Michigan’s Secretary of State, Terri Lynn Land, was the guest speaker recently at the weekly meeting of Rockford Boy Scout Troop 264. After congratulating the Scouts on their upcoming 100th anniversary, Land informed the Scouts that her office sends out the official congratulatory letter from the state of Michigan for Scouts achieving the rank of Eagle.
Land then spoke about her start in politics which included working on Gerald R. Ford’s presidential campaign. She described the dual aspects of her job, including vehicle/boat registration and licensing, and elections supervision. She also discussed the improvements she has made to streamline her office so it will function more efficiently and cost-effectively. Land also addressed how serving as Michigan’s Chief Election Official is important in maintaining that fair and free elections are conducted. She emphasized how the Scouts can participate in the election process, even if they are not old enough to vote or are not running for office, by helping at the precincts on election days.
Following a question-and-answer period, the Scouts presented Land with an autographed troop photograph, including Land, as a thank-you gift.