Re: Distinguished Ast SM Award
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Fri, 13 May 1994 15:19:11 EDT
Joe <21329JW2%MSU.bitnet@UKCC.uky.edu> writes:
>You may be a trial council for a new national award, or it might
>just be something in your local council. It looks nice though.
>We have had (still have some) local district &/or council awards,
>and they start out real nice, a plaque/trophy style award, and
>due to budgets etc, your local friendly DE keeps cutting back
>until the recipent is only getting a certifcate or a pat on the back.
It's NOT your local District Executive that cuts back the cost of the
awards...it's your District Committee and in particular, the District
Chair. It's his or her call as to what the awards would be in the
form of and how much of the District's operating budget gets to go for
You've be surprised at the number of awards that are "presented by the
District" that comes out of the Executive's pockets instead!!! One of
the biggest things that DEs have to deal with is awards time...who
will get an award and who won't...and it's NOT his or her call...but
everyone PERCEIVES it to be his or her call because they don't
"remember" back in May or June when the DE says "I need to have three
or more Scouters to serve on the Nominating and Awards committee" and
no hands went up...and then he or she has to wait almost until the
last minute to get three people (two of which are ALREADY doing so
much for the District already!) to serve on a "committee" to sift
through literally a mountainside of award recommendations.
So, what started off one year as nice plaques to five or seven people
ends up being certificates or coffeemugs to twenty-nine people and
later just a mention in the Council's or District's newsletter the
following year, because of the number of people wanting to be
recognized. This is NOT the fault of the DE...EVERYONE (including him
or her!) want to be recognized for doing a great job!
So, here's a recommmedation, based on what we did in the Alpine
District, Transatlantic Council in 1984 and again in 1985:
First, name SPECIFIC POSITIONS which would constitute a "Nominating
Committee". The Program Vice-Chair leads the committee with the
District Commissioner or an senior Assistant District Commissioner
serving as co-chair. Start taking recommendations for awards in May
and June rather than the traditional September or October. This gives
you more time to gather more and through applications. Your
Commissioners' staff should be taking an inventory of leadership in
the summer or early fall and you can use this information for the
awarding of training awards. Your Membership/Relationships person
should be talking with church and school bodies about awards which can
be presented to Scouters for their work outside of Scouting. They
should also be talking with military folk about awarding military
awards to Scouting volunteers (yes, military regulations DO permit a
commander to award medals and certificates based on community and
quality-of-life programs, even if those duties are not "within the
scope of the person's military duties"). Also check with the local
civic and fraternal associations in the area too.....
Second, have your DE to STAY OUT OF IT, if it's all possible. Yeah,
he or she HAS to see (and sign, if it's the District Award of Merit or
the recommendation for the Silver Beaver or other Council or National
awards), but he or she don't have to be part of the process to
recommend a specific person! By keeping him or her out of the loop,
less of this "he got it because he's in with the DE" crap can be
eliminated (less, but not all...hey, we're all human).
Next, have your DE to order TWO GROSS coffeemugs (that's 288). More
on this later. The cost for those shouldn't strain the budget...about
$200 for a one-line entry; about $270 for two lines, in addition to
the design. Make the design generic.
Finally, insure that EVERY UNIT gets SOMETHING. This may cause you to
be creative at times. I remember back when we talked about this
before, that there were several great ideas on ways this could be
done. I got it here someplace....I think that we also placed it in
the archives too...
At the Awards night, recognize EVERYONE. You might have to do what we
did, and list in the program all of the reciepients of the "lesser
awards" and at a certain time in the program, tell the truth " We
could have presented these awards in person, but then we would be here
until midnight. Before tonight's program, our commissioners's staff
and our District Chairman presented those individuals with special
awards which are indicated in your program. Because many of these
people are also members of other organizations, their fellow members
or employers also saw fit to recognize some of our Scouters and those
awards are also listed in the program. Please join with me in honoring
those Scouters and partners whom have helped us to have a successful year
Then, before the program is over and everyone wants to go up and
congraduate the new Silver Beavers and the District Award of Merit
holders, have a person at each table to reach down, and bring up two
coffee mugs and present them to the Scouter AND HIS or HER
"Significant Other" as a "thank you" from the District.
>Yes it is very nice to get a group thankyou and pat on the back...
>but if you have been around a while, and what was once a $15.00
>plaque is now a $.15 piece of paper cheapens it for the reciever and
It only cheapens it, Joe, if the receiver feel that it's cheap. If
the award, even a piece of paper Xeroxed with a clipart design and two
signatures are presented with dignity and honor, it could be just as
meaningful and worthwhile as one of those printed certificates or a
plaque or trophy.
If you give me a piece of paper, though, and say "thanks, Mike", then
I would feel a little slighted (unless I know that's what I was to
Even a diploma is nothing but a piece of coated paper with signatures
on it...it's *how* you present and honor that piece of paper that
makes all of the difference!
Settummanque, the blackeagle... (MAJ) Mike L. Walton (
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