Re: My last 2 cents on the matter of...Troop Money!
Fri, 19 Dec 1997 01:07:28 +0000
In reply to Steve:
>Chris makes a moving plea for toleration of sloppy money handling:
Well, I understand that we have different opinions. Of course we are
entitled to them. I don't consider it sloppy when all receipts are kept and the
correct accounts get justly credited or debited. I guess I might be considered by
some to be the troop's bank at times. And just like all banks take money and give
money to more than just one individual (while of course keeping receipts) so do I.
If I were hit by a truck today, the troop would probably finally realize that there
is no way they could have raised all that money selling brats and that they should
probably pay for my funeral expenses in a nice warm climate...
If you remember way back to my original posting, dated December 10th, I was the one
suggesting that detailed expense reports be presented to the entire troop on a
QUARTERLY basis, this was in addition to each Scout's MONTHLY report.
Furthermore, I suggested that you encourage parents to plop themselves in your
livingroom and read through the books. Never did I proclaim in any of my postings
"tolerance to sloppy money handling"!
Regarding what I'd do if an individual was found taking money from my own troop?
Well, like I said it's just my opinion. I'm not sure my committee members would be
so forgiving. That's probably why they are there- to balance opinions. Some kind
of restitution would probably make sense- maybe becoming the troop's philanthropy
chairman would be a good start. I apologize if I used humor when it came to money.
I know auditing is not a laughing matter! After all, if we didn't have auditors
we'd have no way of knowing that Imelda Marcos had 1,060 pairs of shoes vs. the
supposed 3,000. However, I personally would never in a million years be able to
file charges or anything else against a parent trying to feed their kid...one of my
Scouts. Call me what you like- foolish, softy, cavalier, etc., but, that's just me
and how I was raised... I believe that sometimes love and compassion overrules the
law in some instances.
The "witch hunt" that I saw was real. People were ready to hang the person without
the facts, because he/she supposedly used the sacred troop money for personal
gain. All that was ever stated by Mr. White was "A friend confided in me that they
have caught their Scoutmaster "borrowing" money from Troop bank account." Now
pretend you are in a court of law. The supposed criminal is on the stand and the
prosecutor says, "we have one witness". The witness states "A friend confided in me
that they have caught their Scoutmaster "borrowing" money from Troop bank account."
No counter-argument, no opening or closing arguments, no receipts, no ledgers -
NOTHING else! The judge sends you the jury to deliberate. Now tell me- what is
your verdict? Well, many people said "kick him out so fast...", "...would not
hesitate to remove...", "this SM has to go", etcetera. It was those postings that
prompted me to respond. I might be from Wisconsin and even though we don't
have many witches up here, it sure seemed like there was a lot of blaze orange
shooting at flying brooms... This list goes out to far too many people to have that
kind of diagnosis being presented to such an ambiguous problem.
Like I said, I know we're going to have our differences, but at least we're part of
an organization that believes in one very important thing... helping children. I'm
quite confident that we both want to help make the future a brighter place. If we
didn't we wouldn't be writing.
Please, my best wishes to you, your family and friends this holiday season.
Thank you for writing. I wonder if we have helped Mr. White solve his
opportunity... Take care all and God bless.
The thoughts? As always, they are my own and represent no others.
For A Better Future Through Scouting,
cjm (aka Chris J. Martin)
Camp Director, Tesomas Scout Camp - Rhinelander WI
Scoutmaster, Troop 200 - Rosholt Wisconsin
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