15 Oct 2013
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Long-time Boy Scout Executive Richard L. Fisher has joined the Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) as its new chief executive officer in Memphis.
"Our program here in the Mid-South is strong and the commitment from the communities we serve is outstanding," said Fisher. "I'm very excited to be here and for the opportunity to share my heartfelt belief in the life-changing impact of Scouting."
Fisher joined the Memphis-based Chickasaw Council as chief executive officer last month after 24 years of service with Scout councils primarily in the Midwest, and most recently in Detroit. The Chickasaw Council operates on a $3.8 million annual budget and with a staff of 33 who coordinate the activities of nearly 4,000 volunteer Scout leaders across 17 Mid-South counties.
"Richard brings a set of skills, an infectious enthusiasm and a passion for Scouting principals that will serve our Scouts and Scout leaders well, especially as we expand our urban ScoutReach program," said Chickasaw Council Board Chairman Jimmy Lackie.
The Chickasaw Council has a $12 million "Keep the Campfires Burning" capital campaign underway to fund major improvements at Camp Kia Kima and Camp Currier. During his career, Fisher has raised more than $16 million for Scouting and has helped lead programs that served more than 150,000 Scouts and 28,000 adult volunteers.
Fisher has demonstrated his ability to reach underserved youth, including writing "Gangs, language, colors and signs," a training guide for volunteers working in gang-infested communities. He also created a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to recruit older boys to Scouting and developed a program through which sons could connect on a monthly basis with mothers who were incarcerated and participate with them in Scouting activities at their correctional facilities.
Fisher grew up in Chicago and St. Louis and graduated from the University of Kansas. He has served BSA organizations in Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Ohio, Illinois and Michigan.
Fisher and his wife, Marci, have two daughters who reside in the St. Louis area.