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Activist Groups Urge Obama to Reject Boy Scout Honor

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Activist groups, including Scouting for All, urge President Obama not to accept the honorary Presidency of the Boy Scouts of America until they stop discriminating.

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Larry Sherman, Eagle Scout

Larry Sherman is a former Scouter with more than 33 years of adult service in four different Councils in Louisiana, New Jersey and Oklahoma. He has been active at Unit (Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster), District (Advancement & Recognition Chair, Eagle Board of Review), Council and National levels. He has staffed eight Wood Badge courses and is a Course Director. He has served on a Regional Course Directors' Conference staff. He has directed more that a dozen Council Junior Leader Training Conferences (or equivalent) in three different Councils. He has served as Council Training Chairman for a total of four years in two different Councils. He has served on the National staff of National Junior Leader instructor Camp for two years. He is an Eagle Scout and has received the District Award of Merit, Silver Beaver and a variety of other awards.

Summary of Professional Background

I hold a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan. My career (up to 2000) has been spent in research and development work in the oil and gas industry. I have considerable experience in project management and management of small groups. I grew up in Michigan. After I completed my college career, I went to work for Exxon in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After 10 years in Louisiana, Exxon transferred me to their Corporate Laboratories in New Jersey, where I worked until the "oil bust" of 1986. I then worked for Engelhard (also in Jersey) for two years. In 1989 I accepted a position with the R&D with Kerr-McGee in Oklahoma City, where I worked until I accepted "early retirement" in 2000. I have long done teaching work on a voluntary basis for the BSA and other groups. I accepted my early retirement as an excuse for getting into curriculum development professionally. For the next two years I designed online technical training courses for the Engineering Media Lab at the University of Oklahoma (OU) in Norman. After completion of that contract assignment, I sought related employment without success (still looking, by the way). I've been doing technical volunteer projects for three departments in the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), the third-largest university in the state with 16,000 students, since then. I'm also doing "contract work" for the Environmental Health & Safety Department. I've done Web page design work both at OU and at UCO.




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