Ernest R. Spradling, P.E. (freemason@AOL.COM)
Tue, 10 Aug 1993 21:31:39 EDT
Let me start off by saying that no one speaks for me but <me>, and I speak
for no one but <me>. Having said that, I wholeheartedly concur with Black
Eagle's response to <<Brother>> Yale Zussman's Day One diatribe.
I must admit that there is an occasional <bad apple> among the professional
scouters, but those are the exception rather than the rule, and those who
have not been weeded out are starting to die off. Maybe <BSA Inc>, as he
wants to call National, will win the war as they are winning the battles.
Mind you, I have never been, nor have I ever had aspirations of being, a
professional scouter. The hours are too long, and the monetary compensation
is not sufficient to satisfy my motivations by greed :) Most of the
professionals put up with a lot of crap from people who wish to spend their
time being part of the problem, and not part of the solution <these are to be
found on all levels>. I wish them well, because I don't have the restraint
to handle it.
I have been an active Scout and Scouter for many years, and am also a Life
Member of Alpha Phi Omega. I have maintained contact with the fraternity
through a Brother who was a Section Representative, who informed me of Mr.
Zussman's proposals. So far as I recall, not only were the proposals
defeated, they were <soundly> defeated, so much the better. It is refreshing
to find that the Brothers of A Phi O did not let him speak for them, but did
what was right.
I am aware that part of the problem with the contact of one of the other
youth organizations resulted in a <snotty> response fron GSUSA, to the effect
of <you can't get our name right, so how can you help?>; too bad for GSUSA.
hope that future negotiations fare better. GSUSA is missing a sure bet by
not wishing to let A Phi O help them. Both groups would be richer for the
I agree that if Mr. Zussman would do what he is supposed to do, rahter than
caterwaul about his problems <unless they have something on HIM>, he would be
more of a solution than siding with the persons who would cheerfully
dismantle an organization that provides a positive atmosphere for youth,
which is sorely needed in this world today.
Randy Spradling, P.E.
Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor, ADC,
Life Member Alpha Phi Omega
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