National OA Committee

Profile - The National OA Committee

The National Committee on Order of the Arrow was officially formed in 1948 with the full integration of the OA into the Boy Scouts of America. However the genesis of the committee dates back 15 years earlier. In 1933 at the Chicago hosted Grand Lodge Meeting the Order established a “Transition Committee”. The Transition Committee was basically given unlimited authority to negotiate with the BSA National Council regarding integration of the OA into the BSA. This move meant for the first time a national type committee for the Grand Lodge could operate without the need for a vote from the membership.

National Chief Thomas Cairns chaired the committee. Cairns selected the Grand Lodge elected leadership that included Grand Lodge Scribe H. Lloyd Nelson and with consultation from Goodman selected others to the committee including Goodman himself. All of the members of this committee, with the notable exception of Nelson, were Scout professionals working in a volunteer capacity.

In 1934 this committee changed its name to the National Executive Committee. Because of the growth experienced by the Order, and with the approval by the BSA in 1934 as an official BSA program, the Order was too big to be run by parliamentary procedure at open meetings every other year. The National Executive Committee took on all responsibilities except for elections. All members had to stand for election except for the two immediate past chiefs who were automatically members of the committee. In 1948, as an integrated part of the BSA, all members of the National Executive Committee became National Order of the Arrow Committee members. Kellock Hale, the next in line to be National Chief instead became the first National Committee Chairman.

The National OA Committee was formed to run the OA. Committee members would no longer stand for election and would be appointed by the BSA through its President. The National OA Committee was designed to have a balance of members from the regions of the country and no longer was comprised primarily of Scout professionals. The leadership of the OA has come from rank and file volunteers who have come up through their local lodges and answered the call to serve on a national level. Committee members are required to put in countless hours of service to run the OA. Many committee members put in decades of service including numerous leaders profiled in this OA History Timeline.

Over the years the National OA Committee has grown tremendously in size. From a group as small as nine, the committee has enlarged to over 50 members including two professionals and a number of youth leaders. The National OA Committee has expanded as the complexity and breadth of service has grown. At one time running a four-day conference for 1,000 Arrowmen was the Committee’s largest responsibility. Now the OA is involved in at least one national event every year, high adventure at numerous bases, scholarships, publications, leadership training and much more.

The following are the most recent published list of National Committee members including their areas of primary responsibility.  (Y) Youth; (P) Professional.

National Order of the Arrow Committee

National Chief
Nick Dannemiller (Y)
 
National Vice Chief
Taylor Bobrow (Y)
 
National Chairman 
 
OA Team Leader
 
OA Specialist
Matthew W. Dukeman (P)
 
 
Vice Chairmen
 
Communications and Technology
Craig B. Salazar
 
Council Relations
 
Development
N. Anthony Steinhardt, III
 
Financial Operations and Strategic Planning
Glenn T. Ault
 
Membership and Retention 
Clint E. Takeshita
 
National Events and 100th Anniversary
Michael G. Hoffman
 
Outdoor Adventures
Howard E. Kern
 
Partnerships
 
Recognition, Awards, History, and Preservation
Michael L. Thompson
 
Region and Section Operations 
Steven D. Bradley
 
Special Projects 
Scott W. Beckett
 
Training
David W. Garrett
 
Unit, Chapter, and Lodge Support 
Jeffrey Q. Jonasen
 
Youth Protection
 
 
Committee Members
 
L. Ronald Bell
Unit, Chapter, and Lodge Support
 
Michael D. Bliss
Outdoor Adventures
 
Matthew E. Brown
Outdoor Adventures
 
Jack S. Butler, II
Training
 
Toby D. Capps
Region and Section Operations
 
E. Andrew Chapman
Training
 
Mark J. Chilutti
Region and Section Operations
 
Donald J. Cunningham
Development 
 
National Events and 100th Anniversary
 
Darrell W. Donahue
Unit, Chapter, and Lodge Support
 
Wayne L. Dukes
Unit, Chapter, and Lodge Support
 
Anthony J. Fiori
Communications & Technology
 
James A. Flatt, MD
Region and Section Operations
 
Stephen F. Gaines
Training
 
Christopher A. Grove
National Events and 100th Anniversary
 
Clyde (Bud) Harrelson III
Communications & Technology
 
Joshua P. Henry
National Events and 100th Anniversary
 
John W. Hess
Outdoor Adventures
 
Jason P. Hood
Development
 
Jordan L. Hughes
Unit, Chapter, and Lodge Support
 
Recognition, Awards, History and Preservation
 
Unit, Chapter, and Lodge Support
 
William D. Loeble
Recognition, Awards, History and Preservation
 
Development
 
Carey J. Mignerey
National Events and 100th Anniversary
 
Terrel W. Miller
Recognition, Awards, History and Preservation
 
John R. Rotruck
Unit, Chapter, and Lodge Support
 
Max Sasseen, Jr.
National Events and 100th Anniversary
 
Sara L.  Seaborne
Unit, Chapter, and Lodge Support
 
Daniel T. Segersin
Region and Section Operations
 
Steven R. Silbiger
Development
 
William H. Topkis
Recognition, Awards, History and Preservation
 
Financial Operations and Strategic Planning
 
Russell D. Votava
Communications & Technology
 
Matthew M. Walker
Outdoor Adventures
 
Billy W. Walley
Recognition, Awards, History and Preservation
 
Jason A. Wolz
Communications & Technology