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50th Anniversary Gettysburg Reunion

When was the Order of the Arrow founded?  Where?

Consider that the answers to those two questions might not be as simple as, “Friday, July 16th 1915” and “Treasure Island.”

OA in Long Beach

On May 20, 2012 National OA Committee Chairman Ray Capp and Steve Bradley presented Long Beach Area Council with the first new charter in 42 years as 38 youth and 15 adults were inducted into the OA.  The youth membership elected officers and selected Puvunga as their lodge name. It translates to "the gathering place". The lodge totem is a porpoise.

2011 National Planning Meeting

The section chiefs from across the nation convened for the annual National Planning Meeting in Dallas, Texas (Westlake).  John Rehm of Woapeu Sisilia Lodge, Williamsport, Pennsylvania was elected national chief and Preston Marquis from Blue Heron Lodge, Norfolk, Virginia was elected national vice chief.  The region chiefs elected were Marty Opthoff - Central Region, David Joyner  - Southern Region, Eric Bush – Northeast Region, and Joe Barton – Western Region.

2010 National Planning Meeting

 The annual end of year National Planning Meeting of section chiefs was held in Westlake, Texas (Dallas Area).  Jonathan Hillis from Tonkawa Lodge, Austin Texas was elected national chief and Dan Dick from Wulapeju Lodge, Rockford, Illinois was elected vice chief.  Region Chiefs elected were Dwayne Fontenette – Southern Region, Travis Cunningham – Northeast Region, Collin Huerter – Central Region and Joseph Garcia – Western Region.

Change in Lodge Number Usage

Lodge numbers were issued from 1926 until 2004. While it was a long tradition of the Order to use lodge numbers, they eventually became outdated and problematic. For all other purposes the national office was using council numbers. Lodge numbers were confusing and a relic of the past. Furthermore, the numbers had lost a great deal of their meaning by 2004. While the original numbers were given out in the order the lodges received their charters that practice had changed. The change was the result of councils and their lodges merging. In early years when two or more lodges merged together they would typically retain the lowest number. That way the number represented the order in which the OA had first come to the council.

Goodman Biography Published

A Thing of the Spirit, The Life of E. Urner Goodman is the biography of the founder, written by Nelson R. Block and published by the Boy Scouts of America.

FDR inducted into OA

On August 23, 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the first and only President of the United States to be inducted into the Order of the Arrow.  The induction took place at Camp Man of Ten Mile River Scout Camp (TMR) and was conducted by Suanhacky Lodge of the Queens Borough of New York City, Greater New York Councils. Recently film was discovered documenting the event.

Del Loder

Del Loder’s Scouting career and OA history are lengthy and distinguished. In 2009 Del received the prestigious Order of the Arrow Lifetime Achievement Award. Del Loder has experienced a lifetime of wisdom and knowledge and he has spent his service in the Order imparting it to his fellow Arrowmen.

Ninth National OA Committee Chair

On September 1, 2009 former Vice Chairman of the National OA Committee Ray Capp became the Order’s ninth National OA Committee Chairman. Capp succeeded Brad Haddock who had served the Order for eight and a half years as the committee chair. Ray Capp was appointed to the National OA Committee in 2000.

2009 National Planning Meeting

The 2009 National Planning Meeting was consumed with planning the Order of the Arrow’s greatest presence ever at a jamboree for the much anticipated BSA 100th Anniversary Jamboree. The OA would participate at an unprecedented level featuring the Mysterium Compass, American Indian Village and the OA Service Corps. Brad Lichota of Chippewa Lodge, Shelby Township, Michigan was elected National Chief and Will Swingle, Nawakwa Lodge, Ashland, Virginia was elected National Vice Chief.

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