My Family

Rick & Melody Aug 86

Melody & Rick – August 23rd

Melody and I celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary this August. Our paths crossed at Texas Tech in Lubbock where we were both in Alpha Phi Omega National Co-Ed Service Fraternity. She has moved with the BSA five times, always excited to establish a comfortable home and be a good neighbor. She has worked as Executive Director of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Plainview, secretary for Farmington’s City Manager, run child care for young moms attending GED classes in Ferguson, ran toddler gymnastics in Southlake, and presently teaches at Unity Presbyterian Church’s preschool in Fort Mill.

Her hobbies include card-making, handbells, and now that the kids are grown, she travels with me on some of my 100 plus nights on the road each year.

Melody is no stranger to volunteer scouting, serving as a Girl Scout Troop Leader, Cub Scout Pack Advancement Chair and Venturing Crew Associate Advisor. She’s visited 3 National and one World Jamboree, as well as served at several weeks of Day Camp, and did Summer Camp with our Crew.

Courtney was born when we lived in Farmington, Missouri. Her passion has always been reading and writing, finishing a degree in English from USC’s Honors College in May. Although a Girl Scout for several years, she grew up visiting a lot of Cub Scout and Boy Scout events, and pressed us to organize a new Venturing Crew so she could do the World Jamboree. She sold over $5000 in popcorn one year. In August of 2013 she married her newly-released Marine, Zach Henderson. They live in Indiana.

Riley was born when we lived in Ferguson, Missouri. His passion centers on computers and gaming. He has gathered a few college credits towards a degree in IT. Riley joined Cub Scouts in first grade and enjoyed numerous adventures well into Boy Scouting and Venturing, including several weeks of Day Camp and Summer Camp, plus a National Jamboree. He sold over $6,000 in popcorn one year. Riley is pursuing a career in computer programming.

Both of Melody’s parents as well as mine, plus all of our siblings reside in Texas, so we try to make two annual pilgrimages “back home” in the summer and at Christmas.

My family has had some great scouting adventures and remains very supportive of my professional commitment to the Boy Scouts of America.


Courtney, Melody, Rick, and Riley at Summer Camp