Celebrating A Century of Service

Sam Houston Area Council Centennial Gala 

Thursday, October 16, 2014  -  Houston Hilton Americas

1914 was a significant year for the world, our country and the greater Houston communities. That’s when World War I started, when oil was discovered in Lake Maracaibo, when Henry Ford introduced the assembly line (for the Model T), when the first commercial flight occurred, when the first stone of the Lincoln Memorial was placed, when the Port of Houston opened -- and when the Houston Council (now Sam Houston Area Council) Boy Scouts of America was chartered to deliver the program of Scouting to the youth of Southeast Texas.   

When our Boy Scout Council was chartered we had a small membership -- 250 youths -- and the population of Houston was just 78,800 persons.  Life here was different then.  The average hourly wage was 37 cents, many homes did not have indoor plumbing, electricity or telephones, and most people did not own an automobile.  Scouting was different as well.  To earn 1st class rank (among other requirements), a Scout had to earn and deposit two dollars in a local bank, send and receive a message by semaphore, American Morse or Myer alphabet, and know how to help stop a runaway horse, handle a mad dog or treat a snake bite.

Much has happened in 100 years.  Advances in medicine and technology changed our world and how we live.  Scouting changed many of its requirements for advancement (a Scout is no longer required to know semaphore or how to deal with a mad dog).  Houston’s population exceeds 2 million individuals and the Sam Houston Area Council serves over 50,000 families each year.  Yet in the 100 years since our Council was chartered, the values of the Scout Oath and Law have remained the same -- and our communities still need to develop the character and leadership abilities of our youth.  Houston needs Scouting today as much as ever.

We invite all those that have supported Scouting thru the years and those that have an interest in the future to join us at the Sam Houston Area Council Centennial Gala.  This evening event is scheduled for Thursday, October 16, 2014 at the Houston Hilton Americas.  Dr. Robert M. Gates, Distinguished Eagle Scout and National President of the Boy Scouts of America, is the keynote speaker. 

Participation and Sponsorship levels are:


Century  $100,000

Four tables (40 places) at the Centennial Gala and all Eagle sponsor benefits, plus name recognition from stage.


Eagle  $50,000

Three tables (30 places) and Life sponsor benefits, plus name/logo in Houston Business Journal event promotion.


Life  $25,000

Two tables (20 places) and Star sponsor benefits, plus VIP reception for all guests.


Star  $15,000

One table (10 places) and First Class sponsor benefits, plus name/logo included in commemorative


First Class  $10,000

One table (10 places), VIP reception for two guests, valet parking, name listed in invitation, program and video, “A Century of Service” coffee table books for all guests, and a signed copy of “DUTY” by Dr. Robert M. Gates.


Scout  $5,000

Four seats at the Gala, valet parking, name listed in the Gala program, and four copies of “A Century of Service” coffee table book.


Participant  $1,000

Two seats at the Gala and one commemorative “A Century of Service” coffee table book (delivered in 2015).


Best Wishes

If unable to attend, we would graciously accept your gift to help Scouts reach their goal.


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Jim Rees
Director of Development
(713) 756-3315, office
(713) 213-4030, mobile
(713) 865-9147, fax