Re: Merger of o Councils
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Thu, 2 Jun 1994 08:57:29 -0500
Sorry that you had to live through a council merger. There is one area here in
Illinois that has had it's councils merged 3 times within two years. That, for
tunately, is not a council I work in.
However, saving money is relative. You save money in business if you run a more
efficient organization. Councils that have a SE (Scout Executive) and only 2
district executives are extremely small. And yet, the council must maintain a
headquarters; a supply source; training materials; audio-visual; etc.
Combining such small councils have already, based on your message, increased the
ability of the prior two councils to expand our program into the Exploring pro
gram, brining Scouting and Career planning and testing, to many more boys and g
irls who have not had the benefit of a "senior" executive (which SHOULD mean ex
perienced) to guide and build a program of reaching the kids, in an age group w
here gangs and drugs have little trouble reaching them.
I have lived through so many mergers and seen many others. But, money is indeed
not the main criteria for us as volunteers --- it must be, brining the movemme
nt to more youth.
Good luck --- with the help of the volunteers in learning the program and requir
ements, and with a volunteer run council, it can really help those kids -- that
is what it is about.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City