Re: Flippin' DEs!
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Tue, 22 Feb 1994 09:14:15 CST
Ian asked in our discussion on professional recognition "Why not use the
awards system to recommend a receipient for a regular recognition?"
Because, Ian, professionals are not routinely ELIGIBLE for the same types
of recognition that volunteers can receive (reference my earlier posting
on this same subject). Therefore, the ONLY recognition that professionals
NORMALLY get come in the form of "incentive bonuses" (about 8- 15 percent
of their normal monthly salary) or special "family weekends" at the local
Council camp or a weekend at an expensive hotel, or a "stock" plaque
engraved for the receipent. While all of these tend to movitave the
new professional (those within their first three years of professional
service), those that have been pros for a longer time deserve more than
a stock plaque --even if the plaque is presented by the Area Director or
some other "outside professional".
Unlike volunteers, whom are eligible to receive a vast variety of service and
acheivement awards, professionals don't get anything *unless they have done
a STERLING (flawless, exceptional) JOB in their role and is recommended for
a volunteer award (as I mentioned earlier). Most professionals go through
their entire professional service with a barrage of stock plaques and "knick-
knacks" (like the stuff I'm looking at over in a corner: a special Southeast
Region travel alarm clock; several "thanks" plaques and certificates; and
the famous Southeast Region Plaque (one here, one at my parent's home)..
and lots of little "SE" pins, patches and other stuff)
There ARE professional awards, a Professional Training Award and the
Professional Circle; and professional service awards through each Region.
But those awards are presented to ALL professionals that meet the requirements
and is NOT anything that a volunteer committee or a individual volunteer can
recommend that a professional can receive.
I know, our professional cadre, something that most other countries don't have
many of, is a strange concept. But these men and women who do on the MOST
part a wonderful job for all of us volunteers, SHOULD deserve something for
their work (if they deserve it!).
Mike L. Walton
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City