Interview with the 121st National Skirmish Director

by Mike Kendra on June 3, 2010

The Footbridge Over the Creek at Artillery Row, Photo by Sean Howland, May 2010.

This week I sent an email out to Tim Scanlan, our property manager, and also the 121st National Skirmish Director, and I asked him to answer a few questions…

SkirmishNotes: The 121st National Skirmish was one of the best run in many years. What would you attribute the success to?

Tim Scanlan: I had a great staff that went above and beyond their assigned duties to try and make this an enjoyable skirmish for everyone. We had a couple of events for the staff including a Host Teams Skirmish on Monday and a Pig Roast dinner on Tuesday. For the shoot, we drew names out of a hat like a Veterans’ and even awarded medals to the top teams. These functions allowed the staff to have some fun, relax, and socialize. I believe this helped to motivate everyone because they realize that they were appreciated.

SkirmishNotes: What key members of your staff helped the success of hosting the National Skirmish?

Tim Scanlan: All of my officers did an outstanding job. We received a lot of support from the National Range, Stat, Logistics Officers and Program Chairman also. Another factor is the Chief Announcer. Blair Clowdis was our announcer and he did a superb job in controlling the range in a gentlemanly fashion. He kept things moving and thanked the competitors for working with us.

SkirmishNotes: Was there any part of hosting the National that didn’t go as planned?

Tim Scanlan: I’d have to say that all went well and I have no complaints.

SkirmishNotes: As Skirmish Director, what changes, if any, would you recommend for future National Skirmishes?

Tim Scanlan: My only recommendation would be to find ways to motivate your staff. These members and their families are taking Vacation time from work and time away from home to come here and work the skirmish. They need to feel appreciated for the personal sacrifices they are making to be here. It is also essential that you utilize the National Staff Officers and the Skirmish Operations manual.

Thanks for answering the questions Tim, your dedication to the N-SSA really shows in the hard work you do every day, and we really appreciate it!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Jon Wolf June 3, 2010 at 10:32 am

Great post. And thanks for giving Tim some recognition. He does a heck of a job for our organization, even when he’s NOT being the skirmish director. And I love the idea of the Staff Skirmish and pig roast! THAT’S how you get teams to show up to work a National!! Way to think outside the box!

Chris Hubbard June 3, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Tim, this is so right on: These members and their families are taking Vacation time from work and time away from home to come here and work the skirmish. They need to feel appreciated for the personal sacrifices they are making to be here.

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