NR - Regional officers
LCAMPBEL at ossm.edu
Wed Mar 18 16:27:48 PST 1998
I know I'm getting in on this a little late, but I might be able to
answer with, if not a "set in stone" policy, at least something
based on my own experience.
>...for more than two years,.. I have seen only one advertisement
> for an office opening on the Regional level, and yet the roster
> changes from time to time. How are those jobs filled? How does one
> get to be a regional officer?
Here's how it "should" happen (in an ideal world): the kingdom
officer gets told by their regional that he/she is stepping down in
several months. The kingdom officer immediately puts this opening in
the next BlackStar saying that applications are being taken (for at
least a month). People then send letters of application to the
kingdom officer - who would then have plenty of time (and many
qualified applicants) to help them make a good choice.
I've held several regional offices, two deputy kingdom offices
and twice been a deputy, deputy kingdom herald (Sable Scroll). I can
honestly say that I've never gotten an office by answering a post in
the BlackStar. Almost always, I was sought out by the kingdom or
deputy kingdom officer to fill the position. Usually, there were two
First, the officer had the opening dropped in their lap unexpectedly.
In other words, their regional/deputy suddenly resigned and there
wasn't time to post the opening in the BlackStar.
Second, the officer had prior knowledge of my experience as
a local officer (or scribe in the case of sable scroll), giving them
reason to believe I would be familiar with and able to handle the
duties of the office.
An additional but less well known factor is that you must possess a
tattoo across your forehead that labels you willing to perform such
tasks - "sucker" is the most common label and the one that the
kingdom officers have been specially trained to look for. (Mine just
happens to glow neon in the right light). This fatal marking seems
to indicate to people that you are one of those chosen few who has
the handicap "no-o-phobia," also known as "dis-no-lalia" or the
inability to speak the word "no."
If you would like to be a regional officer, here are a few bits of
Hold the local office first - and do a *good* job. In the words of
one of my role models "You can't teach what you don't know and you
can't lead if you've never been there." A good performance in
one or more offices will be the very best thing you can do to
recommend yourself for a position.
Also, get to know the previous regional officer and/or the kingdom
officer. The job done by a regional reflects directly on their
kingdom level officer, so the kingdom officer will most likely
appoint someone they can trust to do a good job and work
On a personal note, I almost always let my locals know when I'm
stepping down and encourage those who have done a good job for me
to apply for the regional position. Although performing the regular
duties of your office is important, it is just as important a duty to
find and train your replacement.
Hope this helps....
lcampbel at ossm.edu
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