Re: District Commissioners
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Thu, 18 Aug 1994 13:05:45 CST
In defense of unit commissioners, I have had a variety of experiences with
units over the years I spent as a UC. One SM made it clear that he was not
interested in having a UC anywhere in the area. So, even though I was
assigned to his unit, I never visited him. I did keep tabs on what the
unit was doing. Scouts seemed to be very happy, unit participated in
district and council activities, rechartered on time EVERY year, and from
all appearances, was an excellent unit. I did talk to SM on the phone
from time to time but any suggestion of a visit got a response like "this
week's probably not a good time, let's do something later." Obviously,
later never got here. The UC that followed me experienced the same thing.
I recently heard that the SM complained that he had never been visited by
his commissioner. I can tell you why!!
On the other hand, most units have seemed happy to see me and most comment
that they've never been visited by their UC before. Some of the districts
where I have been have had a strong commissioner staff, others have not.
Those with a strong commissioner staff are usually excellent districts,
those with a weaker commissioner staff vary greatly. If there is no
commissioner staff--I've seen a couple of these--someone is picking up the
pieces, they're just not listed in the appropriate position. If no one
is picking up the pieces, you can bet the program is poor in that area.
Roundtable Commissioner, Pawnee Bill District, Will Rogers Council
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 18
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