Celebrate a Legacy of Leadership and Support for the Scouting Movement from the Chicago Financial Community

John Lothian

John Lothian

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Join Me Thursday at the LaSalle Street Trading Tech Awards Event

On Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 5:30 PM, the LaSalle Street Trading Tech Awards event will be held virtually, hosted by the most interesting event chairman, Pat Kenny of CQG. The event will include a special video message about the financial community’s impact on the Scouting movement and breakout rooms for us to congregate and socialize. Despite the pandemic, the financial community’s legacy of supporting Scouting continues. Let us gather virtually as a community and celebrate our legacy of helping develop young people in the Scouting movement.

Because the event is virtual this year, ALL are welcome to attend the event. You don’t have to be in Chicago to attend.

Join your industry colleagues, warm your heart and have some laughs.

December 3rd at 5:30 log on to: https://tinyurl.com/TT2020LaSalle

During the event we will celebrate the 49th year of the LaSalle Street fundraising event. But our industry’s connection to the Scouting movement goes back to the very beginning. In fact, a former president of the Chicago Board of Trade, A. Stamford White, was listed on the Congressional charter as a founder of the Boy Scouts of America. 

White served two terms as president of the CBOT. He was also the chairman of the Scouts in Chicago in 1911 when he and some other Chicago business leaders met in MIchigan and cut the deal to establish the oldest Scout camp in the US, Owasippe.  Owasippe was originally called the A Stamford White Scout Reservation. White died in 1918 while serving as the president of the CBOT and it is believed he fell victim to the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic and died from it. 

The man credited with founding Scouting in the U.S., William D. Boyce, was a Chicago publisher. You may have heard the partially fictionalized story about him wandering around London in the fog and being helped by a Boy Scout. From that experience, he brought the idea of Scouting to the U.S. 

There are two plaques on the Boyce Building in Chicago that commemorate the founding of Scouting in the U.S. and the establishment of Lone Scout magazine. As I mentioned, Boyce was in publishing. 

Boyce is also related to John Damgard, the former head of the Futures Industry Association.

But it is the broader Chicago financial community’s support of Scouting in Chicago that is most impressive. The list of former chairs of the LaSalle Street event have come from firms like Continental Bank, Northern Trust Company, First National Bank, LaSalle National Bank, Chicago Board Options Exchange, the National Futures Association, the Chicago Board of Trade, the Baldwin Group, Goldenberg Hehmeyer, the OCC, ABN AMRO, BOTCC, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, CME Group, ELX Futures, Advantage Futures, Ronin Capital, UBS, Morgan Stanley, Chicago Stock Exchange, XR Trading, RSM, John Lothian News and now CQG, among others.

The event is a fundraiser. I am encouraging people to consider donating to a campership program. Camperships are going to be in high demand because of the pandemic’s impact on Scouting families in Chicago. There will be a pent up demand from Scouts to get out and go to summer camp after many were unable to attend last year due to the pandemic. You can help send a Scout to summer camp with a campership donation.

Come join us on Thursday at 5:30 PM and support the financial district’s legacy of supporting Scouting in Chicago. https://tinyurl.com/TT2020LaSalle

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