Re: Troop 18's New "Eagle"
John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Fri, 2 Sep 1994 19:32:56 -0400
Paul and the others on this list --
Recently, I posted on Paul's situation and in effect said I would run away
from such a situation. My comments may have been misread by some and may
have been seen as very ungracious.
I should try to clarify.
Simply put, in such a situation, I freely admit to being deathly afraid of
the lawyers. We all should be aware that in the U.S. trial in the Court
of Public Opinion is sure and swift; conviction is certain. Even if
acquitted totally of any wrongdoing, you remain convicted in the Court of
Public Opinion. I desperately wish to minimize the risk of my appearing
before that court.
It is not selfish to think I must look after my family's welfare and that of
my career before the boys in Scouting. Without the first two my involvement
in Scouting would not be possible.
This may also sound callous, but in my life Scouting if fourth priority.
God, my family, and my career come first (in that order). Without them,
Scouting would not be possible for me.
In a situation such as Paul's, I would not view it as my abandoning
Scouting, rather that the BSA abandoned me. I am now facing a remotely
similar situation in my job where my company has been bought and I will be
out of work within the year: they abandoned me.
I hope this explained my position some, especially that last sentence above.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City