Home Depot and Lowe’s are among America’s top 10 retailers, further demonstrating that we are a do-it-yourself kind of country. But there are certain things you shouldn’t do yourself—and I’m not just talking about plumbing and dentistry.
In The Eagle Court of Honor Book, I outline six support jobs that should be a part of every court of honor. These are things that are important to the event’s success but that don’t relate directly to the program: physical arrangements, publicity, decorations, refreshments, the printed program, and congratulatory letters. In the ideal situation, each of these jobs would be handled by a different person. This allows you to concentrate on the court-of-honor program and gives you an excuse to involve other leaders—perhaps those who will coordinate the troop’s next court of honor.
Over the next six blog posts, I’ll discuss each of these jobs in a little more detail. This week: physical arrangements.
When I was a district executive, I once showed up for a district meeting of some sort at a church, only to find the building locked up tighter than Fort Knox. If one of the meeting participants hadn’t happened to be a member of the church with his own pass key, we might well have held our meeting in the parking lot.
Making sure things like that don’t happen at your court of honor is the job of the physical-arrangements coordinator. This person is responsible for securing an appropriate location (and making sure you have access!), assembling all the equipment, props, and awards that will be a part of the ceremony, and handling the lights, sound equipment, and air conditioner or heater. This is a vital job, and one that can’t be done by someone who’s on stage.
For more information—including an equipment and awards checklist—see The Eagle Court of Honor Book.