Re: NEW MEMBER PROBLEMS
Gina Gestautas (NORTH@DRYCAS.BITNET)
Wed, 20 Apr 1994 19:45:00 EDT
The only difference between a meal PREFERENCE or NEED and something like
eating kosher is that there is MUCH more involved than just the food, or
the recipes. Even such small items like KOSHER FOOD MUST BE SERVED ON
KOSHER SERVING WARE OR ITS NOT KOSHER ANYMORE are important. Food must
be stored, handled, and processed according to certain guidelines or
it is no longer kosher.. no matter what the label says.. :) If we got
extreme you would also have to watch the serving of milk and meat at the
same sitting and other such details.
I can understand hard working cooking staff not liking the ones who
complain about fixable things (like having sugar free things for diabetics
etc..) but thinks like cooking and serving kosher food are MUCH MORE than
most people can handle if they are not familiar with what is required.
Not only that.. even if they know what to do.. they may not have the
facilities to acommodate the special requirements.. your mileage may
vary. The point I think that everyone here is trying to make is that
you should include (as you are able) the needs of anyone that is in
your unit.. but know when to say no to needs that you cannot meet at all.
Of course.. using resources that you have (parents, friends, etc.) should
be exhausted first to try to meet the above needs.
Gina Gestautas, Unit Commissioner - Longhorn Council
P.S. Being a diabetic.. I ALWAYS bring my own things like HOT CHOCOLATE
to training or camping events since FEW people seem to plan for that
even though I have witnessed many scouters that need sugar free items.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City