2013 was certainly a great year for the Northeast Region Order of the Arrow team, and I am incredibly proud of all that we were able to accomplish. When I received a text last year on December 28th to tell me that Tyler Allen was elected as the 2013 Region Chief I knew that in addition to being a very busy year, it would be a fun one, and, it surely has been!
As 2012 came to a close we were engaged in what turned out to be a very successful fundraising campaign to provide service grants to lodges to help repair damage and destruction from Hurricane Sandy. Thanks to the amazing support we received we were able to award 10 lodges grants that totaled $60,000.
We also did a few new things this year in addition to our usual training events, by adding an NLS Train the Trainer and the Key 3 Summit. Both were hugely successful and will be repeated at some point in the near future. We also continued our branding of our logo we introduced in 2012, and the sales of the merchandise helped subsidize events like the Train the Trainer and other things that we do.
I am incredibly proud as I look back on the Section Chiefs who served in 2012 and 2013, and want to be sure to recognize a few who took on extra responsibilities.
I am also incredibly lucky to have such a great team of adults advisers helping me make things run effectively throughout the year. I give a special thanks to:
Finally, our team was successful because we act and work like a team, and, the other two members of the Key 3 play a huge part in all we do.
We are blessed to have Brian Gray as our Staff Adviser. He is a tireless supporter of all that we do and all of the new things that I want to try! He is fully integrated in everything we do and every event that we hold, and, we sure have a lot of fun working together!
Lastly, our Chief Tyler Allen has done an outstanding job. It has been great to watch Tyler grow as a leader, from our first trip to the Train the Trainer in California in January of 2012, throughout the leadership roles he held that year, and as our Chief this year. He puts his heart in to everything he touches, takes pride in what he does, and has a lot to be proud of.
I continue to tell people that I have the best job in Scouting, and, I say that because that’s how I feel. I get to work with amazing young men, the best team of adults, and, together, we have been able to accomplish some great things.
I look forward to 2014 and being able to continue the upward progress in to the new year.
Thanks to everyone who has played a part to make us successful, and for all that you do to make the best youth serving program in the world happen!
Bob is an Eagle Scout, and has been awarded the Vigil Honor and Founder's Award by Otahnagon Lodge, Baden-Powell Council. Bob has served as Lodge Adviser, Section Adviser, Council Vice President, Area 3 Communications committee, the Adviser to the National Digital Media Team, a member of the National Region and Section Operations Subcommittee, and has held leadership roles in several national events. Bob has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award and the Silver Beaver. He resides in Vestal, NY, and professionally, is a Program Manager for defense contractor BAE Systems.