Re-Introduction & HELLO AGAIN!!
Mon, 23 Oct 1995 03:50:24 -0500
HELLO FELLOW SCOUTERS!! I have missed ALL of you very, very, very much!!
As you can read from the signature below, We've finally made the move northward
toward our evenutual goal of "corn country", Iowa. Jessiann and I (and the
two cats) now live in the river town of Henderson, Kentucky, which is seven
miles and a riverbridge from Evansville, Indiana. Our place overlooks the
Ohio River, and we see barges and boats move up and down the river every
day. It's a real romantic view, which is in part why we chose to live here.
We moved because I accepted a last-minute offer from CLR Technologies in
Evansville. More on that in a few momments.
As it is customary when someone joins or rejoins our list, I need to remove my
green German "hunter's cap" and (in this case re-)introduce myself to all of
you. For most of you, my reintroduction is no more than finding a place
around the fire, filling up my never-ending coffeemug, and rejoining all of
the current conversation while shaking hands and embracing the hundreds of
my fellow Scouters I've missed while finding a new home and email provider.
For some of you though, here's a chance to read my "first posting" on this
new account from me and to meet me, "settummanque, the blackeagle".
My name is Mike Walton, and for the past five years, I've been here posting
answers and questions, reflections, and information that I've culled from my
vast "mounds o' paper", books, reference materials, letters, memorandums and
other sources on American Boy Scouting to all of you. I've been a Cub,
Scout and Explorer and have been in the right places at the right times in
all cases. This charmed period extended to my adult service, where as a
public speaker, I've talked to hundreds of civic groups in the southeast,
east-central and central parts of the United States; lots of churches in
those same areas, and anyone that wanted to hear the "Scouting story". This
included a chapter of the Klu Klux Klan in north-central Kentucky (my
Did I mention somewhere here that I'm a (choose one: (black)
(African-American) ("colored") )man?? *giggling*
I still do the public speaking thing, because through it I am able to tell a
different Scouting story than what's traditionally told and at the same time
talk about "stinky feet"!
I've served as a Paraprofessional (parttime) Executive, with duties in
eastern Kentucky, northeastern Tennessee, and western Virginia and West
Virginia, for four years (which in part, got me through college and was the
*best* period of my Scouting life)!! I've served as a Scouter in eleven
local Councils (the Buffalo Trace will be number twelve as soon as I can get
some time to do so), and have worked as a volunteer in just about every
position a man of my position and makeup can do. As a Scoutmaster, my units
were recognized as "Honor" or "Quality" units every year of my service, and
were distinguished by what they did for their communities moreso than how
much outdoor time (and it was a lot!) was logged. As a Commissioner, my
units were all Quality Units (with the one exception of three of five units
I served as Commissioner for in the National Capitol Area Council of...) and
I've served as Commissioner at all levels in a local Council, except to
serve as Council Commissioner.
I'm never at one place long enough to serve!
While not very good at raising monies, I did manage to exceed my SME/FOS
(Sustaining Membership Enrollment/Friends of Scouting)goals significantly
(except for one year, where we barely made it) as a Parapro; as a volunteer,
my Districts met their goals and I assisted in raising a lot of money for them.
I've seen where some of you have taken my advice and have done even BETTER
than me! *laughter which is echoing in an empty office*
My speciality is with organization and extending the Scouting program, with
Exploring (as a National Exploring Instructor, I can and do arrange to train
Exploring volunteers and professionals as well as youth members)and with
activities. I have been honored with volunteer positions on two
National-level committees, with positions on three Regional Committees and
several other committees at the Area level, as well as countless letters
asking my views and
opinions on changes to Boy Scout and Exploring program and program options.
I am a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow (that comment about "not
being around one place long enough..." applies here too) and a member of the
National Eagle Scout Association (for what little good it does
nowadays...I'd wished we did more!)
I'm the guy that edited the first and second set (and additions to) the popular
EagleTips series that, thanks to those that went to Philmont this past
summer, is being circulated around National (there's about fifteen or so
copies, I've been told, that have found it to the Program Group and to the
at National --the two most influencial groups)!! Thanks folks!
I've been told that when you see me in person, I look like a cross between
Oliver North (from the Iran-Contra debacle) and a Russian General. I am the
holder of most of the volunteer and achievement awards that are available to
earn or be honored with.
But, "the quest for the silver beaver" is not in my cards. Maybe when I get
old. I'm only 35.
Man, that *sounds* like bragging, but it's not. List sent to those that HAVE
to know...*hehehehee* I wear my field or dress uniform proudly, with as
much attention to detail as possible. I encourage others to do likewise, but
I'm not ruthless in that pursuit. To me, the mere fact of owning a uniform
is good enough! (and let's not revisit *that* conversation again for a
As a matter of fact, you will find (as many here have found) reason to
disagree with me. I welcome it!! I always have on my "Nomex-lined shirt and
trousers" when I post here, and will gladly discuss ANYTHING with you via
private email as I've done for the past six years!! I base what I state
here on two groups of "factual information": that which I find from
researching and finding the answer (or if I don't have it, to find it out
and share it with ALL of us here); and what I've personally experienced,
done, diagrammed, or was told in confidence as factual.
