Monday, February 25, 2013
Brad Simmons, class of 1975, is among four recipients of the prestigious award highlighted in this video.
The Great Lakes Field Service Council for Boy Scouts of America recently named Brother Rice High School graduate Brad Simmons (Class of '75) with their Eagle Scout Lifetime Achievement Award. According to the school's Facebook Page, Simmons was recognized for all his years of service to scouting, which he discussed in this promotional video posted to YouTube.com earlier this month. Simmons is currently Director for Office of the Chairman at Ford Motor Company, and serves a Director of Business Leaders for Michigan, as well as on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The Boy Scouts of America recently released files on thousands of expelled and blacklisted leaders, including 171 cases in Michigan.
A former Birmingham resident is part of a recently-releasd Los Angeles Times database of Boy Scouts of America leaders and volunteers expelled and blacklisted amid suspicions of sexual abuse. Last week, 14,500 pages of confidential files kept by the Boy Scouts on individuals suspected of child sex abuse were released by order of Oregon's highest court, according to the Associated Press. Those files included 171 cases in Michigan, including one concerning a former Birmingham resident. A Portland, Ore., attorney, who won a landmark case against the Boy Scouts on behalf of a plaintiff molested by an assistant scoutmaster in the 1980s, released the documents to the public at kellyclarkattorney.com. The files cover a 20-year period, from 1965 …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Area LGBT community center reacts to the news that the Boy Scouts of America will continue to deny gay people membership.
The Boy Scouts of America reaffirmed its position today that the organization will continue to deny gay people membership, the Huffington Post reported Tuesday. The decision comes after a confidential two-year review by the organization and rules out any potential changes to the policy — which applies to both leaders and Scouts. The review committee was unanimous in its decision, continuing a long-standing policy that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000 and has been controversial ever since, the Huffington Post reports. Ferndale's Affirmations Executive Director David Garcia said he was "dismayed and disappointed" by the news. "As a former Boy Scout myself, I continue to be dismayed and disappointed by the homophobic actions taken…