Gordon Wickward (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thu Dec 04 13:02:17 1997
On the subject of rank patches, they are actually available from national -
I recently pried (fair description) that information from our Scout Shop (I
had the impression that national had dropped us after the patches
disappeared from the catalog and from local Scout Shops). Just after that
Commodore Johnson announced that the list of National Supply patches was
added to the web site under the uniforms section.
Not too much difference between ordering from Ship 601 or National I'd say.
But If others thought as I did that our entire patch array was nationally
dropped, I think I could understand that and appreciate efforts to provide.
Sea Exploring has had a long tradition of independent action, and not
depending on the actions or whims of the national organization. This can
be a good trait and has helped to sustain us while exploring was an ignored
child. But we should all realize that although we have been kept alive, it
would be hard to call Sea Exploring thriving. Working with and for the
National Organization will help to increase our profile and our numbers.
It need not be an only one way or the other situation. I would promote our
self sufficiency, and work with the National organization so that they are
aware of what we resources they have available so that they can utilize our
resources and not duplicate and waste time and money. If we can show that
we are working to make their job easier and more efficient, they may me
more likely to put forth effort to help us.
S.S.S. Yankee Clipper
Chief Seattle Council