Anthony J. Mako (ajmako@NLS.NET)
Wed, 9 Sep 1998 08:56:54 -0400
A fellow Scouter called me the other day and asked me if I would become a
"Member-at-Large" of the District Committee. Since it only involves another
hour a month <TFIC>, I said "Why not? I'll give it a try."
Can anyone tell me, assuming that my nomination is accepted, what are the
duties, responsibilities, trials, and tribulations that are associated with
I can't tell you for certain what your duties and responsibilities will be
in your council, but in mine the job goes something like this:
1) Members-at-Large are responsible for anything the District Chairman feels
they are capable of being responsible for.
2) Members-at-Large are responsible for anything that causes an argument
over who is responsible.
3) Members-at-Large are responsible for anything the Chairman, Commissioner,
or Executive need extra manpower for.
4) Members-at-Large (aka Troubleshooters) are responsible for any special
projects or crises the rest of the district staff can get themselves into.
Properly used, district Members-at-Large can help supplement the
commissioner corps during re-charter time, activities committee during
district events, finance committee during FOS time, and membership committee
during SN4S time. The position simply gives the chairman and executive a
pool of extra personnel to draw from during times of need.
I don't mean to paint a dark, foreboding picture of life as a MaL. Most of
the descriptions above are exaggerations. On the whole, I was treated pretty
well by all concerned during my tenure, and the position gave me the
opportunity to CHOOSE the job I have now. What you will do as an MaL depends
not only on the district staff, but your own vision of how you can help.
A. J. Mako, email@example.com , Scoutmaster Troop 381
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