Re: Tricky meeting
Michael A. Golrick (mgolrick@SCLC.ORG)
Thu, 20 Nov 1997 11:13:22 -0500
John Conley wrote:
>A troop committee in my district has written a letter to their scout-
>master, basically saying, "Thanks, but your services are no longer
>needed." The committee seems fairly united on this front.
>The scoutmaster is responding that he rescued the troop from folding a
>few years ago (which is true), that they don't have the authority to
>fire him, and that if they don't like him, there are other troops.
>The chartered organization (a local church) is apparently one that
>furnishes a room and signs a charter once a year, not much else. The
>committee chair called the person listed on the charter as COR, and she
>said that she hadn't had anything to do with scouting for several years.
Good luck John!!
You have multiple problems here, including an apparent "power struggle" and
from what you say some personality conflicts as well. Just remember to not
take whatever is said personally.
I hope that Mike Bowman or Mike Walton also chime in, but I thnk that part
of the question is "Who hires the Scoutmaster?" and "What is the
Committee's job?" The SM application (adult leader application) requires
three signatures, the Committee Chair, the Insitition Head or Chartered
Organization Rep (COR), and the District/Council Executive. In "my troop"
the COR usually signs after I do (as Committee Chair -- CC). Then the
paperwork goes to Council. [I submitted some last night when I took my son
to the Order of the Arrow Executive Committee Meeting.]
I "real life" we talk about the Committee having the "hire/fire" decision
of the Scoutmaster, but it truly rests with the Chartered Organization. For
my troop, we have done the 'hiring" but usually only after the incumbent
gives notice -- usually a year in advance.
The Committee's role is to support the Scoutmaster and provide the needed
logistical support so that the Scoutmaster and his (or her) Assistants can
provide the program. This means that Committee members do not "have to be"
uniformed, although about half of mine are [setting the example]. Our job
is to do paperwork, raise money, provide transportation. I also believe
that we also need to be active at the District and Council level, to help
make sure that support system stays in place and is healthy. As the
Committee Chair, I am about to start the whole re-chartering process, and
that is a Committee kind of job.
Let me boldly suggest you get your professional staff to help. Depending on
when your charter is up, your DE should be visiting each Institution Head
(IH) and the problem of your COR not knowing about her role should be one
of the topics of his/her conversation. If I were in your shoes, I would
even ask the DE to come to the meeting with me (unless that personality
thing is a problem).
CC, Troop 68, Trumbull CT (Fairfield County Council -- at least for now)
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