Re: Former Troop 18 SM
John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Fri, 2 Sep 1994 18:50:09 -0400
> I think that you are being a bit hard on those who would a SM stay and
>work with his boys rather than quiting because a boy was given a BoR and
>approved for the Eagle rank. ...
> In my life I have found that a resignation seldom if ever gets the
>message across. People respond to the action (resignation) rather than to
>the message and issues involved...
Under normal circumstances I would agree with you. But Jim has detailed the
threat of major lawsuits and legal action he faces should the parents not
get their Eagle. Note the phrasing; it's quite important!
I agree wholeheartedly with Jim, at the present. Even the accusation of any
impropriety, whether founded or not, _will_ ruin a man's reputation as well
as a possible end of his job, career, and serious financial loss. I love
Scouting, but it is not worth _that_.
Given the very real threat of such action he faces. Getting the heck away
from these people as fast as possible may be the best course of action.
The council's actions have made it very clear that the parents have won.
Remember, they gave these people the Silver Dollar, oops Beaver; such
attitudes as theirs do not develope overnight. His Scouts are important, but
IMO, his family and career are far more important.
Fight this Eagle, a fight for principles is always right, but go into it
knowing that your chances of winning are about as great as finding Satan ice
skating in his home ring on the Fourth of July.
Sorry to sound so negative. All too often today, it is not justice and
honesty that prevails but rather deceit and treachery. An organization that
tolerates and supports such behavior would not get my support either,
regardless of how good their intentions are.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City