ONCE A SCOUT: James R. Corcoran Jr. of Kingston is at home again - with the Boy Scouts.
Corcoran, 44, took over as director of development for the Boy Scouts of America Old Colony Council on Jan. 1. He worked at the same job from 1992 to 1998, starting when fresh out of Suffolk University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. After that six year stint, he spent the next seven with the Scouts’ Boston Minuteman Council. Most recently, he was regional director of institutional giving and development operations for the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts.
“To work your way up in Scouts, they want you to move around to different councils, and when I got into the fund-raising for them, I really enjoyed it, I loved the challenge,’’ said Corcoran, who became an Eagle Scout as a youth, with Troop 28 in Dorchester.
He was happy to return to Scout employ, he said.
“When you grow up in the program like I did, it’s like any group or fraternity, you develop a bond,’’ said Corcoran, whose father was also a Scout. “Like any affinity group, you have folks who love and support Scouting.’’
Scouting runs deep in the Corcoran clan, starting with his father, who was a Boy Scout. James Corcoran Jr.’s son, Andrew, 14, is a Boy Scout, his daughter Lauren, 9, is a Girl Scout, and his wife, Susan, is a merit badge counselor.
“In fact, I met my wife through Scouting,’’ Corcoran said. “I was recruiting the CEO of the company she worked at to be on our board of directors, and she was a vice president there.’’
Old Colony is the largest of the 10 Scout councils in the state, he said, covering 41 communities south and west of Boston. There are 9,000 registered youth members in the program ages 7 to 21, with those numbers on the rise, he said.
“We’ve been increasing anywhere from 3 to 5 percent annually in Old Colony,’’ he said. “Parents are looking for a program that has leadership, values, and teaches ethics. I know Scouting did so much for me, building leadership and citizenship, it’s only natural as a parent you want your kids to participate as well.’’
The council’s annual operating budget is $1.8 million, all of it obtained through fund-raising, Corcoran said. Paving the way is the history so many people in business have with Scouting, he said.
“We meet a lot of business leaders at things like Chamber of Commerce events, and many have had involvement in Scouts,’’ he said. “We like getting them engaged and involved.’’
For more information on the council, visit www.oldcolonycouncil.org.
MUSIC STUDENTS WIN AWARDS: Gillian Pentheny of Marshfield was the overall winner at the South Shore Conservatory’s 24th Annual Concerto Competition, and will perform with the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra at its family concert on March 4 at 3 p.m. in Plymouth’s Memorial Hall.
Ina Cui and Aileen Luo, both of Norwell and students at the conservatory in Hingham, also won awards. Cui, a piano student of instructor Kathy Czerny, placed second in her division in the competition. Placing third in her division was Luo, a violin student of Jenna Potts. Both students earned scholarships and trophies, and performed in the winners’ concert after the competition.
BUSINESS BRIEFS: February is American Heart Month, and Healthy South Shore, a website with a variety of health and wellness topics created by Stacey Shipman of Weymouth, is offering a number of heart-specific features this month, she said, including “5 Ways to Be Good to Your Heart’’ and “For Your Heart: The Skinny on Fat.’’ Visitors to www.healthysouthshore.com who sign up for its free e-newsletter can also download a free copy of Healthy South Shore’s “Healthy Living Tips’’ e-book, Shipman said.
Realtor Elizabeth Van der Veer of Marion was named tops in listings and sales for Norwell-based Jack Conway & Co., at the company’s annual meeting held at the Quincy Marriott Hotel. Van der Veer has taken the top award 11 times in her 25-year career at Conway.
Richard Feilteau of Quincy was named director of franchise at Gray, Gray & Gray, an accounting firm in Westwood. He has worked with McDonald’s franchise owners for nearly 20 years as part of the firm’s franchise partner group. Feilteau started with Elgart & Co. in 1993 and joined Gray when the firms merged in 2000.
Ed McDaid (inset), founder and president of South Shore Staffing in Canton, was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors at South Shore Chamber of Commerce. McDaid, a Canton resident, is also a member of the American Staffing Association and a past board member of the Massachusetts Staffing Association.