scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Roundtable
Lorie McGraw (llmcgraw@WORLDNET.ATT.NET
Sun Feb 13 2000 - 11:06:50 CST
snip>> the flyers and brochures are put out, no announcements regarding the
news contained in them is made; and someone complains
later that nobody made them aware that such an
activity was planned! There is always someone in the
crowd that either doesn't read the provided brochures,
or arrives late and the flyers are already gone. In
our Roundtable meeting, we provide BOTH information
This is my first year as Cub RT Commish and I am having a blast! (I did
inherit a well-attended RT). I have a put together a really good staff
(still fine-tuning that) and we are presenting a pretty good training and
informational meeting. I HATE announcements, but they are a necessary
evil. Our Council puts out a council mini-newspaper every other month, but
it is not a good venue for changes, reminders, etc. So I put together a
monthly District newsletter that highlights the latest updated news,
reminders about events and deadlines, interspersed with funny quotes or
thoughtful 'minutes'. It runs about 4-8 pages, depending on the month. I
started off with just Cub stuff, but it now is both Cub and Boy Scout,
leaning a bit towards the Cub items.
Our RT now starts with both Boy Scout Leaders and Cubs Leaders together.
The Cubs hate it (delays our fun), the BSL tolerate it (sitting in the back
with bored looks on their faces), but I think it is important to have the
faces together (esp. for recruitment), the Cub Leaders need to have
exposure to the Boy Scout Leaders and vice versa. 15 min of joint
announcements, then break away to separate programs.
At RT I have a gong that I use on announcers, staff members (and myself) if
we get too wordy, most ann. are "here is the flyer, over on that table,
check the newsletter" types, though last week we did a WCUB Newscast, with
2 staff members running a Dennis Miller-type Newsbroadcast. Worked
moderatly well, (parts were very funny) but need tuning, which goes to show
that even HUMOR has a hard time in lessening the deadening effects of
Announcements (the song is running in my head as I type this.....I have
about 50 verses of that song if anyone wants them).
The Newsletter works pretty well.
I am checking with my DE to see if we can mail the newsletter to all
leaders after RT. Has anyone had any experience with that?
My Biggest problem is this: I work my self and my staff to death each
month to get a great 60-90 minute program with displays, songs, games,
information, 60 pages of handouts, newsletter, recognition beads for
attendance and events, reflections and ceremonies. They make stuff, sing
stuff, eat great food and get cool doorprizes and breakout for
discussions/trouble shooting. I send out mass e-mail reminders, have a
'phone tree' mass announcement system, and a sign in the Scout Shop. I
promo the RT every chance I get.
Yet the attendance is only about 8% of the registered leaders and unit
members (high of 60, low of 18 in any month)!!!!!!!!!!
HOW do I get more people to Come!!???
Lorie McGraw <firstname.lastname@example.org>
fax (603) 457-8923.
Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner
Etowah Creek District, Indian Waters Council, Columbia, SC
"Minutus cantorum, minutus balorum, minutus carborata descendum pantorum."
-- (A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants.)