Re: When is a "clic" a "clic"?
Marc Solomon (msolomon@TEK1.TEKNIQ.COM)
Mon, 12 Feb 1996 14:34:41 -0600
At 01:46 PM 2/11/96 -0700, Gary Rayson wrote:
>My question to the list is this. When is the influence of personal
>friendships in the awarding of accomplishments detrimental to the
>program? 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.
I believe everybody appreciates a little recognition now and again. That
being besides the point, let me give you a little view from my side of the
Less than two years ago, I decided to move from a unit level position to
disctrict level positions. I had just switched into my present council from
a neighboring council. Now, I am a Unit Commissioner, a member of the
Roundtable Staff, on the committees for the district Scout Show, council
Camporee, Woods of Webelos, and Friends of Scouting, among many other tasks.
You may wonder how I went from not being known by anybody to having
everybody on district level know me in less than 2 years. I looked for
places where I could be of use and volunteered. After a year, people
started looking for me to be involved in whatever they are doing. Soon, I
am going to have to learn how to say that dreaded word "NO".
Now that I have given you some background, Gary, let me tell you what I have
noticed about those who are active on the district level. I see the same
faces over and over in all the activities. There are some who have found
their niche and work the same activity and only that activity each year, but
for the most part, all of us on the district level wear MANY hats.
We are always looking to enlist more help, but we walk a tightrope. While
we would enjoy recruiting more help, those most likely to help us are
already extremely involved on the unit level. We do not want to take them
away from the unit level or reduce their involvement on that level. UNIT
LEVEL IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PLACE TO HAVE QUALIFIED SCOUTERS!!!!
So where do we get more people to work on the district (or council) level?
We frequently look at unit leaders whose sons have graduated from Scouts.
We have frequently become friends with these Scouters after years of working
with them peripherally and know that there units have new Scouters that can
handle the unit without them there 100% of the time. Unfortunately, this is
what makes us look like a 'clic'. It is not our intent to appear that way,
it is more a symptom of how we recruit. We know who has volunteered in the
past and who has the time to help and those are the ones we go to first (not
having loads of time ourselves). We share a lot of history together and
therefore have developed some comraderie over the years.
Another unfortunate fact is that these are the same people who usually end
up on the committees that hand out the awards. While we are usually
familiar with what all of us are doing and have accomplished, we do not
always know what the unit level Scouters have done. It, therefore, makes it
difficult to decide to give an award to one whose accomplishments (no matter
how significant) we do not know of.
By the way, I, myself, do not attend district (or council) award banquets.
If I feel somebody is worthy of recognition, I will recognize that person in
front of those (s)he served at the time (s)he has served them. As for
recognition for myself, I get that whenever a Scout or his parent thanks me
for what I have done (I am still surprised whenever it happens, although it
happens frequently). I have said it before, but unit level Scouters more
often get the kind of recognotion I prefer, that being the thrill of seeing
these Scouts grow and mature with our guidance.
Marc W. Solomon Unit Commissioner
firstname.lastname@example.org Sycamore District
email@example.com Blackhawk Council, IL
I use to be a wise old owl . . . Now I am just old
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