John T. Peeples (john.peeples@STJUDE.ORG)
Mon, 30 Jun 1997 11:46:13 -0500
Compared to many folks on the list, I'm still a new comer; I signed on
back in the spring shortly after the folks here at St. Jude provided me
with a new computer and e-mail access. I've been a Scouter for 10 years
now and often feel that our small district is a stepchild of the Chickasaw
Council - our council has merged with the Delta Council and rumor has it
the a merger with East Arkansas is next (is bigger always better?).
Anyway, Scouts-L has given me the opportunity to ask questions of Scouters
and youth leaders around the globe and to take their experiences back to
my district and my Scouts to build an even stronger program. No matter
how large our Council gets or how small our district is on the Council
map, I know that I have an even larger circle of Scouting friends who live
by the Oath and Law and treat each other as equals - new comers, old
timers, parents, urban Scouters, rural Scouters, those with large units,
small units or even no unit, across racial lines and even across national
boundries, - this list treats everyone the same and truely gives each of
us a chance to "practice what we preach".
In my short time here I've gotten help with songs, skits, ceremonies,
special events - - like the Crittenden District Fall Extravaganza, coming
up August 15 - 17th </plug>, Day Camp, Summer camp (especially the
"homesickness" thread) and countless other great ideas. I've posted both
to the list and privately and "met" people across the US with ties to
Memphis and the Chickasaw Council. Hoepfully, some of my "electronic
assistants" will take us up on the offer of a place to stay while thier
Scouting unit is on the road through the Mid-South.
With my limited comuter skills, I can only begin to imagine the hours of
effort that Jon must contribute to keep the list up and running; if TCU is
anything like The University of Memphis or St. Jude, I get a headache just
thinking of the red tape and administrative "grief" I'm sure Jon must put
up with for the sake of Scouting. Congratulations to Jon and everyone on
the list for keeping the fire going; I'm proud to add a log to the fire
to keep it glowing!
Yours in Scouting;
John T. Peeples, Scoutmaster Troop / Pack 231
First Presbyterian Church, West Memphis Arkansas
DO YOUR BEST for others, expect the best FROM others; it really does work!
PS: Thanks to my boss and our ITS department here at St. Jude Children's
Research Hospital in Memphis for providing the internet access and e-mail,
and allowing me use this system for my Scouting activites. jtp
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City