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I thought I would wait to the end of the month this time and round off the year!

Well it is unbelievable that it is a whole year since I was invited to become the District Commissioner for this great District. The year has been a wonderful bonus to myself and I thank everyone who has made it just so.

Some of our highs were crafted by Rae and I was pleased to see him come and share with the 9th Burton some of their first events this year - and I hope we can both celebrate their further step to a Cub Scout Pack.

It has not been all highs though and I need to appeal to everyone now to ask yourself if you know anyone who may be interested in one of our volunteering opportunities across the wider District. We are not all about running sections so skills with Beavers or Cubs, Scouts or Explorers do not enter into this equation. We will be posting job specifications on this site and other places for such diverse vacancies as Trustees - we need to recompose the structure of our District Executive to have more "non-scouting" people supporting the doing sections so we dont keep asking the same people - we need a District Secretary to support our administration (and it will only be approx 30 hours a year but such vital hours!  I am looking for someone (or more) with retail skills looking to help us expand our Scout Shop and let us move ot to the next level. This could and probably should be a main stream shop for all to buy from. Sitting in a little meeting a couple of times a year meeting new volunteers and helping us all agree they are suitable and that they go home feeling wanted is very important so we want more people to join our appointment panel. You will have the right kind of HR or social volunteering skills to help us in this valuable role.

Lastly we need to ensure the "scouters" of tomorrow are attracted for the right reasons and come to deliver exciting and youth shaped Scouting to even more young people. We could easily make good use of 20 volunteers right now.

So have we lost a lot of people? No we haven't but we do realise we need to have even more adults in real roles to support the activities of the young people and to support the adult volunteers delivering on a regualr basis. I have received two resignations of two very key people in the last few weeks. We were advised by Janet Payne that she would step down as Chair of the Appointment Panel today 31 December, and that would cap over 50 years service to Scouting in one way or another. Janet has been a fantastic person supporting in many roles and we have been very fortunate that she has run a very effecient team so that Michael Skinner can move seemlessly from the committee to the chair. Thank you Janet and thank you Michael.  Our other resignation will become effective end of March 15, and that is June Webb who for personal reasons of care for her parents has decided she must relinquish the Scout Shop management and the District Badge Secretary roles. These are two really important taskes and June has been a stalwart and superb in both. June will still be a vital part of the 24th Burton team I believe.

Our Chief Scout Award nights were brilliant and I thank everyone who pulled together to make them a success - we even got the County Commissioner to do a stint interviewing receipients - and our thanks go to everyone.

2015 is almost here so Happy New Year and enjoy your Scouting

Graham Rothery District Commissioner