Re: Sexual orientation issue ...
or blackeagle ("Settummanque)
Thu, 5 Mar 1992 17:21:00 EDT
Thank you very much for posting the EXACT wording from the Rules and
Regulations of the BSA...it *does* help to have the exact wording when
The National Executive Board is composed of volunteers and four Executives:
the Chief Scout Executive (who serves as "secretary to the Board"), the
National Director of Administration/Chief Financial Officer (whom works
closely with the volunteer Treasurer of the BSA) and the National Directors
of Program and Council Support (whom works with the National Commissioner
of the BSA...)
The volunteers comprising the Board are selected from business and industry.
There are only three "true" volunteers that are members of that Board. Six,
if one includes the National Chief of the Order of the Arrow, the National
Explorer President (or the National Vice-President, if the President permits
him to attend the meetings in his proxy (which happens when one can afford to
attend the meetings and the other is at school or in the military...) ) and
the "national youth representative", a Boy Scout representing the Boy and
Varsity Scouts. (there is also a Cub Scout representative but he did not
attend many of the meetings....)
The other volunteers are the six Regional Presidents. The Committeechairs of
the nine standing BSA committees (cub scouting, boy/varsity scouting,
exploring, program, internal communications and public relations, supply,
uniform and insignia, camping, conservation/engineering) and the committeechairs
of Scouting's other committees (program support, Jamborees, international,
activities and relationships).
This was the composition of the National Executive Board since 1979. There are
very few changes, I believe.....
The point that I am making is that there are very few "true volunteers" on
this board...and that this same decision-making board sits on the boards of
several other organizations and groups...most noticeable the United Way boards
either on a national or local basis.
When this whole thing with United Ways of America first came out and Buford
Hill (a former Area Executive from North Carolina and the Associate National
Cub Scout Director a few years back.....) stated that "BSA is not for sale",
I beleived him. I also believed the volunteers that put together the draft
copy of the report which stated that the BSA needs to modify its entry
So it seems to me that these people on our National Executive Board are saying
on one side "we are the BSA and we will not be for sale" and on the other side
"how can we save face when 83 other organizations meet this non-discrimiatory
clause in our charter...and one organization, well-respected, holds out!?!?"
So the DRAFT copy is released...wonder what the final copy will say.
*it is also really strange to me how 2 days after this big relevation and pres
s coverage that the CEO of United Ways of America was "suspected of living and
operating above his means" which eventually led to his resignation as President
and CEO of the national organization, one in which he "raised the moral and
comittment standards of businesses nation-wide by his personal infleunce and
personal contact to get them to help the unfortunate many of this nation"
(in other words, gang, he shamed them into giving the United Way and also
was the force which brought the United Ways from the backburners into the lives
of everyone today....)
Well...its off to teach RAs and SAs the qualities of diversity, temparment and
fairness to all.....somehow I feel that we are teaching the wrong group....
**big ol' note: I may not like the decisions of the BSA in every case but I
do love the program. I feel that this is a wrong decision and it makes a
bad example of what we try to impress upon youth that this is what our nation
is all about. At the same time, I can symphazise with many volunteers and
some professionals at making this decision. I could not make it...because this
issue is not "black and white" (excuse the pun, please...) this is an issue
of morality, of pluralism and of fairness. It is also an issue of membership,
program support and finances. Who wins in this...I just know who loses.
There are millions of them out there...
so, please don't look at this as "BSA bashing", because it is not. I wanted to
call everyone's attention to those facts as we continue this discussion.**
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City