Presentations

Following are the presentations made at the Commissioner Leadership elective sessions of the National Annual Meetings.

2009

The following presentations were made by several council commissioners at the 2009 National Annual Meeting Commissioner elective.

Unit Visit Tracking System [PPT]
By Bob Coons

Unit Visit Tracking [PPT]
National Office Perspective and Demonstration

Building Effective Commissioner Service [PPT]
Elective 502

Tour Permits [PPT]

2008

The following presentations were made by several council commissioners at the 2008 National Annual Meeting at the Commissioner elective. As we continue to develop new concepts for commissioners to use across the country, please share your ideas with us: Mark Wappel, Community Alliances Team, Mark.Wappel@scouting.org or by mail: 1325 West Walnut Hill Lane, P. O. Box 152079, Irving, Texas 75015.

Training the 21st Century Commissioner . . . Providing Direction for Quality Unit Service [PPT]
Paul Madden, Council Commissioner, Baltimore Area Council #220
Overview of training opportunities for commissioners. Provides support of current training courses and resources, as well as new training programs planned for the future.

Centennial Quality Award Program and How to Engage Your Council [PPT]
Steve Harris, Council Commissioner, Detroit Area Council #262
Learn more about the criteria to qualify for the Centennial Quality Council and District award, as well as resources available to assist you in working with your units to qualify.

Creating Accountability With Commissioners [PPT]
Rick Hillenbrand, Council Commissioner, National Capital Area Council #82
Create a climate for accountability with commissioners and provide an emphasis on monthly unit visits.

Recruiting a Full Commissioner Staff [PPT]
Susan Long, Assistant Council Commissioner, Occoneechee Council #421
Support in finding the right commissioners to serve in the right positions. Learn some techniques in where to find and how to recruit an adequate number of commissioners to provide quality support to all units.


2007

The following presentations were made by several council commissioners at the 2007 National Annual Meeting at the Commissioner elective.

Commissioner Tracking System for Unit Visits [PPT]
Bob Coons, Council Executive Board member, Milwaukee County Council #629
Overview of the podcast on monthly unit visits and the concept of a measurement tool to track unit visits by commissioners. There were two systems proposed with one being released in August 2007.

Unit Commissioner Visit Tracking Cornhusker Plan [PDF]
Russ Votava, Webmaster, Council Executive Board member, Cornhusker Council #324
Discussion of the use of a unit commissioner visit tracking system.

Centennial Quality Award [PPT]
Don Belcher, National Commissioner, National Council
An overview of the Centennial Quality Awards program and the resources available to assist with achievement of the award.

Youth Retention and its Importance to a Quality Program [PPT]
Jack Nichols, Council Commissioner, Occoneechee Council #421, Connie Bowes, Director of Field Service, Occoneechee Council #421
How retention can play an important role in the improvement of your programs and its impact on the units in your council and district

Recruiting a Full Commissioner Staff [PPT]
Mike Surbaugh, Scout Executive, Bay-Lakes Council #635
Learn about a method of how to fill your commissioner staff with engaged volunteers. Use the 10 steps to successfully recruiting commissioners (or other volunteers on a district or council level). Reference the Fall 2006 Commissioner Newsletter for more details.

National Parent Initiative Helps to Involve More Parents [PPT]
George Lawrence, Vice President, ScoutParents, Flint River Council #95, George McGovern, Scout Executive, Flint River Council #95
Learn more about the pilot council¹s work with ScoutParents and the National Parent Initiative. Go to www.scoutparents.org for more details.

Quality Commissioner Service and Communications [PPT]
Keith Christopher, Director, Leadership Support Service, National Council
Learn more about the resources available from the National Council related to commissioners and what is being developed for the immediate future


2006

The following presentations were made by several council commissioners at the 2006 national annual meeting at the commissioner elective.

Delivering Quality Unit Service- Sharing Best Methods [DOC]
Ken Edgerton, Council Commissioner, Sam Houston Area Council #576
Best methods on the qualities of a successful unit, retention of members, and effective ways of setting measurements and accountability for successful unit service. It includes a use of assistant council commissioners to effectively develop expectations for commissioners and to monitor the success of their districts.

Figures 1-5 [PDF]
Ken Edgerton, Council Commissioner, Sam Houston Area Council #576
power point presentation discussing the use of an assistant council commissioner structure in operation.

