Re: Problems in Commish land...
Sat, 13 Aug 1994 11:59:58 PDT
Here is what I think I would do, at least theoretically:
Figure out whether your old friend Bill does his job as unit commissioner
right. Meet the cubmaster and find out whether they like their unit
commissioner Bill and whether he gives the right kind of help.
If they like him, ignore the allegations. It doesn't matter. Even if it were
true, it is none of your business as long as "extreme friendship" happens in
private and is hidden from the cubs. If you happen to find out the allegations
were true, tell your old friend Bill to hide it better and that it is his
responsibility to make sure that the cubs won't find out and no rumors are
If they do not like him, find a new unit commissioner. The private life
doesn't matter because you don't want him to be their commissioners anyway.
Give your old friend Bill a second chance with another unit (and watch from the
background). If guilty, he might have learned the lesson and won't repeat it.
If not guilty, he really deserved that second chance.
Now about what you hear from other Scouters whom you know and trust is another
story. If you hear allegations you have to pin the accuser down. The accuser
should really make very clear whether this is a joke, an accusation, or, just a
rumor. This is very different from youth protection cases; in this case there
are no children involved, there is no danger, and no injustice (except maybe
towards Bill and his wife).
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City