scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: ANNOUNCEMENT
Thu Jun 22 2000 - 09:52:07 CDT
If the term "James E. West Society" makes your skin crawl, dump this note
NOW, I do not need to hear about it, nor does the list.
In fact, because of those attitudes I had felt I shouldn't do this, and even
told a list member not to when he saw it in his council newsletter, but what
A few months ago I was repaid a sum that I had loaned out without ever
expecting to see it returned from a relative. Nothing to make me rich, but it
makes life easier.
What should I do with this? OK, we deposited some (after looking to see which
investments don't count against a college student's scholarships/grants -
Last year I paid about $600 plus room and board for #1 son and this year the
Eagle/Silver recipient is only going to cost about $60 plus r&b) and spent
more on things long put off (I love my canoe!) and I even (no one say
anything) bought a couple things for my wife for our coming 20th anniversary.
(Sometime someone needs to explain this to me -- I missed Chris' birth for
PTC with the wife's permission, this year I'm catching it for the fact I'll
be in Long Beach for Chris' birthday, yet she STILL gave me permission to go
on a trip to Canada my brother boked for fishing on our anniversary.)
What to do with the rest?
I had already gotten a James E. West knot when my father died and my mother
gave me $1000 to give to the Boy Scouts and I walked in on the day the danged
forms arrived at Des Plaines Valley Council when I was a SM there. So a few
years older and with two Scouts I gave $1000 for each of them to their
respective councils. #1 son Matt has already received his in Bay Lakes up in
Wisconsin and had his mug appear in their newsletter after they presented it
at a roundtable (Heck, they called me LONG DISTANCE to thank me, ask what the
kid thought of the council, ask if I had anything I would like them to do
special for presnting it, etc.) while #2 son Brad's council hasn't even
acknowledged they cashed the check yet (and I did check, it did clear the
bank) but I expect them to get their game together SOME day. (I suspect their
stiff necks are afraid to present the award to a youth, especially one
related to a troublemaker like me....)
So to all who consider it buying a knot, I've now bought *3* (and parts of a
couple others over the years, $10 here, $50 there), with the intention that
this investment will pay off as well as the others carefully studied and made
with the sudden repayment. If this investment is something that makes your
skin crawl, dump this e-mail. Otherwise realize that IF you get the
opportunity you can make the investment in Scouting as well as anything else.
And I have now removed all knots from all uniforms but one, and that was left
alone for son #2 at his request. So tell me where buying this knot makes it
anything special outside of its investment value....