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2009 Distinguished Service Award Recipients

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2009 Distinguished Service Award Recipients

Posted on 04 June 2009 by admin

At the May National BSA meeting the National OA Committee announced the 2009 recipients of the Distinguished Service Award. These awards will be presented at the 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference.

The Distinguished Service Award was created in 1940 to honor those who rendered service to the Order beyond the lodge level. The award is presented to those Arrowmen who have rendered distinguished and outstanding service to the Order on a sectional, regional, or national basis. The award is presented every two years during NOAC. Since the time of the first awards were presented, less than 750 Distinguished Service Awards have been presented.

The award is a sterling silver arrowhead, bearing an arrow pointing upward and to the wearer’s right, suspended from a white neck-ribbon upon which are embroidered red arrows. A white square knot embroidered upon red cloth is also available. Presentation of the award is limited; nominations are open to both youth and adult.

2009 Recipients
2009 Kevin Lloyd Anderson
2009 Kyle Becker
2009 Michael D. Bliss
2009 Forrest I. Bolles
2009 Alex Braden
2009 Russell A. Bresnahan
2009 Wayne Brock
2009 Toby Capps
2009 Evan P. Chaffee
2009 Judge J. H. Corpening II
2009 Dustin James Counts
2009 Darrell Woodley Donahue
2009 Tyler Elliott
2009 Thomas Fitzgibbon
2009 James A. Flatt, MD
2009 Jonathan Eric Fuller
2009 T. Alex Gomez
2009 John Green
2009 Kenneth James Hager
2009 Adam Heaps
2009 Mark Patrick Hendricks
2009 Doug Hirdler
2009 Burl Holland
2009 Don Hough
2009 Michael Stephen Kirby
2009 Andrew Kuhlmann
2009 Thomas Lambert
2009 Geoffrey Landau
2009 Andrew Martin
2009 Robert Lewis Mason
2009 Bruce Mayfield
2009 Bob Mazzuca
2009 Sean M. Murray
2009 Larry M. Newton
2009 David Nguyen
2009 James W. Palmer
2009 Ian Romaine
2009 Patrick W. Rooney
2009 David E. Schaub
2009 Christopher Schildknecht
2009 Benjamin L. Stilwill
2009 Francis William Sturges, Jr.
2009 Keith Swedenburg
2009 John Mason Thomas
2009 Kieran Thompson
2009 Kay Trick
2009 Edward Tudor
2009 Jacob Paul Wellman
2009 Chad Eric Wolver

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Arrowmen in Action: City Councilman

Posted on 08 May 2009 by admin

Back in February we started pointing out a great feature in the NOAC Update Newsletters called “Arrowmen in Action”.

Past Arrowmen in Action Stories:
Stepping Up when no one else did
Building houses in Mexico
New Hampshire House of Representatives
Runs an EMS Service

The latest Arrowmen in Action, showcases an Arrowmen who serves as a City Councilman while still in School and active in Scouts.

Jeremy Yamaguchi can juggle. He doesn’t work for the circus, and he probably doesn’t spend much time entertaining kids. But at the age of twenty, Jeremy juggles school, Scouts and his position on the Placentia City Council. “Balancing school, OA and the City Council is a challenge,” he says. “I’ve missed school for the city and the city for Scouts and vice versa.”

But no matter how much is on his plate, Jeremy seems determined to give back to the program that he says helped shape him to be the leader he is today. He currently serves as the Section Chief for W4-S and is an assistant scoutmaster with his local troop in Orange County. “I can attribute the reasons for my success from the character development, life skills and outstanding leadership opportunities that the Scouting program has given me,” says Jeremy.

And it was that character development that led him to run for the Placentia City Council. “The main reason I ran was so that I could give back to my community.” Although Jeremy has caught quite a bit of attention as the youngest elected official in Southern California, he says it’s important to stay humble. “It’s important to remember where you came from,” he says. When it comes to his priorities, he looks to former President Ronald Reagan for advice: “faith, family, hard work and freedom,” is the order he lists them in.

