scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Boxes of Binders, Boxes of Binders....
MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle (blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG
Tue Apr 27 1993 - 21:47:23 CDT
This is the quarterly "We're GLAD you're here" posting that I post to
Scouts-L to let all of those whom have joined us recently know that yes,
lots of people have read your introduction posting and are VERY HAPPY you've
joined us over here within the "international Roundtable Meeting which NEVER
ends!"; yes, we also KNOW ALL OF YOU *pointing to the back and sides of the
"bonfire area"*) who joined us and HAVE NOT posted an introduction to say
"Hi!!" -- that's okay too.
Some of you are shy, and some of you don't want your "bosses" to know you're
reading Scouts-L. And there's a few of you whom have been just as lazy as
I've been off and on this past month (normally, this posting reaches
everyone in the middle of March!) We all welcome you folks too.
Scouts-L is into it's tenth year of serving youth program leaders and
advisors, along with those involved in the profession of service. We don't
care if your program is the Royal Rangers or Missionettes, Girl Scouts of
the USA, Junior Acheivement, or a community action group. It doesn't matter
if you're a member of a Scouting association in another country outside the
United States, or if you're a longtime Boy Scouts of America volunteer or
professional (and we really don't care if you're active or not presently!).
What we DO care about, both collectively and individually, is your desire to
be of service to others as well as for us to be of service to you. We
invite you to ask your questions, express your fears or excitment, and tell
us what you like or don't like about your involvement or your child's
involvement in a youth program or activity.
Together, we will do our best to be those extra sets of shoulders...the
extra sets of researchers, and the extra sets of cheering section you need.
If you've been here a little bit, you now know that there's not always ONE
set of answers to every situation, every problem and every issue. In some
cases, there's more than 25 answers to a given situation or issue. That's
fine. That's the way Scouts-L has ALWAYS been, and there's ALWAYS room for
ONE MORE set of answers -- yours. Don't always take it that just because an
issue "went away" that you can't pick it back up and "continue onward" with it.
And please. Don't depend on Scouts-L (or any online source or group or
website or anything) to be your SOLE SOURCE of information on your program,
particularily the Boy and Girl Scouting programs in the United States.
That's why we have local Councils, staffed with trained professionals and
volunteers out there. They are and should be your first source of
information and answers to your questions. There's no real way for all of
us here to know EVERYTHING going on in EVERY locality in this country, let
alone others. Your Council office should be the first place to find out
"what's this about". Only when you're getting conflicting answers, or when
you feel that the answers provided you "don't sound right" or "don't work
with what" you've read in various literature...THEN POST HERE PLEASE AND
POST OFTEN. I've never tired of reading questions here on Scouts-L and in a
lot of cases, I've learned a lot from the answers provided by some of this
nation's BEST Scouters.
(and when I use the term "Scouter", I'm being inclusive here and include
even those whom are not part of a national Scouting association...)
Finally, we're family here. So find a stump, shake hands with those around
you, and sit back and enjoy the conversation, the funny and serious parts of
being involved in youth programs and youth activities. Join in when you
can, if you choose to do so...there's NO REQUIREMENT that says you HAVE TO.
Don't forget to have your printer turned on so that you can get all of the
Don't feel please that you have to be on here EVERY DAY, and EVERY HOUR of
the day. Go to work. Share a cone with your kids. Do your homework. Go
to meetings and training courses. Get some rest. Get to school. We'll still
be here, with our 50 messages a day when you get back home or after the kids
are in bed or after Leno, Letterman and Koppel (late night programs on the
major on-air networks in the States) have gone off. That's the true beauty
of electronic mail...it waits for YOU to read and answer it, when YOU'RE ready.
And please. Don't forget to share your experiences here with those many
other Scouters whom are NOT "online" or have Internet access. Tell them
what you're learned from here, and how they too can be a part of our daily
WELCOME to Scouts-L, Scouters!!
I feel like singing "Waltzing Maltida" with new lyrics today and yesterday.
