Re: DISTRICT DISASTER INFO
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Fri, 15 Apr 1994 12:55:40 -0500
The district disaster is indeed that! So many districts and district committees
get in trouble because, as National is more than well aware, the district comm
ittee people ARE NOT TRAINED. Here is a really good example. I would bet the
D.E. is following orders of the Scout Executive, who said something like ,
"District activities are NOT to take the place of unit programming. The distric
t needs to evaluate EVERY year which activities actually strengthen the individ
ual unit's program. Districts should only hold as many district activities as
their district units require on an annual evaluation." Of course, I do not kn
However, I am a dist. chairman, have been a dist. commissioner, etc. The distri
ct nominating process leaves little room for questions and has a very precise s
tep by step procedure. None of which enables "written signatures" to be consid
ered, IF the nominating committee does not want to!
1. The current dist. chairman nominates a chairman and nominating committee.
2. The Scout Executive AND Council President approve the committee and its nomi
nating committee chairman.
3. The dist. chairman AND dist. exec. submit an evaluation on all individuals o
n the current slate, with recommendations for whether they have: a. actively wo
rked a dist. committee position; b. attended a minimum of 50% of the monthly di
st. meetings; c. if the individual has completed dist. committee training; and
d. whether the dist. chair (exec.) recommends retaining the person. This is do
ne on a chart (provided by national) and requires no notice to individuals bein
g removed from the slate.
4. Names are solicited (with resumes and scouting background) from the district
as a whole, scouters AND non-scouters are considered.
5. The nom. committee calls PERSONALLY each person being considered for placeme
nt on the slate to see if they will serve, which of the four functions they wou
ld be most interested in working with.
6. A slate of volunteers (members-at-large) is written, with NO SPECIFIC positi
ons. ALL volunteers come in as members-at-large first. The size of the dist.
committee is to be one less than there are chartered organization representativ
es in the district. (in my present district, I have 19 CRs, thus the committee
is to be 18). This retains (as required by national) the majority of voting po
wer in the hands of those who "own the program (software if you will)."
7. The nom. committee finds, identifies, and verifies a dist. chairman, and wit
h the dist. chairman candidate's approval, recommends a candidate for dist. com
missioner. (Both the dist chairman and dist. commissioner must first be voted
in on the members-at-large). Many dist. chairman are members of the business c
ommunity and are not and never have been members of Scouting.
8. The nom. committee chairman issues a list with the entire slate, and
nominated officers is writing at least 2 weeks prior to the actual election.
9. Election - no nominations are allowed from the floor.
the nom. chairman chairs the election
vote is taken first on members-at-large.
if this does not pass, nothing further for 30 days can be done
if m-a-l slate is approved (and it MUST be approved in it's entirety, or
the whole slate is put back into committee for 30 days max), then the
election of each vice-chairman presented is done (they are now members at
large as they HAD to be on the approved slate first)
next the election for dist. chairman is held (this person also MUST be part
of the accepted members-at-large slate
the committee then lists the recommendation for dist. commissioner (which ha
s already been approved by the candidate for dist. chair. If that person says
no, it is no.) The candidate for dist. commissioner also MUST be on the approv
ed members-at-large slate to be considered.
Hope this helps.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City