For almost 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has provided the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.™” Scouting includes Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, and Exploring, and hundreds of area volunteers. Along with the Scouting Professionals of the East Texas Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, Inc. (ETAC), volunteers work to coordinate more than 200 units and serve more than 11,000 coed youth to provide unique, life-changing experiences.
The ETAC’s annual Friends of Scouting campaign encourages the community to donate to the organization to ensure a strong and quality Scouting program for all. Funds raised through Friends of Scouting help offset the cost of camp, train adult volunteer leaders, and provide Scouting programs for students from elementary through high school ages. The ETAC also collaborates with hundreds of community organizations, including churches, school groups, service clubs, and community centers to reach at-risk youth through Scouting.
Austin Vass serves on the ETAC’s Okee Tuklo District Finance Committee and encourages the community to give to Friends of Scouting. “Each gift, regardless of size, provides invaluable funding for Scouting programs,” Mr. Vass said. “In 2013, over 150 young men in the ETAC earned Scouting’s highest honor, the Eagle Scout Award. Through your generosity, the ETAC will continue to help our youth reach their potential and build future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun.”
Outside of his service to the ETAC, Mr. Vass is past president and a current member of the Tyler-Smith County A&M Club board of directors. He has served as both president and vice president, and is now on the membership committee for BNI, a business networking and personal development organization. Mr. Vass is a graduate of Leadership Tyler Class 21 and served as treasurer for the Wellington Place Home Owners’ Association.
“I believe in working like it depends on you but praying like it depends on God, and I bring this philosophy into each of my volunteer opportunities,” Mr. Vass said.
Born in Ft. Worth, Texas, Mr. Vass has resided in Tyler for eight years. He is a graduate of Liberty High School in Liberty, Texas, and earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Mr. Vass is an insurance agent with Texas Farm Bureau Insurance. He and his wife, Jessica, have been married for nine years and are the parents of Tyler, 5, and Natalie, 4. The family attends Glenwood Church of Christ.
“Tyler is the perfect size, and when you add its friendly and accepting people on top of that, you get the best place to live,” Mr. Vass said. “How could I not want to give of my time and resources to help others enjoy this great town.”
To donate to the ETAC’s Friends of Scouting campaign or for more information about scouting, please call 903-597-7201, or visit etexscouts.org.