RE: Contact with professionals
(no name) ((no email))
Fri, 30 Oct 1992 16:23:17 CST
A short example (because our system has been up and down today, and I am
not sure that I can get all of this out before it goes back down!) on the
road that a DE would take to talk with ALL of the unit leaders and the
chartered partner representatives.
As a Paraprofessional, one of the Districts that I had responsibility for
was the Kentucky River District of the Lonesome Pine Council. (It is now
the same District, more or less, with the Bluegrass Council when they merged).
There are five counties in that District: Breathitt (where the DE was also
at...the second largest town, Jackson), Knott, Letcher, Leslie, Perry (the
largest city in the District, Hazard (yeah, the "dukes of" city, without the
extra "z"). The total distance on State roads from one point to the other
is 130 miles.
Day One would have me meet the DE in Jackson. We would visit with the nine
unit leaders at their work sites or at home and with the District Roundtable
and District Commissioner, both, living in that town or closeby. We would
also meet with the business leaders and several school people.
I would get back to Richmond at about 9:30pm (the day started for me at 1pm).
Day Two would have me to go to Knott County on my own and visit with the school
people in Hindman. We did a lot of in-school Scouting there, but there was
a separate Troop operated by the baptist church in Hindman. The day started
at 11:45; I would get to Hindman about 1:30 and be back in Richmond at 5:45 in
time for either ROTC class or student senate meetings, depending on year.
Day Three would have me again go to Jackson, where I would meet up with the DE
and go from there to Leslie County. That is a *long piece* from Jackson and
we end up going to lots of in-and-out visits before 7pm. On Wednesday nights
in the South, as many of your know, is mid-week church services. NO Scouting
is done on Wednesday nights.
Day Four is the heavyest day. In addition to the visits with the Scouters in
Whitesburg and cities along the Kentucky-Virginia border, we also went to
Wise, Virginia, where the District Chairman lived and sat with him either at
work or at home. Later on, we would convoy to the District Committee/
Commissioner's meeting (the first week); or one of the council's committee's
meetings in Pikeville (second and last week). The third week was mine and
when I returned to Eastern at about 10:30pm or so, *maybe* I would have time
for socializing downtown or on-campus.
Day Five is the "paperwork day" at the Council office in Pikeville (a three
hour drive from Richmond until the new highway was finished...then it became
a two and one half hour trip!). This was our meeting day with the Area
Director and the Scout Executive, we completed the work plans and filled out
the visit reports and stocked up on supplies needed by the units in the field
since the office is a two-three hour trip for many.
Days Six and Seven were spent at District events or at Council events or at
my residence hall ("dorm" room).
During that week, I personally talked with ALL of the unit leaders (12 Scout
masters, 17 Cubmasters, 3 Explorer Advisors) and their "Institutional
Representatives" (chartered organization representatives). I also saw and
talked with well over 70% of all of the commissioner's staff, District
officers and made some contact for fund raising and future extension of the
The next time you see your DE, or EE or DD (Exploring Executive/District
Director), ask them how many miles have they traveled that day. Then, for
their sake, try not to talk "shop" so much with them. I enjoyed being on
the front porch of a volunteer, just looking at his field; walking down the
street in Jackson or Hazard and talking about how bad the Kentucky Wildcats
did in their last game (Kentucky's wild about basketball and very proud of
local high school teams!); I enjoyed the breaks in which I attended a wide
variety of church services (and got "free dinners" afterwards, something that
college students that can't cook in their rooms (at that time!) *really
appreciated*; and the visits at the schools where you got to hear education
being given and shared.
I *almost* liked that as much as I did attending unit meetings!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City