Our dining room area looks like one of those storage sheds kept by a small
business (humm...isn't Jessi and myself working in part as a small
Anyways, I had promised to update everyone on both Scouts-L as well as
Embers on some of the activities Jessi and I are doing on behalf of many of
you. If you want to know more beyond what I post here, I invite you to go
to either my website or the Rose Walton website and find out there. The few
rules which apply on Scouts-L state in part that we don't advertise here;
and since this is being posted to both Scouts-L and Embers, it's not fair to
post information one place and not another!
*The blue wool jacshirts are dead. Not enough Scouters (there were 107
Scouters total that wrote me and stated that "yes, if one was offered, I
would consider ordering one") committed to the project. I'll take it off my
whiteboard this evening.
*While Earth Day in most communities is over, the month of April still
should bring renewal in the minds of Scouts and Scouters. If your unit has
not participated in a Keep America Beautiful Day, Earth Day or Earth Week
activities, MAKE ONE UP and get your unit to do something this or next week.
The BSA is THE PREMIERE conservation and quality of life group, next to the
Sierra Club...and we have MORE members! This is a great time for Scouts to
work on and earn the World Conservation Award; and even without the World
Conservation Award, it is a great time for Scouts and Scouters to show their
communities that with Scouting, Great Things Happen! (my new "speaking
theme" for 2000)
*Yes, we are putting together Binders to mail out finally this week. I
started last weekend and every evening except for last night, I've been
adding more things to the BOXES and BOXES of binders....we didn't get a lot
of orders and Jessi's fearful that we'll STILL have BOXES AND BOXES left
over....but I'm confident that they will all leave soon....one of the
"special items" hasn't arrived yet and I'm a little peeved because they have
committed to being here TWO WEEKS BACK. Time for a discount to occur....The
binder boxes started arriving last Thursday.
*I got back a communcations asking me to suggest a design for a square knot
insignia item for those holders of the Congressional Award or the Youth
Leadership in America Award. I've done so, and now I'm just waiting for
either the "okay" or the "okay" to develop my own knot and let local
Councils decide on its usage.
*There's a separate posting concerning the BSA's new Chief Scout Executive
(CSE) designate, so I won't repeat it again here. I have, however, had a
letter that I have drafted for whomever would be the next CSE to read, and
I'll share it with all of you as we get closer to the changing of the chairs
at the Irving Center. It is too long for one posting; so it will be split
into three separate postings.
*I spent the weekend before last with James Rosser, a Congressional Medal of
Honor winner and his wife Sandra. They were the guests of the military
command I am a part of (the 88th Regional Support Command), and I was
honored to serve as their escort officer during their stay in the Twin
Ciites. He had a lot of great stories to share about his heroism and that
of others during the Korean War; I will be sharing my impressions with all
of you as we get closer to Memorial Day this year.
He did want me to put in a gentle plug for the Medal of Honor Grove at
Gettysburg. Scouts and Scouters from all over the nation participate in a
weekend of cleaning, clearing and pruning those trees and the landscaping
around it. He also participates in that activity, and states that "Scouts
today do a lot less than they used to". With regard to community service,
how true, how true.
*NewDeal Office (formerly Geoworks Ensemble) has a new version of their
software, which includes improvements to their webbrowser and their email
program. I haven't been able to try them yet...I'll report on them over on
E-Scouts after I do get the free upgrade. I have contributed greatly to
the email program, mainly because I used the email program to answer and
file email from this list. So once again, Scouts-L served as a "testing
ground" for something else!
*The various websites I manage are being upgraded and as of this morning,
about 60 percent done. There's still a lot more work to do. I've been lazy
- busy yeah, but lazy too. That stuff should have been done by now...I'm as
Jessi says "piddling".
*and finally, for those around Hudson, Jessi and I will be attending a
District Recognition Dinner on Friday (and I'll be announcing the District
Award of Merit reciipients!) and on either Saturday or Sunday I'll be down
in southern Minnesota in Rochester to help welcome back home a military
police company which has been in Germany for eight months.
So...ready to cover your ears (*eyes*)??
*clearing of throat*
Boxes of Binders, Boxes of Binders,
We have a lot of boxes of binder, my dear....
What can we do --- we can't even get to our bedroom so near...
I guess we'll sleep on boxes of binders my dearrrreeeaaaarrrr *sour note*.
(with apologies to whomever wrote "Waltzing Maltida")
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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