Re: Committee Meetings
Michael A. Golrick (mgolrick@SCLC.ORG)
Tue, 25 Nov 1997 14:14:02 -0500
Charles R. Batteau <charles.r.batteau@BELLATLANTIC.COM> asked:
> I'd like to elicit from the group one additional datum concerning
> troop committee meetings: Does the committee meet during the troop
> meeting time or at a separate time?
[and I want to applaud the proper use of the singular case, here]
> The reason I ask this is that OUR committee meets DURING the meeting
> time. [snip]
> I realize that the troop's meeting time is the "natural" time for
> parents to get together (and *I* don't have to beg another evening
> each month from my wife!), but because (1) the attendance is pretty
> paltry anyway and (2) they make sure they end by the time the boy's
> meeting ends (often leaving a lot of issues unresolved), I'm of the
> opinion that it would be better to hold the meeting elsewhen.
Bob Yeisley said:
>Our Committee meets the first Monday of each month.
And then the bad news:
>We meet for about 1 1/2
>hours during the Troop meeting.
Then a fellow Buffalo (although a charging one), Andrew Hagemann threw
some sense in
>My Troop Committee meets on a separate night other than our Scout
>meeting night. This assures our Charter Organization that proper adult
>supervision is present, the Scout's parents that careful discipline is
>maintained during the meetings, and the Scouts that we will "deliver the
>promise" of Scouting. We have 50-some Scouts on our roster, of which
>approximately thirty-five attend on meeting night. Since boys seem to
>have a natural-born aversion to following boy leader's instructions, we
>adults must be there to back up the SPL (or PL) as necessary. Yes, we
>are a boy-run Troop, but because they are boys they will make mistakes.
>We adults must be present to do on-the-spot damage control and to make
>sure that the error becomes an object lesson in failed leadership so
>that the Scouts learn from the mistake.
>I heartily recommend that you switch your Committee meetings to another
Like Drew's troop, my committee meets separately from the Troop meeting.
With 50+ booys you have to!!! Our troop meets Friday nights. The PLC used
to meet on the last Monday, but now meets on the last Sunday (with
adjustments) and the Troop Committee/Parents Committee meeting on the first
Monday. That way SPL and SM can attend the Troop Committee and the CC (me)
can attend the PLC. It improves the flow of communication.
Therefore, I endorse Drew's recommendation, and frankly don't see many
alternatives. An added benefit is that you may be able to resolve issues
since you do not have end when the troop meeting does!
Michael A. Golrick email@example.com
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