A proud scoutmaster and father
Sandi Schleicher, Northbrook Troop 67 scoutmaster, with a bag of donated jelly beans he uses to teach scouts valuable lessons. Schleicher is also committee chairman. Karie Angell Luc~for Sun-Times Media
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Updated: October 1, 2012 3:15PM
NORTHBROOK — This an active Scouting community reaps the benefits of Eagle Scout projects that contribute perpetually to the greater good.
Sandi Schleicher, a 14-year Northbrook resident, is the scoutmaster of Troop 67.
“I’m very proud to be an Eagle Scout,” said Schleicher, the father of two sons.
Schleicher, chief technology officer of iGive, an Internet charitable organization, and his wife Lise are the parents of Joel, a Glenbrook North High School junior, and Alex, a Maple School seventh grader.
“By the time I got into scouting, it was already expected that I would be an Eagle Scout,” said Schleicher, whose brothers were Eagle Scouts. “That didn’t make it any easier. There was always an underlying pressure caused by that.”
Schleicher began scouting in 1979, joining Troop 46 on his eleventh birthday. During college, he served as troop assistant scoutmaster.
Raised in Lake Bluff, Schleicher went to Lake Forest High School before earning his computer science bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana.
“I always wanted to give back to scouting for all the benefits I’ve enjoyed,” said Schleicher. “So when my oldest son turned 11, we found (Northbrook) Troop 67, which was a great fit for both of us and we’ve been there ever since.
Schleicher became advancement chairman (one year) before becoming a scoutmaster.
His wife Lise, owner of Basketworks, her own gift basket company, is pleased her husband actively volunteers.
“She supports my involvement 100 percent, and that means a lot,” Schleicher said. “Her father was active in scouting, so Lise was already very familiar with scouting.
“... It meant a lot to Howard (Lise’s father) when she brought home an Eagle Scout.”
His son Alex, who enjoys reading, recently collected donated books for his bar mitzvah project.
One delivery to the nonprofit Book Worm Angels resulted in nearly 50 boxes of books, more than 1,800 titles.
“So far he’s (Alex) collected nearly twice the number of books he was shooting for,” said the proud dad.
“Scouting teaches boys independence, problem solving, how to get along with other people and so much more. We teach the boys to live by a code of ethics in everything they do. We teach them to be good citizens of our country, their community, their school, and their family. We teach them to think before acting, to do what’s right instead of what’s easy, and to look out for their fellow man.”
Going into a job interview, Schleicher believes employers welcome job applicants with Eagle Scout credentials.
“It means people can count on you to help in a time of crisis,” Schleicher said.
“There is a saying in Judaism that translates as follows, ‘If not me, then who? And if not now, then when?’ The government, doesn’t have the means or resources at any level to do everything that needs to be done,” observes Schleicher. “If you want to be part of a community, you have to actively take part.