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Commissioner Announcements


"Welcome" to Taughannock District's new(ish) 
District Commissioner, Clay Converse!

Effective September 1, 2023 (to pick a totally arbitrary date), Clay Converse will be taking over from me as our district's District Commissioner. 

Clay is a 60+ year veteran Scouter, being one of the very few people who have served in all of the Key 3 positions - District Chair, District Executive (both here and overseas in the Transatlantic Council) and District Commissioner. As a youth, he was a Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Explorer, becoming an Eagle Scout with Bronze Palm and earning his BSA Lifeguard certification. Clay has served as Unit Commissioner, District Commissioner (and ADC) and is currently an Assistant Council Commissioner for Membership. As a Commissioner, he has received the Commissioner's Key, Arrowhead Honor, Distinguished Commissioner Award, Award of Excellence in Unit Service. Clay received his District Award of Merit in 2000 and Silver Beaver in 2017, as well as the prestigious (locally, at least) Patriot Patrol, Old Guard, Dethpicable Order of the Black Duck, Founder's Award, "Honorary Mike" Award, and many others. Other awards include the James E. West Award, Founder's Bar, Emergency Preparedness Award, Professional Training Award and Vigil Honor in the Order of the Arrow. He has also been active in the Girl Scouts of the USA. 

I'm sure Clay will be a great DC, and I hope you will all offer him as much help and support as you've given me over the last seventeen years. 

Mike Brown, Taughannock District Commissioner for another week. 


  • Unit Commissioner Fast Start Training and Commissioner Tools Training is available through  my.scouting.org - you'll find training under Home, My Dashboard, My Training. Courses are in the "Training Center", listed by program. Commissioner Courses are in the "Other" section. 

  • Journey to Excellence Forms will need to be reviewed with unit leaders from time to time during the year.  

  • Unit Calendars - "Failure to plan is planning to fail" - does each of your units have a schedule covering, at the least, the next three to four months? If not, they should - better yet, every unit should have an annual calendar in place at the start of the Scout year in August or September covering at least their monthly outing or major activity through the end of the Scout year the following July. For each month, a detail plan for meetings should be in place: 

    • Cub Packs may rely on the National Monthly Theme system for monthly den and pack meetings - all Packs should be following the Cub Program Delivery plan. 

    • Scout Troops should have their Patrol Leaders plan meetings on at least a quarterly basis - semi-annual or annual would be even better. 

    • Venture Crews should have a schedule calling for crew meetings on at least a monthly basis, and for a major activity on a monthly or quarterly schedule. 


Information For Commissioners


The "Commissioner Corps"

District Commissioner (DC): Clay Converse DC@TompkinsCortlandScouts.org
Assistant DC (Eastern Tompkins Co.)
: Ben Brown blb3@cornell.edu
Assistant DC (Western Tompkins Co.): Tom Szebenyi t.szebenyi@computer.org
Assistant DC for Training: Joe McDermott jaguwar@gmail.com 

Roundtable Commissioners - roundtable@TompkinsCortlandScouts.org
Scout Roundtable Commissioner
: Mike Stoll 753-9277 - mikefstoll@gmail.com
Cub Roundtable Commissioner: Cathy Homrighaus 756-2650 chomrigh@twcny.rr.com 

Council Commissioner (CC): Fran Solo popcrnguy@aol.com  
Assistant CC (Technology): Mike Brown - 607-844-8584 wb2jwd@gmail.com 
Assistant CC (Membership): Clay Converse converseclay@gmail.com 
Assistant CC (Training): Mike Homrighaus mhomrigh@twcny.rr.com 

Unit Commissioners

 Cub Packs Scout Troops Venture Crews / Explorer Posts
Pack 1 Cathleen Homrighaus
Pack 3 Ed Brewer
Pack 4 Ben Brown
Pack 10 Lynn Green
Pack 24 Kathlene Gross
Pack 34 Tom Szebenyi
Pack 48
Lynn Green
Pack 52 Jon Herr
Pack 55 Mike Brown
Pack 85 Jon Herr
Pack 91 Helen Schultz/
   Mike Homrighaus
Troop 2 Ben Brown
Troop 4 Richard Vaughan
Troop 13 Ed Brewer
Troop 24 David Gross/Jim Graney*
Troop 34 Tom Szebenyi
Troop 39 Richard Vaughan
Troop 48 Richard Vaughan
Troop 55 
Mike Brown
Troop 77 
Clay Converse*
Troop 85 Jon Herr
Troop 90 Nelson Jeffrey
Troop 91
Mike Homrighaus
Troop 613 Ed Brewer
Ship/Crew 25 Kathlene Gross

Post 24 Dave Gross/Mike Brown*
Post 62 Clay Converse

* acting

Do you know someone who would
be great for the job of Unit Commissioner? Contact Clay Converse at DC@TompkinsCortlandScouts.org

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