Scouter's Digest & Scouter's Journal
Terry Howerton (terry@SCOUTER.COM)
Sun, 17 Aug 1997 19:46:58 -0500
There has been some confusion that has resulted in a terrible disservice to
a very good friend of mine, Paul Ferris.
I am the publisher of Scouter's Journal magazine, a feature length magazine
started nearly three years ago as a part time project for the Scouting
community. Paul is the publisher of Scouter's Digest newsletter, which he
has been producing for more than 12 years now.
Our magazine has struggled to keep pace with the overwhelmingly positive
response from Scouters across the country. We have tens of thousands of
readers now, from every council and corner of America. Several months ago I
personally wrote a letter to our entire subscriber base (about half of the
SCOUTS-L list are subscribers to the magazine) indicating that we would be
going into a cocoon for a period of time. The purpose of this break was to
implement a transformation of the magazine to a position where we could
actually service our readers and keep our commitment to Scouting. I set out
to add new full time staff members and chart out a long term editorial
That process is now complete, and our re-premiere is taking place now. Our
readers will be receiving a letter from me very soon, followed by the Scout
Out the Net! issue of our magazine (Jambo participants got a small sneak
peak). We have come very close to releasing our re-premiere several times,
only to pull back to make sure that the staff and company were truly ready
to handle the response. We have made some amazing progress around here
during these last few months, and the patience of our readers will soon be
rewarded with a quality publication and some very big announcements.
I TAKE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILTY for Scouter's Journal MAGAZINE. It was MY
decision to pull the magazine out of circulation and make what I perceived
to be necessary changes. I know many of you personally, and I stake my
personal reputation on the future of this magazine. I stand by our
publication and its role in Scouting, and will always keep my Honor to the
readers of our magazine.
Our absence and public stumbling over the last several months has been very
trying, but, I assure you it will result in a much better publication ready
for the long haul. I thank those of you who have written with words of
support and encouragement, and all who have posted such kind words about
the quality of our magazine. I realize that our delay has caused some
credibility problems for us, but I would rather that our subscribers be
disappointed now and ultimately pleased with the magazine after we come
back, than for us to publicly stumble again.
Nonetheless, it has always been our policy that our readers satisfaction is
of the upmost importance. Our subscription rates are completely refundable,
and if anyone ever feels that they simply can not wait any longer for the
magazine to reorganize, they simply need to contact me by e-mail.
Regardless of your feelings of Scouter's Journal magazine, please do not
confuse our publication with Scouter's Digest newsletter by Paul Ferris.
Venting your frustration with me and our magazine publicly or privately is
your right, but anyone who does so mistakenly against Paul has done him a
The original post of this thread by Dave Wells was as a result of receiving
a subscription request form from Scouter's DIGEST in the mail, despite the
fact that he was already a subscriber of Scouter's JOURNAL MAGAZINE.
I want to personally and publicly apologize to Paul Ferris for the impact
he has felt as a result of this thread. He is my friend, and produces a
very worthwhile project. Paul has stood by my side every step of the way as
I launched this magazine. If you want information on Paul's newsletter,
please contact him by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TERRY HOWERTON II - Publisher (mailto:email@example.com)
Scouter's Journal Magazine and Network
Tel: 1-800-SCOUTER Fax: 913-888-3138
PO Drawer 4100 - Overland Park, KS 66204-0100
"For Boy Scout Leaders, By Boy Scout Leaders"
For more info: http://www.scouter.com
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City