scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Mandatory Contributions
Chris Summers (ChrisinHouston@AOL.COM
Wed Jun 07 2000 - 07:37:47 CDT
In a message dated 6/6/00 8:30:46 PM, rlazell@QED.NET writes:
>It offers a
>gift to anyone who sends a 5th of what I pledged and began paying months
>ago. And one must pay up by June 30th!
I would imagine every District and Council handles FOS a little differently,
but in ours, we are trying to wrap up FOS by now, regardless of what type
of payment plan contributors set up. We just had a Key 5 and were informed
that our Family FOS is at 114% of goal and our District Enrollment FOS
(business end) is at 65%. But in our situation that end of FOS is chaired by
2 bank execs who assure us we'll be at or above goal by the deadline. If
your District is far behind that could explain the "new" incentives.
FOS goals are interesting in of themselves, ours is around $30,000 but a
District not far from us has a goal of $230,000. And be assured of one
thing, if you make the goal or exceed it, the goal will increase next year.
We typcially have the hardest time making FOS presentations with Troops and
Venturing Units because not all of them have a banquet in the Spring like
Packs do with Blue and Golds (sorry but February is Spring down here) and B &
Gs are great for getting in the relatives of the scouts.
Because we seem to meet or exceed our FOS goal each year and because our
Council seems to get it's fair share of large donations and grants, we have
not seen the push to make popcorn sales mandatory. We encourage it and it
seems to grow from year to year, and although I'm sure that the Council
Popcorn Chairperson would like it to be mandatory it hasn't gotten to that
point here in Houston.
Our other big push for Council-wide fundraising is our annual Scout Fair
where Scouts sell tickets (that no one really needs to get in) or business
and individuals are encouraged to buy ads in the program (which no one seems
Chris in Houston