Letter from the President
Hello, I am Debbie Miller the new
Harvey U. Gill Scout Band Alumni Association President and am thrilled
to be so. I am the daughter of Wally and Nona Miller who have been with
the band since 1959 and 1965 respectively. I have been around the Scout
Band all my life and have been a member since 1983. I have served as clarinet
section leader, Post President, JASM, Post Advisor, Post Associate Advisor,
Tour Director, and Co-Property Manager and have received the Sutherlin,
Harvey U. Gill, and Good Scout Awards.
As you might be aware, this organization
was established in 1992 at the time of the Scout Band's 75th Anniversary.
The HUGSBAA has been inactive for the past couple of years, but I plan
to resurrect it. To do so, I need help. How can you help? First of all,
I need members - new and renewed. The dues are $10 per year or $100 for
a Life Membership. Second of all, I need other officers because I am the
Board. Third of all, I need to get input from other alumni. What did you
gain from being a member of the Scout Band? How can we recruit new members
for the HUGSBAA? In order to grow, I need current information on former
Scout Band members. There is a data base with over 400 people, but not
all the information is correct. I have MANY other names, but their addresses
and phone numbers are outdated.
Benefits of HUGSBAA
You might wonder what you gain
from being a Member or a Life Member of the HUGSBAA. The established benefits
are copies of the Scout Band's Newsletters. The HUGSBAA and it's members
assist the Band in numerous ways. It sponsors two awards; The Harvey U.
Gill Award is for youth who demonstrate advancement in Scouting, leadership
skills, and exhibition of the Scout Oath and Law; The F.O.Belzer Award
is for adults who demonstrate exemplary service to the band. Individual
members have donated postage for the Scout Band's Newsletters, camperships
and new music for the Dixieland Band.
The first course of action is to
build up our treasury to provide postage for the HUGSBAA newsletters and
to pay for the awards given. After that, we can concentrate on helping
the Band with whatever needed. Examples are a new truck/trailer, music,
tour transportation, tour contacts and tour scholarships.
With everyone's support, we can
increase and correct the data base. This will help former members contact
friends from the Band that they lost contact with over the years. It could
even be used to meet people with similar interests or careers.
I would like to have annual meetings
of the membership and quarterly social gatherings to renew friendships
and create new ones. As a united force, we can make a difference to the
current members of the Scout Band and assist the Band in growing. Let us
make a difference together.
Recipients of the Harvey U.
Debbie Miller 1992
Doug Whitcomb 1993
Dana Hansen 1994
Larry Wheat, II 1995
Laura Wheat 1996
Patrick Lindstrom 1997
Recipients of the F.O.Belzer
Wally Miller 1991
Howard Foster 1992
John Valdez 1993
Nona Miller 1994
Larry Wheat 1995
Bill Schofield 1996
Linda Wheat 1997
Recipients of the 1997 Good
Ed Herran and Debbie Miller
Improvements to the Hut
There is new electricity at the
Scout Band's hut at Camp Belzer. Randy Decker made the arrangements with
the approval of Ranger Kevin Hobbs. Bill Schofield, John Valdez, Pete Lindstrom,
and Debbie Miller assisted with the manual labor.
A New Home
The Scout Band just moved to Warren
Performing Arts Center at Warren High School on Indy's East side. Many
thanks to Randy Decker, HUGSBAA former President, who had the contacts
to make it possible. All are invited to visit the Band! Rehearsals
run from 2-3:45pm on Sundays with Dixieland immediately preceding at 1pm.
Members of the HUGSBAA
There are currently 20 LIFE Members.
Three members registered for the 1997 year in the past week. Thank you!
Let us keep this tremendous pace.
For More Information....
The Crossroads of America Scout
Band's web site is
Miller's e-mail address is
You may also reach her at
4825 North Kenmore Road, Indianapolis,
or at (317) 545-0445
A memorial fund was established
by the Belzer Band Booster Club. The purpose of it is to assist with maintenance
of the Band's truck and trailer and to provide scholarships for tours.
If you want more information to make a donation in someone's honor, please
contact Bill Schofield at (317) 542-8057 or e-mail at
Tour is planned for the Central
Region. Information is available immediately.
PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN TO THE
ADDRESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE.
OTHER NAMES KNOWN BY _____________________________________
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E-MAIL ADDRESS ______________________________________________
FAMILY MEMBERS _____________________________________________
YEAR STARTED WITH BAND ______________
INSTRUMENT(S) PLAYED/ROLE(S) IN BAND
OFFICES HELD ________________________________________________
AWARDS/RANK RECEIVED _____________________________________
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