Re: Another Topic
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Tue, 30 Nov 1993 11:39:01 CDT
Peter Van Houten <peterva@QM.WV.TEK.COM> writes:
(The note about how larger corps "split the incentive to give" is
great! Thanks for filling in the holes!)
>On another note, one of which I'm attempting to work out in our pack, is to
>include a percentage of your fund raising in a Pack FOS donation. Thus, it
>becomes a win-win-win situation for all parties. It doesn't have to be much,
> I've never seen the BSA turn down a donation from a unit! :-)
And *most* Councils will LOVE you for it....In the five Troops, one
Team, and three of the four Posts I've served as adult leader of,
we've added a small amount ($1 to $3, depending on size of unit) to
the unit's budget (and to each members' -- including adults' --) fees
to "register" or "re-register" with the unit. We sent that small
amount to our Council office, accompanied by a special presentation to
our chartered partner (and usually some money from them...not much,
but enought to make it about $100 or so...).
In return, we (depending on local Council's policies) get a another
flag streamer, a nice looking (cheap, but nice looking!) plaque, or
a (really cheap, but we frame them and act like it's REALLY
something!) letter from the Council Scout Executive.
All except for the flag streamers goes in the main hallway of our
chartered partner...you'd be surprised as to the number of "vistors"
to your unit's activities this brings (which to me, means, yet another
opportunity to recruit youth and/or adults to help us out!) *wink*
Short story and then it's to the showers and to work....
When I served as the Post Advisor to my old Post at Fort Knox, the
blue and red Post Flag with fringes was placed in the lobby of the
Leadership Department of the US Armor School (they were and still is
today, the chartered partner of Posts 294 and 666). This lobby leads
to the television studios and to the auditorium where we held our
weekly meetings (each Wednesday evening from 6 to 8pm).
The "old" Exploring flag looks a little like the current military
flags used by Army divisional units...red on the top, with an emblem
in the center, and blue on the bottom. Red and Blue are the two
military elements (artillery and infantry) common to all military
divisions. There's been many times whereby people would do a double
take, since the way the flag was displayed, it was hard to see the
"Big E" in the center or much of the wording on the nylon flag that
identified the Post.
During the day, visiting General officers would come in and receive
briefings, both the classified version and the generic "welcome to the Armor
Center, General Halftrack. I am Mr. Henry, and this is a orientation
briefing of the operations of the Leadership Department...."
It was told to me by the Chartered Organizational Representative, a
great man and military officer, COL (now BG (ret.) ) James "Tad" Davis
that one "three-star" type, after receiving the standard briefing about
the operations of the Department, stood, took off his glasses, and
boomed (in a auditorium full of senior Colonels, Lietenant Colonels,
Majors, and lots of senior NCO types...not to mention the Commanding
General of the Armor School and his staff...)
"Then if you do all of that, then what the hell is a Divisional Flag
doing in your lobby...and why does it have red, white and blue
streamers on it! I don't remember ANY battles with those colors!"
The "briefer" (COL Davis's civilian assistant) "tap danced" a little,
telling the General about the fact that the Department also sponsers
my post as well as a Scout Troop (Troop 428) and Pack (Pack 428).
The General, walked down from his front seat, came up the side of the
stairs, and then walked over to the briefer and spoke "Well then,
why are you hiding the fact that your department does such things??
If *I* was your boss, I would be making that point every chance I got
with everyone I could tell. I was a Scout, back in the days where if
you weren't, you were a (explitive deleted, term for female cat)!
If *you're* ashamed to tell me that, what ELSE are you ashamed to tell
me! The next time I come here, I want a complete briefing on what
your post is doing with Scouts --and everything else!" He then
stormed back down, whispered something to the Commanding General's (a
two-star type at Fort Knox), and then walked back to his seat.
The briefing was over, and I am sure that the briefer made a quick
exit to find a restroom!
Colonel Davis told me that the next day ALL of the commanders and
diviion chiefs responsible for chartering a Scouting unit or helping
Junior Achievement was to meet with the Commanding General that
afternoon...and that ALL "orientation briefings of ANY kind" that they
give to ANYONE *will state* that they support community activities and
how they do it.
I guess that's the reason when our Post won a military award for
journalism, the award was displayed in the lobby.
That's one reason I guess why my home town is so *hot* about
Settummanque, the blackeagle... (MAJ) Mike L. Walton (
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