Sexual orientation issue ...
Mon, 9 Mar 1992 11:25:25 -0500
> As I understand it Paul, you wanted to know who and by what authority the
> decisions (as stated in my last, very lengthy transmission) were made.
I think, if I understand correctly, that Paul is asking something
different from what you think he is. As a member of another service
organization, I can confirm that our chapter bylaws also state that the
President shall have final say on the interpretation of the bylaws and
policies, and I suspect that this same power is granted to our National
board in our National bylaws. However, even though this is the case,
for the President and for the National Board members to properly execute
their office, they must make certain that their decisions reflect the
overall membership. It is not sufficient for the officers to assume
that of course their own opinions, or the opinions of those who report
to them, accurately gauges overall opinion.
A question which comes up in my mind, then, is:
"EXACTLY HOW DO THE UPPER ECHELONS OF THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA KNOW
THAT THEY ARE ACCURATELY REPRESENTING A VIEWPOINT HELD BY THE MAJORITY?"
(Note that I do *NOT* imply by this question that the majority of the
participants in the Boy Scouts of America *WOULD* be in favor of
changing membership policies to open membership to more people. I am
interested in hearing if there is an established & systematic gathering
of opinions before the National Executive Board determines policy.)
Yours in Leadership/Fellowship/Service,
Ping Huang, AX chapter of APO @ M.I.T. (email@example.com)
Disclaimer: I have no official affliation with the Boy Scouts of America.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City