Re: District Commissioners
alan houser (houser@CEDR.LBL.GOV)
Fri, 19 Aug 1994 10:00:29 PDT
I used to say that, until I became a Unit Commissioner (part of my WB ticket),
I had never met one. Our District had allowed the Commissioner staff to
deteriorate by neglect until it was useless, if it existed at all. As a
result, most of the units had to become self-reliant or they struggled along.
(No finger-pointing here -- there are too many directions to point)
The result was that rebuilding a District Committee and the Commissioner
staff has been very difficult, since the few stronger units don't feel that
there is anything to be gained from it (and it would take people away from
their own program), and the weaker units don't feel that they can spare any
bodies or energy.
We had a hot-shot new DE three years ago come in and promise to turn things
around within the year, but after about 8 months, he burned out and left
Scouting. Last year the District Chair burned out halfway thru his second
year. Our new DE has now completed his second year, and he has worked very
hard at turning things around. Fortunately, he recognized that it was going
to be a difficult task that would not happen overnight, so he has remained
upbeat and positive about things. Still, I wonder how he does it.
We have a new District Chair and a new District Commissioner on board this
month, so we have high hopes that things will continue to get better.
Alan R. Houser
Scoutmaster, Berkeley Troop 24
also: Unit Commissioner, District Merit Badge Counselor Registrar,
Jewish Committee on Scouting, and former Assistant District Training Chair
(and now they want me to be OA Advisor?)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City