Boy Scouts’ National Chief Scout Executive to present award to John Fassler June 23

Press Release

Contact:  Jack Sherick, Assistant Scout Executive, 761-6000 (Scout office)
Mary Matelich, Public Relations VP, 899-4256

GREAT FALLS, MT:  On Thursday, June 23rd at 3:30pm, the National Chief Scout Executive, Mr. Robert Mazzuca, will present the National Hall of Leadership award to Montana Council’s only recipient, John Fassler, at the Boy Scouts’ Service Center, 820 17th Ave. So.

The nomination of John Fassler for the National Hall of Leadership Award describes some of the reasons why John was selected:

He has positively affected the lives of many people through his years of service to Scouting, Little League, area charities, and incarcerated people.  John served as Scoutmaster for Great Falls Troop 1004 for more than 30 years, until his retirement in 2005. He received the Outstanding Scoutmaster Award, District Award of Merit, and the Silver Beaver Award. In addition to his Scouting, John coached Little League for 35 years. His service to youth is legendary.

In a Great Falls Tribune article, he was asked why, when his own kids are grown, when his energy level should be decreasing, and when parental interference seems to be increasing, does he continue to devote so much time to youth. Fassler smiled, then answered with a story. “A few years ago, I was headed to the Big Hole fishing,” he said, “and I stopped in a sporting goods store in Butte. Well, the man there behind the counter said ‘Mr. Fassler, Mr. Fassler.’ I had no idea who it was, but he remembered me.” That, said Fassler, is what it’s all about. “It just makes you feel good when kids remember you.” John serves as Charity Manager for St. Vincent de Paul. John makes regular visits to our state prisons in Great Falls and Deer Lodge. John Fassler’s life serves as the best Montana example of truly living the Scout Oath and Law each day.

Mr. Mazzuca will share how the BSA is staying relevant to youth today through the new programming and technology adoption, while remaining true to the core values that have enabled Scouting to deeply impact millions of lives. Specifically, he’ll discuss:

  • Plans to launch a “healthy living” initiative to make sure Scouts, and all young people, are healthy in mind, body and spirit.
  • Recent updates to current programs to help meet the evolving needs of both youth and parents.
  • The BSA’s new focus on technology, including offering new merit badges for Geocaching, Inventing and Robotics; making merit badge books available in an e-reader format; making the Scout handbook available as an iPhone application, and changes to the Boy Scout uniform that make it fit better with kids’ modern lifestyles.

For more information, please contact Jack Sherick, 761-6000.