scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Who "owns" a Troop?
Ted Burton (scouter@CONSULTBURTON.COM
Tue Nov 02 1999 - 22:35:46 CST
At 8:47 -0800 on 11/2/99, Richard C. Ickler spake about RE: Who
"owns" a Troop? thus:
>The problem with this analysis is that it isn't necessarily correct.
>A better analogy is an organization such as a church which belongs
>to a larger denomination. A number of denominations have
>requirements that state the individual congregation belongs to the
>denomination. As such the denomination has the right to close the
>church, take over its government, and if the church closes all
>assets belong to the denomination. The individual church has no
>right to leave the denomination and take its assets. This in no way
>changes the fact that individual churches act as independent
>entities and most people donating to those churches or having
>business dealings with them don't know of these rules. Still, these
>requirements have stood up in court numerous times. I have heard of
>a number of cases where there were nasty court battles over this
>issue and to my knowledge the denomination involved has never lost.
>Maybe I am incorrectly drawing a comparison but I don't believe that
>Ted is correct (despite the fact he's a lawyer and I'm not).
The problem with this analogy is that a Scout Troop can walk across
town to another Charter Org. and still be 'in the denomination.'
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