Re: Pack communications
ralph romig (rwromig@PPCO.COM)
Thu, 13 Jul 1995 11:03:44 -0500
>So, some questions:
>1) How does your pack handle communications?
Our pack had a newsletter, a file of all handouts went to each pack meeting
and committee meeting. For special events, we called den leaders and
committee members and they were expected to relay the messages. We
encouraged (by calling) all of the den leaders and committee members to
attend Roundtable. We even arranged car pools for those who tried the
excuse of not wanting to drive or not knowing how to get there.
>2) How do you handle poor turnout at the pack committee meetings?
There aren't easy answers. Our pack had sorry participation at committee
meetings 4 and 5 years ago. One member even called all of the den leaders
to remind them and that didn't work. What made a difference was we started
to make the committee meetings fun. We allowed everyone to have a say at
the meetings. The whole committee got involved in the meetings. We
lightened things up by cutting up a little bit. We went from having maybe 6
to 8 at the meetings to having 16 to 20 at the meetings. When I left we
weren't calling anyone to remind them about committee meetings except a
couple of den leaders who just couldn't remember.
I don't know if the atmosphere made a difference or whether it was the fact
that everyone knew they would get a chance to particpate and influence the
activities of the pack. Having a key 3 (CC, COR, and CM) who believe in
partipation and who share common goals also helps. No one person ran the
pack. The pack was run by the committee and anyone at the committee meeting
had a chance to say what was on their mind. Positive atmosphere.
Summary: If it's fun and people think that they can influence the way
activities are run and they get vital information from the meeting, people
>3) Do you have a Communications Chairperson? I am thinking about taking on
> role but what are the responsibilities? Should I also be communicating to
> the papers, our charter organization, schools, etc.?
No, but we had a secretary/newsletter person who did an absolutely top notch
Communications were handled by the CC and the CM by phone and mail out
letter if necessary to convey information quicker than the newsletter (or to
make an important point).
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City