The 100th Anniversary of the Order of the Arrow.
Second only to the National Boy Scout Jamboree, the National Order of the Arrow Conference is the largest event for the Boy Scouts of America. Next year, it’s your turn to go big at #NOAC2015. The Order of the Arrow is celebrating its 100th anniversary in style, with the year-long theme "Centuries of Service" uniting an entire nation of Arrowmen. Over 10,000 Arrowmen from across our nation gather for an inspirational and unforgettable experience full of fellowship, training, adventure, and fun!
During NOAC, Arrowmen will participate in a six-day conference which includes top notch training sessions, cool recreational opportunities, evening shows full of theatrics and special effects, and exciting programs.
The 2015 NOAC will be held from August 3-8, 2015 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, and will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow. Arrowmen can travel to NOAC with a contingent from their lodge, or as a staff member supporting the thousands of Arrowmen attending in the conference.
Arrowmen attending the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference will get a once in a lifetime souvenir, a special edition red sash. These sashes will differ from those currently worn in that the colors will be reversed, with a white arrow emblazoned on a red sash. The rarity of the sash is noteworthy, as only those present at NOAC 2015 will receive them. Any extras produced will not be sold.
Get Ready, Get Set, NOAC 2015!
Contingent fee is estimated to be no more than $550. This will include the conference fee, all meals and lodging at the conference. This fee DOES NOT include lunch on the way up or the way back. The final cost will be determined by October 1, 2014.
Our contingent needs to register the first week of August, your $100 deposit will reserve a spot and is due by AUGUST 04, 2014.
Go to the National OA link for more information. http://event.oa-bsa.org/events/n2015/
The question has been ask by some people what does the OA do for our council, and why do I want to be part of it? Well let’s crunch some numbers, 2008‐ 2013, Dues paying members, should be around 1200, right now we have 550. Where have you gone, 650‐ 700 members archived that could well still be active. The OA is not an AWARD, nor a REWARD, it is an HONOR bestowed upon you for being the Honor Scout, voted on by the members of your troop, even those not in the OA themselves. If you don’t pay the $10.00 per year dues, you are not considered an active member.
Now let’s look at some other numbers for the same period 2008‐ 2013.
DUNKIN LODGE‐ $5,000
JAMES E. WEST‐ $6,000
PUMP HOUSE‐ $5,610
HOURS OF SERVICE TO LOUDTHUNDER:
TOTAL HOURS‐ 46,421
The National Office says the appropriate amount to figure per hours of service is: $18.00.
TOTAL HOURS‐ 46,421@ $18.00= $835,578.00 yes read it again.
HEAVY EQUIP.‐ 16 days @ $1000.00= $16,000.00 THANKS JERRY SHELDON
TOTAL CASH‐ $33,195.00 GRAND TOTAL‐ $835,578.00+ $ 16,000.00+ $33,195.00= $884,773.00
Now my question to you is, “You wonder WHY you should be in the OA, and what do they do for the council?” $884,773.00. Why would you not want to be a supportive, and active member of the OA. We have done this with a membership of 500 per year, where could we be if we had the 1200 members. Our data base in Lodge Master is 6,000 members think of the possibilities if 50% were still active 3000 members. So my challenge to everyone is to get some members that are not active to pay their dues and become active, WE NEED YOUR HELP! Check out the ceremonies team, the dance team, elections team, or the specialized service corp, OA Troop Rep, and you adults there is a new position OA Troop Adviser. Again we need your help to do all we need to do.
W.W.W Greg Parrish
Lodge Adviser Konepaka Ketiwa #38
As part of the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow, a commemorative fireplace will be constructed. This fireplace will be onsite at the National Order of the Arrow Conference in 2015. All lodges are invited to participate in this endeavor by securing a rock to be used in the construction of this fireplace.