James E. West Fellowship Award

The James E West Fellowship Award nationally recognizes individuals who contribute $1,000 or more in cash or securities to the Sam Houston Area Council's permanent Endowment. Individuals may contribute monies toward a fellowship in honor of someone else: an Eagle Scout, parent, graduate, Silver Beaver award recipient, Vigil Honor recipient, Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, retiree, volunteer, or special loved ones including non-Scouters, youth or adults.

Fellowships can also be provided "in memory of" a departed loved one, business associate or special Scouter or non-Scouter. With the Cockrell Foundation Matching Gift program, even a gift of $500 can qualify you as a member of the James E. West Fellowship.

The award is named after the first chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America who exemplified Ralph Waldo Emerson's observation that "An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man." Today, Scouting is the "lengthened shadow" of the more than three decades of the farseeing and dedicated leadership of Dr. James E. West.

Contributions to the endowment fund through the James E. West Fellowship are never spent; only the interest is used to further the programs and outreach of the Sam Houston Area Council. Members of the Sam Houston Area Council's endowment societies are recognized with their names are displayed in the lobby of the Cockrell Scout Center.

To encourage donations to the Sam Houston Area Council’s endowment, The Cockrell Foundation will be providing a dollar for dollar match of all gifts in the amount of $500 - $25,000 made to the endowment fund by December 15, 2014. The national endowment recognitions of James E. West and the Second Century Society recognizes supports of the Sam Houston Area Council’s endowment. The 2014 mission is to raise one million dollars in support of the council’s endowment.

James E. West Recognition Levels

  • $1,000+ Bronze Member Level: Certificate & Pin
  • $5,000+ Silver Member Level: Certificate & Pin
  • $10,000+Gold Member Level: Certificate & Pin
  • $15,000+Diamond Member Level: Certificate & Pin
  • $25,000+ Become a Second Century Society Member

(Donors may make cumulative gifts to reach Silver, Gold, and Diamond Levels)

To make a James E. West gift matched by The Cockrell Foundation, complete the paper form for mail/fax or contribute online using paypal, check, or a credit/debit card. Completed forms should be mailed to the Council Office at 2225 North Loop W, Houston, TX 77008.

If you would like to join the team of volunteers who promote this program with Scouters in their area, please contact Devin D. Koehler, CFRE at (713) 756-3321.

FAQ

What is a James E. West Fellowship Award?
The James E. West Fellowship Award is a recognition authorized by the National Council, BSA and presented by the Sam Houston Area Council for individuals and chartered units who contribute $1,000 or more in cash or securities to the Sam Houston Area Council Endowment. This contribution is in addition to, and should not diminish or replace, the donor's annual gift to Friends of Scouting campaign.
Who was James E. West?
James E. West was appointed to the position of chief Scout executive in 1910 by the founding leadership of Scouting in America. West worked with Sir Robert Baden-Powell, Daniel Carter Beard, Ernest T. Seton, and many interested community leaders to give direction to the infant program of Boy Scouts of America. On January 2, 1911, West and others formed the National Council, B.S.A. During that year the Scout Oath, Law, badges and fundamental policies were established. Under his leadership over the next 33 years, Scouting grew and matured into the program we recognize and enjoy today. "Scouting today is the lengthened shadow of more than three decades of the farseeing and dedicated leadership of Dr. James E. West."
Why is James E. West Recognized?
James E. West is credited with not only helping form Scouting but guiding, protecting, and nurturing the program through many critical challenges. His leadership and foresight into the value of and need for Scouting in this country exemplified Ralph Waldo Emerson's observation that "...an institution is the lengthened shadow of one man." Little Jimmy's Story
Who can become a James E. West Fellow?
Organizations or individuals may contribute an award in honor of someone - an Eagle Scout, a Silver Beaver recipient, Council, District or unit Scouter, or in memory of a departed loved one. There can be no finer honor paid to a Scouter than to be named a James E. West Fellow, indicating that the nominee is in the same spirit and dedication to Scouting as was James E. West. Those who are recognized by the James E. West Fellowship Award will cast their own "lengthened shadow" as they help ensure the Scouting legacy by helping create the financial stability needed to carry Scouting in the next century.
How is the James E. West Fellowship Recognized?
The James E. West Fellowship Award is an attractive 8 X 10 inch certificate, personalized with the honorees name, date of gift and presented in a bound presentation folder. In addition, there will be a distinctive lapel pin and an embroidered square knot. Each honorees name will be displayed on the James E. West Fellow display in the Cockrell Scout Center of the Sam Houston Area Council. The recognition is immediate and may be presented after the commitment is paid to become a James E. West Fellowship member.
How The Cockrell Foundation Matching Gift Program can help you?
To help promote the James E. West program, The Cockrell Foundation has partnered with the Sam Houston Area Council to promote gifts to endowment. The Cockrell Foundation will match your individual gift dollar for dollar from $500 up to the lifetime cumulative maximum of $25,000. With the match you will be recognized as a James E. West Fellow.

More Information

For more information about the endowment programs of the Sam Houston Area Council, please contact:

Devin D. Koehler, CFRE
Senior Development Director of Endowment
(713) 756-3321
 Devin.Koehler@shac.org