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December 29, 2002


Sue Dragisic
United Way of Greater Milwaukee
225 W. Vine St.
Milwaukee, WI 53212

Dear Ms. Dragisic:

In a recent article I have found that the United Way has failed to follow through on their anti-discrimination policy passed by the Board of Directors in reference to the Boy Scouts of America. As a past Leadership Giver for over five years and committee member of the "Basic Needs" committee I am appalled at the Board of Directors and the United Way's non-action. While on the Basic Needs committee we looked into the funding and discrimination policy of a housing non-profit that was discriminating against individuals with criminal backgrounds.

There are two reasons this upsets me. First both organizations are violating their own policies. The United Way failure to follow its own non-discrimination policy. Also the Boy Scouts of America who violate their own Scout Oath and Scout Law which I recited hundreds of times and believed in to the effect of achieving the status of Eagle Scout and later serving the United States in the 101st Airbourne.

A United Church of Christ church, which allows gays and lesbians to serve as ministers, sponsored my scout troop. This is how I did my "duty to God." I also pledged to obey the Scout Law. The Boy Scouts of America violate their own laws by discriminating.

A Scout is:
Trustworthy - A Scout tells the truth. He keeps his promises. Honesty is part of his code of conduct.

Boy Scouts of America violate this by banning "avowed" gays and lesbians. If it's a secret its ok. Violating their own laws.

Friendly - A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He seeks to understand others. He respects those with
ideas and customs other than his own.

Boy Scouts of America violate this by banning gays and lesbians because they are different.

Kind - A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle. He treats others, as he wants to be treated.

Boy Scouts of America violate this by treating other with disrespect and disdain.

Obedient - A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he
thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.

Boy Scouts of America violate this by first in the organization the majority of councils receive funding from ignoring the non-discrimination policy and then crossing out a section of a valid contract with the United Way.
United Way violates this by allowing them to violate their own laws.

Brave - A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.

Boy Scouts of America local council violates this law by not standing against the threats of the National Council, and makes a stand for the rights of all boys.

Reverent - A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others
Boy Scouts of America violate this law by not respecting the beliefs of others

as I previously stated I grow up and served in a Troop hosted by the United Church of Christ which allows adults to serve as ministers and youth leaders who are gay and lesbian. My God created gays and lesbians and expects them to serve in all areas of life.

As a Scout I served as Senior Patrol Leader, Troop Leader Development Counselor, Camp Counselor and Commissioner, Troop Committee Member and Assistant Scoutmaster from 1973 - 1982, and their discriminatory policy was never released to the general membership. I am an Eagle Scout and find both the Boy Scouts of Americas policy and the United Way's non-action outrageous.

When I served on the Basic Needs Committee I found that any organization not meeting 50% (6 of 12 of their own laws) would have been placed on deep scrutiny and possible de-funding if they did not comply.

Therefore I have to rescind my annual giving of $1300 to United Way organizations and have to pull my volunteer support from the organization and ask all other individuals to due the same unless the United Way follows its own non-discrimination policy.

1. Then give the money to organizations like Community Shares: Cream City Foundation, Human Rights Campaign, Outreach, Human Rights League, Lesbian Alliance of Metro Milwaukee or one of over 50 organizations across the State of Wisconsin.

2. Contact your religious organization or school where the Boy Scouts meet and ask them to stop hosting the organization. 3. All Boy Scouts, past and present, to follow the Scout Law and be Obedient -- He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner!


Tim Marshall
LaCrosse, Wisconsin

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