Blue and Gold & FME Success
Sun, 23 Feb 1997 23:07:09 -0500
We just had our Blue and Gold tonight and it was fun. It was the very
first for me as Cub Master and the boys made it memorable. We also did the
Arrow of Light for our Webelos. Dan the Man Roberts (my assistant CM) made
the arrows according to Jim Linberg's post and they were WONDERFUL. He even
gave me one, and my Wolf son is kinda jealous... (grin). I wrote a short
poem for each of the ranks (e-mail me if you would like copies) and had
representatives from each rank read them. They all did a great job!
Our theme was a "Spaghetti Western" so we had a local caterer do a
spaghetti dinner for us. The boys all did funny skits based on the Western
theme and all of those present had a good laugh. We did what we did last
year in inviting alumnus from the past... and of course our brother Troop's
BUT, the real highlight of the evening was our FME. Last year our previous
Cub master did it and he was super... we ended up with $1550 in pledges and
checks. I did not want interference with our Blue and Gold so I pointed out
how well we did last year, and asked permission to do it again this year.
With much reservation they said go ahead... though if it decreased much
they would want to do next year. I agreed to that and prepared.
First I found out some figures about our juvenile justice system. Then I
presented it like those old oil filter commercials... "pay me now or pay me
later..." I also used the concept from last year of an ongoing telethon
type thing. You know, do the initial presentation, then keep checking in to
see how we were doing. I hammed it up a bit too... had the FME chair call
me on the cell phone to interrupt me once... "Hey I am in the middle of a
banquet here... this had better be good... we have how much???" You get the
Well between fishing two nights before and a late, late bed time last
night I had a serious headache. Nine and a half hours sleep in two nights
is not enough. And after the initial presentation, I had the serious
feeling I had just flubbed it... and the first pledge seemed to take
forever to come in. But Glory Hallelujah!!! After the first $500 had been
pledged, we had our first $1000 donor (and they wrote out a check... not a
pledge). and then it got better... just before dinner we cleared the $3500
mark and I went back to mike to ask if we could go over four grand. Five
minutes later we were at $3935 and it seemed to just hover there forever.
Again I went to mike and said "Isn't there someone out there who wants to
put us over Four thousand dollars?" Well, by the end of Dinner we had $4085
in checks and pledges. Two people made pledges of $1000 each but the rest
were mostly $75 dollar pledges. What a rush!!! I wonder if we can double it
again next year??? Way to go Pack 230!!!!
As an aside, our once sceptical FME chair has asked me to help out with
her presentations... I said "no thanks" because the key is to have the Cub
master or Scoutmaster do it. They know their unit, and as volunteers they
have the right to ask for money. Make it fun, make an impact, and keep a
running total like a telethon.
AKA "Goodyear Pete", Hey you!, Mr. Cubmaster,
and the "Professor of Cooking"
Cub Master & Tiger Organiser of Mighty Pack 230, Apopka, Fl
Semoran Springs Roundtable Staff, Webelos & Internet SIGs
"Awesome is as awesome does..."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City