Bob and Nancy Wheeler Fund for Scouting
Bob and Nancy Wheeler have been involved with the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation since it began in 1990. They love that the Foundation gives individuals an opportunity to achieve their charitable goals by establishing funds to benefit the community. This year, the Wheelers decided it was time to start a fund of their own, so they created one to benefit another organization in which they have been actively involved for many years:the Boy Scouts of America.
Their two sons went through Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting,Varsity Scouting and Venturing, and are now both Eagle Scouts. Throughout her boys’ time in the Scouts, Nancy served as a Den Leader and later as a committee member.Bob is an Eagle Scout as well, and has served as a Scoutmaster, Cubmaster and a committee member for the Boy Scouts.His first job out of college was as a District Executive for the Scouts, and he now serves as Chair of the Tall Pine District, covering five counties along US-127.
The Wheelers’ passion for the Boy Scouts is so deep that Bob even proposed to Nancy wearing his scout uniform after a meeting one day. Even though Bob says it took walking from the corner of Fancher and Gaylord Streets to Fancher and May for her to come to a decision, Nancy said “It’s hard to say no to a man in uniform.”
Bob and Nancy Wheeler have witnessed first-hand the benefits of building a relationship and raising children inspired by the values of the Boy Scouts of America, and would like to make sure future generations have the same opportunities. “We need to provide meaningful activities for youth in Isabella County,” Bob said. “Scouting provides an option for youth that is values-based. Camping, hiking, and other outdoor programs are used as a method of teaching values to our youth.”
Bob said the Wheeler Fund for Scouting will “help fill a gap in the local units’ funding and support.” The Wheelers hope the fund will provide money for scout camperships, Eagle Scout Service Projects and to provide much needed equipment for local packs and troops.