Re: Troop treasurer problems.
Amick Robert (amick@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU)
Tue, 8 Oct 1996 14:38:20 -0600
Our Troop/Post Committee treasurer gives a monthly spreadsheet report of
accounts, expenses, income, personal accounts for Scouts along with
presentation of monthly bank statements at the committee meeting with
copies for all members.
According to our bylaws, expenses must be pre-approved by the Committee,
other than anticipated day to day expenses for advancement materials,
insignia, etc. Large purchases in particular must be voted upon in
committee upon recommendation of the Scoutmaster's staff/Troop/Post
Committee members, et al.
Although the treasurer certainly has input and makes recommendations
regarding the expenditures, they have no authority to limit, refuse, or
otherwise regulate such purchases when they are duly approved by the
It is not inappropriate to have the treasurer bonded especially if you
have large sums that they deal with; and secondly, a reporting concept
such as the one described above tends to keep everyone informed on a
monthly basis. Any treasurer who is ethical will welcome such measures
without hesitation since it openly demonstrates their competency and
dedication for the control and disbursement of unit funds.
Bob Amick, Explorer Advisor, High Adventure Explorer Post 72, Boulder, CO
On Tue, 8 Oct 1996, Jonathan Dixon wrote:
> Dean Hayes wrote:
> > How does one deal with a troop treasurer that accuses you of 'bleeding the
> > troop dry'?
> > When the troop committee does meet, the treasurer gets defensive when
> > asked for a report. He usually doesn't have the information available.
> > (I'm talking about simple things such as, how much money do we have)
> Do the books ever get audited? I'd start to get suspicious if the
> treasurer is unwilling to give regular reports (not that I want to
> attack this person's reputation without a fuller knowlege of the facts).
> Having served as treasurer for a church group, I would say that regular
> reporting is the primary job of the treasurer.
> It certainly does not sound like the expenses you mentioned were out of
> bounds for troop expenditures.
> Jon Dixon
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