Re: CE "owns" lodge?
Ben Parker (bparker@HOME.INTERACCESS.COM)
Sun, 27 Feb 1994 09:32:47 -0600
On Fri, 25 Feb 1994, Michael C. Horowitz wrote:
> The statement [has been made] that the Council Executive "owns" the
> lodge. What is the net's opinion on this statement? What is his
> authority over the lodge? For example, does the council executive
> have the authority to do away with the lodge for no reason?
This question came up during our recent council merger and lodge
consolidation. The Scout Executive of a council is Natami Gegeyjumhet,
the Supreme Chief of the Fire. As such, he has the power to dissolve a
lodge, to not sign a lodge charter at its anuual renewal, or to allow a
lodge to come into and remain in existence. Is short, you might
chracterize this as he 'owns' the existence of the lodge. He may not
however, order or command the business of the lodge as that power remains
with the voting (youth) membership of the lodge.
Now as to doing away with the lodge, especially if there has been a long
history of an active lodge, the lodge officers may express a protest to
Regional or National Office, and the SE had better have rather compelling
reasons for his action to shut down a lodge, but he does have the power to
Hopefully, before things get to the stage of scratching a line in the
sand, there will have been honest discussions and an attempt to work out
whatever problems exist. It is possible for youth members to work out a
sensible lodge consolidation, if adults will keep their hands out of the
kitchen. The problem always is whether the adults will trust the youth
to design their own lodge and program, or will insist on 'guiding' by
giving orders and generally not allowing the youth the opportunity to
experience and learn from the frustrations and joys of youth leadership.
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