I'm absolutely certain this will come back to bite me in the butt.
AND I DON'T CARE.
Why is the Young Men's Organization so colossally disorganized? Here is my latest and favorite.
Our ward does an annual spaghetti dinner to make money for the scouts. $20 per family for a really lousy dinner of coldish spaghetti and bagged salad. After the dinner, there is a dessert auction--all desserts donated, all proceeds going to the scouts. Most of the ward shows up and the Scouts make a killing. My favorite part about this is that they do the Friends of Scouting drive just a few weeks prior to this.
Friends of Scouting?
You mean there is a pledged amount to ensure that a group of ungrateful, grumbling boys get to do whatever they want, activities-wise? Yes, there is.
Plantboy was just released from the Young Men's but had a friend at work who raises beef and agreed to supply 15 pounds of meat for the dinner, free of charge. Very cool. Plantboy did a bit of legwork and it has been sitting in my freezer for the last few days. In addition, the scoutmaster, on Wednesday night, asked all of the YW leaders if they would be willing to make a batch of spaghetti--no sign-ups, no real notice. Oh, and by the way, could each of us also bring a dessert or two to auction off? Then, on top of my Friends of Scouting pledge, my spaghetti and my dessert, we are supposed to pay $20 to go to this thing. Unless we want dessert, in which case we'll pay $30.
When the YM president showed up to pick up the meat today, he said, "How much do you think you can make?" Uh, how much do you need me to make? "Well, I don't really know; the scoutmaster was only able to get 8 people to say they were making spaghetti." Well, how many do you expect to feed? "About 200." So I need to make spaghetti for 25 people. "Sure!"
When I told him that 15 pounds of meat (the donation) will only adequately feed about 75 people, and that the Scouts may need to purchase more, he shurgged it off. He said that it didn't really matter if the spaghetti had meat or not--the unspoken message beng that nobody really expects a worthwhile meal anyway. So, for about a $30 investment (the YM buy Brand X sauce and noodles), the Scouts in our ward will probably bring in a few thousand dollars this week.
Our young women, on the other hand, need to come up with our own fundraiser if we want to go to camp. We are selling very cute breakfast baskets for mother's day. The leaders will make the sign-up sheets, collect the money, make homemade rolls, buy all the materials (which, no doubt will come at least partially out-of-pocket), and assemble them at six in the morning on Mother's Day.
As frustrated as I'm going to be when only 1/3 of our YW women show up to help assemble said baskets on Mother's Day, it is nothing compared to the blood I'm going to be after if ALL of the YM leaders and fathers of the 12-18 year-old boys in our ward don't sign up for at least TWO of these babies.
Even then, I bet we still have to hold a car wash in mid-June to get everyone to camp.
There are a few men who stop by here regularly. Please, help me to understand why the men are disorganized, delegate any real planning and responsibility to the women and still take the majority of the budget reserved for the youth? If you can offer me even a smidge of insight here, I'm happy to make a full apology.