scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: REF: Thursday
MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle (blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG
Wed Feb 17 1993 - 18:01:14 CST
Mike Mc Abee "fell asleep" when reading the "Thursday" piece (all of them
don't have "titles", just the day of the week.....):
>I'm not sure what you're rambling on about or what your point was supposed to
The "point" about "Thursday's" is two-fold: one, that Scouting costs money,
real money, and that compared to what we put into it, we get a lot for that
money. And two, that Scouting NEEDS your money, and for the reasons I stated.
> but I'll respond to the first full paragraph because I for one don't know
>where you go, but the SMs I meet "don't bend ears" b.....ng about the money
they >spent and didn't get back.
While there's a lot of people whom do not "complain" about the money they've
spent on Scouting, Mike, there's a lot more of them (and their spouses and
in some extreme cases, their children!) who do. You'll NEVER hear them
complain to anyone else other than other Scouters, however.
And almost in the same breath, without a beat, they will tell you about all
of the good that money they spent was for...and many of them feel kinda
sheepish afterwards about "complaining" in the first place.
> In fact, in my Troop we had three "banks" - the troop treasury - which
>paid all the official bills, etc;
> the 1st Confederate "bank - my SM, who paid unexpected expenses and extras
> and if he felt like he needed to be reimbursed or the committee ask the he
True in many cases; but I've never taken anything but an unofficial poll of
Scouters, new and "experienced", and in those many cases, most Scouters have
refused to get reimbursed. And then, there are the "horror stories" I get
from time to time (good thing it's seldom, but I do get them nevertheless)
from Scouters whom have spent money to "cover expenses" and the Troop or
Post says "We didn't authorize it...you're outta luck!". Other than to take
them to Small Claims Court, what's the chance of getting $22.98 from the
>and the 2d Confederate bank - myself - kids forgot money or ran ouyt at
>TP/snack on way home, etc - and I never ask for money back or complained abt
Done the same things, Mike....lots of times...and other Scouters have
likewised done the same. But when someone REALLY asks you, as in the last
part of the article "Why? Why spend your money on those kids....they've got
parents...", I'm sure that your answer and those of many other Scouters are
close to if not matching the reasons I provided in the tail end of the article.
>After that paragraph you lost me because frankly I had no idea where you
>were going or what you were saying - like a good newspaperman would say, the
>who, what where, when and how better be in the first paragraph or the readers
Sorry you fell asleep. It wasn't one of my better ones in this series, for
sure. But each day during Scouting Anniversary Week, I wanted to "key in" on
one of the original seven reasons why we have that week in the first
off-start. And financing the local Council is a good reason.
Thanks for the feedback, Mike...I truly appreciate it!!
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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