Special Keynote Speaker
William F. "Rick" Cronk was the special keynote speaker for the event. Successful businessman, philanthropist, and avid Scouter - all could be used to describe Rick Cronk. From his days as President of Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream to his days as the National President of the Boy Scouts of America, Rick's passion for youth development, education reform, and family have always been at the forefront.
A Special Recognition for a Very Special Scouter - Eagle Scout, Don Cone
Joining Boy Scout Troop 50 in 1933, the young Boy Scout, Donald Cone had no idea that Scouting would become such big part of his life for the next 78 years. Earning the rank of Eagle Scout in 1937 prepared him and the other members of this Boy Scout troop from Berkley, California for their next big adventure – World War II.
Following Don Cone’s return from the war in 1946, he would not only earn a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from U.C. Berkley but rejoin Troop 50 as Scoutmaster. Along the way, a Boy Scout court of honor would be the scene of his first date with his wife of 68 years, Doris. He would continue his service to Scouting in Berkley for the next 15 years as Boy Scout troop committee member and later as assistant Cubmaster for his son’s Cub Scout pack.
When the Cone’s moved to Palo Alto, Don and his sons joined Boy Scout Troop 55. Over the next 25 years Don served as assistant Scoutmaster, then Scoutmaster for a number of years, then again as assistant Scoutmaster. Don also served on the Executive Board for 5 years each: as Advancement Chairman, Council Commissioner, Vice President for Operations, and on summer camp staff.
Don Cone’s consecutive service to Scouting continued once more when his family moved to Los Osos in 1985 where he has served our council on the executive board, commissioner staff and district leadership. His dedication and commitment to the values of Scouting continues to this day as an active Scouting volunteer of 90 years young.