Re: Bill Hillcourt's passing
Jack W. Weinmann (bk233@CLEVELAND.FREENET.EDU)
Tue, 15 Dec 1992 12:27:03 -0500
>Yes it is truely sad about Bill's passing.
>Even sadder that at our council annual recognition dinner a day
>or so after it was announced here on the net. At the dinner
>they were to recognize and have a tribute to several scouters
>who had died this past year. I mentioned that Bill had also been
>lost, however in light of a number of region people who were also
>at the dinner, and no one but I knew about this they would not
>allow mention of it, as there was no 'official in writing' word......
>pity, I know some folks in our council knew Bill, he visited us
>several times in recent years.
Wow! I thought OUR Council was the only one stone-walling tributes to the
The day after I heard that Bill had died, I called one of our council
people and asked her about the news.. She said that she had not heard about
it yet and asked others in the office if notification had been received.
She said that they didn't have confirmation on it, and so she would not
comment on my thoughts about black arm bands for Scouters to wear to honor
The next day they had their confirmation, but she stated that Bill dod not
want any fuss made of his passing and that he had requested any donations
should go to a Scout Museum, I believe in West Virginia. When I repeated
that we should, as a council, do something to honor Bill, she replied that
the council would respect his wish for no tributes.
So....... I then brought the issue up at our District Committee meeting,
and said that if council was not willing to do this, that we as a district
should do SOMETHING! Our District Director said that we should honor
Bill's wishes and stick to the donation idea.
I think that this is a "Company Line" and that whatever had happened
between Bill and National has caused them to, in my opinion, put a stop to
any and all tributes. Having met the man, I feel that his constant taking
them to task for varying from what our founder wanted has caused this and
that - again in my own OPINION - this was there way of killing the issue.
If that is indeed the case, I think it is deplorable that they are acting
this way. The man is dead. He HAS helped the program in the past and made
it BETTER. And I only wish that our organization would let by-gones be
just that and give the man the credit that he deserves.
If I am off-base here, please let me know, because this has left a very bad
taste in my mouth for the leaders of our organization. If I am right -
then it doesn't speak very well of how our own leadership follows the
Promise and Law of Scouting.
As a side-note: I watched our ONLY large local paper for over a week
after his death and did not see ANY obituary for Bill. What a way for a
man that has done so much for everyone in the program to be "remembered???"
Jack (exceedingly upset at the moment!)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City