2002 National Officers' Closing Thoughts
|2002 National Chief
||2002 National Vice Chief
This is perhaps the most difficult message we have written,
for it is such a daunting task to express what an amazing
experience this year has been in so few words.
From the lodge banquets that began the year,
to the ones that will conclude our terms, and
the conclaves, meetings, and high adventure
opportunities in which we participated in between,
this year has given us the opportunities to do so
much, and meet many incredible Arrowmen. It has been
heartening to see the Order of the Arrow alive and well
all around the nation, to see the enthusiasm in the
eyes of Arrowmen as they lead the way for their lodges.
In all of our travels we discovered that the Order
of the Arrow, and its members, are bound together by
the same things they were 87 years ago: brotherhood,
cheerfulness, and service. Those founding principles are
still the compass for our Order. And while there is
a great binding similarity in all our lodges, for
which the light of our Order shines on similar aims, there
are also many wonderful aspects of each lodge program
and membership that makes every one of them
integral to our movement.
One of the greatest privileges of the year was
serving on the national Order of the Arrow committee.
This body is comprised of some of the most dedicated
and talented adults we have ever met. It was a
pleasure to work, converse, and play basketball
with them. And we could never forget the National
Order of the Arrow Conference and everything extraordinary
that came with serving in the year of such a grand event.
This year has flown by, but when we look back
at everything that has been accomplished, it
seems as though it has been more than just
twelve months. From the freezing of the National
Quality Lodge requirements in February, to the 2002 officers
personally calling every lodge chief in the nation to
keep the Northern Tier Wilderness Voyage in existence,
there is so much to remember, and to build on for the future.
It is our hope that the youth of the Order, at every
level, will continue to support the valuable programs that are
offered at our national High Adventure bases. The OA needs
the wilderness, just as the wilderness needs good stewards.
There is important work to be done, and the OA High Adventure
programs at Philmont and Northern Tier are an experience that
is truly like none other.
This year has been full of blessings -- the greatest of which
was the opportunity to serve you and our Order.
||National Vice Chief