Re: Troop treasurer problems.
Harry Simmons (Harry_Simmons@IBM.NET)
Tue, 8 Oct 1996 16:25:44 -0600
I wrote a rather length reply to a question like this about 3 months ago, so you
may have to search
the SCOUTS-L archieves to find it. However the jist of it was:
1) The Treasurer serves as part of the Troop Committee and the will of the Chart
thru the Chartered Organization Representative to the unit.
To avoid any personal attacks, have the COR or the Committee Chairman immedi
a full disclosure of current balances and past income/expenses.
If the treasurer is unwilling to produce these, then institute the process o
f changing the adult
assigned the position of Troop Treasurer.....IMMEDIATELY.
2) I believe that legally the assets of the Boy Scout Troop unit belong to the C
The COR is well within his/her right to ask for an immediate accounting. F
ailure to produce
such an accounting can place the Unit's Charter renewal at risk.
3) In a successful troop operation, one could argue who does the most work: the
or the Treasurer. It does not matter...you should expect and receive the sa
me level of commitment
service, and communications from both. You would not expect or allow an Adv
to go months without a status report, nor should the Treasurer.
4) The treasurer's information is not confidential or proprietary....it must co
to the Troop Committee as the "Board" of the organization. Miss a month..
.ok, things happen.
Miss several and everybody starts to wonder "what's happening".
the troop belong to the Chartered Organization
I am not going to touch on the issue of legal action; civil or criminal. The fi
rst priority is to the
youth of the unit; to gain an accounting of troop financial status. Once the fi
nancial facts are
established and assuming the worst, then the Committee Chairman, Chartered Organ
and Scouting Professional should meet to determine the next action step.
Sequoyah District, Occoneechee Council
Raleigh, North Carolina
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City