Re: CE "owns"?
Marc L Smith (mls@GENRAD.COM)
Mon, 28 Feb 1994 10:02:03 EST
The OA lodge exists at the convenience of the council's Scout Executive.
Therefore, the CE can disolve a lodge without discussion with anyone if it
becomes "inconvenient" for him to have it exist. This action can be unilateral.
[Now in most councils, this might provoke enough anger from the Camping
Committee or the general constituency to preclude him from attempting this
action; but if pushed too far ...]
At the end of every year the lodge must recharter and at this time the lodge
is especially susceptable to the whims of the CE. They can delay (or refuse)
a recharter (and place the lodge in hot water with the section if they are
going for the Section Standard Award) or eliminate the vigil selections for
the year (the lodge adviser is technically not involved in the vigil
selections as they only require the signatures of the CE and the Lodge Chief).
The CE has a wide variety of ways of punishing an errant lodge because ALL
correspondence to and from national goes through the CE, not your staff
advisor. [NOAC attendees or staff positions, Jambo OA positions, etc]
All that said, the lodge and the CE should have a win-win relationship. The
lodge should promote council programs and in turn the council should promote
the OA programs. The OA should be autonomous and function as a responsible
(financial and otherwise) organization that requires little or no council
involvement (even to resolve disputes amongst its members). When the CE
doesn't have to think (or worry) about the OA, the OA doesn't have to worry
about the CE. A few years ago we had a faction that kept annoying the CE
because they disagreed with everything that the lodge exec-board (or adviser)
did (the usual power struggle nonsense with the young adults (>21)), the CE
warned both sides that if we didn't bury the hatchet the lodge would be
dissolved! We buryed it.]
In our council, I believe we provide sufficient services (financial, service,
and program support) to make the CE want to keep us around. In return our
CE has gone the extra mile to help us when we needed him. We respect him and
he respects us.
Yours in the WWW,
Grand Monadnock Lodge 309,
* Grand Monadnock Lodge just formed this January with the merger of
Quanopin 309 and Nikiwigi 319. Its tough being convenient in the middle of
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