Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Thu, 6 May 1993 12:30:54 CDT
Who said you don't read these messages? I purposely just put in my new position
title on my message to Steve to see if anyone was actually looking! Mike --
You do indeed win that contest hands down!
Yes -- as of May 4, 1993 -- I am the District Chairman of Thundervalley District
- Nortwest Suburban Council. (That will teach those dummies in Phoenix
District in Chicago Area for saying as a female I could not do a good job in
Scounting!) This also gives me a postion on the council board -- and have
already attended one board meeting. Really a position that "red jackets"
SHOULD get to, as this is where the changes can be made, if we can sell the
real program to the board. Of course, the Scout Executive is not truly very
happy with my election, but will live with it. He is afraid that as a "red
jacket" I will be too concerned about the program, volunteers, and not enough
of a corporate person.
I have made an appointment to meet with him personally the week after I move, to
hopefully begin using those old "woodbadge" skills and assure him that in most
cases I am MORE corporate than most of his professional staff. As I have been
told many times in Chicago Area Council over the past four years by
professionals, I strive to keep up to date on the program, BSA rules, changes,
etc. better than their professionals. I love to do that though!
Actually -- with all of my personal health pains, heart operation, etc., I had
begun to feel like my reason to live was pretty well over, as was my reason to
continue in Scouting. After 20 years, I began to think about quitting. It
seemed that every time I got things going well for those kids, some dummy came
into power who could not see past "female" and tried to destroy all that had
This time, I have interviewed intensely with professionals and volunteers alike,
and have accepted and been elected to a position I NEVER thought I would hold,
nor want to hold. This position, if worked properly, can be MOST influential
to those kids and leaders in the district. I am VERY excited.
I am moving to a new apartment on May 22, 1993 (I have to move since my
landlord of over 3 years, (who is himself 82 years old), has been
harrassing me and my adult son who lives with me since my heart attack on
12/25/92 to get us out -- and finally -- raising our rent 21% did it -- we go).
It was just about that time (2 months ago) that I was approached to consider
the district chairmanship for Thundervalley district in Northwest Suburban
Council. (A neighboring council to where I currently live.) Over the past 20
years, I have worked with many volunteers and professionals on various courses
with Northwest Suburban people, and have been continually running into people
who remember me from other encounters. That is neat!
At last month's roundtable --I attended to get a feel of the volunteers in the
district -- a gentleman asked for the floor and began to introduce me out of
the blue -- he remembered me from a Showando I worked in 1981 (which he
attended) at which I was teaching Dutch Oven cooking (just prior to publishing
a book on the subject) and he really remembered the session detail by detail,
went back to his troop and in a year, those kids no longer made hot dogs and
became quite good at dutch oven cooking. He thanked me publically for turning
him on to dutch oven; to peanut oil; to cooking with ALL parts of the oven; and
on and on!
I was pretty embarrassed, but pleased that I had indeed made a difference.
So -- after consulting with my own mentors; gurus, etc. I decided to try to
recieve the nomination for the position, and my son and I purposely looked for
a new apartment within Northwest Suburban Council. We found a great one!
We are tripling our apartment size -knocking down our rent by $25 from the old
rent and moving out of the danger of the gangs that are moving into the
Evanston High School area (which means they are passing my present home and
leaving their wonderful territorial marks). By God -- I hate the things that
make these kids go into such gangs!
Allan Yamakawa (a fellow list member) is the ONE person who identified me to the
council and the District Executive as a person who might be willing to help. I
will always thank him for helping bring me such a real opportunity!
The District Executive called out of the blue and said, "Hi -I am Ken Berkow,
the D.E. for Thundervalley, perhaps you remember me from when I was a scouting
friend of your youngest son (the son who is now missing)." What a small world!
Of course, he already knew alot about my scouting - but did not know about my
son, nor my heart attack. Does now -- I am terribly needed now, teribly sure
that I should continue in Scouting -- terribly happy again!
Sure hope there is nothing else people can take away from me because of my heart
attack and operation -- my career has been stopped here at Northwestern; an
attempt to stop my Scouting career has failed -- and on.
Mike - Steve - Thank you -- I hope I deserve this really difficult, but
hopefully rewarding position. I NEVER thought I would be a board member! WOW,
indeed, Mike -- I am STILL not sure how this happened. However -- I will do
the best I can for those kids and the adults in my new district!
Thanks for your support.
Northwest Suburban Council
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