Re: Direct Service Council was Alaska
RW Skelton (wvhsrws@NORTHSTAR.K12.AK.US)
Tue, 20 Feb 1996 16:33:41 -0900
On Tue, 20 Feb 1996, Settummanque, the blackeagle (MAJ) Mike Walton wrote:
> Ian Ford wrote:
> >On a point of information , Transatlantic Council does not just >serve
> military bases but a wider American expatriate community in >Europe in
> international schools and other locations. Any US kid >living in Europe is
> welcome to join a BSA troop in TAC ... not >just military dependants as some
> people may assume from some of >the posts here.
> Where were you over the end of last week???? I couldn't get
> Rhett to understand anything but "military installations" and
> "military dependents".
I do understand that...and accept it also, just that a good
majority (not all but a particularly good half) are millitary dependents.
> and all of the adults involved are leaders. She says that she sees Ev Grain
> (the paraprofessional District Representative) about once every quarter, but
> get the TAC newsletters, district information, and flyers every month.
> In Ian's case, Rhett, he serves as a BSA leader within an international
> school-chartered Troop (Troop 401, right?)in London AND as a member of a
> British unit and serves as our equal of a Commissioner. This is an example
> of how Americans living abroad can be members of both host nation AND US
> Scouting organizations.
See, I think you are missing the point here, mike that we are not
a foreign country, neither is Kentuckey...what would it be like if your
council office was 500 miles away (as it would be for me if we were made
one council) or 1000 miles (as it would be for our outlieng areas..500
miles is enough!). The TAC comparison is not valid, in my opinion
because they are working in a foreign country. Personally, I think if we
compared costs of running TAC or direct servic council to the three
councils in Alaska, you would find much more in expenditures from direct
or TAC than Alaska....hey mike, maybe I would buy it more if you could
compare it to a council operating WITHIN the US over such an
expanse.....just the fact that we are within the US makes a huge difference.
> The professional staff of TAC has to carefully work with and around the
> staffs of the host nation (in Ian's case, England's)
> Scouting Association. TAC has developed and maintained a great
> working relationship with MOST of the national Scouting associations (in
> some countries like Germany, we're talking THREE
> national associations!) in Europe, the Near East, and North Africa.
Yes, you definately seem to think that we are similar to a
foreign country....working with foreign scouting organizations etc etc.
Nope, we are just as much a state as Kentuckey....Hey, make a case for
the whole east coast being one council, now that would be interesting:)
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