DISTRICT DISASTER INFO
Olan Watkins (olan.watkins@CHRYSALIS.ORG)
Thu, 14 Apr 1994 12:44:43 LCL
Here is a little more information on the District Disaster of having all
the volunteers in the district fired.
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Msg#: 93 Sent Date: 13 Apr 94 00:19:33
From: Doug Secrist Read: Yes Replied: No
To: Norman Macleod Mark:
Subj: District Disaster
Ok, here's what I got from talking to a few of the volunteers who
lost their jobs, but it's hard to know where to start.
Let's just say that a core of 25 volunteers were unhappy with our
new DE, and meetings were held over the last few months to air
grievances, and come up with solutions. An emergency meeting was called
during Easter weekend, and only 11 volunteers were able to attend. The
meeting began with firing the volunteers, based on the fact that the
Council president had never been made aware of the problems, so the
volunteers were obviously lying.
That's somewhat too simplified an explanation. One of the grievances
was that the District was cutting back on programs, such as mom-and-me,
which has been held since I don't know how long. District has
also taken a new attitude with the number of events they'll sponser. I
believe they're required to run a minimum of 4 per year. Now they run a
MAXIMUM of 4 per year. They say they're doing this to keep Pack and
Troop programs strong, and less reliant on District activities.
It's difficult for me to be completely objective on this firing,
because the people affected have been present at absolutely every event
which I have attended. When I said the average involvement in Scouting
for these volunteers was 20 years, it is actually 25.
What I believe we have is a group of long-time scouters feeling that
their bosses are on the wrong track. I also believe that both factions
have the best interest of the boys at heart.
My duties required me to find out which, if any, activities will be
cancelled because of these firings, so I called our DE and asked. She
assured me that we were merly going through a restructuring, and that
all district events would continue. Except for the Spring Camporee,
which was being run by the Scoutmaster/recent Silver Beaver and his
Troop. FYI, he felt obligated to start the first training session of
Scoutleader Training this last Saturday, in spite of his firing.
Now for the fun part....the politics!! District must now submit a new
slate, to be approved by the sponsering organizations. In our case, we
have to ask the principle of my sons' elementary school to vote for the
Districts people. Of course, he probably won't attend. If he does,
he'll see a list of names along with their qualifications, and lacking
any other information, vote "yup." (we talk that way)
In the incredibly unlikely case that our Pack and group sponsers
actually show-up, and are informed that the fired volunteers have put
together their own slate backed by more than 400 scouters and parent
signatures, they'll vote the District slate down. Then the sponsers get
to attend another meeting to vote on the same District slate, and be
defeated. Only then, from what I'm told, will National get involved, and
wonder why our District can't seem to get the proposed slate approved.
Some of the people affected at the District level, continue to hold
positions at the (volunteer) Council level. They'll still do their usual
terrific job in spite of the way they've been treated. This whole thing
is just crazy.
The scheduled commisioners meetings have been postponed, and
District has already failed to produce an officer slate for this month,
so they need one in May, to be voted-on in June. That will give the
ex-volunteers more time to amass signatures and write letters to
National. What a mess!!
It is my hope that somehow this works out, but too many toes have
already been stepped on. Nothing can ever be the same.
... Catch the Blue Wave!
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