Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Spokane Diocese Scout leaders receive highest honors

the Inland Register

(From the December 19, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

Al Sutlick (IR photo courtesy of the Diocesan Committee for Catholic Scouting)

The Diocesan Committee for Catholic Scouting has conferred the St. George emblem to Mike Basta of St. Patrick Parish, Spokane, and Al Sutlick of Assumption Parish, Walla Walla.

The St. George emblem is the highest award that can be given by The National Catholic Committee on Scouting, acting through the local Diocesan Committee for Catholic Scouting.

Nominees have made significant and outstanding contributions to the spiritual development of Catholic youth through Scouting. Nominees can be members of the laity and clergy, Scouters and non-Scouters.

The number of St. George emblems that a diocese can award in the course of a year is based on the number of Catholic Scout units in the diocese. The Diocese of Spokane can award two St. George emblems per calendar year.

Mike Basta is the Committee Chair of Troop 258 and has been active in Catholic Scouting for over 20 years, most of them at St. Patrick Parish, Spokane. He has held nearly all adult leadership positions in Scouting and continues to serve in adult leadership.

Basta has worked on Catholic Scout retreats, served as a counselor for the Ad Altare Dei Award, has helped boys of all faiths to earn their religious awards, and has made a commitment to ensure that his Troop attended Mass during weekend campouts.

One of Basta’s highlights has been in actively recruiting disadvantaged youth to his unit. Two of those Scouts have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

Basta was presented the St. George emblem on Sunday, Oct. 27 at the 11 a.m. Mass at St. Patrick Parish.

Al Sutlick has been active in Catholic Scouting for over 25 years at Assumption Parish’s Cub Scout Pack 305 and Troop 309 in Walla Walla. He has held a number of adult leadership positions in Scouting, primarily with Cub Pack 305: as Den Leader for 25 years and Pack Leader for 15 years.

Sutlick has shared his love of the outdoors with many Scouts throughout his adult leadership. He has worked with many young men in the completion of their Eagle Scout projects.

In addition, Sutlick, retired from the Army Corps of Engineers, is Chairman for the local chapter of Ducks Unlimited.

He volunteers extensively through the Walla Walla Catholic Schools, as well as in civic efforts like The Little Theater of Walla Walla.

Sutlick was presented with the St. George emblem on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the 5 p.m. Mass at Assumption Parish in Walla Walla.

Basta and Sutlick are just two of the many individuals who are so very generous in sharing their time and abilities with Catholic Scouting throughout the diocese. Nominations for the St. George emblem for 2014 can be sent to the DCCS at:

The DCCS encourages all Catholic Scouters to attend either of the St. George presentations and to consider volunteering as a member of the DCCS, working with local Catholic Scouts, or becoming a religious emblem counselor for Catholic Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls, and Camp Fire.

For more information, contact the Diocese of Spokane Committee on Catholic Scouting:

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