Re: RT staff question
or blackeagle ("Settummanque)
Tue, 26 May 1992 23:55:00 EDT
Someone in your council is giving you the WRONG scoop...Where are those
people registered?? There is a code for roundtable staff as well as
roundtable commissioners. I know you have the references there, but please
allow me to play "Kathie", so that you can share this information.
The first reference is taken from the Commissioner's Basic Training Manual
(#3614). On page 8, the roundtable of huddle commissioner, among other
things, recruits a roundtable or huddle staff, leads staff in preparing
one year's roundtable or huddle outline, supervises the staff in conducting
those roundtables of huddles...
Let us move ahead to the BSA booklet called Leadership Training (#4169).
On page 26, it states that besides completing the Basic Commissioner
Training and two years tenure, another series of requirements needs to be
In the College of Commissioner Science booklet (#7522), it states several
places (*flipping thru pages*) all kinds of things that roundtable staffs
should be aware of...For example, there are two roundtable staff courses
(RTS301, and 302) which tell about how to give good roundtables. And in it
it says that it is designed for roundtable commissioners and staff members.
Enough with the resources, Kathie, the reason why they're doing that is
(but you won't hear it from one of your DE's):
1) Roundtable staff is a luxury. Most roundtable staffs are experienced
Unit Commissioners with no units to commission *smile*. When BSA
first came up with the roundtable staff concept, they envisioned
old red jacketed Scouters and old Commissioners to put on the
monthly roundtable. They didn't envision what happens in your
council, in mine, and everyone else's--complete staffs recruited by
either the Roundtable Commissioner or the DE or both!!
2) Your council is wanting to use the trickle-down theory of management as
opposed to the shotgun method. They're hoping that by having less
meetings, in which EVERYBODY attends, that the information flow
would go downward from you, to your ADCs, to the ADC that's in charge
of roundtables (I assume that's what you have), to the two/three
roundtables commissioners and then to the staff. Gee, that's a lot
of meetings!! I count five there myself! The reason why they want to
use that is because in 1987 or 1988 (can't remember), at one of the
All Hands Conferences some bullfrog stated that in an attempt to
involve as many volunteers as possible, in the execution of the pro-
gram, we should limit the number of volunteers attending key meetings.
That's the reason why in your council and mine, the District
Commissioners' Meetings, while they're open to anyone, is supposed to
be a meeting between the Commissioner and his/her primary staff (Asst.
District Commissioners), and the DE and his/her staff.
Good luck on fighting this one!! It's a neat idea, but in doing it, it makes
you and I subject to a lot of meetings over a month. My suggestion is to
register all of your roundtable staff members as Unit Commissioners if they're
not already registered as such. They're entitled to the training, they're
entitled to the activities, they're even entitled to come to the meetings if
they want to--that's all the advice I can give...hope it helps!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City