Re: Troop Money
J/C Porter (jcporter@IX.NETCOM.COM)
Fri, 19 Dec 1997 17:34:43 -0600
Kim Moye wrote:
> Don brought up a problem about a Scoutmaster "borrowing" troop funds.
> Unfortunately, this happens in Scouting more frequently than one might think
> (right, Cathy :)
Unfortunately, Kim's right. In the cases of missing funds that I know
about, it's never been "to feed their family." It's just been theft.
And like Kim says, it happens in Scouting more frequently than one might
In our packs case, we lost over $2,000. Two signatures on a check won't
protect you in the least when your treasurer simply signs both of them.
There are two things that can protect you.
1. Have the bank statement go to someone who can't even sign the
checks. They should open the statement, glance through it to see if
there are any problems, then give it to the treasurer.
2. Insist on monthly statements from the treasurer and have someone
else look at the physical checkbook. While our theiving treasurer's
checkbook was a thing of fiction once we got our hands on it, it would
have been much harder for her to cover up on a monthly basis.
There is an extremely long and sad story behind our Pack's loss. Let me
make it short by telling you that she was a con-artist. She fooled
many, many people and most of us involved regret very much that we did
not press charges. (She made restitution, but we couldn't "prove" how
much cash she took, so it was probably a higher figure than what she
paid.) We've found out that she had victimized other organizations too.
But our biggest problem is that she now teaches Algebra at Katy High
School. Although we made her sign an agreement to never hold an office
in any organization again where she might have access to the funds, none
of us ever dreamed that she would put herself in a position to influence
so many kids.
I lived across the street from her for 13 years. Before she moved, I
got some harsh lessons in the depth of her dishonesty and the lengths
she would go to to make herself look good.
At the end of our hunt, there _was_ a great big witch!!! I, of course,
say chase off the SM with a gigantic stick and press charges without a
second thought. He probably won't want to be the SM when he finds out
he can't take all the money, anyway, so keeping him because no one else
will take the job is probably a moot point.
I'm also assuming that the case Don White is describing is like the one
I went through. If it isn't, there may be another answer. If it
is...well, I'm really sorry! I've made it plain how I feel.
(This happened to my former Pack 987, not the new Pack 1087.)
Katy Tigers, State Champions, 5A Div. I!!!!!!!!
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Webelos Leader, Pack 1087; Advancement Chair, Troop 424
Sam Houston Area Council - Katy, Texas
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