Re: patch trading
(no name) ((no email))
Mon, 18 Nov 1991 12:06:00 EDT
How to get on a national committee?? Well, as one that have sat on several,
I can tell you that I DID NOT SEEK IT....IT FOUND ME!
When I was serving as Area Exploring Chair for Kentucky and Tennessee, I
impressed a "big money hander" while in Louisville. This guy introduced me
to Don Thom, at that time on the OA national Committee (and still is, I think).
Between the two of them, I got appointments to serve for a year as the youth
member to the National Uniform and Insignia Committee; two years as a member
's National Cabinet (a committee of the Exploring Committee and therefore, a
member of the national Exploring Committee...) and six years (until 1986)
as a member of the BSA's Communications Committee....the committee was
disbanded when BSA went to getting a outside agency to handle public relations
and when they were trying to pare down the number of committees at the
national and regional levels.....)
As we talked in my office last week, the "youth members" sit beside their
professional counterparts and are merely "window dressing" for the meetings.
We did very little discussion in the "adult meeting" and all of my personal
success on behalf of Exploring was done by myself or with other youth and
professionals that believed that we did have something to contribute. But
*they* got the credit when new ideas (ex. Exploring leadership awards) were
thought up. Luckly for me, we had professionals like Ted Taylor and Archie
Crain that thought that if we brought it up, then we should get the credit--
and the heat--when it was brought forward (which explains why both are Scout
Executives in Councils that are florishing!! I got a call this morning from
Ted...he is being promoted to serve as Area Director!)
The same holds true for the OA, the
"national youth representatives" and the National Explorer President.
Also, the power of the National Explorer President and his or her six Vice
Presidents (one is actually elected...the others are appointed!) is muted
severly....has something to do with the ability of a youth to cut through
the crapola and get to the root of things...something that some professionals
resented and campaigned against ("I don't want no .......(insert your favorite
descritor(s) here) tellin' ME how I should run MY Council's Exploring program!")
and National listened...so in "grins and shows" the youth DO have a say.
In reality, the words are "(*looking at professional*) "yea" or "nay".
In my little opinion, national should be canvassing the nation, looking at
volunteers that are doing what they can and appoint them as members of the
national committees....(and appointment should NOT mean those with the
larger wallets or to fill "holes" get appointed, either!)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City