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Boy Scout Merit Badge with Ambassador Sichan Siv

Date(s): November 15, 2008

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is pleased to invite Boy Scouts, Scout leaders and family members to the Bush Library on Saturday, November 15th to participate in a question and answer session with Ambassador Sichan Siv. This event will help Scouts partially complete the requirements of their Citizenship in the World Merit Badge. Prior to the event, Scouts are strongly encouraged to read Ambassador's Siv's best selling autobiography, Golden Bones, published by HarperCollins in July 2008 in honor of America's 232nd Independence Day.

Sichan Siv was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2001 and unanimously confirmed by the Senate as a United States ambassador to the United Nations, serving until 2006. In June 2005, Ambassador Siv addressed the 60th anniversary of the U. N. in San Francisco, following a tradition set by Presidents Truman in 1945, Eisenhower in 1955, Johnson in 1965, Secretary of State Schultz in 1985, and President William Clinton in 1995.

From 1989 to 1993, during the administration of President George Bush, Ambassador Siv served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Public Liaison, and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia. In the private sector, he has held positions in social services, educational exchange, financial management, and investment banking. Currently, he provides global strategic advice and gives motivational speeches around the USA and the world.

Ambassador Siv holds a master of international affairs from Columbia University. He escaped Cambodia's killing fields in 1976 and was resettled as a refugee in Wallingford, Connecticut. He and his wife, the former Martha Pattillo of Pampa, Texas, spend their time in San Antonio, New York, and beyond.

Event Schedule

8:00 - Doors open at the Frymire Auditorium at the Annenberg Conference Center across the plaza from the George Bush Library.  Bush Library staff will be available to seat guests as they arrive. Scouts and Scout leaders will be seated to the front and parents and siblings will be seated to the rear.

8:55 - Pledge of Allegiance and Scout Oath led by Scouts.

9:00 - Ambassador Siv is introduced to the Scouts. Microphones will be placed in the aisles for Scouts to address questions to the Ambassador.

10:00 - The event concludes. Ambassador Siv will proceed to the lobby to greet the Scouts and inscribe copies of Golden Bones. Scout leaders will also be available in the lobby to initial the merit badge application cards. Scouts and their families are then invited to visit the George Bush Library.

Event Details

Location: The event with Ambassador Siv will take place in the Frymire Auditorium in the Annenberg Conference Center on the campus of Texas A&M University across the plaza from the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

Parking: Free parking will be available at the George Bush Library. Please park in lot PA41 or PA43. Please see http://transport.tamu.edu/parking/maps/campus.pdf for further information.

Registration: Although this is a free event, reservations are strongly encouraged to guarantee a seat. Please email Robert Holzweiss at Robert.Holzweiss@nara.gov or Tracy Paine, the Bush Library Special Events Coordinator, at Tracy.Paine@nara.gov to make your reservations. You can also call Robert at 979-691-4074 or Tracy at 979-691-4014. Please provide one name as a point-of-contact, your troop number, and a total number seats requested for members of your troop/family. There is no need to provide the names of every member of your group. Seating in the auditorium will be on a first-come-first served basis.

Because Scouting is a family activity, family members are invited to the session with Ambassador Siv. However, we ask that family members allow Scouts priority seating if the event is oversubscribed.

Seating: Doors will open at 8:00 a.m. All participants should be seated no later that 8:50 a.m. so the event can begin with the Pledge of Allegiance and Scout Oath at 8:55. Ambassador Siv will arrive promptly at 9:00. The event will conclude sometime between 9:45 and 10:00. At the conclusion of the event, the Ambassador will be available in the lobby to inscribe copies of his book.

Cost: The event is free, however, there will be a $5.00 per person charge to enter the George Bush Library.

Question and Answer Format: Because of limited time available with Ambassador Siv, please approach the microphones in an orderly manner to ask the questions. Follow-up questions are encouraged so long as they remain relevant to the topics under consideration.

Food and Beverages: Food and beverages (including gum) are prohibited in the Frymire Auditorium and the exhibit area at the George Bush Library. Coffee and snacks are available in the rotunda of the library for a small fee. For lunch, please visit one of more than 100 restaurants within five miles of the library. Library admission tickets are good for the entire day and can be used for re-admittance to the library after lunch.

After the Event: After the event, you are invited to visit the George Bush Library. The Bush Library theater will be available for meetings with merit badge councilors or Scout leaders and up to 140 Scouts. Slide and PowerPoint presentations are possible if they are set up in advance. If any Scout leaders are interested in meeting with their Scouts between 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., please contact Robert or Tracy to reserve the theater.

We at the Bush Library hope you will consider spending some time working on your Citizenship in the World Merit Badge here at the library. For information on the current exhibits and directions to our facility please visit our web site at http://bushlibrary.tamu.edu/. For information on other events being offered at the George Bush Library, please see http://bushlibrary.tamu.edu/.

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