Re: Sexual orientation issue ...
or blackeagle ("Settummanque)
Mon, 9 Mar 1992 21:20:00 EDT
GOOD QUESTION!!!! This was the same question that I asked when I was first
appointed to a local Council's Executive Board....(the Council Board functions
much the same as the national executive board).
The answer is..."it depends upon the membership". There are some on the National
Executive Board that will go out and talk with volunteers and gauge their
opinions on various issues...but remember my earlier talk about the makeup
of the board....most of the volunteers have no time because they are also
members of several other committees and boards....the professionals (four
of them and their staffs) are the real powerhorses....they (if there is
enough interest from the board) will go out and "ask" "representative
Councils" for their input (there are about 40-60 "representative councils"
each one has to have been labled as an "quality Council" for the past three
years, each one having to be in a certain area and dealing successfully with
certain issues or problem areas....they are also the same ones that
"miracilously" end up as "illustrative councils" in various BSA publications.
My personal problem with this set up is that smaller councils that *try* to
have successful programs, that may not have met their finacial goals every
year or have had great success in units or people may have super individual
programs that you don't hear about because they are not an "illustrative
council". The standards to become a Quality Council are there...but because
of many factors, not many Councils get there and stay there...
So, Ping, in answering your question, the operative word is "as much input
as the four professionals on the Board and the Executive Secretary (Chief
Scout Executive) gives it. Locally, as much input as the Scout/Council
Executive deems neccessary (or wants to place his or her neck out on the
I know that this bursts your as well as others bubbles, but please remember
two major statements:
one, that MOST VOLUNTEERS are there only because their positive influnce will
assist the program and will further the cause of the Boy Scouts of America.
(I am NOT talking unit or even District level volunteers, Ping...I am talking
about the 60-or so people whom are members of each council's executive board)
They, for the most part, are NOT there as a reward or indicator of longitivity
with the program or as a natural progression upward (unless they are like
me, and was a youth member of a board and when turned 21, was retained as an
adult member because I work hard at whatever I do...).
two, ALL councils take the lead of the professionals hired to run the program
on a day-to-day basis. That is why we have them. That is what we pay them to
do for us volunteers. Unfortunately, when we pay them to administer the program
as we would like for it to be administered, we give up a lot of leadership that
would normally be given to such an issue to an administrator. Or sets of
adminstrators. And, like students talk to me about school and program issues,
I have to "tow the adminstration (institution)'s line". I don't like it in
some cases, I hate it in others...but I understand whom is paying my salary
and in most cases, I go along with what my boss says. This is not ideal...this
And that is how we get things to a national level.
(*big ol' note: Before I get barrared (sp) with all kinds of statements
about "this not happening in "X" Council, I want to say that I have had
great rapport with the seven out of eight Council/Scout Executives that
I have worked with. They will listen and seek out your input. However, I
am also adult enough to know that since I am *not* the VP for corporate
support at Lexmark (part of IBM here) or the President of Transy University
or the Senior VP of First Security, my little ol' comments would be meaningless
compared to their statements on the same issue. CE/SE react when the senior
volunteers react. They are hired by the Executive Board and serve at their
pleasure. So, you know that they will listen to you but they also know where
their paychecks are coming from!@*)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City