When the group of current and former Council volunteer presidents sent a copy of their letter to all the current Council Presidents, it drew a very defensive reaction by BSA. Below is a letter from the BSA's Northeast Region Director to Council Scout Executives letting them know that their volunteer board president had probably gotten the letter and to respond appropriately.
While it seems that the attempt to modify BSA's policies have failed for the time being, BSA does not intend for its members to express their legitimate opinion on this matter.
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Lawrence L. Otto
November 29, 2001
To: Scout Executives
From: Lawrence L. OItto, Regional Director
Subject: Letter to Council Presidents
Attached, for your information, is a copy of a confidential letter mailed to council presidents from a group attempting to influence change in the BSA's leadership policy. Your council president may already have shared this letter with you, but if not, we thought you would want to be informed.
Please support and assist your council president in understanding the implications
of allowing your council leadership to be drawn into this type of action. The Boy Scouts of America does have a democratic process for establishing policy. What you have received, although well written and well meaning, is politicizing our long-standing resolution process. In addition, the BSA does not believe that this proposal will resolve the matter. Our strong belief is that this effort, both in manner and point of solution, are not in the best interest of the Boy Scouts of America.
If you want to discuss this matter further, don't hesitate to call on any of the Region's Staff.
cc: Regional Staff