Re: Morre on Adult participation
Fri, 22 Nov 1991 13:33:00 EDT
They are losing the BEST District in the Transatlantic Council...the Alpine
District....but I can understand why.
A brief primer....the TAC is operated through districts, list like any other
council....the officers of the District (Chairman and Commissioner) are the
senior support General officers in a "military district" (what the Council
was originally based around). The Military District (corps area) that the
Alpine District falls into (the VII Corps area, for the most part) is being
eliminated as we are talking....many of the units and military facilities
(like my first european home as a military officer...Goeppingen) has be shut
down, and those families living there as well as in other parts of that area
have been reassigned to larger military communities (Stuttgart or Munich).
The Deputy Commanding General of the two Corps (V and VII), the Deputy
Commanding General of the 21st Support Command, the Deputy Commander of the
Southern European Task Force and other major commanders have another entry
placed on their MILITARY reportcards...that of being the District Chairman of
a BSA District. And they treat that job as if (and is) part of their military
obligations. Later, I will tell about one such visit from Alpine's District
Chair to my military unit....
The Alpine District has the best trained leaders in the Council by far...the
best attended activities...the best participation in SME/FOS, the best of
just abouit everything...the DE (and his wife) only goes so far...its the
volunteers there like you that make the program successful.
So don't feel bad about Alpine's demise...I do, but if I was there, I would
pick up and make the Bavaria District the BEST DISTRICT IN TAC!
(That also means that there will be a "us"-"them" mentality for a while. I
don't have any answers to that, except to stress that military units reorganize
and reconstitue to nbecome stronger...and that Scouting is no different.
It don't help when you are on the road many hours (at least two and a half,
at 90 mph/180kmph) between Stuttgart and Munich (maybe they can hold things
half way in Augsburg???) and you long for the "good ol' days" where all you
have to do was to drive across town or down one hour to Patch Barracks!
I will continue to look elsewhere for your answers.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City