Re: US President as BSA Honorary President
Grant O'Neil (poneilgdo@ALPHA2.CURTIN.EDU.AU)
Tue, 5 Nov 1996 05:25:41 +0800
In view of the thread on the U.S. president being Honorary President of the
BSA, it may be of interest to list members to note that it has been
traditional in Australia for the state governors to serve as Chief Scout
within state branches and the Governor General of Australia to serve as
Chief Scout of Australia. In Australia, being a member of the British
Commonwealth, governors at both state and federal level fill the role of
being the Queen's representative; as such they will present Queen's Scout
award certificates at the annual presentation ceremony on behalf of the Queen.
The reason I used the terminology "it has been traditional" is simply that
the appointment is one that has customarily been offered to the incumbent of
the various Governor positions on taking up their appointment. In most cases
it is accepted, but the Governor General previous to our current one, Bill
Hayden, declined since, as an athiest, he could not make the Scout Promise
to "do his duty to God".
Grant O'Neil _r| Ll\
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