Re: Volunteer Recognition Dinner
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Wed, 3 Feb 1993 11:37:53 EST
mostly to Dave,
I agree with Dave that the unit awards are at least at important as
all the district people hogging up the program with self congratulations!
In the past, unit awards were a HI-lite of our dinners. When I got the
CUB master award, I should have been suspcious, becuase my wife ASKED
to go! When we got there, a table was filled with people from the
pack committee, and other family and friends! IT WAS GREAT! I didn't
even know I was getting the award, nor did I really know what I had done
to earn or deserve the award! When our ASM got the SCouter of the year,
and the SM got the district award of merit, the troop did the same thing.
Sure the program was long, and I agree they could do away with the DUMB
SKITS and SONGS, but that is part of scouting! I can live with it!
I think the even chairman was wrong to CUT any awards presentation!!!
You little enought recognition at the unit level! If the program was
too long, start earlier, or cut SKITS, SONGS and speaches!!! DO NOT
CUT awards, nor the time of community dignataries that support scouts!
Our district may not do everything perfect, and niether are the dinners,
but at least everyone gets their fare share of time in the SUN!
Maybe the person in charge of you program had never run such an event
before, or maybe the UNIT people often do not show up, because past
dinners have been the same way. I would let others know your feelings!
And if it was me, or some one in MY unit, I would stand up a vent my
feelings at the next ROUND table, with other UNIT leaders present!
If you don't let some one know that you didn't like it, or have a
suggestion to improve it, you shouldn't complain for too long. Also
BE PREPARED to be asked to be chairman for the next dinner! I wound
up running a CAMP-O-REE almost the same way. I told them how it should
be run, they asked me to PUT UP or SHUT up, so to speak! SO watch out!
At least be prepared to be on the committee!
don i, still scouting
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