Here is a slide show from the 2018 Cadet Congress
Who are the congressmen? They are counselors who are elected by their local council to represent their council at Congress. They are the “men in the trenches” who know how the tools and training of the ministry is utilized in the local club. Perhaps these men do not get a lot of recognition by worldly standards for their dedication to serving Him, but the Lord rejoices at their heart for bringing young men and boys before Him.
Front row (left to right)
Rich VanVeen (Berean West), Gerrit Sterk (Grand Valley), Ben Ritsema (Kalamazoo), Randy Ten Brink (Grand River), Jim Hoekstra (Chaplain)
Back row (left to right)
Todd Mulder (Rush Creek), Steve Bootsma (Executive Director), Dave Mast (President), Bill Pennings (Maitland Valley)
Rich VanVeen – Treasurer
Gerrit Sterk – Secretary
Ben Ritsema – Vision Team Rep
Randy Ten Brink – Vice President
Todd Mulder – DYM Alternate
Bill Pennings – DYM Representative
Making sure that the decisions of congress are carried out by the staff, reviewing proposals for congress, developing and overseeing the budget, and making decisions that affect how the work of the staff is accomplished, are the basic tasks of a group of men called the executive committee. There are nine men on this committee — the Corps chaplain, the executive director, the Corps president, and six additional members. They meet once a month or as often as the Corps president deems necessary. Every year at congress three congressmen are elected out of a pool of congressmen nominees. An executive committee member’s term is for two years. The Corps president, who chairs the executive committee, is elected for a three-year term by Cadet counselors through votes cast at council meetings. The Corps chaplain is appointed by the executive committee. The executive director is the only paid staff who is a part of the executive committee. He is hired by the executive committee to head the group of paid staff who serve the organization.
- Has sufficient grounds
- Is constitutional
- The proposal arrives at the Cadet office on or before October 1 (three months prior to when Congress meets) PLUS proposals must come to the executive committee through the Cadet council with the signatures of two council officers or congressmen.
Below is a link to download the Congress proposal form. If you are a counselor and have a proposal for Congress, PLEASE make sure you follow the guidelines above and submit your proposal through your council. Independent club counselors can submit a proposal through the independent club consultant.
If you would like to recommend a new merit badge for inclusion in the Cadet program materials, there are two forms for that purpose — one form for council clubs and one for independent clubs. The forms are listed below as a link for downloading. Recommendations for new merit badges are reviewed by the Executive Committee and they vote wether to include the new merit badge in future program materials.
Recommendations can be made by any active Cadet counselor. The form requires a signature of a council president or congressman if you’re a counselor in a club that is part of a council. If you are a counselor in an independent club, you must have the head counselor’s signature. Any recommendation or comments submitted on a recommendation form will be forwarded to the appropriate Congress committee and the committee may share this recommendation on the floor of Congress if they choose, BUT no official action will be taken. If the Congress committee favors the recommendation, the executive committee will review it and decide whether action should be taken to implement it. Below is a link to download the recommendation form.