Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Boy Scout Roundtables
Re: Boy Scout Roundtables
Sun, 20 Jun 1999 11:07:22 -0400
On Sun, 20 Jun 1999, Walter wrote:
> There have been some good suggestions on how to get the Cub Leaders to
> Roundtables, but how do you get the Boy Scout Leaders to Roundtables. There
> are those of us that do not think twice about whether or not we should be
> there. We feel it is our "duty" to our Troop and have a hard time
> understanding why the others are not there.
> So, what can we do to get them there?
> Walter Slivinski
I strongly suspect attendance varies by unconrollable variables. For
instance, a man who has just spent a 9-hour work day attending
over-lapping meetings isn't going to want to skip dinner just to go to
another meeting...even if Bridgette Bardot in her heyday is the featured
entertainment. OTOH, a man whose day-job NEVER involves a meeting may
not want to attend because he doesn't know what to expect or do. A man
who does one or two meetings a week and enjoys 'em is the guy who'll show up.
(BTW: man = English language convention for a human of gender unknown to
A man whose day job and commute gets him home at 6:30 or 7 and then
there's a 30-minute drive to the meeting has to choose between dinner and
the meeting. (And yes, clearly, 8 is too late to start a 3-hr meeting.)
Pick a time, place, and day convenient for the planners. Then either
shrug off the non-attendees, or contact 'em with the same info.
Quite often, the reason people are no-shows has nothing to do with
whether they'd like to be there. I missed a meeeting last week because I
was down in Atlanta and the meeting was in DC -- priorities: being
there for my son's graduation from college was more important to me than
attending that meeting.
Also -- probably doesn't apply to your specific case, but rather too
often people who are involved in something simply DO NOT REMEMBER that
newcomers may not realize the significance of certain words, and
sometimes don't know that the same word may refer to different events in
the same town. Roundtable, for instance. I used to belong a history
group whose name included the word Roundtable, and if I'm asked by a man
on the phone if I'm coming to Roundtable, my answer is likely to be "Oh,
dear, is my name still on your phone list? After all these years?" If
that man is now likely to draw a line through our name and never call us
again...even though he was talking about Boy Scout Roundtable. Likewise
if I call you up and announce there's a puja at the Rec Center on Ferrara
Drive Saturday at 4, you're not likely show up unless you know (a) what's
a puja (b) where's the Ferrara Drive Rec Center.