Re: Monica Pilman's dilemma
Mon, 8 Apr 1991 14:34:10 CDT
Dear Gary Segura,
Coincidences abound in network-land indeed: my son is currently an active
member of Troop 230 at St. Catherine of Sienna in Metairie! I'm a
committe member, and my husband is Assistant Scoutmaster.
Yes, we discussed possibly reporting our "problem family" to the authories,
but we have no proof that anything unusual is going on. She spanked her boys
at meetings, and once I saw her bend her son's finger back painfully after
he'd thrown "the bird" at my assistant cubmaster...does that constitute
a reportable problem? Foul language may be socially unacceptable, but
is it actionable? The children are obviously untrained in many of the
social nicieties...but is this a crime? Or is it just "socially unacceptable"?
As for the comments you made about the professional staffers, I agree with
you. I've met a lot of professionals, and I would describe very few of them
as "good" and only one as "very good". I get the impression that they are
all overworked and underpaid, and that you'd have to be crazy to do that
sort of work for a living for any lenght of time, especially if you have
a family. I've also noticed, and had lots of occasion to resent, the
"old boy network". Our most recent DE in Chitimacha District offended our
pack leaders on several occasions so badly that we would go out of our way
not to deal with him at all. He was canned...and now we have a temporary
DE who actually holds another full time position with the Council. He's
impressed me in a positive way so far...but then he really is temporary,
and he can't afford to give us much of his time, since he has duties
You may be interested to know that Troop 230 is doing very well these days.
It is one of the largest and most successful troops in our district. Andreas
Dillenkoffer is the Scoutmaster. He used to be SPL in T230 at one time...
maybe you will remember him.
I think that more money would attract better people to the professional
positions...but how would we pay for it? A better solution might be to
reorganize to the point where the good ol boy network is eradicated, and the
dead heads are shown the door. Tha would make the professional orgabnization
much more respectable from the volunteer's point of view...and would
probably make the existing staffers feel better about their jobs and
the organization too.
--- Monica Pilman
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City