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2009 National Order of the Arrow Officers Elected

Posted on 28 December 2008 by Dan

The National Order of the Arrow (OA) Planning meeting is currently taking place down in Dallas, Texas (TX). Part of the meeting is the election of the 2009 National Officers. These young men will represent the Order of the Arrow across the country for the next year, and will have an integral part of running the 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) and planning the OA’s presence at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree.

Here are the 2009 election results coming out of Dallas:

Jack O\'Neill - 2009 National OA Chief2009 National Chief: Jack O’Neill
Jack O’Neill is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member from Columbia, Missouri.

Jack is a member of the Shawnee Lodge #51, Greater St Louis Area Council and has recently served as Section C-5C Chief.

According to the Central Region Order of the Arrow website, Jack enjoys playing tennis, listening to music, camping, hanging out with friends, flag football, working on camp staff, working out, and playing basketball.

Dan Higham - 2009 OA National Vice Chief2009 National Vice Chief: Dan Higham
Dan Higham is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member from Vestal, New York in the Northeast Region.

Dan is a member of the Otahnagon Lodge, Baden Powell Council and has recently served as Section NE-3A Chief.

According to the Northeast Region Order of the Arrow website, Dan is attending Oswego State University majoring in Human Resource Management. Dan served on the national program committee to develop the program for Arrowcorps5 as well as being the Youth program director at the Shasta-Trinity site. Dan enjoys basketball, working out, golf, relaxing, and fishing.

2009 Central Region Chief: Michael Beckman
Michael Beckman has been elected the 2009 Central Region Chief. Michael is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of Kuh-Ni-Eh Lodge, Dan Beard Council. You can learn more about Michael on the Central Region Order of the Arrow website.

2009 Northeast Region Chief: Ryan Hay
Ryan Hay has been elected the 2009 Northeast Region Chief. Ryan is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of Witauchsoman Lodge #44, Minsi Trails Council. You can learn more about Ryan on the Northeast Region Order of the Arrow Website.

2009 Southern Region Chief: Mark Norris
Mark Norris has been elected the 2009 Southern Region Chief. Mark is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of Woa Cholena Lodge, Mobile Area Council. You can learn more about Mark on the Southern Region Order of the Arrow website.

2009 Western Region Chief: David Harrell
David Harrell has been elected the 2009 Western Region Chief. David is a a member of Kola Lodge, Longs Peak Council. You can learn more about David on the Western Region Order of the Arrow website.

Congratulations to the 2009 National Order of the Arrow Officers!

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Revolutionary Trails Council Announces New Scout Executive

Posted on 11 February 2008 by Dan

newse.jpgThe Revolutionary Trails Council selection committee is very pleased to announce that William Garrett of Minsi Trails Council, Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania has accepted our offer to become Scout Executive of the Revolutionary Trails Council on March 1, 2008.

Bill was raised in Ravenswood, West Virginia, a place his mother, father, and grandparents still call home. He was active in Pack & Troop 43 where he and his father developed their passion for fishing and outdoor activities. Bill received his Bachelor of Science in Business administration from the University of Charleston. During college, he was involved in student government, student activities and served two terms as President of his fraternity.

His first professional scouting position was with the Buckskin Council in Charleston as District Executive in 1995, progressing to Senior District Executive and Field Director by July 2000 where he was responsible for leadership of a territory of 16 counties in two states in areas of membership, camp management and the Learning for Life program.

After visiting countless potential charter organizations and spending at least 1 ½ years working to start a new Pack in Spanishburg, WV, Bill was rewarded for his hard work – being introduced to his future wife by the new Cubmaster (her sister). Bill and Sheila married in 2002 and are the very proud parents of Katie, who is almost 2.

In March 2003, he was recruited to be Finance Director of Simon Kenton Council, Columbus, Ohio where he was liaison with 6 United Way Offices and directly responsible for $890,000 in major gifts, project sales, special events and United Way allocations.

Bill joined Minsi Trails Council in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania in December 2004. Since then he has provided leadership to a field staff of six executives and four district committees. His service area includes over 8,000 youth members in 280 units and generates over $1.4 million in revenue. Youth retention was increased to 73% and the council became #1 nationally in percentage trained direct contact leaders. Minsi Trails Council achieved Quality Council in 2005, 2006 and 2007. His accomplishments are great and he brings personal strengths of volunteer cultivation, staff leadership, strategy development, fund raising, fiscal management,
camp management and effective communications.

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