Re: new thread - district recognition dinner?
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@VM1.UCC.OKSTATE.EDU)
Wed, 3 Dec 1997 16:08:08 -0600
On Wed, 3 Dec 1997 11:53:50 -0500 Keith Wood said:
>The questions: 1) what do other districts do to promote attendance at
>their recognition events ? 2) other events or activities to make the
>evening fun and interesting? 3) ways to spice things up? It's really an
>open ended question: what do you do at your events?
1) Make it an event. An interesting program beats a program of awards
presentations. Get a good speaker or entertainer. Best attendance we
had at a council dinner was the year Miss America was the speaker.
Actually invite people to attend--fancy invitation with a reply card, not
just a flier. Encourage unit committee to pay for adult leader. Sell
units whole tables. Hold the event in a glamorous location.
2) Avoid just sitting around. Begin with a reception where people get
a cup of punch, etc. and chat while people gather. Have displays about
council activities, summer camp, etc. Have scrapbooks about district
activities. Have people on hand to promote upcoming events. Get a few
people to work the crowd and make everyone feel welcome. Have a reception
line for people to meet council president and vice presidents and perhaps
some of the professional staff. Get a combo of scouts to provide music.
Get a scout choir to do a few songs.
3) Pay attention to details. Make sure things work in advance. Provide
some great decoration. Give some door prizes. Recognize people with grand
but SHORT ceremonies. Fire people up with a unit role call--stand and cheer
when your unit is called. Sing a few songs. Make it as exciting as the
very best campfire you've ever attended.
Dream BIGGER--Do it!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City