Council problems--a resolution
Jason A. Cruse (jcruse@NEMONET.COM)
Mon, 24 Nov 1997 12:38:34 -0600
We have a resolution in my latest run-in with the pro-staff of the council.
Based on what a member of the committee told me (who stepped in before I
really got out-of-control), this is what happened:
1) The Scout Exec did receive my letter of request for assistance
(contrary to what I had previously thought);
2) At a staff meeting, the Council Staff decided to assist my troop, not
just with shirts, as I had requested, but with FULL uniforms;
3) What uniform parts were in the scout office were given to the DE to
bring to me, which he did. When he arrived, as I've already said on the
list, I was surprised at what he had (since we had only asked for shirts
and he had only 1, but 5 pairs of shorts). His response was to say that
was all they had and all we were getting, no funds would be spent, etc.
WHAT HE WAS SUPPOSED TO TELL ME was that the council is scouring uniform
closets across the council to find other uniform parts for us. If that
isn't sufficient for the troop, we will have permission to go to a
neighboring council's scout shop (20 minutes away, vs. 2 hours to our own)
and get new stuff for everyone. This should be done by summer camp.
4) The DE, angered by my response at my office (though he hadn't told me
everything that was going on), went back to the council and complained and
said that we shouldn't receive any more help.
5) Scout exec (who have maligned a bit in this forum in the past and to
whom I have apologized and do so again here) steps in and tells DE to back
6) Committee member passes all of this on to me. Needless to say, I am
still speechless by the whole affair, both at the generosity of the council
but also at the behavior of the DE. I sent a letter this morning to the
SE, with a copy to the DE, apologizing for my misunderstanding of the
situation (as my wife put it, somebody has to step up and apologize here)
and thanking the council.
Hopefully this will put the thing to bed. The DE apparently said some
things to the SE about not wanting to work with my troop, etc. There
appears to be a personal problem here, which is why I took the first step
and apologized to everyone. If this doesn't work, the committee member is
probably going to suggest to the SE that there be a meeting between the DE,
myself, and at least one other person to work it all out (committee member
is a lawyer). I don't think we'll need to get to that. As far as I'm
concerned, its done.
As I said in my first post, something stunk about the whole affair from the
outset. It just seemed that something was missing from what I'd been told.
Now, I know I was right, and everything is fine.
"There are no points for second place."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City