When is a "clic" a "clic"?
Gary Rayson (garayson@NMSU.EDU)
Sun, 11 Feb 1996 13:46:44 -0700
Greetings fellow scouts and scouters,
As many of you, we recently had our district awards banquet and presented
many awards to scouters within the district. As the nature of such
presentations, not all the "deserving" people were recognized. That is a
characteristic of the "beast". However, it was later questioned as to
how the receipients were selected. There seemed to be one significant
correlation (not to imply cause-and-effect). Each of the receipients
were "good" friends of the district chairman/commissioner (the same
person was assuming both roles by self proclamation) and the selection
committee was comprised of that same person and others of "very similiar"
minds. The most "interesting" of the selections was for the District
Award of Merit, the Chairman's "significant other". Although the
receipient has been active in the district and will undoubtedly continue
beyond the past year, the perception of a "clic" is there.
My question to the list is this. When is the influence of personal
friendships in the awarding of accomplishments detrimental to the
program? I have heard numerous "grumblings" regarding this event from
several volunteer scouters in the area, none of which I would describe as
conducive of a positive attitude. I have attempted to deminish those
comments and focus on the more positive aspects of the program as a
whole. However, it is becoming increasingly difficult for those "outside
the inner circle" to continue to give the time and resources to the
program with the perception that "it isn't what you do, its who you know"
regarding recognition. Granted, we do what we do for the boys in the
program, but it is the truly exceptional scouter that does not appreciate
a little recognition now and then.
If my description sounds rather vague, it was intentional in an effort to
allow the persons involved to remain anonymous. Who they are is
irrelavent to the question. What has happened, or rather, what has been
_perceived_ to have happend is.
I look forward to gaining some of the wisdom of the list via either
postings or private e-mail messages.
Eagle Scout (class of '71), Silver Beaver, DAOM
"I used to be a bobwhite ..." (SC-386)
"I used to be a staffer ..." (SC-431, WE5-573-93, WE5-573-2-95)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City