I've got to stop at this point, and explain two small but vital pieces of
information to all of you. First, I have met through my experiences at the
National, Regional and Area levels, lots of professionals and volunteers
that at the time I've met them, were just like me (and maybe you)...just
starting out in their roles of working with and for youth. Today, 15 to 20
years later, they are holding jobs as Council Scout Executives, as National
or Regional staffers, or as key volunteers (or have retired from those roles
in the past five years or so). They share with me and I turn around and
share with all of you what we're talked and discussed with only one catch:
that I don't "kiss and tell".
The reason is really simple: The BSA as a corporation is very protective
about the way information is gained and explained to the public (and to all
of us Scouters). Like most companies, the BSA don't want to share with its
stockholders until the proper time every little change or decision that it
makes....it would rather you find out (later) from your local "chapter" --the
local Council. By "shortcircuiting" the "established path of communication",
I've received (and continue to receive) a LOT of heat from some at our
National Office...many of which kinda wished that I would abandon telling
you all the
REAL reasons why things are the way they are instead of sharing "the
communication" from National as it is published. I will continue to do as
much as I personally can to inform all of you of significant changes to our
programs as well as to give insight as to why the BSA does many of the
things they do.
But please, don't ask me where I get the information from, because I owe it
personally to those folks that have helped me over the years not to end
their careers or to have them removed from the BSA's membership rolls, just
like I've helped them when they have asked!!
The other thing is that I write with a deep passion. I cry, I scream. I
have opinions and feelings that DON'T express the "corporate line" of the
BSA. I give a lot to each and every posting I make. If I don't make a post
to a particular posting, it's NOT because I don't think it's important. I
read EVERY posting posted to Scouts-L (and if you don't believe me, ask my
wife...sometimes it's not until well over 2am that I finally get to bed!)
and reply to those that I feel that I can make a valid contribution to.
Yes, my postings are long and
very detailed. I would rather explain fully the reasoning for what I've
stated than to constantly followup and followup. If I have the resource
here, I'll gladly reference it with a page or a document name. I love to
talk and write
but I *am very aware* that some folks pay for their time here and that
downloading two or three Mike Walton postings can take up space and time
that they are paying for. So, I'll try my best to make it worth your
download or reading time! (Especially that now, I have joined the folks that
are paying for their online time!)
My Scouting activities in part costed me a marriage, as well as some
personal hardships over the years. I've spent a lot of money on this
"hobby", as my former wife called what I did. My mother and father are
still amazed that I am "still following white people around with that Boy
Scouts stuff", as my mother wrote me recently. I have been asked to "do some
other things" and leave Scouting alone.
I'm still here folks. I may not be as active as I want to be, or can get
myself in being, but I'm still asked to sit in on meetings, still asked to
help raise monies, still asked to coach youth members or to train volunteers
or pros. If
I can do it, I'll do it.
I am conforted by my faith in my God, by the faith and confidence in
Jessiann, my present wife (that while she will pout and make me lie on the
guest bed if I'm "not lo'ed (logged off) and not in the bedroom in twenty
minutes!", is supportive and even encourages me ("Have you wrote to Jennie
Dixon lately? What's your problem...Don Izard needs someone to trade those
patches with... besides I want to stay at his guest place!, etc.") to be
here), and by all of your postings, questions and comments here and
privately to me. YOU are what makes the program real in the lives of the
youth we work with. It is YOUR personal sacifices, YOUR personal energies,
and yes, YOUR personal monies, that
makes this all worthwhile.
Don't forget that, please! We do all of this for the little or no thanks we
get from our peers...for our nation's future. Our and our community's children.
I am working as Internet Operations Center Coordinator for a company in
Evansville, Indiana, that is reaching, as several other companies have, into
the realm of cyberspace. As time goes onward, be looking for a home page
from our family as well as some other things that previously Jessica and I
have been working on in Bowling Green in our own firm. It was a good move,
a quick offer to take what we've been doing and making their firm more
The bad thing was the long delay in getting a new account where I can read and
answer all of that mail sitting back on the servers in Bowling Green.
If you were waiting for mail from me, please be a little more patient in getting
a response. I'm now working on getting it all up here so that I don't have to
do what we've been doing last month...paying long distance charges to read and
forward mail from there up to a pay-per-use account here.
In my new officeroom, is a plaque that I made a while back after a protracted
argument with both wives and my parents. I've had a child to enter a behavior
management facility and all of them couldn't understand my reluctance to express
my true feelings about his entry there. I think it's appropriate to finish my
first returning posting here with:
"While I may not show it --
I shed tears for those that I cannot help.
I pray for those that I cannot touch.
I do this all for the love of my Maker, for the satisfaction of my Obligation,
& because I love what I do, when I do it, & in the best manner I try.
While I am aware of my people's march, I know my personal walk.
To me, race, gender, preference, faith, age or ability makes no difference.
I work hard even though I may never receive a dime.
Money is important, but I'll take it up with my Maker when I see Him.
I take little pride in boasting nor in ignorance.
I am always prepared for whatever happens & brave enough to face it.
I am happy to be back here around the fire, attending the "Roundtable
meeting that NEVER ends!" (tm) *hehehehee*. Time for that new pot of coffee
and a long
session of reading the log from last month!!
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (Settummanque, the blackeagle) (
Internet Operations Center Coordinator, CLR Technologies Inc. __)_
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