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September - Chiefly Speaking

The first few months of my term as Lodge Chief have definitely been an exciting time for the Order of the Arrow and O-Shot-Caw lodge. NOAC 2015 was, without a doubt the best way to start our year. Many say that this was the greatest event ever held by the Order of the Arrow, and for good reason. It provided our arrowman an amazing opportunity to bond with each other, and discover the meaning and purpose of the Order of the Arrow. The event was focused not on the first 100 years, but the next 100 years. The theme, "It Starts with us," and it's learning theme, "Make change for tomorrow, with action Today," focused on how each arrowman can make a difference in the future.


In my perspective, it was a motivating event for our lodge. Where I saw our arrowman amazed with what the Order of the Arrow can be. This was evident in our first events after NOAC: the August LEC and LLD. At the first LEC, we saw every seat filled around our tables. It was great to see several new faces around the table. Being on the LEC comes with responsibility , but it is one of the most rewarding parts of our lodge.


At the Lodge Leadership Development, we had a weekend of training and fellowship at Camp Sawyer in the keys. It was also unique, as it was the Southernmost LLD in the country. This was innovative for us, as it was our first year having LLD as a weekend event at sawyer, and the training was different. The first part of training was focused on developing yourself as a leader, and the second was focused on Lodge training. I heard only positive comments in regards to the weekend.


Going forward, we have the fall ordeal and the Haunted forest. At both events will we need maximum participation and chapter support. At the fall ordeal, we will need people to be helping with work at camp in order to prepare Elmore for section conference. Haunted Forest this year is expected to be bigger than last year's event. However, it is only with your support and commitment can we make this happen and can we raised funds for those scouts who can't afford to attend camp.


Overall, I am incredibly excited for the upcoming year as Chief. I think our LEC has the potential to be the best in years, and I am looking forward to hosting the best conference s4 has had in years.



Mike B.


Lodge Chief