Bill Connelly (Briaco@AOL.COM)
Mon, 16 Oct 1995 22:06:32 -0400
I am new to this media, but I could not let the recent comment concerning
Boards and Council Executives chasing the almighty dollar" go by without some
I have been in the Scouting Program for close to 35 years, and still firmly
believe that we
are all in this "for the boys...", however, as the Treasurer of an Urban
Liberty Council, in Hudson County, NJ, I face the "battle of the dollar"
almost every day.
As a volunteer Unit Leader, many believe that Units could exist without any
Professionals, office staff or anyone else that may be working "behind the
administrate the program. Insurance, property taxes, supplies, etc., must be
mailings sent; meeting and locations arranged; publicity coordinated; and so
Someone has got to do it, and those someones have to be paid. Boy Scouts of
America, as well as all other non-profit organizations, are fighting for an
contibution base. If the Professionals and the Executive Boards do not
fulfill their obligation to finance the Council, assets get sold (that's
Scout Camps) just to keep things running. Leaders then get upset, if their
favorite camping spot is now a condo site, they leave the program in protest,
units fold, and who gets hurt????? The very
people that we are here to help - the BOYS!!!!
Please take pity on your Council Executive Board. They are trying to keep us
all in operation.
Thanks for the forum to sound off. (This represents only my own opinion.)
Bill Connelly (Briaco@aol.com) Council Treasurer, Hudson Liberty Council, BSA
ASM, Committeemam, Troop 517, Jersey City, NJ - former Advisor, Associate
Advisor, Post 17 (The Survivaleers), Jersey City, NJ - Camp Director, Rock
Scout Reservation (1996), Milford, PA - Vigil Member, Mantowagan Lodge #14,
Order of the Arrow (Ordeal, 1963, Brotherhood, 1964, Vigil, 1974)
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