April 29, 2013


I wanted to report in on one item, and communicate two additional items to you.


1.  The Priest Quorum Venturing Youth Leader Fast Start training went very well a couple of weeks ago on April 9th and 10th.  Thank you for your support.  We estimate about 100 youth and adult Venturing/Priest Quorum leaders were in attendance.  The District Youth Venturing Officers (VOA) did most of the training, with we District Advisors participating as well.


2.  Our last Farmington Bay DIstrict Venturing Forum of this school year will be on Thursday, May 9th at 7:30pm in the usual LDS Church building (Centerville 1st/Canyon Wards/Centerville South Stake) located at 240 South 300 East Centerville.  We will be reviewing and training about the Venturing Awards available to the young men of Venturing age, and will have young men present who have earned the Bronze, Gold, and Silver awards.  Please invite your Ward YM Adult Priest Quorum/Venturing Advisors and Youth Priest Quorum Assistants/Venturing Officers to attend.


3.  Lastly, the District Venturing Youth Officers (VOA) that have been serving have received mission calls and are about to head out on their missions.  We are in need of new, younger Ward Priest Quorum Assistants/Venturing Officers to step into that role and take their place.  These young men can dually serve in both the Ward and the District.  This would provide another opportunity for young men to be trained and to serve, as well as provide input on what training and help the District should and could provide to the Wards and Stakes it partners with.  We would ask that you counsel together as Stake Presidency Scouting Relationships Counselors and Stake YM Presidents to clear and call a young man from your stake/scouting zone to serve on the District VOA staff.  We will provide training for them.  They would be invited to attend the monthly Venturing Roundtable/Forum, and would take charge of 2 or 3 District events during the year.


     Thank you for all you do for the young men of the Church.  We desire to be good partners in Venturing with your Priest quorums.  Please let us know of any concerns or special training you would like to see provided.




Doug Smith

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