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Iron Horse Commissioners

Iron Horse Commissioners

Commissioners are district volunteer leaders who help Scouting units succeed. They coach and consult with adult volunteer leaders of Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews. Commissioners help maintain the standards of the Boy Scouts of America. They also oversee the unit charter renewal plan so that each unit re-registers on time with an optimum number of youth and adult members.

Your Iron Horse District Commissioner Staff

District Commissioner: Craig Aman

Assistant District Commissioners
Dorothy Finley
Al Boudreaux
Shannon Goldman
Bryan Schelin
Raymond Westphal
Gary Griffin
Cory Neddo
Felix Salmeron
Scott Beadle

Roundtable Commissioners
Ryan Nebeker - Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner
Leah Bartlett - Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner
Brendon McCaulley - Assistant Roundtable Commissioner -BS
Alex Balboa - Assistant Roundtable Commissioner - BS
Amy McCaulley - Assistant Roundtable Commissioner - CS
Stephen Longoria - Assistant Roundtable Commissioner - BS

Unit Commissioners
Chris Alleman
Shannon Goldman
Jeff Brown
Tony Day
Bill Strait
Christine Saville
Skip Williams
Ann Boudreaux
Craig Aman
Rob Brodner
Randy Cook
Louis Shaffer
Michael Morris
Tammie Slay
Jeni Rawlins
Kellie Barker
Brian Zollinger
Hal Kendrick
Jeremy Curtis
Paul Boris
Dylan Pond
Jeff VanDrimmelen
Rob McBride
Scott Roulet
John Hamer
Clint Tennill
Wendi Beadle
Niles Smith

Roles the Commissioner Plays

A commissioner plays several roles, including friend, representative, unit “doctor,” teacher, and counselor.

The commissioner is a friend of the unit. Of all their roles, this one is the most important. It springs from the attitude, “I care; I am here to help; what can I do for you?” Caring is the ingredient that makes commissioner service successful. He or she is an advocate of unit needs. A commissioner who makes himself known and accepted now will be called on in future times of trouble.

The commissioner is a representative. The average unit leader is totally occupied in working with kids. Some have little if any contact with the Boy Scouts of America other than a commissioner’s visit to their meeting. To them, the commissioner may be the BSA. The commissioner helps represent the ideals, the principles, and the policies of the Scouting movement.

The commissioner is a unit “doctor.” In their role as “doctor,” they know that prevention is better than a cure, so they try to see that their units make good “health practices” a way of life. When problems arise, and they will even in the best unit, they act quickly. They observe symptoms, diagnose the real ailment, prescribe a remedy, and follow up on the patient.

The commissioner is a teacher. As a commissioner, they will have a wonderful opportunity to participate in the growth of unit leaders by sharing knowledge with them. They teach not just in an academic environment, but where it counts most—as an immediate response to a need to know. That is the best adult learning situation since the lesson is instantly reinforced by practical application of the new knowledge.

The commissioner is a counselor. As a Scouting counselor, they will help units solve their own problems. Counseling is the best role when unit leaders don’t recognize a problem and where solutions are not clear-cut. Everyone needs counseling from time to time, even experienced leaders.

Commissioners are appointed by the district commissioner with the approval of the council executive board.

Commissioners should:

  • Have excellent people skills
  • ​Have a Scouting background or be fast-track learners
  • Know and practice Scouting ideals

Roundtable commissioners should:

  • Be congenial and enthusiastic performers
  • Have the ability to recruit a roundtable staff
  • Have a good Scouting program background in the program for which they will run roundtables
  • Be a good planner