Re: Shotgun Lodge Merger?
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Tue, 23 Feb 1993 09:21:10 EST
From past observations of Lodge and council mergers, most of the
political battles are between or amoung the adults that want to
retain the political power in the OA. I know of one lodge in
NY that temporarily lost a charter in order to clean out some of
that political dead wood. I don think the youth will really care!
IF the adults would cooperate and make a smooth transition, the
scout will still see the OA as it was before, a National Brotherhood
of honor campers. In the end, it matters little to the youth the
name or number of the lodge. Some councils have tried to retain
two lodges after a merger, but none that I know about have lasted.
THe best mergers have been where two chapters we created, each with
the name of the old lodge. Mergers will continue for at least the
next year or two, so we might as well accept the ineviatable and
get on with the program! Our goal is to serve the youth, not to
be concerned about overhead politics. IT can ruin your whole day,
and you can get sidetracked from your purpose in scouting and the OA.
Take it from an expert at getting off the track, and just remember
the OA is the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service so, don't worry, be
happy, and get back to serving the scouts.
just one more two cent opinion, and I will be broke!
DOn I, survivor of a lodge merger, gone is the lodge of which I was chief!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City