Ah yes…Re-Charter season never ends. Those poor District Executives hate the administrative paperwork. They thought the Units were all done, but now it is time for the District Committee and Commissioner Corp. Ok the Merit Badge Counselors have to as well. What is the big stumbling block? Yes. It is the Youth Protection. Cascade Pacific Council out of Portland Oregon now has an annual YPT mandate. We follow the Western Regional Area 1 policy that also calls for Annual YPT instead of the National policy of every two years. That is because the major hang-up for Re-charters is YPT.
Tonight I spent several hours crafting emails to the District and Commissioner Corp as to what is happening and what is needed. I got one person to reply 45 minutes later that she was done! I checked and yes….she was!
My big question/issue circles around the District Member at Large. National BSA has a few things to say about this position. :“District members at large (registration code No. 75) are voting members of the district committee. They are nominated by the district nominating committee and are duly elected by the voting members of the district. They may be elected either at the last district annual meeting or during the interim at a regular duly called, monthly district committee meeting.”
Currently our District is going through a re-building period and I am taking it upon myself to administer this function. Our Council also uses Scoutcommunity.com. Read more about it here and why it was created. It and Scoutnet also automatically add District Member at Large to several positions. Not exactly sure why, but it does. So, with all of this, I realized that there were several members of the District that do a lot of work for the District and Units but do not have a position. To which there really is not an official position for what they do. For example, Eagle Board Chairs. Our council also has a training program for those who want to be an Eagle Board Chair. Best two hours in the District!
With all that said, working through the District Re-Charter is a big deal. Just like chartering a unit, you need to make sure that the people you have on the team are ones that want to be there. I am also setting the tone for the upcoming Re-Charter Season of 2017. Yes, all forms will be done correctly and the administrative work will be a lot lot less.
Besides, one of the main things a Commissioner is suppose to do is to ensure a timely re-charter. It does not matter if it is for a Unit or District.