Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Tue, 2 Mar 1993 13:57:13 CST
Several years ago, as a new Cubmaster, I allowed a district representative
to come to our Blue and Gold Banquet and do a presentation for SME. The
volunteer that was supposed to come couldn't so the DE (who had been
invited to B&G) stepped in. He made a 20 minute presentation (that slot
was scheduled for under 5 minutes with the volunteer). The response was
very low. The next year the DE was NOT invited (specifically and obviously).
I met with the volunteer who was to do the presentation. He had a poster
presentation which people could view as they arrived. He spoke for about 3
minutes, made his points and cards were distributed to be picked up later
in the evening. When he was done the committee chairman (who was mc) told
the audience that 1) the membership fees they paid last fall went to
national, 2) the dues they paid each week went to den and pack expenses,
3) the money you give tonight will go to the district and council to help
us give your boys a better program, 4) nothing from this goes to the pack.
He then added, "I'd sure like to see US exceed the average, we're worth it."
We raised almost 150% of the per boy cost (I think it was $30 back then).
I think there were several factors, but the most important was the committee
chair's comments--he let our families know SME was important and that our
pack ought to support it. A short, clear presentation by a volunteer helped
too. Since that time, I have never allowed a professional to attempt to
raise money in one of my units. (They always seem to whine!)
The unit leader and committee need to be sold on SME--it isn't just a one
time shot at B&G or a Court of Honor. It needs to be an education program
that starts with the committee membership.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City