The champs are back! This Sunday, more than 12,000 Scouts will flock to a sold-out Kauffman Stadium for Scout Day at the K during the Royals first weekend homestand of 2016. But before the 2015 World Series Champions take the field, our council All-Stars will take center stage.
The presentation of the Ewing M. Kauffman Distinguished Eagle Scout Award is a Scout Day staple and will honor adult Eagle Scouts for their positive contributions to the Kansas City community. This year’s recipients will be recognized both on the field and during the Royal Gathering of Eagles prior to first pitch in the outfield concourse area.
William (Bill) Esry
Bill Esry is the President and CEO of Blue Ridge Bank and Trust. A leader in our community, Bill has served as President of the Rotary Club of Independence, Heart of America Council, Missouri Independent Bankers Association, as well as Chairman of the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation and Vice Chairman of the Centerpoint Hospital Board of Trustees. Bill earned his Eagle Scout Award in 1975 as a member of Troop 226.
Chuck Hoffman is the President of Hoffman Management. He has served the community as a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, World Business Council, Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program, and Junior Achievement of Middle America. He has served Scouting as a Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, and Heart of America Council Executive Board member. Chuck became an Eagle Scout in 1945 as a member of Troop 26.
Rev. Roger Jackson
Reverend Roger Jackson is a Presiding Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He has served as pastor in Malta Bend, MO, St. Joseph, MO, Yakima, WA, Denver, CO, and Kansas City, MO. He currently supervises 28 churches in the Greater Kansas City area. Reverend Jackson earned his Eagle Scout Award in 1960 as a member of Troop 199.
Zachary Shafran first joined Waddell & Reed in 1990 as an investment analyst. Today, he is Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager and Global Director of Equity and Fixed Income Research. Zack is also a member of the Heart of America Council Executive Committee and Board of Directors where he serves as the Vice President of Finance. He earned his Eagle Scout Award in 1979 as a member of Troop 59.
The Heart of America Council established the Ewing M. Kauffman Distinguished Eagle Scout Award in cooperation with the Kauffman Foundation in 2010. The award recognizes adult Eagle Scouts who have excelled in their careers and have provided exemplary service to their community within the Heart of America Council territory. Ewing M. Kauffman earned his Eagle badge in 1932 as a member of Boy Scout Troop and Ship 100 at Faxon School in Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Kauffman was active in Scouting throughout his life.
This year’s Ewing M. Kauffman Distinguished Eagle Scout Awards will be presented on the field shortly before first-pitch at 1:15 pm. An additional presentation will also take place in the stadium’s outfield concourse area during the Royal Gathering of Eagles at approximately 11:00 am.
Royal Gathering of Eagles: 9:30 am - 11:30 am