The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

December 25, 2011

Robin L. Quillon | Support Boy Scouts – turning boys into men

Robin L. Quillon

— I have the wonderful honor of serving as the 2012 chairman of the Greater Johnstown Partners for Scouting Campaign.

We kicked off our fundraising campaign Dec. 14 at the Cambria County Association for the Blind and Handicapped office in Johnstown.

Over the years, we have recognized the finest citizens of our community with the Distinguished Citizen Award. 

The executive steering committee could not have selected a more deserving individual to honor this year than Richard “Dick “ Bosserman, who is the president of Cambria County Association for the Blind and Handicapped.

His contributions to this company and to the community of handicapped individuals are enormous.

His life of service to his fellow man reflects the values Scouting teaches its young men.

Indeed, Mr. Bosserman’s impact can be felt in the lives of people all over our region.

I am grateful to be working with such a dedicated team of Scouting professionals on this year’s campaign.

We are so blessed to have U.S. Rep. Mark Critz as our honorary chairman. In spite of his very hectic schedule, Mark and his team are always there for us.

The culmination of this fundraising effort will be the 42nd Harry E. Mangle Dinner.

As the chairman of this campaign, I have the privilege of working with true community patriots who invest long hours to make this event a success.

David Fyock and Barney Custer are our benefactor-level division champions. Rick Bausher will champion our sponsor level. Our guardian team champions consist of Terry Dietz and Matt DiFrancesco. 

 I have established a goal to raise $115,000.

This is an aggressive goal, but I believe it is attainable.

This money provides local services and support to all Scouting programs in Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Indiana and Somerset counties, and portions of Armstrong, Huntingdon and Westmorland counties.

We need your help to reach our goal.

No donation is too small, 91 cents of every dollar you donate goes directly to support area Scouting programs.

The Tribune-Democrat will be running an update weekly in the paper, listing the names of everyone who donates to this worthy cause.

Please find it in your heart to donate what you can. Your donation makes it possible for us to keep the programs of Scouting alive and well. Your donation will ensure continued service to more than 5,000 youths! Or as I like to call them, future leaders of America.

Please take a minute now and send what you can directly to my office here at the Tribune. You can make your tax-deductible donation to:

Laurel Highlands Council

Boy Scouts of America

c/o The Tribune Democrat/Boy Scouts

425 Locust St., Johnstown, Pa. 15907-0340.

I will make sure your donation makes it to the Laurel Highlands Council headquarters ASAP.

I would also like to honor your donation by publishing your name along with our weekly update goal thermometer. We will not be listing donation amounts.

Please support the Boy Scouts of America. This fine organization teaches values and principles that will serve our young men for the rest of their lives.

As a parent of an Eagle Scout, I’ve seen firsthand the benefits of this great organization.

We can’t do this without your help and support.


Robin L. Quillon is publisher of The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at

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