BoR and Halloween Incident
J. Hugh Sullivan (sull@MINDSPRING.COM)
Mon, 20 Oct 1997 11:41:42 -0500
I have no difficulty solving the dilemma for myself but I can't solve it for
First of all I would meet with at least some of the victims - those who
object. I believe that I would have a PR responsibility to BSA in this
matter. (a) Are their feelings legitimate in my opinion or (b) do they just
want to punish him forever? (a) Have reparations been made or (b) what else
needs to be done? If I was satisfied at this point that he was a viable
candidate, I would tell them so, reminding them of the charity that should
be in their hearts if the young man "turned over a new leaf" and the page
has no black marks.
When the candidate appeared before the Board I would quiz him about the
incident, mostly asking him how he would respond to accusations of his
unworthiness and how he has tried to overcome the situation. I believe I
could judge his worthiness by his responses.
The incident is known and the court has apparently made a decision. In that
case I see no problem in opening the matter. Neither the Court nor the
victims decide whether he is Eagle caliber at the time of the Board; that
would be my decision and that of my fellow Board members - no one else. I
would make what I thought was the proper decision without hesitation and
without fear - after determining the facts, of course.
The decisions don't get any easier after 25 years on Eagle Boards - you just
tend to know what works best in your area.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City