Re: OA Elections
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Tue, 2 Mar 1993 13:27:51 EST
All the rules for elections and qualifications are in the OA
handbook. IF there are OA Members in the troop before the
election, the requirements should be PUBLIC. AS has been stated
the OA is a service organization, not a secret society!
ON or before the time that our LODGE or CHAPTER elections committee is
contacted to request an OA election, a form is mailed to each Scout
master. It is up to the scout master to present a list for consideration
the meets the OA rules to include again such subject items as scout
spirit etc. The SM may choose NOT TO submit a name that meets only
the minimum requirements for camping. THE OA is a national brootherhood
of HONOR campers, not just everyone that goes to camp at least 14 days.
Just like the fact that election campaigns are not proper, and it is
not intended to be a popularity contest, it all eventually seems to
work out. NOT perfect every time, but I have found many really fine
scouts in the OA! As with any youth run organization, mistakes will
happen, and election rules and eligibilty requirements will be read
incorrectly. If one of our teams gets into any PROBLEM of questions
about who is eligible etc., an adult avisor is with each youth team.
IF the SM does not have the "certified" list of eligible candidates
ready, the team may elect to reschedule the election rather than run
a haphazard election. IN NO CASE can a troop or any other unit, run
an election on their own! If the election forms are not signed by
two youth from the election team, the adult advisor and the SM, the
election is invalid. When the team arrives, they also review the
purpose of the OA, the rules of eligibility, and post the list as
presented by the SM. THE rules for votes are explained by the team
and the ballets counted by the team. A copy of the results are
left with the SM and a copy sent to the lodge, and the team keeps a
copy. THe rules are not really that complex, and in fact you can
elect every scout who is eligible, if everyone votes for the proper
number of people, and the votes are fairly even.
As a SM, you have the responcibility to make sure the election is
conducted by the rules in the handbook. If the team is not prepared
the SM may request the election be rescheduled. THE OA handbook is
a secret document, and even if the SM is not a OA member, the SM as
well as the parents, have a right to know the purpose of the OA, and
the rules for eligibility and the election procedures.
This is one of those areas that as an OA advisor, MAKE ME MORE CRAZY!
It is not that complex. All the rules are on just a few pages in the
handbook, even the tables as to how many votes should be cast for the
number eligible etc. It is not a mystery, and no SM should ever let
a "MESSED UP" or mishandled election stand. If you are going to take
the time to hold the election, tale the time to do it right.
Don Izard, former Chapter CHief Ganosote Lodge 159
former chapter advisor, KEnton CHAPter, HO-DE-NO-SAU-NEE lodge
Vigil member, now serving as elections and camp promtions advisor
within the Merged Polaris Chapter
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City