The purr of the engine, the roar of the crowds, and the smell of food cooking at the food stand told you that this year's Tired Iron was ready to start!
On March 19th, this year's Tired Iron was made up of 3 separate races, the Jurassic Classic (up to 25 mph), the Jurassic Classic II (26-39 mph), and a very special race between three long time racers.
The Midnight Sun Council would like to thank the Tired Iron Committee and staff for holding this great event each year. The Tired Iron helps to support the Midnight Sun Council each year by donating part of the proceeds from the races and through radio advertising.
Thank you to our Toontuk OA Lodge for their help and for running the moose turd bowling and in setting up the course.
A big thank you to our Jamboree families for running the concession stand - a fund raising activity to help them pay for this summer's trip to the National Jamboree. If you'd like to help them get there, please send a donation to our Council Office and earmark it for the 2017 National Jamboree.
Pictures (from left to right)
- The day's special race between three long time racers. From the left, ages 93, 95, & 98. They raced one full lap and Urban Rahoi (98) won. They then took another lap just for fun. The 93 year old went on to race in the faster Jurassic Classic II race. Scouts, what do you think you will be doing when you're 98?.
- Scouts helping to set up the race and spectator areas.
- Scout Executive Stephen Smith was sponsored and entered this year's race representing the Midnight Sun Council, on a 1963 Hus Ski. He came in 5th place during the Jurassic Classic. click here to view the video on Facebook
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“My Friends, No great endeavor is accomplished alone.”
The time is fast approaching us now for our annual Friends of Scouting presentations to each unit. We conduct this unit level campaign through presentations made preferably at a Cub Scout Blue and Gold banquet, Boy Scout Court of Honor, and Venture parent’s night. Presentations are typically 5 to 7 minutes with time to collect pledge cards.
“Friends of Scouting” is a campaign to provide financial support to your local council. In our case, that is Midnight Sun Council. This support is in the form of a pledge or donation from a company, organization or individual to ensure the financial viability of a council. Each council, including Midnight Sun Council, must raise all of its own funds to support its operating budget. Councils receive excellent program support from our National office but no financial support is provided. Scouting continues to grow and thrive within our council for many reasons, not the least of which is funding. The Midnight Sun Council serves not only the Fairbanks North Star Borough but approximately 279,000 square miles (49%) of the State of Alaska. Each year the Friends of Scouting campaign is conducted annually among the parents of Scouts and volunteer leaders. Families are the ones who see firsthand the benefit of Scouting for their child. District and unit volunteers conduct the campaign in order to give all Scout families the opportunity to support the Scouting program. During the months of January through April, each Pack, Troop, Crew and Post should schedule a “Family” Friends of Scouting presentation. This presentation explains to parents how our Council is financed and educates them about our facilities, camps, resources and funding needs.
Click here for a FOS Pledge Card (coming soon)
The CFC is the official workplace giving campaign of the Federal government.
The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philantrophy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient and effective in providing Federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.
Similar to the United Way, Federal employees can donate to their favorite charities through giving at work or payroll deduction.
They would need to identify their charity through its designated ID code.
The Midnight Sun Council's code is: 64719
As you go throug this year's campaign, please consider using the CFC to donate to the Midnight Sun Council!
Since Scouting began in 1910, its variety of programs have helped children succeed and has provided a lifetime of memories to each child. The mission of the Midnight Sun Council Endowment Fund is to solicit and receive contributions and dispense funds to assist and support ongoing programs, development needs and operational expenses of the Midnight Sun Council, BSA. The long-range goals for the Endowment is to provide not only a reliable source of the distributable income, but to have the assets positioned and managed to provide for anticipated yearly increases in the needs of the Council.
Midnight Sun Council Heritage Society:
The Heritage Society is the collective group of individuals who have contributed to the Midnight Sun Council's Endowment Fund. The Fund provides a reliable source of funding to support Scouting programs now and into the future. Membership in the Heritage Society starts with a donation of $250 to the endowment fund. Additional giving levels within the society:
* Heritage Society Member: $250 minimum
* Sourdough Member - A deferred gift commitment to the Midnight Sun Council Endowment
James E West Fellowship: $1,000 or more in cash or market securities to the Midnight Sun Council Endowment Fund. Additional giving levels with this fellowship:
* Grand Teton Member - $2,500 minimum
* Pikes Peak Member - $5,000 minimum
* Mt. Whitney Member - $10,000 minimum
* Mt. McKinley Member - $15,000 minimum
1910 Society: $25,000 or more, outright or in a pledge payable within 5 years to the Midnight Sun Council Endowment. Additional giving levels within this fellowship:
* Ernest Thompson Seton Member - $25,000 minimum
* Daniel Carter Beard Member - $100,000 minimum
* Theodore Roosevelt Member - $500,000 minimum
* Waite Phillips Member - $1,000,000 minimum
The Founders Circle: $100,000 or more in the form of a deferred gift commitment to the Midnight Sun Council Endowment. Additional giving levels with this fellowship:
* Bronze Member - $100,000 minimum
* Silver Member - $250,000 minimum
* Gold Member - $500,000 minimum
* Platinum Member - $1,000,000 minimum