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    • Did you get on?  There was a bit of a delay in their admitting people to the hearing today.
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    • Drop the dark green shirt and grey pants? A commenter on last week's post suggested the dark green shirt and green pants be dropped.  It might need to happen anyway, as the post-bankruptcy organization cannot afford to stock separate uniforms for the now-tiny Venturing membership.  Should Venturing Scouts wear the Scouts uniform with a different color shoulder loop and distinctive patches?    
    • Agreed.  In many ways, the whole crews, packs, posts, etc is really confusing.  A simplification would be welcome.  
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