Sheri and I grew up in the small Wisconsin farm town of Rosendale. We were married shortly after high school. A lot of people thought we were crazy to get married so young. Truth be told, we were a bit crazy but we celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary at the end of August. We put each other through undergraduate school at UW-Oshkosh, where we both earned our bachelor’s degrees, and graduate school at Northern Illinois University, where we received our master’s degrees. We have grown together through good times, tough times, and great times. We are each other’s sounding board, moral support, and best friend. We enjoy going to minor league baseball and hockey games, camping, fishing, and hiking. Not to mention the occasional Disney Cruise.
Sheri’s degrees are in English. We are fortunate enough that she has the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom. Seven years ago we were blessed with our son Julius. He is smart, energetic, and very creative. He is a joy and manages to draw a little extra energy out of me at the end of the day. I am sure I am a much more patient father in my forties than I would have been in my younger years, and I probably am a little more prone to spoiling him too. He just started first grade and is a Tiger Cub.
I had the pleasure of serving as Lion Den Leader for Julius's Den last year. I had a Den of six boys and we had so much fun. What an incredible and rewarding experience being a Den Leader was. Not only did I get to be in Scouting with my son, but watching the six of them develop over the year was awesome. We continued to meet virtually March - May and earned 3 additional belt loops. Our Den Meetings were a highlight of our social distancing time and our Lions were all excited to see each other. I have now stepped into the role of Cubmaster. Serving as a Den Leader and Cubmaster has also given me a new perspective on the experience of a new volunteer. It has changed the way I look at how we support and encourage the volunteers who deliver the program to our Scouts. Simplifying processes and streamlining procedures to make their job as easy as possible so they can focus on their Scouts is so essential. This will ensure quality program delivery, increased retention, and a dynamic program that attracts more youth. I am looking forward to many more years of being a proud Scout parent.