scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Exorcise the ghosts
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG
Tue Jun 06 1972 - 08:52:44 CDT
On Tue, 6 Jun 2000 EDarr1776@AOL.COM wrote:
> When things run well, I hear, membership lists may be one or two years
> Information is the lifeblood of a volunteer organization that works on the
> cheap, as we do. Accurate records should be baseline, fundamental, absolute
> basics for every council.
A couple points.
First, I belong to a national organization much older than the BSA; this
organization too cannot identify by name its "affinity group"; members
must "network" up their own local hierarchy to find someone who knows
someone who knows someone in another area who may be able to find the
person who ... This is time-consuming, tedious, and in today's world
SOOOOO 19th century.
Second, one of the rationales for not keeping such a list is very similar
to the NRA's problem with gun registration: then "they'll" know who "we"
are. The OTHER view is, then "we'll" know who "we" are. Can't be all bad.
And, of course, if "they" do decide to take over the universe, all "they"
have to do is find a local unit list (Troop directory, for instance?)
which generally has the District contacts listed, and each of those
contacts has a Council contact list -- and MOST of those lists are
digital and ready to transmit.
And third, information is the lifeblood of any organization. Period.
You wouldn't try to run a company without having, somewhere, a master
list of employees. Why try to run any other organization without a