Re: Compensation of Chief Scout Executive
Mark Riffey (mr@GRANITEBEAR.COM)
Mon, 21 Sep 1998 15:43:11 -0500
At 11:37 AM 9/21/1998 -0500, you wrote:
>This does bother me, but after being involved in scouting as long as I have
>you realize that there is nothing we as volunteers can do about it. Just
>look at the cost of BSA merchandise that "is required", do you think it is
>worth the expense? I know I have a troop of mostly low income scouts and
>when the parents go and purchase the shirt, book, belt, and patches, they
>have a heart attack.
There are other ways. Grants, popcorn, matching funds and so on. Im the CM
in a pack not altogether unlike the troop you speak of. We find a way and
have had uniforms, knives, books, scarves and so forth taken care of. No
boy goes without, at least not so far.
>The higher ups of the BSA have forgotten that the
>organization is here for the volunteers and its members not the other way
I wont debate that issue, but will instead return to the thread's title
Keep in mind, folks....these people could easily leave the BSA (etc) and
get jobs in corporate America making 5-10x what they make now. Thats
probably where many of them came from. Look at Gerster's salary at IBM
(last year about $5MM in stock options *plus* his salary of
multi-millions), for example.
The connections of an executive at this level bring a lot to the table.
Those connections in the corporate world might easily add up to the salary
this guy is making. One would hope that the Chief Exec "uses his resources"
just like we do, and Ill bet he does.
Anyhow, few people are qualified to do the fundraising and schmoozing
necessary at the level these people operate at. Few people are qualified to
run multi-million dollar organizations with thousands of people spread all
over the country. Those people cost money.
As a random comparison: many Silicon Valley programmers and senior airline
pilots make in the neighborhood of $100k (some more, some less), the guy
who is city manager of the gotta-justify-every-dime city of 200k+ where I
work makes over $100k. The school superintendent in this same city makes
over $100k. Do you think a guy who runs a National organization with a
budget (and staff) that dwarfs a small city or a school district should
make 3 times what they do? Id say probably so.
Now if he doesnt earn it, thats another story - and not one Im qualified to
Just a thought. I could be wrong, it happened once before<g>
CM Pack 201, Ozark MO
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