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Apologies, I have been trying to get Mr. Tillerson's full speech from the National Annual Meeting. Please post if you have it. Thanks. RS Tillerson served as the keynote speaker at the organization's "Duty to God" breakfast. The meeting serves as the organization's annual "shareholders meeting" for staff and volunteers. ...Without pointing fingers at the current commander-in-chief, he also discussed the current state of politics and democracy in the U.S. Tillerson openly questioned, "how did our nation of fellow Americans become so polarized, and how do we return to civility and respectfulness towards one another?" He said that he observed a "growing crisis in ethics and integrity" in American democracy. ..That led to a long discussion on "truthfulness." ..Tillerson also referenced the "better angels of our nature" * twice in his speech. Source: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tillerson-jokes-at-boy-scouts-meeting-that-god-sent-him-home-from-state-post-to-save-his-life/ * A reference to Abraham Lincoln's first inaugural address? “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” Food for thought for America and Scouting.
http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/20170721/secretary-of-state-tillerson-stops-in-wv-for-boy-scout-jamboree U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson along with his wife Brenda visited the Jamboree on Friday as part of a ceremony detailing the planned Rex W. Tillerson Leadership Center and unveiling a bronze statue of him at the site ..Tillerson spoke about the leadership center and the importance of instilling values-based leadership in Americaâ€™s youth. â€œWhen we acquired the site for the Jamboree, we realized we had an opportunity to do so much more than that,â€ said Tillerson, who served as national president of the Boy Scouts of America from 2010 to 2012. â€œWe wanted to create a lasting leadership opportunity, and this was a part I really wanted to attach my name to.â€ The Rex W. Tillerson Leadership Center will be a part of the Thomas S. Monson Leadership Excellence Complex, which is under development. The center will be â€œa place for leadership and ethics training for youth,â€ according to Wayne Perry, another former national president of the BSA. Perry said the center will be approximately 12,000 square feet and feature multipurpose classrooms, an auditorium and a library. The Boy Scouts unveiled a bronze statue of Tillerson and presented him with a flag and smaller replica statue. â€œI feel so blessed to be led to this place and to be a part of this project,â€ he said. â€œMy part is very small, but I am proud of my part.â€ ... Tillerson told Scouts to â€œnever stop developingâ€ as people and to be a â€œprinciples-based leader.â€ â€œYou have to practice and work hard at it, and you are going to be challenged,â€ Tillerson said of improving as a leader and person. â€œThat is what we want to teach you at this center â€” to practice and apply these values.â€ More details at above source link. Tillerson is a Distinguished Eagle Scout, Silver Buffalo Award recipient and past national president of the BSA.