Re: New CM: The ``Speech"
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Mon, 14 Sep 1998 11:16:08 -0400
On Sat, 12 Sep 1998, angel bev wrote:
> asked...........being new to Scouting at that time, I really had no idea
> what was needed to keep the program running.............I DO know that
Yes, indeed. An attempt to sign someone on as a volunteer before they
know what they'll be expected to be part of is a bad move.
I remember, as the parent of a 1st grader, getting a flyer from the
school about some group or the next, with a phone number. Since I'd
never heard of the group, I called for more info -- I figured if I went
to a meeting, I'd at least find out whether it was an outdoor thing, and
indoor thing, a religious-based thing, or an ethnic-based thing.
I couldn't even get the time of the meetings out of the woman, who was
adamant that she wasn't telling me anything until I agreed to be a leader.
OK, fine. See ya.
Another time, in Jr. Hi, there was a parents meeting to tout another
group. Again, I'd never heard of it. ALL attempts to get information
were met with bland platitudes and cliches, which could have applied
equally to Boy Scouts or the KKK or Queer Nation or Children of the
American Revolution. Even at the meeting, it was all about how the group
couldn't function without volunteers, etc.
OK, fine, if you're NOT going to get down to brass tacks, I'm outta here.
Now, turned out both those groups were fine upstanding organizations with
which I would have not been adverse to being associated. And the leaders
in both cases simply didn't believe I hadn't heard of their
organization. It simply doesn't matter how well known an organization
IS, there is always someone who hasn't heard of it, but comes to a
meeting to find out more -- and what they want to know is NOT how to sign up.
As the old recipe for rabbit stew says, First, Catch your rabbit. If you
don't hook the parent into the group, he will never volunteer to help it out.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City