OA Orientation Presentation

The Order of the Arrow and YOU
Orientation Presentation
• What is the Order of the Arrow (OA)
& how does it work?
• You will learn about your role as a
member of the Order of the Arrow
and your leadership potential & OA
• Organization Structure (5 minutes)
• Annual National & Lodge events &
opportunities (5 minutes)
• Chapter events and positions of
leadership (5 minutes)
• Chapter vision & goals (5 minutes)
• The big picture of the OA
• All the pieces fit together
Organization Structure
The Chapter Leadership
The Gila Lodge Leadership
The Chapters in Yucca Council:
Cochise Chapter – Alamogordo
Lodge Chief, Jason Plaatje
Advisor - Eric Riley
Geronimo Chapter – Silver City
Lodge Executive Vice Chief, Shaun Patterson
Mescalero Chapter – Northeast/Central El Paso
Advisor – Lowell Stokes
Nesatin Chapter – Westside El Paso
Immediate Past Lodge Chief, Ricky Colon
Tortugas Chapter – Las Cruces
Supreme Chief of the Fire, David J. Jones
Wapaha – Eastside El Paso
Michael Mancill, Chapter Vice-Chief
The Gila Lodge is Located in Southwestern New
Mexico and Texas
Christina Stokes, Chapter Adviser
Kwahadi, Gila
Each Chapter has its own officers with an adult
adviser for each position.
The Lodge has Vice-Chiefs for various activities with
an adult adviser for each position.
Andrew Stokes, Wapaha Chapter Chief
Organization Structure
Western Region OA
• Region Chief: David Dye
Region Chairman: Mike Bliss
Region Staff Adviser: Joe
• Section Chiefs:
W-1E; W-1N; W-1S; W-2N; W-2S;
W-3N; W-3S; W-4N; W-4S; W-5N;
W-5S; W-5N; W-5S; W-6E: Ricky
Colon; W-6P; W-6W
National OA
• The National Officers:
John Rehm-National
• Preston Marquis-National
Vice Chief
Annual Lodge Activities
Lodge Banquet in January
Oversight of Chapter participation in Scouting for
Food & Cub Scout Klondike fundraiser in February
Spring Ordeal in May
Vigil Weekend in June
Summer Ordeal in August
Fall Fellowship in September or October
Lodge Leadership Development in December
The Lodge: Promotes Advancement through
Brotherhood classes and Leadership Development;
Encourages participation in Section Conclaves,
National Boy Scout Jamboree, and organizes a
contingent group for the National Order of the Arrow
Conference (NOAC)
National Order of the Arrow (NOAC)
100th Anniversary Celebration
Every two years, Arrowmen from across the country gather on the campus of a major
university for the National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC).
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.
Some planned activities include:
Centennial Lodge
Legacy Project 2015
Special Edition Sash
2012 National Officers at NOAC:
2012 NOAC Contingent
Chapter events & positions
• We participate in the Lodge & Section events and hold
a few of our own activities such as a family get
together and a Chapter campout
• There are several officer positions in the Chapter:
Chief, Vice-Chief, V-Chief of Communications,
Treasurer, V-Chief of Membership, V-Chief of
Ceremonies and more that are available to those that
are Brotherhood and above.
Chapter Goals & Vision
• Offer Chapter training sessions
• Recruit members to fill officer positions and enlist the help of
adults for adviser positions
• Promote camping within the troops in the Wapaha District and
continue to provide service to the District & Council
• Create a dance team
• Participate in ceremony team competitions at OA events
• Encourage fellowship within the Chapter & Lodge through activity
Chapter Patch System
• Attend 5 meetings and/or events in one year, you are eligible for a
Chapter Member patch
• Successfully serve a full term as an officer with the Chapter, you are
eligible for an Chapter Officer patch
• Successfully serve as a ceremony team member for at least one public
event, you are eligible for a Chapter Ceremony Team patch
• We propose to have another patch for successfully serving as a Dance
Team member and performing at a designated number of public events
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