R. Mcintosh (rmcintosh@SBNSW.COM.AU)
Wed, 22 Nov 1995 23:42:08 -0600
I have just finshed reading todays digest and in particular Jerry Gray's
welcome to John.
The comment "this guy must be nuts" hit a sore point.
I am not a scout and never have been, but my son is a Scout, my daughter
is a Girl Guide and my wife is a long time Guide. My wife is currently a
Division Commissioner and has been an active member since she was a
Brownie, make a total of about 35 years (wife only).
I jokingly (at first) called my self a Guiding Widower and have started up
a group called the GGWA, the Girl Guides Widowers Association. My question
to the list is "when is enough, enough?". Our telephone rings constantly
at all times of the day and night and it is always something to do with
I am proud of my kids and my wife for the things that they have achieved
in scouts/guides (for a period of time I was Treasurer for the local scout
group)..but..when a person attains a high level of expertise, more is
expected of them (or so it seems). For example, for the past 3 weeks there
has been only 1 night a week when there has been no meeting..if there is a
camp coming up who do you call .. not the ghost busters thats for sure..
Well before I really get worked up and as you can see this is a sore
point..when is enough enough? I know it's "for the kids", but there is a
danger that volunteer organisations can expect too much and become
intrusive into family life .. what is that..Becareful it can take over
end of whinge
President and founding member of GGWA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City