Lewis “Chip” Locke, Jr., has been named the District Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) North Star District of the Sam Houston Area Council. The North Star District officially came into existence on Sept. 1, 2009 after the division of the great Tomahawk District of the Sam Houston Area Council. It is comprised of the geographic area of Fort Bend ISD that lies north of Interstate 59. The District consists of 23 Cub Scout Packs, 17 Boy Scout Troops and seven Venture crews serving Eastern Fort Bend County.
“The District Chairman provides the inspiration for high quality Scouting programs and inspires the talent recruiting necessary to run a District well, so more young people stay in Scouting for a longer period of time,” said Brendan Cronin, North Star Senior District Executive. “Chip was asked by the ad hoc Nominating Committee led by Marvin Marcell to serve as District Chairman to succeed Sam Grover. Sam had served as District Chairman since the inception of the North Star District.”
Chip Locke, Jr. and his wife Pam moved to New Territory in 2006. They have two children, Morgan and John Tyler. Locke is an Eagle Scout, was elected to the Order of the Arrow and received the Pro Deo Et Patria. He was a participant in the 1971 World Jamboree in Japan, worked on summer camp staff and participated in Canadian waters high adventure canoeing. In 1977, Locke earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and a MBA in Finance in 1989 from Butler University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Indiana and Ohio, and is a certified Project Management Professional. He has worked in the chemical industry for 11 years, then moved to the oil and gas industry, where he has worked for the past 23 years.
While in the pyridine chemical industry Locke worked in engineering, maintenance and project management. He now works for Marathon Oil Company and there he has worked in engineering and project management across the company in downstream refining, marketing and transportation and upstream major projects. His projects have taken him and his family to Russia and Norway and while stateside he has worked in a number of states. He now has a lead role in the continued development, promotion, training, and use of the company’s Opportunity Development Process. Additionally, he is the Information Champion in Enterprise Content Management for his organization.
“I give Glory to God for my attaining Eagle Scout and my election to the Order of the Arrow,” said Locke. “The Church and Boy Scouts raise our boys to act like men. Scouting teaches boys to be on their guard by mastering skills. Boys learn to stand firm in faith through advancement. Outdoors experience builds their ability to be courageous. Physical activities in the program build boys strength. The many points of the Law, Oath, Slogan and Outdoor Code point the boys towards doing everything in love. I’m never able to give as much to Scouts as I get from it. The Eagle Oath and The Brotherhood of Cheerful Service guide me to work to serve God and glorify him.”
Locke has served on several boards including a local chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers as president, at Bethany Lutheran Church as a board member, as a Cub Pack Committee Chair and Scout Troop Committee Chair. Additionally after attending a community leadership series he served on; United Way Allocations committees, Mayor’s Small Business Initiative committee, the 500 Festival Mini Marathon (Water Station Chair) and Children’s Day committees, and as a board member of a charitable family multi service organization. He is currently serving as a Scout Troop Committee Member, Scout Troop and Cub Pack Charter Organization Representative, Scout District Charter Organization Representative Coordinator and MUD 68 Director. Locke has also served as a neighborhood representative, on the Modifications Committee, the Safety Committee and worked on National Night Out and the Entrance Christmas Decorations Committee in New Territory.
For more information about the North Star District, go to: www.northstardistrict.org, visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SHACNorthStarDistrict, or contact Senior District Executive Brendan Cronin at brendan.cronin.shac.org.