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2005 National Planning Meeting

The annual 2005 end of the year National Planning Meeting had the primary responsibility of planning the 2006 NOAC set for Michigan State University. Sean Murray of Otahnagon Lodge, Norwich, New York was elected National Chief and Christopher Schildknecht of Ku-Ni-Eh Lodge, Cincinnati, Ohio was elected National Vice Chief. Region Chiefs elected were: Russell Bresnahan – Central Region, Jon Fuller – Northeast Region, Dustin Counts – Southern Region and Kieran Thompson – Western Region.

NOAC 2006

The 2006 National Order of the Arrow Conference at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan was the largest NOAC ever. There were 8,003 delegates and staff at the OA’s grand event. The total was nearly 1,000 more Arrowmen than the previous record set at the 75th Anniversary NOAC 16 years earlier in 1990.

2006 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.

Third Lifetime Achievement Award

In 2006, the third Legacy of Servant Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Dabney Kennedy.

Dabney Kennedy was born in March 1936, in Stephenville, Texas, a little town about 70 miles southwest of Fort Worth. He enrolled in Cub Scouting and earned the Arrow of Light. When old enough, he became a Boy Scout, serving first as patrol leader and later as senior patrol leader. He earned the Eagle Award, with palms, and then went on to join Explorers and earn that program’s Silver Award.

2002 National Planning Meeting

The annual end of year gathering of Section Chiefs took place in Dallas, Texas and although there was no NOAC to plan, there were two National programs of emphasis.

The first was Philbreak, a spring week at Philmont to help with conservation efforts after fires destroyed forestland in Philmont. The second event to plan was the first Indian Summer.

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.

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.

Brad Haddock

The Order of the Arrow has been blessed by a small handful of transformational leaders that have taken a visionary position and inspired other Arrowmen to follow. The first such leader was E. Urner Goodman. It was Goodman that had the foresight to create and guide the Order at its genesis and during the early formative years. Then it was H. Lloyd Nelson who was the catalyst for innovation as he guided the Order into full integration with the BSA. Brad Haddock, like Goodman and Nelson before him, has been this type of transformational leader.

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