Michael Derleth (75112.1671@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Thu, 12 Oct 1995 09:03:23 EDT
I congratulate you on your success breathing new life back into a
stagnant roundtable. I am in the same situation, and am following much
the same plans as you. Because the "experienced" SM's don't appear to
be interested, we promote RTs to the same group: CM's, ASM's, JASM's
and if a leader wants, -mature- SPL's.
As to their claim that there are too many "kids" at roundtable, I would look
at three issues with the complaining Dist. Comissioner and chairman:
1. Are the kids a distraction for the adults who have come to learn? If the
kids sit quietly, listen, learn, and participate, well. . .it's a non-issue.
2. "There are too many people at Roundtable". Now, why did they hire you?
If they were happy with the previous non-attendance you would not have
the job. Would they say there are too many at a camporee? . .I think not!
3. Whose Roundtable is it to manage? They hired you (and me) to do a job.
We should work with the rest of the council to meet the needs of the leaders,
and support council and district programs. If this is happening (and it sure
sounds like it), they should remember who they put in charge. . .YOU. . .
and butt out. Micro-managing of your program should not be tolerated.
If they don't like your successful and popular approach they should fire you
. . .after asking are we better now than before?
<end of rant> I think Paul Brown said it best: "You changed someone's
coffee klatch into a training experience. Now they want to retaliate by
using the "rules" to get their coffee klatch back." Stick to your guns. If the
volunteers come back a second time, thats the best measure of your success.
BTW: If you would like to trade RT programs and ideas, I am higly interested.
Please private E-mail to: 75112.1671@CompuServe.com
Mike Derleth ASM Troop 32 /
Ouachita Valley Council RT Comissioner (among the other hats I wear)
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