Re: TAC "Fair Share" Payments
Tue, 18 Aug 1992 22:55:25 CDT
We're mixing the two here. What TAC is doing is supplementing what they
would normally receive from the military morale fund. Let me explain this.
When the council was formed in 1954/1956 (I forget the exact date), the
military agreed to set aside 2% of what they take in from military and
family member's uses from facilities like the base exchange (PX),
commissary, beauty/barber shops, gas stations, and concessionaires that
operated on military installations. This is a sizeable amount of money
when you consider the entire European commands health and welfare budget
in 1986 was $23 million dollars and 70% of the councils budget comes from
those funds. Therefore, with the drastic draw-down of military forces in
Europe (and particularly in Germany, Spain, and England where the majority
of BSA units are located at), and with the closing of many military facilities
including those support facilities which soldiers and their families would
go to, I'm quite sure that TAC had to do something to make up for this drastic
loss of income.
The council also does an SME campaign every spring in which I have never known
to EVER not meet their SME goal. In 1986, it was $1.2 million and they
raised close to $2 million. I know in my district, they surpassed the SME
goal by a clean $45,000 thanks to a good friend of mine, Greg Jenkins, and
There are lots of councils that will "put the bite" on their volunteers, but
it's not because they're hurting for the money, it's simply because the DEs
are getting an awful lot of pressure from the Field Directors and the Director
of Field Services (if their council has one) to run out and meet that goal!
In TAC, Vince Cozzonne and fellow executives there, didn't have to go out
and beat the bushes for their money because they knew that every year, they
would be at least 60% toward their goal, by default.
NOT ANYMORE! This is going to place TAC in a more competitive environment
as the six other councils within the northeast region (area 6).
Nobody in TAC gets there without a significant amount of experience in both
finance and program in a stateside council, therefore, the people in TAC
are not "newbies", they are all experienced people and they bring that
experience to that TAC.
I don't know about your experience, Frank, with them extracting money from
you, but this is a common--even more common today--problem that we all have
to face as the BSA becomes more competitive and their executives are forced
to become more of a salesman and fund raiser and less of a programmer and
Mike Walton (on my honies account)
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