Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Round Table commissioners
Re: Round Table commissioners
Sat, 7 Aug 1999 13:41:46 -0700
Mikes advice was pretty up to the ideal and districts run roundtables like
they run troop meetings. Lots of variety and ways of doing things.
I have been a district Commissioner for over 8 years and have had 4 BS Rt
commisioners and 3 CS Rt commissionmers.
I appoint Them and direct them to recruit and train their own staff, have
regular contact and I trust them to have a program each month consistent
with the needs of the districts unit service committments and friendly
interchange of information to and from the UNIT LEADERS (all others are
welcome guests but I will give you more information "them" if you wish)
I seldom miss a roundtable but I usually am pretty busy to interfere with
the proceedings although I have been known to take executive privilege after
all the roundtable is a service provided by the Dist .commissioner
There was a guide on structure and operation #7263 Roundtable Planning Guide
(quite thick) @1989. may be still avilable thru Library of Scouting
Usuallly your Council Commissioner College or Commissioner Conference will
have seminars on running roundtables.
The biggest problem with ours has and continues to be announcememts where
you give somebody a minute on short notice and they take a half hour in
Debate has no place at roundtable unless it a feature presentation (do all
the debating in Dist Committee) with the Idea that unit leaders are not
policy makers and the District Committe can effect policy.
We now allow 15 m inutes for ALL Announcements of any kind and someone comes
in the middle of RT to ask for time they are given the last 5 miniutes of RT
and then they can take it outside....seems to work.
I also have started (last 10 roundtables via the RT commissioners) to make
feature presentations a collaberative effort ,were unit leaders form into
groups to solve ,discuss, formulate etc all kind of topics that create a lot
of across the group hub bub and discourse and a short reporting session at
the end of the resenation where each group selects a spokeman and tell the
whole of us what was discussed, planned, realized , whatever.
This has caused much interaction and congress with leaders of different
units much more that a moderator or master of ceremony or instrauctor could
hope to produce in an hour and a half.
Thats the jist of it
Creativiyty, Variety and opportunity.
Leave them wanting more (the detail they can get on their own)
Use your resources and delegate,
From: MAJ Mike L. Walton (Settummanque, the blackeagle)
To: SCOUTS-L@LISTSERV.TCU.EDU <SCOUTS-L@LISTSERV.TCU.EDU>
Date: Friday, August 06, 1999 10:00 PM
Subject: Re: Round Table commissioners
>>Where would I look to find reference to the staff structure of Round
>>Table. Seems to be a controversy here in this district over who should
>orchestrating the Round Table meeting before the breakout sessions.