Re: Roundtable Commissioner
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Sat, 5 Aug 1995 16:57:19 CDT
Johnette Sue Seibert <sseibert@TENET.EDU> writes:
> The problem is that the District Commissioner has been in charge
>of the Roundtable for several months.
I was right....he wanted to continue to have all of the fun!
> He recruited me as Cub
>Commissioner and a couple as Boy Scout Commissioner. Now he wants to
>appoint an overall Roundtable Commissioner to do the opening and
>closing. I have explained to him that the three of us and our staffs can
>handle this and he shouldn't worry. I really believe he has a
>friend--who has agreed to be on my staff (even after I explained she
>could no longer earn the arrowhead award as staff) and he wants her to
>have it anyway. He is one to try to encourage people to get awards
>sooner than is the requirement, anyway.
Then he should appoint an Assistant District Commissioner for
Roundtables, similar to what larger Districts do. This ADC would be
the person to "open and close" the Roundtable meetings and to serve as
coordinator for all of the Roundtables in the District. In this way,
he can open the meetings, then turn it over to the Cub and Boy
Roundtable Commissioners to put on the "real show", then to bring them
back and "wrap things up". It's successful in a number of larger
Districts, but I don't know if it'll work there or not. It's a good
compromise...but I agree with you, the District Commissioner should
NOT be conducting Roundtables. He has TOO MUCH OTHER STUFF to do!
> He has one of his local unit commissioners having people sign in,
>pass out beads, and who is wanting to package hand outs for units
>instead of allowing this to be done at the end of the program after we
>see who has not been there to get their things.
This should be done by the Commissioners' staffs. I love going to
Roundtables in the National Capitol Area Council...what happens when
you sign in, is you get a packet of EVERYTHING that is going to be
talked about. In that way, while you are out getting your third mug
of coffee and miss the SME presentation; or talking with a Scouter in
the back of the room while a demostration is going on about sending
advancement reports electronically...you have the handouts and can
read the material at home (or in my case, while I am sitting in a
resturant, waiting for coffee and a slice of pie).
It's not a bad idea, Sue, but it should be done by the Commissioner's
> Simple, I guess he does not want to let go. Yet our DE's boss
>told me we had a great Cub Roundtable last Thursday when we did it my way.
> Maybe I am over enthuastic just coming back from training, but I
>think I know where his job ends and mine begins. I also know he is there
>to supervise and to advise if we mess us, but I don't think he
>understands the difference in the rolls.
Nope, he don't. He needs to go and get trained as to his job as
> Our Roundtables have been going down. I feel we can build them
>up again. I have alread enlisted 3 on my staff and hopefully 2 more so
>that no one is too bogged down with the work?
How many units are in your District? A good "rule of thumb" is that
you need to have one staff person per seven units in your District.
It works out to having, in a 35 unit district, five staff members.
Think "patrol" when using this "rule". It's not written anywhere,
just something I picked up from my past Roundtable duties.
> I am sending this to the list. Hope it helps so all of you can
I hope I did!
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