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    • I don't know what is going on behind the scenes. Although I have been on the charter as a district committee member for a while now, we have not had a chairman for several years. They either quit because of BSA membership policy changes, family issues, or professional interference. You cannot yell demands at volunteers, especially if you have never visited the territory. As for a DE we have not had a dedicated one in about 6-7 years, either having a FD working with us, or sharing a DE. And our DE is not around much either. Someone commented that the dissolution of the council may be a good thing as we may get better service being in another council. But looking at a map, I have serous doubts. my district is lucky, we border 2 counties of one council, and a sliver of us the district borders a metro county. But other parts of the council are aways from anyone, and are extremely rural in nature. The bulk of the counties average below the poverty line, so I do not see why anyone would want them in their council.
    • Question is, why would we need National at all in this scenario?  If we end up with 20 geographic territories with single councils, we'll be basically in the same situation as the EU with it's national border territories and scouting organizations.  WOSM would need to lose it's nationalist bent for membership and adapt to the new US reality to accept the various council organizations, assuming the new US Scouting organizations even cared to be in WOSM.  Ultimately, it might playout similarly to the break up of AT&T in the 80s.  But in this case Units could choose their provider and be free to switch to the one who best meets their needs.
    • Our council was put on Conditional Charter in January, which they said gave us two years to improve.  If not then it would go to Transitional Charter, which would be making plans for breakup or merger.
    • @CBurkhardt  @Cburkhardt  Thanks...interesting thoughts.   The dominant council providing management and direction to me begs the question why not just merge them.  Councils are in competition with each other so what authority will the dominant council be given to inject themselves?  What would be the definition and structure of a field service council?  I wonder if the current organization has costed out the new one to see what and where the savings are and the affect on customer service which is already woefully lacking.   Thanks again for providing some of the current thinking. 
    • IMHO...Given the current environment and the BSA membership losses, the odds of turning things around in a year seem slim to none.   Merger actions should begin now.
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