Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: pack committee chairman
Re: pack committee chairman
Tue, 20 Oct 1998 08:46:02 -0400
Its hard to soar with Eagles when you work with Turkeys! I'm sorry you're going
through this. While I can't quote written policy as to why they can't get away
with this, every training session I've attended or taught has clearly explained
that closed meetings are not allowed. Remember KISMIF (Keep it Secret - Make It
Chances are your Council will not give you something in writing. Councils are
like that. Instead, I would suggest you speak with your DE, Unit Commissioner,
and District Commissioner. Ask them to accompany you to the next Committee
meeting, un-announced. In fact, bring along some of the parents of the 60 boys
the committee supposedly convenes to serve. Maybe when confronted face-to-face,
the CC will realize the errors of his/her ways. My guess is that they will
just say it was a misunderstanding, and things will change.
I strongly feel that all meetings should be open to all interested parties,
leaders as well as the parents that have no official scouting title. The
committee is dealing with funds that were raised through dues or fund raisers.
The money comes from the boys! This, in itself, should make the business they
conduct open to scrutiny by all unit leaders, as well as the parents. Sure,
they can limit voting rights to committee members, but even their individual
votes should be monitored. If you have to ask the public to leave the room
before you express your opinion, you must be ashamed of it. Either way, it has
no business in Scouting.
Good luck Lorie, I truly hope you get this worked out.
Ron Raab-Long DelMarVa Council
SA, Troop 903 Two Bays District
Boy Scout Training Coordinator Dover, Delaware USA
Unit Commissioner Problem Captain,
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