George Crowl (WILLIAMM@ZIAVMS.ENMU.EDU)
Tue, 27 Jun 1995 16:29:04 -0600
Terry and other interested people:
Let me speak my prejudices before I start. I initiated single
month rechartering in two councils, first as a district vice
chairman and then as a council commissioner. I believe in it. I
believe it works for the unit and for the council/district.
I recommend December or after. In our council (4 districts) one
district recharters in each month January-April. More later.
Reasons why a unit should find it better to recharter in a single
1. Many packs and some troops go inactive over the summer. It
may take several months to get them back up to speed.
2. Fall should emphasize recruiting and getting boys on board.
3. I personally favor charging a full year fee (registration and
Boy's Life) and allowing dues (budget plan) to make up the
difference at recharter time.
4. The unit committee and commissioner staff are more prepared
5. Many districts have a charter renewal preparation night and a
charter review night, meaning that everyone gets the same good
information at the same time, and knows their deadline to get it
Reasons a district/council should find it better to recharter in
a single month:
1. Commissioner training is simplified.
2. The commissioner staff can concentrate on that issue during
wintertime when there seems to be a little less district
3. Everyone has a common deadline.
4. The total number of boys served by the council is reflected
in the 31 December council membership figures. This makes
membership management easier, and provides the desired figures to
the local United Way and other funding agencies. Every unit that
recharters in September-November is a loss of boys that has to be
made up in goals and accounted for in total youth served. Some
people object to this as a valid reason, but it is a reality we
need to face. We need to help our local DEs and SEs if we want
them to succeed.
There was one other issue that affected my decisions at the time
I sold this idea (in 1975 and 1984). At those times, councils
were holding October and November charters (not processing those
turned in on time) so they could artifically boost membership
figures at the end of the year. This procedure effectively
eliminates that temptation.
When we initiated the process in our council, we did not make it
mandatory. Scouters resist mandatory. We "strongly encouraged"
it. We passed an executive board resolution. We educated DEs on
why it was beneficial to DEs. We educated commissioner staff on
why it was beneficial to commissioner staff and units. We
educated unit leaders on why it was beneficial to units. I
called and district commissioners called and arm-twisted in a
friendly manner. HOWEVER, if the unit was determined not to
change, we let the matter drop (until the unit leader changed).
Ten years later, we still have some hold-out units, but about 80-
90% of units are on board. We think it is worthwhile, but it is
not worth making enemies over.
____'/____ George Crowl
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