(very nice screen name)
you may notice that i do not use a screen name to hide myself. Since i use my real name i must be very careful that what ever i say, i must be able to ‘back it up with the truth’. in the past i have been ‘punished’ for telling the truth.
my current district covers what was FOUR districts in 2019. Back then the four districts had
over 450 units (cubs, boys and venturing) with about 17,100 youth. When the LDS left scouting (dec 2019) this area was made into ONE DISTRICT with about 50 units (cubs, scouts and venturing) with almost 2,000 youth.
(from dec 2019 to Jan 2020, Council went from about 35,000 youth to about 6,800 youth and the donations did the same.)
This is a loss of about 89%. the DE from the three LDS districts were released in Feb 2020.
The DE for the non LDS district was kept but given the other three to ‘take care of’. He left in summer 2020 and we were given to one of the office ‘guys’ to ‘take care of’ us. We got a new hire DE for the surviving district in December 2020. He is a new hire and has not previously been a professional scouter.
I have waited a week to reply for two reasons.
1.) i wanted until after our annual district business meeting to see what happened.
we were told that our district has 41 units (some are ‘dual’ programs
with a pack and a troop in the same sponsor org.)
So with the Chartered Org Reps (about 30), the District members at large (31)
and the council board that live in our district (about 10) we had about 70 voting members.
We had four of the voting members show up at the zoom meeting (not enough for a quourm)
The field director from council took charge of the meeting,
A.) he told us that ‘if we have a good fundraising this spring’, council would take away the per boy per unit charge at recharter time’ (in the fall). (in 2020 we had a couple of units that were not registered on time for ‘monetary reasons’.
B.) were asked to vote on having only 2 district members at large and NO district chairman for 2021. If we would do so, the council would appoint a chairman and members at large at a later time.
the vote was 3 for ‘yes’ and 1 for ‘no’. this is a total of 4. Even this did not meet a quorum to be legal. But when this came up, we were told, ‘it won’t matter’.
2.) That you have: “Never heard of such a thing.”
indicates to me ore of two things.
- you want to hide behind a screen name for your protection
- either you are very new and naïve OR you are a scouting professional that has learned to take the council line at all times and not break into a smile or laugh while repeating it.
In my 47 years as a commissioner, i have learned two important things to be safe in scouting:
A. when outdoor, never get between the mom and the baby cub.
B. when indoor, never get between the professional scouter and the money.
Dilworth Brinton jr. (my real name – not a screen name like so many)