Council horror stories
Thu, 17 Dec 1992 09:27:44 -0500
It's depressing to read all of these horror stories about how
conscientious volunteers and innovative programs by volunteers
are treated by the 'professionals' in an attempt to hide their
own mediocrity (in some cases) and to protect their own turf.
Our district had a *very bad* experience last year. Our local
United Way decided that in addition to the LARGE contribution it
makes to Council, to make individual grants to packs and troops
within its funding area. Packs and troops could apply for up to
$500 by specifying what it was to be used for and by showing that
at least a matching amount had been raised by the group. Intent
was to provide for camping equipment, scholarships, etc. Council
was FURIOUS about that even though their own funding was unaffected.
When it came time to consider renewing the program, a council rep.
came to the district meeting (happens about as often as a solar
eclipse) and "explained" to the district all of the things Council
does FOR the district and made not so veiled threats about things
Council can do TO the district. So, when the UWay rep came in, Council
rep told her that 'we have already discussed this and think the old
way of funding is the best. Why don't we just show you -- all in
favor renewing the 'new' funding raise your hand." No votes --
it had been made eminently clear that a positive vote was NOT being
a team player. So, we get less money, Council gets no more money
than before, UWay is confused, but the POWER stays where it was.
And this helps the program??
no names -- just regrets
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City