Re: Troop Funds
Todd N. Tingblad (TINGBLTN@CNSVAX.UWEC.EDU)
Wed, 26 Apr 1995 08:31:59 -0500
This issue has come up a number of times with the units I service as Unit
Commissioner. A group of parents start voicing their dis-satifaction with
the Chartered Partner. They want to get a new Chartered Partner that they
feel is "better".
As soon as the fact that ALL the unit's equipment and funds would remain with
the current Chartered Partner, all is dropped. But as our current DE said,
"What would they (possible former Chartered Partner) use a Pinewood Derby
Track for after the unit leaves?" Good point.
We have had the problem come up that the Chartered Partner fails and folds,
but the unit is going strong. Luck was on our side with this one. All funds
and equipment were transfered to the new Chartered Partner instead of going
to a liquidator as all of the original Chartered Partner's stuff did.
So why would this idea that the funds and equipment be looked at as the
unit's sole property and not the Chartered Partner's? The answer is simple.
The Chartered Partner is not very active in the unit. This is the case with
the Chartered Partner for the units I service. They own next to nothing (no
building, equipment, or storage facilities...only Boy Scout stuff). The unit
finds the meeting place, finds storage facilities, gets the adult leaders,
sets all policies, and so on. The Chartered Partner signs the adult
applications, signs the charter, and pays the $20 "insurance fee" for the
Chartered Partner Representative (CR) at a unit committee meeting...in your
wildest dreams. Go to the council's annual meeting to exercise their voting
But we keep working to get them active. I have been working on this through
"Real" Charter Presentations (not just mailing it to them), new service
projects, storage rental fee payments, and a new CR that has been to two
straight committee meetings since starting. I have a long road ahead to get
my Chartered Partners more active, but at least they're on the road instead
of parked at the car dealer's lot not even knowing how to drive even after 37
years as a BSA Chartered Partner.
Since our units are owned by our Chartered Partners (remember, they own
everything), we must all work to get our Chartered Partners active with the
program they are providing to the community. Don't forget that there are
Chartered Partners that are very involved with their units. There is still
room for improvement and refinement. There are many more things we could be
doing for and with our Chartered Partner. The more we do, the better
Scouting becomes for everyone.
Todd Tingblad -- TINGBLTN@UWEC.EDU
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City