REACTION Re: This list
Gary Apfelstadt (apfelsta@UIUC.EDU)
Thu, 27 Aug 1998 00:11:56 -0500
Congratulations on your choice to be Scoutmaster and serve the development
of boys !!!!!!!!!
I just want to offer my reflection as a new user on SCOUTS-L.
Since signing on in May '98, many questions have entered my mind on why I
put up with the barrage of activity on my PC & email, since it is a chore
to process and clear away unwanted news as a daily devotional lest my
system be swamped.
Unequivocably, in my mind, I have gained equal amounts or many times more
insight from this list than my customary gatherings of Scouters (the 1 hour
syndrome of unit, district, program, training, etc meetings, events and
planning for events).
I have seen the list go low to maybe some 25 messages to be zapped to our
current 60+ daily volume.
I have met scouters from across the WORLD, and made new friends hailing
from where I live.
I have seen Scouters share personal quandries, and personal messages on
successes of scouts, boys, and leaders.
I have seen polarities and recognize personalities by sign-ons and
sign-offs, and the message headings they choose.
But I stress again, I am LEARNING far more in this forum, even with
deleting 90% of messages based on the message headings on some days,
because personally I don't care to go there.
I hope the chore of email maintenance, and the chore of some discussions
do not drive you away.
I hope you find an excitement when SCOUTS-L proves to be the best place to
be; and, I hope you overlook, delete, and not be confused by other
questions that may surface on the list.
Because we are all people, and we all have to learn, express, and create
the most sense out of what we experience.
Thanks for joining Scouting. Thanks for posting your inquiry on SCOUTS-L.
Believe me, in my experience there are many gems participating in this forum.
Yours in scouting
Prairielands Council, Champaign, IL
At 10:13 AM 8/25/98 -0600, you wrote:
>Wow, I just joined this list as a new scoutmaster, and find discussions of
>strippers and prostitutes and religous arguments and all kinds of other
>nonsense. That's not what I expected the list was all about - certainly
>not what Scouts are all about. For those who have been here a while - is
>this typical? Or should I stick around in the hope that something
>worthwhile and helpful will come through?
>David Kenison, firstname.lastname@example.org
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City