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First Indian Summer

The 2003 OA Indian Summer took place in August 2003 at the Ridgecrest Conference Center near Ashville, North Carolina. Indian Summer was designed to help strengthen Arrowmen’s understanding of the American Indian culture and the relationship it has in OA ceremonies.

2003 National Planning Meeting

The 2003 National Planning Meeting was held at the end of the year in Dallas, Texas. With a NOAC set for the summer, planning the conference was the top priority of the meeting. In the much-anticipated national officer elections Jeff Hayward from Tetonwana Lodge, Pierre, South Dakota was elected National Chief. David Dowty was elected National Vice Chief. David became the first national officer elected from an overseas lodge.

NOAC 2004

For the eighth conference in a row, the number of Arrowmen exceeded 6,000 as 6,504 delegates and staff attended NOAC 2004. The Order of the Arrow returned for a second time to the site of the 1998 NOAC, Iowa State University in Ames. The conference theme "Chosen to serve, Inspired to lead" was featured throughout the meeting. The 2004 NOAC Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Carl M. Marchetti, MD, personified this theme.


1998 National Planning Meeting

The 1998 National Planning Meeting had the primary goals of planning the 1999 National Leadership Summit at Colorado State University and to hold national officer elections.

OA Wilderness Voyage

The Order of the Arrow Wilderness Voyage (OAWV) was created in 1999 and was modeled after the success and service of the OA Trail Crew Program at Philmont Scout Ranch. This program operates out of the Charles L. Sommers canoe based at the B.S.A.’s Northern Tier National High Adventure Base in Ely, Minnesota.

National Leadership Summit

The OA took advantage of a year without a NOAC or Jamboree to hold the National Leadership Summit. The summit was held at Colorado State University, from July 31st to August 3rd, 1999. All lodge and section chiefs, advisers, and staff advisers were invited to attend.

1999 National Planning Meeting

The 1999 National Planning Meeting was devoted to planning the 2000 NOAC scheduled for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Eighth National OA Committee Chair

After serving as National OA Committee Chairman for over 7 years Ed Pease stepped down. The new National OA Committee Chairman appointed was Brad Haddock. Brad Haddock became the first youth National Chief (1975) to later lead the National OA Committee.

NOAC 2000

The OA gathered for a third time at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville site of the 1977 and 1992 NOACs for the 85th Anniversary 2000 NOAC. 6,632 delegates were in attendance. The Conference Theme selected was "Bound in Brotherhood, Led By the Spirit".

2000 DSA Recipients

The Distinguished Service Award (DSA) is presented to those Arrowmen who have rendered distinguished and outstanding service to the Order on a sectional, regional, or national basis. The following were presented the DSA at the 2000 National Order of the Arrow Conference - Mark Christopher Angeli, Daniel T. Asleson, Richard "Dick" Henry, John C. Bicket, Peter Arnold Cash, Benjamin Whitlow "Whit" Culver, Brandon Fessler, Michael A. George II, Joseph W. Glenski, David Golden, Brian S. Hashiro, John Isley, Kenneth R.

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