Re: Roundtable & Unit Commish meeting
Marc W. Solomon (m_solomon@ALLI.COM)
Tue, 19 Nov 1996 10:22:23 -0600
At 09:31 AM 11/19/96 -0500, Gregory Benesh wrote:
>Why not hold your Commissioner meeting BEFORE Roundtable? We hold ours
>at 6:30 p.m., before the 7:30 Roundtables. The UCs are encouraged to
>host their unit leaders at the two Roundtables, which meet in adjacent
>rooms. The UCs are available for fellowship before and after the
This might work well if you have a small (in area) district. My district
is large and I do not get home most nights until 6:15. The meeting place
is 35 minutes away and it takes longer if I try to go during the tail end
of rush hour! As it is, on roundtable and commissioner meeting nights, I
eat lunch late, stay late at work, drive straight to the meeting from work,
and after the meeting have dinner with some of the other district personnel.
I realize that many of the district personnel either work within the
district, run their own firms, or are full time housewives, but for the
rest of us, meetings at such times are very inconvenient.
>Another idea that has worked too well is to hold OA Chapter meetings at
>the same time as Roundtable. We thought our Roundtable attendance would
>grow if unit leaders had another reason to be there (i.e. to bring their
>sons to the OA meeting). However, recently the Chapter meeting has
>outdrawn both Roundtables!
This idea also has many drawbacks. Many of the OA members ARE unit leaders
and would not be able to attend both. Secondly, there is the problem of
finding a meeting place large enough. Currently both our roundtable
commissioners are complaining that our current meeting place has grown too
small due to the increase of attendance and the need for extra places for
each breakout session (currently the Cub Scout Roundtable does three
breakouts [wolf, bear, webelos] and wants to do five [webelos 1 & 2,
committee] and the Boy Scout does four [new, experienced, older, committee]
and occasionally five [Webelos 2]).
The best advice I can give to anyone who wants to increase their roundtable
attendance is follow the program from the book and advertise. If you draw
enough staff together to pull off the program, it will be worthwhile to
attend. If no one knows your doing all this, don't expect them to come.
Call each unit leader up who did not attend last months meeting and ask
why. Let them know what's up for them at this month's meeting. Invite
them to come and bring their assistants and committee members. If they are
not there in group, they will miss something from one of the breakouts!
Make the breakouts informative and entertaining. AND most important give
handouts!!!! The best advertisement is when one Scouter tells another
"Look what I got from Roundtable, isn't this helpful!" I get tons of stuff
from this list and distribute it at each month at roundtable. I still
can't print enough of the Dutch Oven cookbook or the Geezer's Cookbook.
Who am I to be saying all this? I am a member of my district's Roundtable
Staff (as if you didn't guess already). My district boasts that over 92%
of all units attend each months meetings with over 60% of the units
represented by more than one leader. All but one troop and one pack (from
different chartering organizations) attend roundtables each year. We're
not perfect but we are working at it.
Marc Solomon Unit Commissioner
firstname.lastname@example.org Sycamore District
mailto:email@example.com Blackhawk Area Council (IL)
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