is our partner in the 2020 Scouting for Food campaign, The San Diego Food Bank.  They are in need of people 11 years or older to work three hour shifts. .
 

There are many other agencies in need, probably one in your neighborhood. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
 

  • Are you providing an “essential service” as defined by the state?
  • Do you need Personal Protective Equipment to perform the service or will other precautionary methods suffice?  California Department of Public Health: Use of Personal Protective Equipment during COVID-19
  • Have you contacted the agency you plan to volunteer  with to help to ensure that they are ready for you or your group and that your volunteer efforts will comply with all state executive orders and safety protocols?
  • If you are participating as a unit, have you reviewed this plan with your unit leadership, including your chartered organization? 
  • Will you be able take proper precautions at all times including travel to and from?
 
Be sure to keep health and safety—both your own and others’-- at the forefront of all you do. Minimizing the spread of the coronavirus is the most helpful thing you can do.
 
Please let us know if you hear about Scouts in our community that are making a difference.

Dues:


Please pay your 2020 dues of $20, you can pay for multiple years if you wish so $100 will get your dues through 2024 paid, or purchase your lifetime membership for $300.

You can contact Debbie Lenart, (619)298-6121 ext 235, or Debbie.Lenart@scouting.org, to pay your dues or find out if you are current. You can also pay your dues online here.

Mission Statement


The purpose of the San Diego - Imperial Council Eagle Scout Alumni Association (ESAA) is to support and enlarge the success of the Boy Scout movement and build fellowship among adult Eagles in San Diego and Imperial Counties. The ESAA achieves this purpose, by recruiting as many adult Eagle Scouts as possible to become Scouting volunteers, by supporting activities within the Council that promote the Scouts' advancement along the Trail to Eagle and by giving recognition to the young men who earn the rank of Eagle Scout.
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