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Victor C Irr Jr has been a long and devoted member of the Boy Scouts of America. From his start in Pack 109 through his youth in Troop 109 to the rank of Star, Senior Patrol Leader, Philmont Trek and Troop 109 Scout of the year, Scouting is in his blood.

In 1993 Vic decided to help as an assistant Den Leader and then became Cub Master of Pack 109.

Under Vic the Pack grew to well over 100 boys, the Pack meetings became controlled pandemonium, and the Pack was split into two, 109 and 110 respectively. He also helped mentor another Pack, 104, in Millbury.

When asked to help at Cub Scout events like Mom and Me, Lads and Dad’s, Webelos overnight or other fun weekend event he was one of the first to volunteer, input many theme related ideas and help deliver a great program.

He has attended Treasure Valley with the Troop every year since he joined as an adult, and is always encouraging the boys to attend district and council events.

Not having enough FUN, Vic volunteered to help run Pine Wood derbies, which he still does, and has FUN every time.

Vic had so much FUN he helped to teach other adults to have FUN, by becoming part of the Roundtable Staff, first in Cub Scouts, then Boy Scouts. He has logged over 20 years as a Roundtable Commissioner, encouraging leaders, teaching new skills, and providing FUN and activities, all with a purpose.

Vic is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, and has earned his Woodbadge beads, as an Antelope. Other awards Vic has received include the George E Jones Award, Kente Cloth and District Award of Merit.

Two years ago Vic had a vision to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Scouting, and took on the task of Chairman. Through his leadership, with a group of dedicated Scouters, he planned, and executed a stupendous event at the DCU Center in Worcester.

The New England Scout Show was enjoyed and energized the entire Scouting movement in Central Massachusetts.

The vision of past Scout shows in Worcester when he was a boy drove Vic to deliver a Scouting Extravaganza that will be remembered for years to come.

Currently Vic is registered as Hassanamisco Round Table Commissioner and Chartered organization Representative for Troop 109. v


Russell Southgate Mattson began his adult life in Scouting as a den leader at St. George’s Church in Worcester as part of Cub Scout Pack 91 from 1993-1997. His son, Christopher, was also a member.

On March 26, 1998 Russell joined Troop 54. Russell became an Assistant Scoutmaster under Mr. Robert Gates who was Scoutmaster at the time. In January, 2002 Troop 54 changed charters to its present location at Immaculate Conception Church in Worcester. The troop is the oldest chartered unit in Mohegan Council at 95 years.

Russell became a committee member in Troop 54 in November 2005 and has gone on to participate in many activities and earn several awards including: Woodbadge beads, 2000; Leader’s Training Award, 2002; Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award, 2002; and District Award of Merit, 2009.

He was director of the Quinsigamond District Camporee in 2004, a merit badge counselor for 10 badges, assistant for New Leaders Essentials and Youth Protection training, Quinsigamond District’s Roundtable Commissioner and a generous annual donor to Friends of Scouting. Additionally Mr. Mattson assists with Troop 54’s newsletter, The Torch. Russell is also a member of the Treasure Valley Alumni Association.

Russell has been an integral member of the NYLT Staff Development team for more than five years. In his varied roles he has helped to secure material and physical needs for the program and has recently assumed the role as Assistant Scoutmaster.

For the Council’s annual Life to Eagle Seminar Russ worked to secure facility and equipment needs resulting in a flawless presentation.

In 2001 he served on staff at the National Jamboree and will do so again at this year’s event.

Mr. Mattson has worked for Norton Company, St. Peter-Marian School as a math teacher, and presently at Umass Medical Hospital as Safety Officer. He is President of A&M Safety Consultants, past Worshipful Master-Masons A.F. & A.M. Olive Branch Lodge, Millbury.

