Re: council mergers
Patrick G Skelly (scoutldr@AOL.COM)
Fri, 29 Oct 1993 16:09:21 EDT
Chris Haggerty wrote: "The DE's in Flagstaff got better tools
and service after they merged with Phoenix."
Having worked closely with both the old Theodore Roosevelt Council (Phoenix)
and the old Grand Canyon Council (Flagstaff), I didn't see that much change
within the Council. On the other hand, the National Supply Service's Scout
Scout here (Phoenix) did put a satellite operation in Flagstaff.
Two things did help tremendously: Although Flagstaff became the submerged
council, we did retain their name (Grand Canyon) for the survivor. And we
had a truly joint nominating committee to put new council officers in place
as of the official date of merger. (I was even able to remind the Flagstaff
folks that they had overlooked one of their best Scouters for the Executive
The biggest problems I have seen have been among the adults of the two OA
lodges ... excuse me, the one dominant lodge.
But that's all water under the bridge. It won't help where the merger has
already been effected.
In opening this topic, Russ Rose signs himself as "Council Training Chair"
and says that a key problem is that "the new council does not have a formal
Russ, I think you are a part of the solution. Have a one-on-one with the
Council *President* to lay out a three-year program, volunteer-driven, to
bring trained leadership at all levels up to a point that will make him/her
look fantastic ... 75 per cent, perhaps. Even if he/she is a tool of the
Council Exec, as too many are, appeal to vanity and push credit upstairs.
Especially don't forget COR training out in the hinterlands. Each of them,
in effect, owns a share of stock in the council corporation ... and only
rarely realizes that fact.
- Pat Skelly, "ScoutLdr@AOL.com"
COR, DAV/Troop 520/Post 520
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