Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1998: contributions to scouting
contributions to scouting
Thu, 24 Sep 1998 09:25:17 -0700
> > It's $1000 and it's the James E. West fellowship.
> > The award recognizes a contribution of at least
> > $1,000 to the ENDOWMENT fund of the local
I have been hinking about this for some time. In fact, when the JEW
first came out, I wrote to National. I
still have the reply somewhere. I felt that a bought
knot was inappropriate. But then we "buy" all the
awards we receive-- consciously, or otherwise.
Let me explain. We all have a certain amount of
resources. Some have money, so me have time, others
have talents. Some have a combination. ALL are
necessary for building a successful program. In fact,
I could understand an argument that says a financial
contribution is a donation of time. That is what my
salary represents --time I have exchanged for money.
That said... If I have some time and talents and use it for the
benefit of the program, someday I will probably
be recognized with one or more of the various nomitive BSA awards. I
have given to the program and been recognized with a piece of cloth.
You could argue that
I bought it with my time. (A tad cynical I know). Otherwise, what
does the D.A.M. I received represent?
What of the distinguished eagle scout award? Isn't it for
demonstrated excellence in your chosen profession?
At least the JEW provides cash to the program.
As you can see, my feelings have changed. I don't have the JEW, but
would wear it if I did. If I had cash, I
would gladly support the program financially. So I
receive a knot. So what?
Even better... If someones non-financial contribution to Scouting
causes someone (s) else to make the donation in their name, all the
better. The person is honored AND we can pay the light bill forever!
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