Re: A question for collectors...
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Tue, 7 Jun 1994 16:04:12 EDT
REPLY TO JIM . . . MY LAST 2 CENTS ;)
I would MUCH prefer to have a patch SOLD as a fund raiser clearly
identifed as such, either by gold or silver borders or maybe
some special letters or symbol on the patch. Taking the same
patch that could be EARNED by event participation , and just
attaching it to a plaque would defeat the purpose of having
a SEPERATE patch as a FUND raiser, not the regular patch or
EARNED patch for participants. People are willing to PAY
for something sepcial, and BSA needs the money.
If people are willing to pay $10 or $25 to get a special patch,
fine. After all, for a few more dollars they can BUY and wear
a special square knot award. Like it knot ;) raising dollars
is a integral part of scouting. Selling patches is one way
many councils and OA lodges have found to help balance the budget.
As long as people can easily tell which patches were BOUGHT and
which were "EARNED" I can't see the problem. In fact I would
object to giving 'DONARS' a plaque with a PARTICIPANTS patch.
I also have some reservation about councils that sell "LEFTOVER"
event and summer camp patchs at the council office. BUT, people
will buy them, and otherwise the patches would represent a LOSE
for the council. I think we have to accept that BSA like everyone
has to RECYCYLE and RE-USE everything, even old patches.
I much more stongly object to councils that LIMIT patches. Such
limits and restricted "OA flaps", just contribute MORE to the money
and profits for PATCH DEALERS. Why should a guy at a patch sale,
be able to buy a lodge flap for say $50, when in some lodges even
the members can not buy an extra flap to trade. But that is a
seperate soap box, and my 2 cents are way over budget ;)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City