"Defunding" of BSA by West Coast Corporations
Jon D. Lyksett (jlykset@ATL.CALSTATE.EDU)
Wed, 10 Jun 1992 09:17:49 PDT
Realizing that there are a number of varying viewpoints on this
list and that we have been through a detailed and comprehensive
discussion just recently, this is posted for information only:
Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank, and Levi Strauss Company have
recently decided that , due to the Boy Scouts of America's position
on the issues of homosexuality and Duty to God, they will no longer
fund the BSA or its programs. This follows the decision of the
United Way in the Bay area to do the same. Information regarding
this issue and the Boy Scouts of America's response was faxed to the
Council Scout Executives last week. It was made available to Board
members and volunteers in this (Ventura County) council yesterday.
Among the actions taken were:
1. A news conference was held June 4 in san Francisco to voice
the BSA's strong continued support of traditional family values.
2. A news release/article was provided detailing BSA's position.
3. A sample letter was provided to send to contributors that
write checks on the above banks, telling them of the decision.
4. A strong suggestion was made for Scouting's supporters to
contact the CEO's and Board members of the companies and voice
displeasure over their decision. (Lists of Board members were
provided in the faxed message from National)
MY OPINION: (flames to <firstname.lastname@example.org> only!!)
THE ONLY WAY THAT THESE COMPANIES WILL BE AFFECTED IS BY THE
SUPPORTERS OF SCOUTING EFFECTING A CONSUMER ACTION! BANK OF
AMERICA (AND SUBSIDIARY SECURITY PACIFIC) IS LOSING ALL OF THE
ACCOUNTS THAT THEY HELD FOR OUR SCOUTING ORGANIZATIONS, AS WELL
AS THE PAYROLL SERVICE BUSINESS. I FOR ONE WILL NEVER BUY OR
WEAR ANOTHER PAIR OF LEVIS (WRANGLERS ARE JUST AS GOOD). WELLS
FARGO (THE BANK THAT CARES) WILL ALSO BE LOSING BUSINESS FROM
I will provide lists and addresses for anyone that cares to send
me personal e-mail, if they wish to express their displeasure
over this action on the part of these corporations.
Chairman, Santa Paula District, Ventura County Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City