Re: New "1 hr/wk" job...
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Tue, 16 May 1995 16:52:18 -0500
On Mon, 15 May 1995, Pat Rodgers wrote:
> the "only an hour a week" line on me often in the past. While I'm going to
> meet with him to discuss the duties of this new post, I'd like to hear from
> some of y'all....just what does a District Commissioner DO??? For
> instance...will I still have time to ASM our troop?
> Pat Rodgers, ASM, Troop 98, West MI Shores Council
> "I used to be an eagle..." C-31-94
It is more than an hour a week. I am hopefully ending my term as DC this
June. I can give you a run down of what my job has involved.
There are basically four meetings per month that I attend directly
because of the position. You may already be attending some of these.
1. District Commissioner Meeting.
You are already no doubt familiar with these from being a Unit Commissioner.
2. District Committee Meeting.
The District Commissioner runs this meeting, I only make a report on
3. Council Commissioner Meeting.
This is a meeting between the Council Commissioner and District
Commissioners. The Council Commissioner is who I directly report to. He
appoints all District Commissioners with recommendation from the District.
4. Key 3 Meeting.
This is a meeting between the District Chairman, Commissioner, and
Executive. Needs of the District are discussed and analyzed. Upcoming
District Committee and District Commissioner Meetings are planned.
Other duties include recruiting and training Unit Commissioners. You are
responsible for rechartering your district units. If a unit has a
charter problem, then you have a charter problem.
Major problems identified by your Unit Commissioners are subject to your
involvement. I've had a few sticky situations I've had to be involved
with that were not pleasant. Very few though.
F.O.S. or S.M.E., whatever your council calls your annual fundraising
effort. Although theoretically the domain of the District Committee, the
DC usually is expected to help, at least in my location.
You are responsible for Roundtables and Roundtable Commissioners. I
always attend these monthly meetings. I am also a Scoutmaster so I need
to attend them anyway. As an ASM, you've stated you already do.
I suppose that's the basic list. I haven't gone into any real detail.
I have worked as District Commissioner while also serving as a Scoutmaster
and Explorer Post Advisor. I don't reccomend this at all. To be honest,
I'm getting a little burned out with all of this. Meetings, Meetings,
Meetings! I feel like I go from meeting to meeting, stopping only to eat,
sleep, and earn a living in between. So far in May, I have had a
scheduled Scouting meeting or event on every day except for the 9th, and
14th (Mother's Day). On the 9th though, I bought supplies for an activity
on the 13th. On Mother's Day I bought supplies for an upcoming activity
on the 21st. Over lunch hour today I bought some equipment for a canoe
trip later this month, and tonight I meet with my Troop Treasurer.
Tomorrow, Wednesday 17th, a have a CPR class scheduled at the fire station
for my Scouts, but I will be attending a Pack Meeting instead. Luckily I
have good assistant leaders in my troop. My next free night is the 23rd.
Obviously, I'm not married.
The District Commissioner is a major responsibility and should be
considered your top priority in Scouting. As a Scoutmaster, my top
priority has always been the boys in my troop. This creates a real
conflict sometimes, especially when I'm supposed to be in two places at
the same time, which is often the case.
If you want a rewarding job, ASM or SM is where you want to be. If you
want a combination of reward and stress, then your headed in the right
You need to weigh your unit responsibilities with other committments in
your life, then ask yourself if you can be happy with an additional job
in Scouting. If not, then you have some hard decisions to make.
If you decide to be a District Commissioner, let me offer you
congratulations and good luck. If you decide not to be Commissioner for
your district, would you consider moving to Illinois and taking my DC
job? They still haven't found my replacement and are talking about
"extending my contract".
YIS, Cliff Golden
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City