John W Porter (jcporter@IX.NETCOM.COM)
Wed, 17 Jul 1996 09:10:02 -0700
Kim Moye and a few others have mentioned the problem of a pack/troop
leader stealing money. This seems to be even more widespread than I
ever realized. It happened in our pack a couple of years ago (my
across-the-street neighbor, someone I'd known for 10 years,
approximately $3,000, thank you very much!) and really did some
long-term damage - far more than just financially. In fact, my best
buddy and I were thinking of putting together a Pow Wow session called,
"How to tell if your treasurer is ripping you off." Well, I'm mulling
that over again. I'd be interested in hearing other units experiences,
particularly the "we should have known when..." variety. For instance,
we should have known when...our treasurer always assured everyone that
she would be at the next committee meeting and as the meeting started
would dash in, give some last minute excuse like the kids are sick,
husbands working late, friends dropped in, etc. and she just couldn't
stay. But she'd give us a piece of paper with "the balance." This
happened for months. In talking to people who have had similar
experiences, there always seem to be similar tell-tale signs.
We also set up sensible accounting procedures, unfortunately, after
the fact. One of the simplest was having the bank statement go to
someone other than the treasurer! That was just stupid, but many
non-scouting groups I'm in also let their treasurer get the statement.
So I'd also like to hear the "what we did that made it easier because
we trusted this person." And of course, what you did to correct it.
Most groups operate on trust, and it really hurts when you learn the
hard way that you just can't do that! Maybe what I'm thinking of doing
is putting together a Fund Protection, similar to Youth Protection.
(Emphasis on THINKING <g>.)
If this already exists, let me know. Please email me privately. I
will be at Camp Strake for a few days, so be patient.
Oh, and if I had only one word of advice, it would be PROSECUTE!!! We
didn't and are still regreting it.
Webelos Den Leader, Pack 987
Advancement Chair, Troop 424
and a bunch of other stuff....
Mustang District, Sam Houston Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City