Re: Uniforms on Board of Review members?
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Wed, 3 Dec 1997 23:18:52 -0500
At 10:42 PM 12/3/97 -0500, Steven G. Tyler wrote:
>Well, if you begin with the premise that the committee should have NO
>role in the program implementation, I suppose this makes sense -- but as
>I've said, on occasion the committee members are effectively acting as
>ASM's, or doing other things (running a Computer MB "Plug In Session,"
>for example) that puts them in contact with the Scouts, and thus should
>be distinguishable from interested but non-active parents.
Clearly, someone who has been asked to function as a resource for a
particular purpose is also the person to ask questions about that purpose,
and MC's can very often fill that role, but those are not the type of
questions I was referring to, and those resources need not be MC's either,
it could just as easily be an ordinary parent who happens to be the computer
>Bruce, the issue is not necessarily as you frame it -- a few adults
>hogging all the roles -- but more often one of a desire by the Scouter
>to at least dabble in other activities, while remaining principally in
>one role. In fact, from what you've said, you're a poster boy for my
>position -- primarily an ASM, but registered as an MC and performing as
>advancement chair. Should you refrain from doing ASM work because of the
>patch on your (uniformed) shoulder (and BTW, take off that uniform
>before the Scouts get confused! ;->), or should you let someone else do
>advancement, and limit yourself to SM corps activities? Per your view,
>those are your only proper choices, while my view would accommodate your
>"split" role as long as the job(s) get done.
I think that I have said several times that I am as "guilty" as others, so
that I am really talking about a "do as I say, not as I do" type of thing,
talking about that ideal unit, as it were. But is a generally accepted fact
that it is easier to fill an empty position than to find somebody to take
over a position that appears to be getting done, even if it is being done by
someone with many other jobs. Thus by doing both we might actually be
discouraging others from stepping forward to "meet a need."
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City