Congratulations to the Brothers of Lowanne Nimat Lodge, who have been selected as the 2014 National Service Award recipients. This is a competitive selection national award that recognizes just two Lodges in each of the four Regions in the country. Congratulations, Brothers!
Have you seen an ‘inactive lodge rock’? National OA Committee Chairman Ray Capp asked each active OA lodge to submit an engraved rock as part of a national OA rededication site at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia. National OACommitteeman Toby Capps later presented a resolution to the Committee which approved the addition of engraved rocks for merged, disbanded and otherwise inactive lodges so that they might also be recognized as a part of the site’s construction. So far, 144 lodges have sent in orders to the monument company to produce inactive lodge rocks or submitted homemade rocks directly to Ray’s house. In addition, 16 states and 1 territory are now complete having all of their legacy lodges remembered with a legacy lodge rock. A picture of a few different legacy lodge rocks is attached. These inactive lodge rocks will be a part of a national OA rededication site, in an area near the current lodge rocks. These inactive lodge rocks will also have a special display at NOAC 2015. There is a month to go to order rocks using the order form and two months to go submit homemade rocks directly to Ray Capp.
Anyone can easily help recognize former lodges from any state or location. There is a list of inactive lodge rocks received to date, regardless of location, located at:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1UuAccbavhPvFFtGNp1Jl8vod8inymPdjezHtus0ocdg/edit?usp=sharing. Here’s how you can track down info for inactive lodges in your state, go to http://oaimages.com/bystate.shtml, then select “inactive and merged lodges only”, then select “create page”. From that state list of former lodges, the hot links to those former lodges will give all the needed information for the order form or to create a homemade rock (i.e., the Council HQ city/state and the dates lodge founded and ended).
You should check with your current lodge and council leadership to see if a rock was already done for a previous lodge and to make sure that they know. If you are interested in ordering a rock they may be purchased from Artistic Monument company in Tennessee for $130 at:
http://www.oa-bsa.org/uploads/events/100th/nonactivelodge_rockorderform.pdf. All orders using this form must be received no later than May 1, 2015. When creating a rock, please add a third row of text to the rock that indicates the years of existence for the inactive lodge (e.g. 1945-1993) to your rock.
There is no requirement to use the Artistic Monument company; you may still create and mail a rock directly to Ray which must be received by June 1, 2015 at :
9 Warwick Lane
Nashville, TN 37205
The original instructions and specifications for a lodge rock, which also apply to inactive lodge rocks, are still in affect and can be found at: http://www.oa-bsa.org//pages/content/legacy-project-2015-rock-instructions
My name is Matt Bell, and I have the privilege of serving as your 2015 Northeast Region chief. It is the Northeast Region Leadership Team’s vision to fulfill the purpose of the OA:
“To develop leaders with the willingness, character, spirit and ability to advance the activities of their units, our Brotherhood, Scouting, and ultimately our nation”
Our primary method of doing this is through our National Leadership Seminar (NLS) and National Lodge Adviser Training Seminar (NLATS). In an effort to better accomplish this, the Northeast Region is launching The Quest for 100. In honor of our organization’s 100th anniversary and our commitment to developing the leaders of tomorrow, we want to have 100 participants at our upcoming NLS on April 17-19 at Camp Guyasuta in Sharpsburg, PA. This is something that has never happened before, and it will not be an easy endeavor.
We need your help!
If you have not attended NLS, I encourage you to sign up today! If you have already attended, then you know about the power of this seminar. Improving the quality of your lodge’s leadership should be enough incentive to send people to this NLS, but if that is not enough we promise that the Northeast Region will donate $100 to one lodge in support of their council’s Cub Scout program. Cub Scouts are the future leaders of Scouting and the OA – this is our way of continuing the legacy of developing leaders by helping to improve their program. The selection will take place on-site at the NLS, and the winning lodge key 3 will decide exactly how the funds are utilized (creating a new program to their Cub Scout summer camp, adding a Cub Scout fair at spring fellowship, etc.). Any lodge that sends 2 or more Arrowmen to the April NLS will be equally eligible to receive the funds (at least one must be a youth).
There are a few important details that you should know about this April NLS:
· Attending NLS counts towards the ‘personal growth’ requirement of the Arrowman Service Award.
· There is no limit to the number of people your lodge can send to this NLS.
· Lodge advisers and lodge staff advisers have the registration link.
Thank you for everything that you do for the Order of the Arrow. Together through our promotion of this NLS, we will enhance the leadership skills of the Order of the Arrow’s key youth and adult members as they seek to improve their service to the Boy Scouts of America and the greater community.
Yours in Service,
2015 Northeast Region Chief
Section NE-3A 2015 Conclave Lodge Flaps are Now Available!
Order forms are available for each lodge and for purchase of each set.
Arrowmen from within Section NE-3A can directly purchase sets using this order form.
Other Arrowmen can order sets using this form.
Thank you for purchasing flaps and supporting the efforts of the NE-3A youth!
2015 Conclave Registration is OPEN!
Get details about Conclave here:
Register individually and directly on the web here:
Conclave merchandise is available for purchase here:
Sign up for conclave today! Our centennial event is not to be missed!
Join us as we celebrate a “Century of Service”, 100 years of the Order of the Arrow! Members of the National Order of the Arrow Committee will facilitate dialogue on a variety of subjects: improving membership retention, lodge and chapter communication techniques, tips on achieving Journey to Excellence lodge status, and other topics requested by participants. Those attending will leave better prepared to achieve the purpose of the Order and to serve their council and community. Open to lodge and chapter advisers and all currently registered OA adults.
Register online at www.philmonttrainingcenter.org!
NE-3A will be offering at least one $250 scholarship this year to help defray the costs of a youth Arrowman attending a 2015 OA High Adventure Program. Applications are due to the Seneca Waterways Council Office before April 4. The recipient will be announced at our 2015 Conclave. Good luck!
The 2014-2015 Council of Chiefs is already making great progress as they prepare for the May 2015 Centennial Conclave, to be held at Camp Woodland. Minutes from the Ocotober CoC can be found here.
The Order of the Arrow Unit of Excellence Award is an annual award that seeks to identify those units, and the leaders within them, who excel at incorporating the OA into their annual planning. This award is intended to provide a tool for lodges to recognize, incentivize, and operationalize unit-level participation in Order of the Arrow programs.
Unit leaders (OA Troop Reps, OA Troop Rep Advisers, and Scoutmasters) should download the form and strive to meet all the categories.
Return the completed form to your Lodge Staff Adviser before December 31 to receive your award in the Spring.
On May 23, 2014, the prestigious Silver Buffalo award was presented to nine individuals, including several distinguished Arrowmen. Follow this link to Scouting Magazine’s Blog Site for more details. Thank you to all the recipients for their life-long dedication to Scouting!