RE: Presidential Support for Scouting
Settummanque, the blackeagle (WALTOML@WKUVX1.BITNET)
Tue, 23 Mar 1993 20:59:34 CST
This is the reply that I posted to Rec.Scouting. I am posting this to
our list as a response to the cross-posting:
X-NEWS: wkuvx1 rec.scouting:
ashe@Rapnet.Sanders.Lockheed.Com (Shawn J. Ashe x0193) writes:
> I was attending a number of Eagle ceremonies yesterday (we had
> 5 in one day... I only hit 3), when I was surprized to find out
> that the president is no longer sending commendations to the
> new eagles.
> In a "cost cutting measure," the committee recieved a letter
> saying that it was too expensive to send a letter commendating the
> young men.
> Personnally, I'm not sure how to take this. I agree that it is
> not the government's job to commend every citizen on every
[information on the press office note, mentioning the fact that to
cut costs and to (my words) "stop sending Presidential letterhead to
every event that someone wants a piece of paper from the President
(which he don't sign or even knows that it's been sent!) to every
organization in the world"]
Besides, it's *not* the notes from people that the Eagle has come in
contact with; but rather it's the notes from the people in his *own*
community that he will treasure and keep--and the ones that will make
the most impact.
On my wall behind me is my Eagle certificate, along with a picture of
me taken at the 77 Jamboree, my Silver Palm card, a ten-year veteran
card, a 64 Boy Scout Stamp, and a letter. The letter, written on
personal stationary, not business stationary, and in his own writing
was from Donn A. Starry.
Donn A. Starry was the Mayor of Fort Knox, Kentucky and the Commanding
General of the Army's Armor School and Center (he later went onward to
serve in several three and four star commands, retiring a few years
back as commander of all US military ground forces in the USA). I
went to high school with his eldest daughter, Melanie -- Mel (whom is also a
Major in the US Army, stationed in Washington State).
You see, General/Mayor Starry attended *every* Eagle Scout ceremony
while he was at Fort Knox...he could be at the Pentagon in the morning
and that night, he would helicopter into the post and be sped to
present the highest Boy Scout award and then, after taking pictures,
he would return. A lot of times, he and his wife would make it an
Starry is an Eagle Scout as well...see the connection?? The
importance?? He did.
When Mel had to go to the hospital, he spent a lot of time there. The
paper caught a grown man cry and hug his wife the morning of Mel's
illness. I saw how a general, a commander of men and women, a leader,
reacts to personal concern. His letter to me was to cancel his
appearance at my Eagle ceremony.
He felt so bad about not attending, that he sent his Chief of Staff
to award the badge and then, four days later, he awarded the Badge
again to me in front of every man and woman assigned to the Armor
School along with all of the retirees's awards.
He later attended and commissioned myself and several other ROTC
cadets as Second Lieutenants in the Army. I invited him, jogging his
memory about the Eagle occassion at Fort Knox.
So, while a Presidentil letter would sound nice, look impressive, and
would lend a great deal of "honor", don't forget about those
businessmen and women that one day could be corporate heads or
presidents of their own corporations.
Or big-time Generals.
And Shawn, President Clinton *does* read mail personally addressed to
him. If a Eagle Scout *really* want a reply and not a stock
caligraphed piece of paper, have him write to President Clinton at
1600 Penn Avenue, Washington DC 20001.
And tell the President that *he's also* a Scout. Busy people tend to
forget things, you know??
(or in his case, has other personal concerns that are taking higher
priority (reference Hillary's father's illness) ).
( Settummanque, the blackeagle... ) )
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