=?iso-8859-1?Q?Fran=E7ois?= Faguy (ffaguy@QUEBECTEL.COM)
Wed, 12 Jun 1996 23:12:42 -0400
Hi everyone out there,
I am new to this list, in fact I am fairly new to the Net. I am slowly
finding the possibilities of this communication media.
Since most subscribers of the Scouts-L list must be interested in scouting,
here is a brief overview of my own involvement:
I was first recruited in 1987 to sit on the parent's comitee of my local
group. As a father of three girls, this was "an offer I could not refuse".
In 1988, a leader quit our group. Quickly, someone twisted my arm and I
became a Scout leader.
Since our group was affiliated to both the Scouts and Girls Guides
Organizations, leaders could be called to lead Scouts as well as Girls
Guides, this is how I became the leader of 12 creazy girls guides in 1989.
I enjoyed it so much that I stayed on that job until 1995, I actually got so
involved that I recruited my wife.
During those years I participated in many training sessions including winter
camping (at minus 35 degrees you got to try it) and earned my Wood Badge
part 1 and 2.
In september 1995, after I had successfully recruited and trained leaders, I
could retire thinking everything would be running smoothly. Well, all the
beaver's leaders quit. So guess who got called back to save the boat...
I enjoyed a lot this year with beavers and, hopefully the leaders I
recruited will be ready to carry on next year.
As a last project with my wife, we are organizing the District Camporee for
the Scouts District of Ste-Anne in Quebec, Canada.
Guess what! Next year, a bunch of scouts wants us to get a Venturers unit
going (co-ed 15 to 17 years old). I guess retirement will be put off
When I am not involved in scouting, I am a self-employed electronic
information specialist. I have been working with computer hardware and
software since 1968. That is from the days of the proprietary IBM 360 to
today's mix and match anything. You might be surprised that I am new to the
Net. Well, I live in a small village, far away from big cities. Long
distance charges to get any kind of connection were out of reach and
anything over 300 bauds would not go through the phone network. But
suddenly our local phone company got out of the stone age. They actually
threw out all the pre-war switching equipement, replaced it with digital
switches. They installed fiber optic links between central offices and
decided to make money out of all this leading edge technology by becoming an
Internet access provider. This is how I can get cheap Internet access with
a local phone call.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City