Re: Shotgun Lodge Merger
U-E68867-Ronald Hart (hart_ronald@AE.GE.COM)
Tue, 23 Feb 1993 10:58:51 EST
Don and Bruce have offered some good advice on this issue. The national
committee bylaws (I don't have them with me) provide that a lodge
operates in a council at the "pleasure of the Council Executive". That
is why not all councils have a lodge (a rare exception) and why a major
council like Crossroads did not for years. If the Council Executive
sees the negatives as out weighing the positives, he can make the call.
Don's suggestion is very good and I would go a step further and
suggest that someone be proactive and call a meeting of the 2 Lodge
Advisers and 2 Lodge Chiefs and the Staff Adviser. That group get
away for an evening, a day or a weekend. Search for the spirit that
burns within and think about the puposes for which they sought
admittance. Be open, be honest and get the issues on the table. Make
it a goal to come away with a plan to present jointly to the Council
Executive and prove that these young men are worthy of leading such
an important organization. Lodge rules may be suspended by the
Council Executive, so there are no issues of procedures. Demonstrate
why the Lodge Chief of most lodges sits on the Council Executive
Boards (and make sure they include that as part of what they want).
Come away with an agreement for the new lodge and don't get hung up on
the details of transition. Transition can be an additional meeting
to include a few more youth (both lodges' officers and consider the
section chief for helping focus disputes and get some training done
at the same time).
Yours In Witahemui,
Dan Beard Council Member - Membership
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