District Award of Merit - Hints
Jack Weinmann (aa855@CLEVELAND.FREENET.EDU)
Mon, 12 Feb 1996 01:31:35 -0500
Seeing the thread on the District Award of Merit reminded me that I had
posted some hints last year to this list and was requested to repeat them
this year. Unfortunately I have changed computers and don't have the
slightest idea where the disk on which I saved that file is right now, so I
will try to do this from scratch.
As a former Nominating Committee Chairperson, I know how difficult the job
is to actually PICK the allowed number of Scouters out of the multitude of
applications. (I had something like 35 nominations for only 5 awards that
We could have done it in a simple method, by which we would just randomly
pick 5 of the 35 and present the awards to them. Instead, we actually went
thfough all of the nominations and discussed each and every individual -
that is why I feel the need to offer some hints to make it easier on the
1. Since the committee is generally, if done right, made up of both BOY
Scouters and CUB Scouters, DO NOT assume that everyone on the committee
KNOWS the person being nominated. (I have been active in my district for
about 10 years and there were many BOY Scouters that I did not know, as I
have spent my time on the CUB side of the program.)
2. BE ACCURATE with the information on the form! The BEST idea that I can
give you is to talk to the SPOUSE of the nominee, the Committee Chair,
Scout or Cub Master, Chartered Org. Rep., etc... - People that really KNOW
that individual! Get the history RIGHT and DIG for information.
3. BE COMPLETE. Fill out everything that you know about that person that
has to do with the categories on the sheet. It would be a good idea to
write the nomination as if you were introducing this person to a complete
stranger and you really want to let them know how WONDERFUL, CARING,
SHARING, and GIVING the nominee is.
4. BE SPECIFIC. Don't give general statements about the person, give
DETAILS. Don't just say that "Betty is there whenever she is needed,"
give some examples to go along with the statement.
5. DO NOT ASSUME that the person you have in mind has already received the
award or has been nominated already (this is true for ALL nominated
awards!) If everyone assumes this, the person will never be nominated!
We DID look at the multiples for individuals and took all of them into
consideration. It is far better to submit it for the person and, if it has
already been done, that's OK!
6. When everything is said and done, the committee wil select the final
outcome on the DATA THAT *YOU* provide. Do your person a favor and be
thorough, because when they have to pick few from many, the NUMBER of and
relative MERITS of their involvements as listed on the nomination are the
deciding factors as to who will be called up at the ceremony!
One example of how a nominee can slip through the cracks is a man that I
know very well that was nominated. There was a great deal of "What a great
guy he is" type statements, but not much actual fact-based examples. Some
of the people on the committee (the Boy Scouters) didn't know him and many
of his actual "other than Scouting" activities were not listed. It didn't
say that he had "adopted" a 90+ year old man on his street and visited him
regularly, drove him to stores, etc... He even arranged "Good Turns" with
his unit by having the man's leaves raked, etc... And this was only ONE of
the omissions on the form that we talked about for this man! There were
MANY others! He DID receive the award that year, but only because I KNEW
of his other-than-Scouting good deeds!
PLEASE, if you feel that the person DESERVES this honor, let the committee
know the full reasons WHY they derserve it!!! If you don't do this, they
may easily be passed over in favor of a nomination that the preparer did
their "homework" to submit.
Other than my years of being a Cubmaster, giving out the awards at the
diner was the second greatest experience of my Scouting career!
I had the distinct honor to present this prestigious award to 5 (of the 35)
finest people that this program has to offer, and it is something that I
will remember for the rest of my life. I regret that I could not give 35
awards that year, but, all things considered, the people on my committee
did a GREAT job with what was also the toughest thing that I've ever had to
do in Scouting. It was a LONG night that came up with the final 5!
Sorry for the long post, but I just HAD to get this information out, I hope
that I'm not too late for many of you out there.
Jack W. Weinmann email@example.com
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