Automatic resignation of Troop Officers
Daniel Bailey (Daniel.Bailey@MCI.COM)
Mon, 20 Apr 1998 06:05:00 -0600
I'm thinking of sending the following to my patrol leader council for
their discussion etc. Any comments?
Scoutmaster, Troop 88
Colorado Springs, CO
All the scouts in the troop depend on the SPL and patrol leaders doing
their job. It is difficult to imagine the President of the United
States calling the Pentagon asking if we can protect an embassy in a
particular country, and he gets the following response: "I'm sorry
sir, General so-and-so hasn't shown up for several weeks and we don't
have anyone doing his job right now. Would you like his voice mail?"
I'm proposing that the PLC discusses the following policy at the next
Any troop officer (PL, SPL, ASPL, Scribe, QM, etc.) who is absent from
2 consecutive meetings without properly notifying the SPL and arranging
for the job to be done properly has effectively resigned effective the
date of the last meeting he attended.
At the second meeting missed, that position is declared vacant, and
will be either filled by a election THAT NIGHT (if at all possible) or
appointed by the SPL in consultation with the Scoutmaster (depending
if the position is an elected one, patrol leader, or an appointed one,
such as scribe, quartermaster etc.)
In the case of patrol leaders or the senior patrol leader, he must
contact both the SPL and Scoutmaster or an ASM (not an ASM who is
their parent though) and inform them of the upcoming absence and
arrange for his job to be done while he is gone. This doesn't mean
just saying 'Oh my APL will do it', it means making sure that the
appointed leader knows both what and how to do the job correctly.
There is nothing wrong with being gone, but prolonged periods of not
showing up without making sure someone is doing the job, make it very
difficult to grow into a strong troop.
All dismissals as a result of this policy would be reviewed by the PLC
at the next PLC meeting and could be reversed in the case of an
EXTENUATING circumstance, but lack of planning isn't such a case :-)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City