scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: RE. Denied money earning application?
Thu Apr 20 2000 - 09:42:01 CDT
<< >A recent goal presentation for my Council
>listed financial resources as one of the three criteria for recruiting
>Executive Board members for the Council
Reminds me of a comment from a friend a few years ago. He said that the
Exec. Board needed more "short pants Scouters" and fewer "three piece suits".
I like to think of myself as one of the "red jackets" (I have a bum leg, that
is an unmatched pair, and I only wear shorts for Wood Badge) on our Executive
Board (even though I wear three piece suits as a tax attorney). My view is
that there is room for both kinds on Executive Boards. I have served on the
board of a local senior center as well and am very well acquainted with one
of the major trends in not for profits through out the country. And that is:
get well heeled folks on the board and hit them first for major fund raising.
This is not just Scouting; it didn't even start there. But professional
fundraisers will tell you that any campaign begins with the Board. Having
said that it makes some sense that Board members have the resources to
respond to solicitations. I know (as the father of three sons, two now in
college and the third looking at Northwestern and so far an offer of only
$1,000 in scholarship money) I do not have the ready resources to drop $2-3
grand on Scouting at the Board. I donate enough to my troop: time and
money. But someone has to. We can't all be red jackets planning what to do
with the council's money when we don't contribute any ourselves. There is a
place for three piece suits (I would just call them "suits") on Council
Executive Boards, and the more of them you have, the better chance you have
of getting the money you need to run the programs you wish for.
Yours in Scouting,
G. John Marmet
Troop 156, Glenview, IL