Re: Paul Parry's request (Mike Walton's Reply)
Jack W. Weinmann (bk233@CLEVELAND.FREENET.EDU)
Tue, 14 Sep 1993 11:44:41 -0400
When I originally posted the reply for Paul's request, I was going to send
it via personal email and then decided to send it to the list. Somehow,
when Mike replied to my comment the message came to my mailbox. Since Mike
intended to post it to the list, I am forwarding the message.
- Jack -
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From: waltoml%WKUVX1.bitnet@ULKYVM.LOUISVILLE.EDU ("Settummanque, the blacke
Subject: RE: Paul Parry's request (was: Scouter's Digest?, Reintroduction.)
Date: Sun, 12 Sep
"Jack W. Weinmann" <bk233@CLEVELAND.FREENET.EDU> writes:
Paul Parry writes in part:
>>I've been looking for ways to serve scouting given my
>>busy/unpredictable work schedule. Any ideas out there?
>Have you given any thought to being a Unit Commissioner for your district?
>I have been advocating the UC job for quite a long time now and I stress
>the fact that people who were in the program and have good experience to
>share should consider this as a viable alternative to joining a single
>One of the factors that I see in your post is an unpredictable schedule.
>As a Unit Commissioner you can somewhat tailor your visits around your
>schedule and STILL serve the program in a very needed capacity. In our
>district we are trying to focus on people who were active as Den Leaders,
>Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, etc... and have dropped from their units. We can
>offer them a chance to serve the program without being tied to the weekly
>meetings of a unit.
>Just a thought, what do the others say?
Paul, I agree with Jack. Unit Commissioners are in dire need in MOST
areas of the nation.....it's not that the job's really hard; its just
that most new Scouters would rather work directly with a unit, and
that the role of the Commissioner somehow got misinterpreted over the
years as "yes men and women" for the local Council. Now that those
roles are clearly defined and the professional staff limited in most
Councils in their interaction with Commissioner staffs (for instance,
a pro can't tell a Commissioner's staff that "You will work on the SME
drive" or "You will help me in this particular project"),
commissioners can go back and do the things that they are supposed to
do. Give quality unit service. Also with the present Youth Protection
program and policies to support the program, commissioners have an
equally important job to insure that the program is delivered in the
Unit/Pack/Troop Commissioners are needed, and since you've already
served as a Troop Commissioner before, the job will be a snap! Most
of all, it will fit into your hectic schedule, since you can meet with
the unit leader at the time most convient for you and the leader.
Just my .02....
Mike L. Walton
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