Re: 18-21 Adult Registrat
Settummanque, the blackeagle (WALTOML@WKUVX1.BITNET)
Sat, 18 Sep 1993 18:14:52 CDT
Olan Watkins <o.watkins@GENIE.GEIS.COM> writes:
>There is a university within the boundries of the district that I am in, and
>it has been standard practice to register the president of the university
>APO chapter as a member at large of the district committee. The under laying
>purpose is to make sure that the APO stays in tune with what is going on in
>the district and that the members can be called upon to help out when needed.
> As far as I know there has never been a problem with getting the
>registration approved by National, some of the APO officers have been over
>21 but most have been younger than 21.
That's right, there are MANY Districts that have done the same thing
that your District is doing, but please look on the District's charter
and *then* have your DE to tell *really* where's he or she's
registered. They will tell you, as I've done before, that he or she
is registered as a member of Post X, *with the consent of the
Post Advisor* , so that he or she could also serve as a ex-officio
member of the District's committee.
Same thing goes with the OA Chapter Chief in many Districts and the
Explorer Officers' Association president. The youth members need to
be registered with a UNIT. Of course, if they're over 21, then
there's not a problem at all.
We had the APO President and the OA Chapter Chief serve as ex-officio
members of my Commissioners' Staff. This proved to be very valuable
as those APO members can spend service hours assisting a Commissioner
with re-organization of units and the OA Chapter Chief can garner
Arrowmen to serve as "mentors/coaches" for the new youth officers of
the unit. It worked pretty good (well, it worked until we got a OA
Chapter Chief that wanted to do ceremonies more than anything else,
and the new APO President that didn't want to come to the meetings and
failed to understand the relationship between the District and the
Chapter....I'll leave it at that..) and if your District could use
some extra hands youth and adult-wise, a similiar type arrangement
could be made as well, I'm sure.
Most Advisors don't really care, once explained that the person is on
the books as a representative of the local APO chapter. But if the
Advisor says, "no, I would prefer that you don't" (in one case, this
*did* happen), then you don't register him or her AT ALL and simply
invite them to attend the meetings anywhere as a community member.
Remember that ALL BSA meetings and activities are open meetings for
those that don't have a vested interest in the particular activity or
subject matter. Always have...always will. This is one of the best
ways that the local Council and its Districts can get the word out
about the BSA's programs to the general public.
Mike L. Walton
former District Commissioner
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