Re: More on Hungarian Scouts
Rodger Morris (rlm@SUNED1.NSWSES.NAVY.MIL)
Tue, 14 Feb 1995 14:04:41 PST
> A $2.00 item might just as well be $2,000 to the Hungarian Scouts.
>I know this is not cost effective (it probably costs more to mail than the
>item is worth) but if we can stay away from money requests, we can avoid the
>nasties out there and help more people.
>Thanks again to all who have (and will!) offered to help in this effort.
Just an "off-the-wall" suggestion. When I was a Navy C-130 navigator, we
sometimes bent the rules a bit for humanitarian causes like this and carried
the cargo on a "space available" basis. It's a hassle trying to work the
system, but your congressman can sometimes work wonders.
There are several Navy squadrons of C-130s flown by the reserves that
transit regularly to the Mediterranean to support the Sixth Fleet. Most of
them transit empty, or almost so. The Navy squadron nomenclature for such a
squadron begins with "VR". I believe that you have one of these, perhaps
VR-58, stationed at Naval Air Station (NAS) Norfolk. From there, they
transit into Rota, Spain and thence to NAS Sigonella, Sicily and Naples,
Italy. They are to replace regular Navy squadrons VR-24 and VR-22 of
Sigonella and Rota, respectively, if they have not already done so, as part
of the defense drawdown.
If you can get the uniforms and other gear that far, then perhaps somes BSA
Naples Scouters, Gino Lucrezi, Ray Saunders, and others of our European
colleagues can find a way to get the goods to the Hungarian Scouts.
From the Navy VR standpoint, it's no big deal taking the stuff over the
water. After all,
"hauling trash is our business". There is strong support for the Scouting in
general and the BSA in particular within the U.S. Navy. The only problem is
to make sure that nobody will get in trouble for doing a small humanitarian
Give it a try. The absolute worst they can say is, "No".
Yours in Scouting,
Rodger Morris, firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 852, Ventura County Council, BSA
National Woodbadge 416, Philmont, 1973
"I used to be a Beaver..."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City