Russell and Nancy Mattson have two sons: John Mattson and Christopher Mattson who became Troop 54’s 27th Eagle Scout since 1955. v



Karen “Katie” Robinson

From the start in Cub Scout Pack 165, Katie thrived in various positions and was recognized in 2001 as District Cub Scouter of the Year. At the troop level, Katie became a merit badge counselor, and was the go-to for all first aid needs. Katie is an avid snowboarder and arranged yearly trips to Cranmore. She was everywhere the troop needed: fried bread dough booth at Old Home Day, hiking the Isaac Davis Trail in the rain, going to MASS JAM and more.  She has served as Committee Chair of Troop 338 since 2005 and still holds that position today. 

On the District level Katie has helped at many activities and training events in any needed capacity. Katie’s hard work and dedication to Boy Scouts in the Massasoit District was recognized with the District Award of Merit in 2006. The Council level has also benefited from Katie’s hard work. She has been troop guide and assistant senior patrol leader at two separate Wood Badge courses. Katie has taught at several Scouting University and Train the Trainers, has been on NYLT staff as assistant Quartermaster, medical staff and the “devil” half of the Ethical Decision presentation. 

Katie’s love of Scouting has taken her to the 2007 World Jamboree in London and will take her to Fort AP Hill in July when she attends National Jamboree. If you visit Dr. Robinson on a professional level you will find her many Boy Scout Awards proudly displayed next to her Medical Degrees.

Katie Robinson is everything that Boy Scouts stands for; doing your best, being prepared and living by the Scout Law. She is an example to the youth and adults. She is a dedicated wife, mother, daughter and sister; an active member at St. Joseph Church; and active in Charlton’s local town government. v



Eric H. Schultz joined Harvard Pilgrim Health Care on March 1, 2010 as President and Chief Executive Officer.  Previously, Eric was President and Chief Executive Officer of Fallon Community Health Plan since 1999. Prior to FCHP, he held executive positions with CIGNA Healthcare and Prudential Healthcare, and served as Medical Group Administrator for Nashville Healthcare Physician Group.

During his 26-year career, Eric has taken an active role in defining and implementing changes leading to improvements and greater efficiencies in the financing and delivery of health care. Under Eric’s leadership, FCHP emerged from significant financial losses and transformed from a regional group model health plan into a statewide health care services company. FCHP became the first HMO in Massachusetts to offer high-performance provider networks, and is the country’s only health plan that operates a Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, called Summit ElderCare.

Eric holds an MBA in Health Care Leadership from Yale University’s School of Management, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Connecticut. He is President of the Mohegan Council Boy Scouts, and holds the rank of Distinguished Eagle Scout.  Eric is Vice Chairman of the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans; and board member of The Kenneth B. Schwartz Center, the Worcester Regional Research Bureau, the New England Council and the Alliance of Community Health Plans in Washington DC. In 2009, Eric received an honorary doctoral degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. v 


E Alfred Swenson joined the Boy Scouts of America as a youth member in 1944 and with hard work and perseverance he earned his Eagle Scout in 1946. He has been registered continuously since that time.

Al became a professional scout during his senior year in college in 1954 as a part time Field Executive, Camp Ranger and Assistant Camp Director. He then volunteered for the draft and spent two years in the U.S. Army.

When Al returned from the service he went back to work for the Boy Scouts as a District Executive in 1956 for the old Quinsigamond District and also in the Southwest District of the Mohegan Council. In 1960 Al became the Scout Executive for the Calvin Coolidge Council in Bellows Falls, VT. Al then served in various Scout Executive assignments in Waterbury, CT, Long Rivers Council in Hartford, CT and Bethlehem, PA. Al returned to Worcester in November of 1974 and worked as the Scout Executive until his retirement on December 31, 1995.

Not being one to sit around doing nothing he started volunteering at Treasure Valley and in April of 1995 he started the Friends of Treasure Valley, a  group of mostly retired volunteers who assist the Treasure Valley Camp Ranger with a myriad of projects at camp. Al coordinates the work schedule and projects for each session with the Camp Ranger. He keeps in contact with all of the members with an update of the work completed after each session. The Friends of Treasure Valley continue to meet every other Wednesday at Treasure Valley from 8 a.m. to noon and Al still continues to lead the way!

One of the most enjoyable efforts Al had the pleasure of doing was being the chair for the Treasure Valley 75th Anniversary celebration in August of 2000. v