Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Fri, 24 Dec 1993 11:57:47 CST
Well...just about everyone has left here for the traditional Christmas
holiday, spending it with friends and family.
But I wanted to send each of you our own Christmas card (albeit
electronically), and will be doing so shortly. What you need to do is
at your MAIL prompt, type EXT TT and then sit back. We really
couldn't afford to send the traditional cards out this year, but after
the first of the year, we will be sending greetings to everyone.
This past year has been great for the list. We've gained more than
200 more "regular" subscribers, according to Jon; we've tackled child
abuse, how to get Scouters trained, the differences between "unit
commissioners" and other commissioners. We've trashed again the
entire issue of the relationship between "god" and Scouting. We've
talked about females in our Scouting programs, from the summer camp
aspect to our present discussion on the abilities of females to serve
as Scoutmasters or Assistants.
We embraced those with a different slant on Scouting, and welcomed
those associated with the Royal Rangers and the Royal Ambassdors here.
We also welcomed Scouters from Italy, Poland, Czechoslavia and Germany
as well as our new Scouters from all over the United States and Canada.
Paul Wolf was extremely successful in getting a national board on Freenet
dedicated to Scouting; Pat Skelly and our friends on America Online
joined us from time to time and now has their own special area within
AOL (with the help of a lot of us, but he took the great lead and
battled with the AOL people over the past year...and it paid off!)
devoted to Scouting and its programs; Mike Schatzberg did a super job
of coordinating the first (of many to come) "Electronic Roundtable
Meeting" live at the Jamboree...I know personally that he wanted and
envisioned more for us to interact with during this great event, but
he was really swamped with technical problems the first few days of the
Jamboree; we tried twice to get someone from National to sit in on our
discussions, and they're said "no thanks".
We've talked about Woodbadge and the end result of our "clowning
around" resulted in four (maybe more) of our "subscribers" attending a
course, sharing their impressions and feelings with the rest of us.
Nathan Brindle's comment when it was all over that "I didn't want it
to end" put the icing on the cake. I've received thirty inquiries
about Woodbadge and am holding onto them until spring so that when the
coming courses are announced here and in your Councils (and told
here), I can funnel those inquiries to you all. We've also talked
about Camporees, about different types of games to be played during
the meetings, and even took a "poll" to find out what is the level of
"noise" during our Troop meetings are.
In the middle of all of this, even during a hard and stressful
discussion on sexuality in Scouting and later on religion and our
programs, we've never forgotten about the people behind the
discussions. People with strong personal and ethical beliefs. Folks
with torn "loyalties" between the program that they've grown up with
and enjoy and their personal, deep-rooted beliefs. Scouters that
through it all, still turned around and was ready to talk Christmas or
Halloween stories and songs with the rest of us.
That's what this season is about about: an understanding of each
other's feelings, point of view and perception on life...while at the
same time, recognizing that what we do, we do for the "child'ens" of
our nation and indeed the world. Coming together amist all
differences of opinion to work and share with each other.
Mariah Carey's song "Hero", the number one song on the pop and R&B
charts, expresses what we do as Scouters and what I hope that Scouts
get out of our program. With that, Jessica Ann Ryan (soon to be
Walton) and myself wishes you and your families, friends and Scouters
everywhere the BEST holiday season ever. We'll continue to read our
mail, every other day after Christmas Eve day, and spend some time
with my kids and the children of our best friends in town.
Thank you all for a great year on Scouts-L...and keep those questions,
answers, and comments coming...we STILL COLLECTIVELY have a long, long
way to go....and...
"..that a hero lies in you......"
Settummanque, the blackeagle... (MAJ) Mike L. Walton (
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