New York provided the glamourous backdrop to a series of recent World Scout Foundation and joint World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and Foundation events.
The two days got off to a great start with the Grantmaking Oversight and Investment Sub Committees of the World Scout Foundation Board meeting on the morning of Friday 16 November, graciously hosted at the offices of Cohen & Gresser LLP thanks to Board Member Johannes Jonas.
This was followed by the launch of the Scouts for SDGs initiative at the United Nations Headquarters on the Friday evening by the new Chief Ambassador of World Scouting, Bear Grylls, at a joint World Scout Foundation and WOSM event, in the presence of Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, the Foundation Board, Regal Circle Members and heads of international organisations. Scouts for SDGs will see over 50 million Scouts making the largest coordinated youth contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a pledge of three billion hours of community service to the SDGs on top of the over one billion hours already delivered. Read more about the launch here.
The 66th meeting of the World Scout Foundation Board was held on Saturday 17 November at the United Nations Headquarters, presided over by the Honorary Chairman, HM The King of Sweden, and chaired by Lars Kolind, with excellent attendance by Board Members, plus invited guests from The Scout Association (UK).
A Regal Circle lunch and seminar followed the Board Meeting in the impressive UN Delegates Dining Room, with views overlooking New York’s East River and Long Island City waterfront. Key inputs were given by Lars Kolind, WSF Chairman; Maher Nasser, Director of the UN Outreach Division; and Bear Grylls, followed by a questions and answers session with Craig Turpie, World Scout Committee Chairman and Ahmad Alhendawi, WOSM Secretary General. This gave attending Regal Circle Members the opportunity to hear about the impact of their support and interact with the leadership of World Scouting. The lunchtime event culminated in the presentation of a cheque for 1.1 billion hours of service already delivered by Scouts worldwide to the SDGs, symbolically also showing the support of the Regal Circle Members and Board Members who give so generously of their time and resources to enable Scouting at all levels to maximise and multiply this impact.
A change of venue followed for an elegant Regal Circle Dinner, exquisitely hosted by Margot and Jerry Bogert in the Frick Collection, of which Margot is a Trustee. Regal Circle Members and their guests joined a cocktail reception in the Garden Court and were able to tour the Oval Room, West and East Galleries, including the current exhibition of renowned silversmith, Luigi Valadier (1726-1785) and featuring a number of his works from The Royal Collections in Sweden.
Guests then moved to the Music Room where an outstanding dinner was preceded by a presentation ceremony to welcome two new BP Fellows, Joon-Woo Baik and Leopold Jonas, both of which belong to esteemed families of BP Fellows with a long tradition of supporting Scouting via the World Scout Foundation. The Honorary Chairman and Chairman welcomed and recognised a new Regal Circle family: Gregory and Deciree Thomas. Two Regal Circle families were then recognised for their continuous contributions to World Scouting and welcomed as new members of the Baden-Powell Circle: Wayne and Christine Perry, and Lars Kolind and Vibeke Riemer. Last, but by no means least, Derek Pollard was presented with a special Baden-Powell statue in honour of his twelve years of service on the WSF Board (2006-2018).
Our sincere thanks to gracious hosts Margot and Jerry Bogert, to the Board of Trustees of the Frick Collection, its Director Ian Wardropper and all of the staff involved in making this evening such a resounding success and perfect ending to our New York events.