methods for special recognitions
Tom Richardson (DICKSONT@CITADEL.BITNET)
Thu, 7 Oct 1993 16:33:28 -0400
To: Peter van Houten
Re: Suggestions for special recognitions
Abstract: when possible, recognize two people simultaneously and have the
one know about the other's but be totally ignorant of his own . . . make him
buy into the other's award and he will be there to receive his own and be
NOTE: I am aware that IR (institutional representative) is an "obsolete term"
and the contemporary term is "chartered organization representative"(?); it is
just that this fellow would probable respond with the former if you asked him
his position and then follow up with "no, they changed it, I think its . . "
In spring 1991, my troop committee and church (= charter org) recognized me and
the "institutional representative" with the Presbyterian God and Service Award.
Meaningful? yes, it was not a recognition I expected to receive -- I wear the
knot with pride and break out the medal&ribbon for special occasions. A
surprise? most definitely -- I will sketch out how they did it and submit this
for your consideration . . .
The committee approached me early on to tell me that they wanted to recognize
the IR and that there was some information they needed and might I have it
burried away someplace? This appears to have been when my wife was able to
identify where I had some of my records . . . so she could peruse them at her
leisure for the information needed for the application on my behalf. I
suspect that Penn was approached in the same time frame with a similar request.
The process went onwards, I was informed that Penn's recognition had been
approved and that the ceremony was going to be on a certain Sunday, etc, and
that we should have a "special Scout Sunday" for this
I promoted this at the troop meeting prior during SM minute . . . "this
individual has done a lot for us . . . blah . . . blah . . . blah" etc, the IR
attends the occasional committee meeting and fills in when needed on a Board of
Review but most definitely is not around on a weekly basis so the Scouts really
don't know him . . .
The Sunday for the recognition also happened to be OA fellowship weekend, so
many of us came back in late Saturday night to be ready for first service (the
one that we, Penn and myself and our spouses, usually attend)
The bulletin said something to the effect of "special scouting recognition".
The pastor began by stating that there were two individuals who were to be
recognized with a special award . . . this didn't register with me, my
recollection is that I guessed that either the Girl Scout or Cub Scout programs
might also be doing something . . .
Then, of course, the pastor called my name and read the citation . . . and
while I did not totally come apart, I was most defintely surprised; I know Penn
was, especially since he was just becoming eligible for "volunteer's
recognitions" . . . former professional Scouters (reached retirement age, not
"was retired") have a "waiting period"
The hardest part of the operation was at the next troop meeting . . . I managed
to convince the young fellows that I had not been promoting myself in the
previous weeks' comments . . . and the SPL then said something to the effect
that many of them (my PLC!) knew what was going to happen and their problem had
been to keep it under wraps!
Tom Richardson Assoc Prof Chemistry Department
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