Monica C. Pilman (TACVMCP@VM.TCS.TULANE.EDU)
Tue, 21 May 1991 16:06:13 CDT
I am a Unit Comissioner. I oversee two packs in my district. As a
Cubmaster myself, and moreover, a Cubmaster who started up a new pack
from scratch, I can also give you a pack leader's point of view on
The first year our pack was organized, we didn't even know there were
such people as Unit Comissioners. The second year, we knew there were
such people, we had some vague idea that perhaps they could help us
out if we were in some difficulty, we even knew the name and phone number
of our Unit Comissioner...but she never returned calls. Our current
Unit Comissioner is known to all of us, since he is scoutmaster for the
Troop our boys go to when they get their Arrow of Light. Only once have
I gone to him with a problem, (and it is a whopper) and he has come through
for us. He ended up bringing in the District Comissioner and
we are now working constructively toward a solution.
(It isn't a secret...but I might have to explain quite a bit about the
wacky New Orleans area school system and culture before many of you would
understand...if anyone is curious, let me know, and I'll try to compose
an essay on the subject)
As for myself, I was asked to be a Unit Comissioner by a friend of mine,
Cathy Huber, who is herself an Assistant District Comissioner. She was
really having trouble recruiting anyone to do this job, and she knows what
a soft touch I am...since I've said "yes" to her for district camporee and
for Cub Scout Day Camp already.
So far, as Unit Comissioner, I've contacted people in my units to let
them know who I am, and to ask if they require anything of me. I've
gotten two requests...one having to do with a local park we support with
our service projects, and the other about recruiting a new cubmaster.
The park problem I reported to the District Commissioner. The new cubmaster
problem...that, as usual, will be a tough one, and I'm not sure how
to handle it yet.
Other than that, I'm still a brand new (just last month) Unit Commissioner,
and don't really know the ropes yet (and I'm begining to wonder if there
are any "ropes" to be honest).
--- Monica Pilman
Cubmaster, Pack 234
Unit Commissioner, Chitimacha District
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