RE: Volunteer Recognition Dinner
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Sun, 21 Feb 1993 20:35:21 CST
[ This is a result of not being about to post regularly....sorry! ]
Dave Hultberg writes:
>Saturday night I attended my first ever District Volunteer Recognition
>Dinner. One of the reasons I attended was to receive the Cubmaster
>Award. I even dragged my wife along with me, even though it was her
>birthday. Shortly after we arrived, the Cub Roundtable Commissioner came
>over to me and handed me my award, plus a Den Leader Award for one of my
>former Den Leaders. She appologized profusely, explaining that they had
>to cut the program length and over her objections, they had chosen to cut
>the presentation of unit leader awards. Though disappointed, I wasn't
>too upset until they paraded every district level chairman to the podium
>to thank all of his/her district assistants. It was as boring as the
>Academy Awards thank yous. I didn't mind the songs, skits, greetings
>from council speach and the presenation of the Silver Beaver and District
>Awards of Merit, but the time it took to present SME awards really bugged
>me. To be honest, as a unit leader I did nothing to earn this award, and
>the pack has no need for the mug or plaques that they gave out.
Dave....I agree with you. I think that the District's committee that
"organized" this event really messed up.
First off, the District Recognition Banquet is designed for the
volunteer UNIT LEADER, and not for the District's leadership. Many
DEs lose sight of this, especially after a great FOS/SME year and lots
of new units. They want to recognize those contributors and those
that worked hard to make the District successful, but instead of
keeping focused, they allow the volunteer committee to overshadow the
recognition with "praise for what we've accomphished" this year.
Especially when the Council Executive is one of the guests of the
I feel that if your District wanted to recognize their District's
leadership, it should have been done at a District rally or a similar
type event IN ADVANCE or AFTER the recognition of the Banquet. This
is a really successful technique to do after the Banquet, for this
allows the District to not only introduce the new District leadership,
lets the old ones out with their "swansongs", and recognizes new
units--but has the added advantage of placing emphasis on new programs
and new events for the District's year. And if you make it symbolic,
it can really unite a otherwise diverse and divisive District.
>opinion they really missed the boat on this one. It turned into the
>district level professionals and volunteers patting each other on the
>back while SMs, ASMs, CMs, DLs, etc. were totally ignored. My wife is
>adament about never attending another one and I doubt if I will either.
>OBTW, in our district and council there are over twice as many Cubs as
>their are Boy Scouts and Explorers combined, but the Cub program was
>treated as if it didn't exist.
"Rally Days" are *perfect* for Cubs...they LOVE a parade and personal
recognition for being in Cub Scouting....the training awards and other
Cub Awards should be awarded during the banquet; but the other things
should be presented at this rally.....
>I just have to keep reminding myself that we are doing this for the boys
>and we will continue to do so despite those above us. Climbing down off
>my soap box and taking my medication.....
It's a shame that some Districts would rather see their senior leaders
get all of the glory than to recognize those that really make the
difference between a unit and a group of boys or youth. I would
STRONGLY recommend making your feelings known to the DE and to the
head of the committee or group putting this thing on. If enough of
you would be willing to try it, you could also attempt to put on a
Rally in your District as well in the following year.
(hope your medication is not too strong...we need you, Dave...your
wife too....please tell her for me that to please give it another try
before giving it the old toss!)
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