The Opening Show
||"Test yourself and so discover"....these were
the words that resonated through the arena as the National Officers made
their entrance....the opening show was awesome! There was nothing but
thrills, starting with our national anthem through the chorus of patriotic
songs and fireworks in the finale. About 7,500 Arrowmen were on hand for the
Opening Show of NOAC 2002.
|The show began as two Native Americans
ceremonially reminded us of our obligation to recognize our national
officers. National Vice Chief Riley Berg was introduced and the eagle
feather bonnet of the national vice chief was placed upon his head.
National Chief Clay Capp was then introduced and the national chief's eagle
feather bonnet was set atop his head. Clay Capp then led the arena of
attendees in the Obligation of our Order. Lisa Williamson, a graduate
of Indiana University and former Miss Indiana, sang our national anthem as
an array of pyrotechnics recreated the famous battle that inspired Francis
Scott Key to pen the Star Spangled Banner.
||A traditional highlight of the opening show,
the parade of lodges followed our national anthem. Hundreds of
Arrowmen carrying their oversized lodge flaps processed from four entrances
toward the stage. There were so many flaps and so much cheering that
our national officers were barely visible or heard on stage behind the
parade. Fireworks shot from various areas in the arena lighting up the
the whole arena.
Following this, the delegation was addressed by National
Vice Chief Riley Berg, who delivered an insightful speech on dreams and life
goals. Riley reminded Arrowmen that they must not be afraid to seize
opportunities as they arise in their lives.
|The show then moved to the Order of the Arrow
Lifetime Achievement Award, "A Legacy of Servant Leadership," which was
created earlier this year to recognize individuals you have invested their
lifetime in service to our Brotherhood and whose accomplishments on our
behalf are historically significant. Tom McBride of Rankin,
Pennsylvania was presented with the award. Tom was inducted in 1939
and over the past six decades has served our Order in positions from bugler
at the 1940 national meeting to national chairman. James McBride
accepted the award on behalf of his father who was not able to attend.
||The National Chief and Vice Chief then took
over to introduce our Order's new Strategic Plan. The Region Chiefs joined
in to explain the importance of the plan and its focus on service to the
unit and council. After the introduction, the lodge chiefs of every
lodge approached the stage to place one of their lodge flaps on a symbolic
version of the strategic plan to signify their dedication to the new
Strategic Plan 2003-2007.
Throughout the show, a recurring theme to support training was presented.
Through creative skits and inspirational quotes from our nation's
forefathers and Native American leaders, continued learning was emphasized
for all of us. Training begins Sunday.
The show was concluded with a magnificent display of lights and patriotic
songs which included the surreal display of an American flag projected on a
live onstage waterfall. NOAC has begun!