Horace Horton, Esq., Development Chair of the Board of Directors, Pine Tree Council, Boy Scouts of America announced that former, Governor John “Jock” McKernan will give the keynote address at this year’s annual State of Maine fundraiser on May 16 at Holiday Inn by the Bay. “We are thrilled to have Jock as our keynote speaker this year. As a former Maine Governor, Pine Tree Council Board President and Boy Scout, Jock exemplifies the values and teachings of Scouting,” said Horton, “self-reliance, self-discipline, and leadership.”
According to Eric Tarbox, Scout Executive, “the funds received in this campaign will assist with the services provided to the packs, troops, and explorer and venture crews in the Pine Tree Council. Training for adult leaders, district Cub and Scout activities, Scouting for Food Good Turn Project and camping programs are but a few of the activities and services provided to our communities.”
Portland attorney, Ken Gray and local insurance executive Jim Chalmers, co-chairmen of this year’s event, said “the local business community has come out annually and consistently for this event, which shows the immense support for Scouting in our area.”
Past speakers for this event include Governor LePage, and Senators Collins, King and Mitchell. The annual State of Maine luncheon is the Pine Tree Council’s Friends of Scouting Campaign event designed to engage those in the business and civic communities to hear the message of Scouting and the services provided by the local Scouts.