mrrad wrote:Having these kinds of presentations every week may be more useful than, say, a once-a-year campout (but we're still having the campout anyway).
The youth activity program is much more than a once a year campout. Its a weekly program which if conducted properly will help the youth by strenghting the principles they learn on Sunday, you might call it a labratory. It is also the program that helps influence the youth to want to attend Sunday meetings.
mrrad wrote:In our case, new AV equipment was paid for entirely by leftover budget money from previous years which, these days, we're able to keep.
Which is not in line with the published budget guidlines for unneeded budget allowance funds. While wards and stakes may retain some unspent funds purchasing of AV equipment is not one of the exceptions.
The Bishops evaluated the absolutely pathetic assortment of outdated equipment in our library and
the Stake/FM Group unwillingness to help. Then the Bishops made their decision. They've already received dozens of hours of free help (from me) to get it all put together along with managing the video files and USB drives for them. Financially, I think they got a very good deal.
The grateful feedback I personally received from a stranger in another ward is, as they say in the commercial, priceless.
While it may have been a good with grateful feedback the purchase was not inline with the printed guidline in the handbook of instructions for the proper use of LUBA.