Order, Honor, Service
Craig Bond (CraigB1051@AOL.COM)
Thu, 1 Jun 1995 23:49:10 -0400
Ed Johnson <KnotKing@AOL.COM> writes:
"Talk about O.A elections!..... Last week the O.A. came to my
troop meeting to hold elections. I had 44 scouts qualified to join
and guess how many were elected? ZERO.
"It seems that not 1 scout got enought votes to be elected. Why?"
Why must a scout have to recieve at least 1/2 the votes to join? I
have some scouts that have been waiting all year to join,
especially some of the older life scouts. Something doesn't seem
ED: Something wasn't right and I have to believe there was
something wrong about the way the elections were held. A boy *does
not* need to receive 1/2 of the total votes cast, only *one vote
from at least 1/2 of the voters*. The distinction is **critical**.
If you had 44 eligible scouts, then each of your voting scouts (all
who were present) could cast a vote for *up to* 22 of these.
If, say, you had 60 scouts *present and voting*, you could
conceivably have as many as 1,320 votes cast.
A boy needs to receive *a* vote from only 1/2 of those present and
voting, or *30* votes, in this example.
Mathematically, in every election, if the votes split exactly
evenly, every boy on the ballot can be elected. Rarely is this the
case and one would suspect collusion if it did.
In this case, I suspect the election team may have misunderstood
the instructions and I would suggest you speak with the
Chapter/Lodge Advisor (watch out for Ike!, Arrow-L people!) and ask
for clarification and possible re-election.
Another poster suggested that OA's role as an "honor" society
inevitably conflicted with a role as a "service" society. I
respectfully disagree. That service is expected should come as no
surprise and should be carefully explained (and demonstrated, as
many have noted) before a boy accepts the nomination to stand for
election into the Order.
Similarly, as many have eloquently stated, the honor of election
needs equally to be explained to all scouts well before it is time
for the elections to be held.
Relative to timing of the elections, someone suggested a problem
with new scouts voting. Unless I'm sadly mistaken, the timing of
the election is in the hands of the troop: you can request when the
election is to be held and doing so before the Webelos join will
very effectively eliminate any significant influence by
"inexperienced" scouts. Since only one election may be held each
year, this will also provide the 'learning curve' time to bend as
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City