Friday, January 11, 2013
G12P has been fortunate to have a lot of different people on our crew over the years. While we still have 5 of our original 8 crew members, there were times when we had as many as 30 crew members. It has been an awesome experience getting to know so many people this way. I did, however learn some lessons, especially this last year. 1. Do a background check. I can not express enough how important that is. Last year I took on several new people and later found out two had felony records for forgery. It was a real problem, and I ultimately had to let them go. There was just no way around it. They could never do a private investigation with a record like that. Had I been told about it from the start I would not have brought them on the crew. I know that is why they didn't say anything, but if I had done a background check, I would have known. DO A BACKGROUND CHECK ON ALL POTENTIAL NEW CREW MEMBERS! 2. Work on making an agreement concerning attending any public events you have. If you are busy, like we are, sometimes it turns out that a few of the same people end up doing a lot of the work. It is not hard to agree to attend a minimum of 6 functions a year to stay active on the crew. That is reasonable, and your crew gets along with each other a lot better.