New Tools: Annual Orientation [PDF]
Paul Madden, Council Commissioner, Baltimore Area Council # 220
A review of the new tools to assist commissioners at all levels to better prepare for and offer assistance to units. The new DVD was released in February 2006 titled, "Commissioner Annual Orientation" and provides unit self-assessment tools and guidelines for conducting the action planning meeting with the unit leader and unit committee chairperson.

Monthly Unit Visits and Measuring Improvement [PPT]
Glenn Higbie, Council Commissioner, Minsi Trails Council #502
This provides information on the purpose of the unit visit and ways to measure progress. It also looks at how to empower assistant district commissioners to work better with their unit commissioners.

District Report Sample [PDF]
Glenn Higbie, Council Commissioner, Minsi Trails Council #502
The chart is an example of how to measure progress towards a quality program.

Delivering Quality Unit Service--Sharing Best Methods [PDF]
Stan Childs, Council Commissioner, Great Salt Lake Council #590
Best methods on the qualities of a successful unit, retention of members, and effective ways of setting measurements and accountability for successful unit service. It also discusses the setting of expectations of commissioners at all levels.

Membership Validation Process [PPT]
Judd Stiff, Council Commissioner, Pacific Skyline Council #31
It provides an overview of the membership validation process implemented in January 2006 and provides support to how to analyze the health of your units and a review of the quality unit standards.

Annual Unit Service Plan [PPT]
Ellie Morrison, Council Commissioner, Longhorn Council #662
The components of the annual service plan and that it is more than rechartering. It also discusses the process of the unit program planning cycle.


2005

A 4-Point Plan of Commissioner Accountability for Unit Visits
Wayne R. Bishop, Council Commissioner, San Francisco Bay Area Council
The most basic commissioner task is the unit visit. Review of these visits in the ADC breakout sessions of district commissioner staff meetings is perhaps the most important 60 minutes in a Scout district each month.

Internet Unit Charter Renewal
Steven D. Bradley, Council Commissioner, Orange County Council
Where tradition and technology intersect in the life of a commissioner.

Commissioner Recruiting
Jason P. Hood, Council Commissioner, Chickasaw Council
Let everyone know you expect a complete team. It can happen. Here's how.

A Top-Ten List for Council Commissioners
Monte Oberlee, Council Commissioner, Clinton Valley Council
A look at Priorities for the Council Commissioner


2004

Keynote Remarks
Rick Cronk, National Commissioner

Good Turn For America: The Commissioner Role
Frances Hensen, Council Commissioner, Baltimore Area Council
A review of the goals of "Good Turn for America" and the roles that the commissioner and unit leaders must fulfill.

Cub Scouting: Summer/Fall Touchpoints for Commissioners
John Hughes, Council Commissioner, Northern New Jersey Council
Commissioners should attend to these five priorities to help Cub Scout packs succeed.

District Commissioners: A Close-Up View
Daniel T. Segersin, Council Commissioner, Viking Council
Remember that, next to your professional adviser, district commissioners are the most important members of your Scouting team!


2003

Keynote Remarks
Rick Cronk, National Commissioner

Considerations in Assigning Unit Commissioners
Ken Edgerton, Council Commissioner, Sam Houston Area Council
The matter of assigning unit commissioners to units is an important task for commissioner leadership in the district. The right match of units to commissioners may greatly increase the effectiveness of commissioner service in your council.

Cub Scouting and the Commissioner
John Fooks, Past Council Commissioner, Longs Peak Council
Key actions by commissioner leaders can help Cub Scouting thrive: pack leaders will be successful, boys will have fun and stay in the program, and Scouting values will become a part of the lives of America's youth.

Service to New Units
Steve Herman Council Commissioner, Theodore Roosevelt Council
Commissioners provide important care for new units, which are a tremendous factor in council membership growth. These twelve tips can help commissioners care for new units.

What's New in Commissioner Service
Conrad Fruehan, National Office Staff
An overview of new publications, resources, and training opportunities as well as significant improvements to existing ones.


2002

Keynote Remarks
Rick Cronk, National Commissioner

A Report on 9/11 and Scouting
John Inman
This summary Scouting's response to September 11th illustrates what Scouting has always done to help America's youth learn good citizenship.