District Recognition Functions
Dewitte A. Baisch (dbaisch@DATASYS.NET)
Tue, 26 Aug 1997 02:59:33 -0400
>Ron Raab-Long wrote:
>>Mike Walton may have missed one piece of information on the >>Scoutmaster's Award of Merit. I nominated our Scoutmaster earlier >>this year (in time for our District Recognition Dinner in March) and ...
I've finally seen the term "District Recognition Dinner" used! This is
stuff I need to know more about. I am on our Circle 7 district
recognition committee and am curious about how many other districts have
an annual "district recognition dinner" or "district awards banquet" or
have another phrase for a similar event. Our committee is planning the
first district recognition function in "living" memory ("living,"
because none of even our oldest Scouters can recall exactly when the
last such event was held). We're doing this to take some of the pressure
off of our annual council awards banquet, held in March of each year,
following rechartering. Our council only has three districts (we're
small, but we're wiry!) but over a hundred units of all types. If each
and every unit earned the Quality Unit Award, that presentation alone
could (and does) eat up a major portion of the evenings' festivities.
So, being the resourceful district that we are, we felt it was time for
our district to provide the awards relief valve we now need.
Our aim is to have a fun, semi-formal event that will provide both
entertainment as well as the proper level of dignity each award
deserves. We want a hall decorated with unit flags, tables with
unit-particular centerpieces, songs, cheers, and, why not?, skits. It'll
be sort of an indoor campfire with catering and a special guest speaker!
My question to the Scouts-L group is two-fold: first, how many of ya'll
have district recognition functions (separate from the annual council
functions), and,"b", what do you call it? There are some in our council
who have a bit of a problem with both a "council awards banquet" AND a
"district awards banquet." They want to avoid confusion (don't we all!)
by keeping the names of the two events different. Our little committee
is highly flexible, open to suggestions, and willing to do whatever it
takes to get maximum participation at our event without taking away
attendance from the council event. I personally have a lot of fun no
matter how entertaining or reserved and formal the event may be. Knowing
how hard our volunteers and professionals work to put on a quality
program for the boys, I get a lift seeing that hard work recognized (one
of those basic building blocks in Mazlow's Hierarchy of Needs).
If you'd like to respond to my inquiry, do so privately or flood
Scouts-L, or send telegrams; it doesn't matter how. Thanks, folks!
Dewitte A. Baisch (Sandy)
Scoutmaster, Troop 411, Circle 7 District, Alapaha Area Council, Georgia
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