Contact with National HQs
Randy Finder (NARAHT@DRYCAS.CLUB.CC.CMU.EDU)
Thu, 6 Oct 1994 23:26:00 EDT
Just thought I'd give some comparisons of BSA headquarters' reaction to
scouts-l to Alpha Phi Omega headquarters' reaction to apo-l
Like the BSA, APO has no employees of the national office on apo-l.
However about half of APO's board of directors read apo-l
(not counting former presidents of the fraternity who are on the board
for life). This includes the current president of the Fraternity, though his
probable successor does not. I guess the current president posts about
once a month (or less) and he doesn't really try to talk ex cathedra.
When a thread developed on the fact that the current brotherhood pins
were made poorly, he posted that the National fraternity was no longer ordering
from that supplier and that any badly made pins could be returned to
the national office for replacement.
There are some major differences between the clientel of the organizations,
an APO brother is much more likely to have access to email than a
scout and BSA is many, many times larger.
Siliarities include: There are on both lists times when questions should be
answered at a more local level than the question is proposed at. There
are also times when an announcement can prematurely reveal information
that the national office is trying to announce in a complete way.
But to turn away completely as valuable reasource as scouts-L can be
seems foolish of BSA's national office. Even a page length synopsis of
the topics discussed in a month would seem to me to be valuable.
Many of the Social Fraternities (inter)national HQs already have connections
to the net. APO will hopefully follow by the end of the calendar year. How
long until BSA follows?
Alpha Phi Omega Alumnus
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City