What's New in Commissioner Service

Conrad Fruehan, National Office Staff

A Council Commissioner in one of our Minnesota councils came down to Texas last summer for a weeklong training course—planned to bring his wife. Because of some previous business plans she was to come down a day later. So the first night, he sat down at his new laptop computer and composed an e-mail to his wife. But he wasn't absolutely sure of her e-mail address. He thought he had it right so he clicked on "send."

Unfortunately the message arrived at another woman's home—a very recent widow. And after reading the message, she collapsed. Some friends who were there to console her on the loss of her husband glanced at the monitor which read:

"My dear wife, I arrived today after the long trip. Everything will be fine. Let me just let you know that I'll expect you here tomorrow. I should caution you that it is very hot here!"

As commissioners, let's be sure to send the right message to the right person.

  1. NEW COMMISSIONER WEB SITE
  2. Activated in February
  3. http://scouting.org/commissioners
  4. Includes
  5. Overview for non-commissioners and new commissioners
  6. Commissioner Newsletter—past 3 years
  7. Outline and highlights of 5 basic commissioner manuals
  8. Illustrated info about 12 other commissioner resources
  9. Info about the 11 commissioner conferences at Philmont
  10. Presentations from the National Annual Meetings

  11.  
  12. "COUNCIL OFFICER AND EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER ORIENTATION" BOOK
  13. Added a chapter on the council commissioner

  14.  
  15. AN ACTUAL COMMISSION FOR COMMISSIONERS
  16. It is on display in the District and Council Resources exhibit
  17. A sample and instructions were sent to Scout executives in February
  18. It is called for in the Rules & Regulations of the B SA
  19. We recommend that council commissioner cabinets plan
  20. how to introduce it
  21. when and how to present it
  22. A commission is for persons properly oriented and who have completed commissioner basic training.
  23. It is available from NDC for 95 cents.
  24. A new commissioning ceremony is suggested.

  25.  
  26. FIRST-TIME SCOUT EXECUTIVE TRAINING CONFERENCE (Fall 2002)
  27. Training outline for a commissioner session
  28. Why commissioner service is important, what they must know initially, and what the resources are to learn more

  29.  
  30. COUNCIL NOMINATING COMMITTEE WORKSHEET
  31. Upgraded the description of the council commissioner in May

  32.  
  33. NEW BROCHURE, "SELECTING A COUNCIL COMMISSIONER"
  34. To help council nominating committees and key council-level Scouters better understand the role and stature of the council commissioner
  35. Scout executives received samples in January.

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  37. COMMISSIONER LINE OF PRODUCTS IN THE NATIONAL DISTRIBUTION CENTER
  38. Red activity shirt with golden commissioner logo
  39. Red nylon jacket
  40. Commissioner cap
  41. Attractive commissioner uniform nameplate—white letters on red with metallic logo
  42. Usable items such as
    1. Commissioner window pen
    2. Commissioner cup
    3. Commissioner portfolio
    4. Enamel hat pin
    5. Commissioner Neckerchief
    A commissioner logo added to the custom design catalog for local council custom items
     
  43. You have already heard about a new CUB SCOUTING EMPHASIS for commissioners.

     
  44. I urge your immediate implementation of this emphasis on serving packs.
  45. New cover design to give a NEW LOOK TO OUR 5 COMMISSIONER MANUALS
  46. Three are complete. The remaining two will be printed t his fall and winter.

  47.  
  48. "DISTRICT SUPPORT ITEMS FOR 2003-2004"
  49. (Handout) on your chairs
  50. All basic resources for district operations