scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Mandatory Contributions
Bob Lazell (rlazell@QED.NET
Tue Jun 06 2000 - 17:45:50 CDT
> I too support my council with checks and time, and I too question what I
> agree appears to be an overprofessionalization in Scouting.
Oh boy how I wish the BSA would become *MORE* professional about
I support a number of organizations and causes, but, what I give to all of
them put together (except what I give to my church) does not equal the
amount I give each year to FOS. However, even though I give a fraction of
what I do to the BSA, the professional level of prompt acknowledgement,
follow up, regular mailings and even thank you gifts puts the BSA to shame.
No, I don't give because of gifts or magazines, but, many do and I think a
thank you (other than a computer printed slip of paper suitable for my tax
preparer) is the bare minimum.
A professionally run, national in scope, broadly aimed campaign could
eliminate popcorn sales (don't even get me started on that !) There are
many people other than Scouting volunteers and Scout families who would be
willing to support Scouting with their checkbooks. I say it's time to join
the Sierra Club, Amnesty International, The Red Cross and the countless
other organizations whose literature and offers of membership I find in my
mailbox daily and start running a *Professional* fundraising campaign!
(if there is a "United Way wont let us do it" excuse for why not, then I say
dump the United Way!)
SM Troop 127
Valley Cottage, NY