20th Anniversary of PPC Celebration Interview: John Glockner

John began his adult service to Scouting in 1970 in the Allegheny Trails Council in Pittsburgh, PA, where he served as a commissioner and was on Junior Leader Training staffs. He led eight, week-long council Junior Leader Training Conferences in the Allegheny Trails and Watchung Area Councils. He also staffed Wood Badge courses on both.

In addition to serving as the chairman of the National Junior Leader Training Camp at Philmont Scout Ranch, he has served in commissioner roles in three councils (including Patriots’ Path Council).

John served on the National Scoutmaster Handbook Task Force Committee, has done regional council charter reviews and was the Area World Jamboree Coordinator. He was a member of the New Jersey 21st Century Vision of Scouting Task Force. The United Way recognized him with its Outstanding Volunteer Award.

His awards include the Silver Beaver, the Silver Antelope, the James E. West Fellowship Award, and the Vigil Honor Member of the Order of the Arrow.

John and his wife, Eleanor, have three adult children and numerous grandchildren.

 

Interview:

 

Q: Were you a President or a Commissioner?

A: Commissioner – the first one!

 

Q: What years did you hold this position?

A: 1989-91 – I think!

 

Q: What was the most memorable experience during your term?

A: Working with Scouters who recognized the importance of the consolidation and supported it.

 

Q: What would you say was your biggest accomplishment during your term?

A: Expanding the PPC commissioner roster.

 

Q: If you were to do it again, what would you do differently?

A: Visit district commissioner meetings more often.

 

Q: How many hours do you think it took to accomplish the position?

A: Ten hours per week.

 

Q: What do you hope to see in the next 20 years of PPC?

A: Continued membership and financial growth (if I should live so long!)

 

Q: In what ways has Scouting/PPC benefited you?

A: Fantastic friends and experiences, i.e. twenty plus summer staff assignments at Philmont; development team member for new national, regional and council-level Scout leadership training programs, including three sessions at the Florida Sea Base; and many, many others.