Re: Sales and the military
Mike Walton ("settummanque,)
Thu, 9 Oct 1997 18:35:58 -0500
Hal Dudley asked:
>Are there any members of the list having problems with popcorn sales on
>military bases? I work with units on Fort Hood, Texas and this year the
>leadership of the post choose to not allow Scouts to make door to door
>sales of popcorn. They cited a regulation that does not allow door to
>door sales. The regulation has been in place for several years, but
>former Commanders choose to interperate the regulation not to include
>Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and school groups. Now they have decided to >use
this regulation to stop these sales.
I've received private email postings, Hal from:
*Fort Stewart, Georgia
*Fort Knox, Kentucky (including Fort Ben Harrison, Indiana)
*Fort Sill, Oklahoma
*NAS Pensacola, Florida
that all say that "their post officials have chosen to enforce" existing
Post Regulations which forbid door-to-door sales of any kind for any reason.
Two of them asked "What now?? Last year, we made X amount of money selling
popcorn and other things....now, we have to fight it out with the schools
for space at the Exchange and Commissary to sell our stuff".
Then, I wrote back,"You're NOT "using your resources" to sell your items to
Every post has a theater....at least one at the larger ones. How about
talking with them about selling popcorn to patrons or running the popcorn
booth (with suitable signage) during a particular evening or weekend each
month?? I'm sure that AAFES or NEX (Army and Air Force Exchange Service;
Naval Exchanges) will jump on the possibility of getting addtional help.
Every post also has little league football and soccer...while some will have
fund-raisers going on with their games, most won't and that's another
opportunity to sell those tins and bags of popcorn!
Soldiers eat and live in "neighborhoods" just like most other people do in
their communities. While most Post regs won't let you go door-to-door in
the soldier comfort areas (the "barracks" or "billets"), there's nothing
that keeps you from setting up outside the snack bar or the bowling alley.
Make sure that you do this with enough adult supervision.....
Finally, every week on military installations all over this land, open
"Bingo nights" and "dance nights" give your Scouts and Scouters yet another
chance.....as long as you do it early in the evening (when folks have
money!) and as long as there's enough adults supervising the operation.
Check with your local community club, NCO or officers' club to get some time
and space to sell the popcorn.
And whatever you do, insure that folks KNOW WHY you're selling popcorn.
Lots of military folk think somehow that because Scouting is on a military
base or facility, that the military must somehow "fund the Scouts" and "give
them all the money they need to go camping and whatnot". That's NOT TRUE AT
ALL, and soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and their families and civilian
workers -- and members of the community that hosts their military
installation -- need to know that the Popcorn sales support the unit AND the
local Council's operation and growth so that Scouting can continue at "Camp
Swampy" or "Bixby Air Station" or "Lowe Air Force Base".
Military installations are FULL of opportunities to "use the resources
that's there", and you as a military Scouter shouldn't be shy about asking
and using those resources and others. While regulations aimed at insuring
some degree of privacy and to remove influnce-peddling may not sound fair,
or are enforceable at the whims and wishes of the senior officer in command,
they are there are and we have to make them work for us.
I'm sure, Hal, that in looking around such a great and large military
installation as III Corps and Fort Hood, there's a LOT of chances that you
and other units working together can find to sell popcorn and to sell it to
a more-or-less "captive audience"!!
>Are there others who are connected to the military that are having
>Thanks in advance.
(c) 1997 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") (502) 827-9201
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