Sun, 22 May 1994 03:55:47 EDT
Kathie, and company -
The source for that 'requirement' of Chartered Organization Representative to
EXCEED (number not specified) the number of Members-at-Large is USUALLY taken
to apply to voting rights in elections conducted by Local Councils and their
While there are a number of possible citations from the NATIONAL Charter and
Bylaws (57-491) and Rules and Regulations (57-492) documents, the following
are the two most pertinent clauses:
Rules and Regulations of the Boy Scouts of America.
Article VI : Local Councils.
Section 1: Council Organization.
Clause 1: Members, Active.
The active membership of all local councils shall consist of persons 21 years
of age or over, duly registered as provided in these Bylaws (sic). The
membership shall include representatives from organizations or groups of
citizens operating units as provided in the Bylaws, classifed as chartered
organization representatives, together with representatives at large of the
various business, civic, educational, labor, social, and religious interests
of the communities, classified as council members at large.
Section 3: Local Units.
Clause 7: Chartered Organization Representative.
In territory supervised by local councils, each chartered organization shall
appoint a citizen of the United States, other than the unit leader or
assistant unit leader, as its chartered organization representative to
represent it as a member of the district committee and as a voting member of
the local council.
There is a template, Standard Local Council Articles of Incorporation and
Bylaws (3736A, probably no longer available to peasants), which 'suggests':
Appendix: The Local Council Annual Meeting.
... It is suggested that the following guidelines be observed:
... 4. ... Scouting coordinators must constitute a majority of the active
membership of the local council at all times. ...
It is also in this template, 3736A, that the text of the oft-cited Council
Election Procedures and District Election Procedures are found as the 2nd and
Cutting through all the legalese, each local council will have its own
Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, which are inspected and accepted by the
National Council prior to issuing or renewing a charter. Every council's
documents are also virtually guaranteed to be unique, if for no other reason
than to comply with state and local jurisdiction requirements.
The Bylaws for the Grand Canyon Council resemble the above mentioned
template: "The local Council shall have not fewer than 100 active members.
At all times, the Chartered Organization Representatives shall constitute a
majority of the active membership of the local Council." And for the Grand
Canyon Council, its Executive Board has the residual authority to establish
election and voting procedures for the council.
Bottom line ... even though there is a National Council suggestion, and they
do review bylaws prior to issuance of a council charter, it is the local
council Bylaws which will decide this issue.
Another point to be conscious of - I think there was some confusion in this
ongoing thread - is that a District Member-at -Large is not the same as a
District Committee Member. They are two distinct registration codes: 75 and
79 respectively. A person can serve in both positions, but it requires two
independent actions to make it so.
- Pat Skelly, "Scout_Ldr@AOL.com"
Chartered Organization Representative
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City