This year is a very important one in the realm of the Order of the Arrow. As such, there are some very big decisions that needed to be made especially in regards to the leadership of the OA at a national level that will lead us all into the future with the 100th anniversary celebration. At this year’s National Planning Meeting in West Lake Texas the section chiefs from across the nation had the distinct pleasure and privilege of electing these leaders. The Northeast Region proudly serves as the home of the 2015 National Vice Chief of the Order of the Arrow, Donnie Stephens. Donnie was the Chief of Section NE-5B where he is a member of Lowwapaneu Lodge. Donnie will surely do a wonderful job in his new position and I would like to extend my personal congratulations one more time to him as he helps to lead us into another century of service in the Order of the Arrow.
Recently, the Northeast Region appointed Bob Black as Region Chairman. Bob is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor recipient from Otahnagon Lodge in Binghamton, NY. He is also a recipient of the Founder’s Award, Distinguished Service award, the Silver Beaver Award and the Hornaday badge. In the past, Bob worked on camp staff at Camp Tuscarora in the Baden-Powell Council, served as the Lodge Adviser of Otahnagon Lodge, and Section Adviser of Sections NE-3A and NE-3B.
Soon, outgoing NE-2B Section Vice Chief Tom Sarant will travel to Annapolis, MD to commence his time at the United States Naval Academy, which is the second oldest of the US’ five service academies. In order to gain admission to the academy, one must receive a nomination directly from a United States Senator, Representative, or the Vice President. Additionally, one has to undergo a rigorous physical fitness test. Here, Tom will be able to continue his exceptional rifle career, which recently led him to be a member of Massapequa High School’s winning team at the New York State regional smallbore rifle championship in early March.
By Kyle Piper, 2014 NE Region Chief
I’ve just returned from the adventure of a lifetime! This past weekend, the Northeast Region Key Three travelled to visit our brothers in Black Eagle lodge and the members of the Transatlantic Council during their camporee commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. Activities kicked off from the moment we arrived on Friday with a visit from the BSA National Leadership to each campsite. As evening fell, I caught up with ceremonialists from Black Eagle to conduct Vigil Honor Call-Outs late into the night.