What advice does he have for Scouts looking to go into elected office? “Be humble and stay true to who you are and to your ideals.” Jeremy uses the Power of One to give back to his community. How will you use it?

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Oscar Mayer Weirnermobile at NOAC

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NOAC: Important Notice Regarding Food Preparation at Founder’s Day

Posted on 11 April 2009 by admin

Oscar Mayer Wienermobile at NOACThis notice appeared in the April National Events Information Email List email.

During the upcoming 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference many lodges are planning to take part in the various activities during the Founders Day events. In the past, lodges have decided to create a display or booth which represented specific items, traditions, and customs that were unique to their home council and lodge. In doing so, some lodges have prepared foods and beverages representative of their region. While this has been a great way for many lodges to share their unique qualities about their home with the rest of the country, this tradition will be changing this year.

Due to the increased awareness and concern for the restrictions and regulations governing the delivery and preparation of food for public consumption, the conference management has elected to not allow lodges and individual participants to deliver and prepare foods to the 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference. As an alternative, lodges will be able to distribute commercially prepared and prepackaged food products that do not require any refrigeration or preparation. In addition, open container beverages will not be allowed to be served.

Thank you for your understanding with these policy changes and we hope you will have a great experience at the 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference.

Picture was taken at the National Order of the Arrow Conference in 2000. Tichora Lodge got the Wienermobile to make an appearance at Founder’s Day and served up Hot Dogs to hungry Arrowmen.

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OA Shows Launches Film Competition

Posted on 27 March 2009 by admin

NOAC2009Do you have an interest in making movies? Ever wanted to share your interest with someone else? Want to have your video on the screen at NOAC? If you answered “yes” to any of these three questions, then the NOAC Short Film Competition is for you. Join Arrowmen from around the country in this exciting competition to vie for the best NOAC short film.

For more information, please visit http://www.noacshowsfest.com.

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OA Socks

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2009 NOAC Items Available for Pre-Order

Posted on 16 February 2009 by Dan

OA SocksThe National Order of the Arrow Trading Post Online now includes 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) merchandise.

According to the NOAC Newsletter, there is a variety of items including:
– A trendy polo shirt with a discreet embroidered turtle, which makes the shirt one that can be worn whether or not you are at a Scouting event.
– A plush turtle along the same lines as the plush teddy bears that have been offered in the past.
– A bronze coin for each of the ArrowCorps5 sites.

The Online Trading Post is asking that you place your pre-order as soon as possible to help determine proper ordering quantities. Also, you do not need to attend NOAC to place a pre-order, so let your friends and family know that the NOAC 2009 trading post merchandise has been posted.

Remember these are preorders, they will not ship the item right away!

Beginning February 15, 2009, ALL orders placed will be held until the National Order of the Arrow Conference in early August. All payments will be processed at the time of order. Depending upon the shipment method selected during the order process, the order may eitherby Picked up at NOAC or the order will be shipped to you from NOAC.

What are you going to order?

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NOAC Staff Opportunity: The Chiefs Corps

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NOAC Staff Opportunity: The Chiefs Corps

Posted on 21 January 2009 by Dan

I have received a few inquiries as to where more information could be found on “The Chiefs Corps”, that was referenced in the NOAC Update – 1/15/09. Since I was unable to find additional information on the 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference website, here is the full article that was sent out in the email newsletter.

OA Chief CorpsWe are looking for Chiefs to further their commitment to LIVING THE LEGACY of servant leadership. This is a prime and unique opportunity to become a part of Order of the Arrow history by serving on the Chiefs Corps.

The Chiefs Corps tradition began at the 2006 NOAC and became a real force at the 2007 National Conservation and Leadership Summit. The Chiefs Corps for the 2009 NOAC will provide manpower for conference needs, support VIP relations, work with the concierge service, and be the service corps to help make the conference happen.

A select group of Arrowmen will be chosen to become members of the 2009 NOAC Chiefs Corps. The primary requirement to be eligible for consideration is that you are serving as a Chapter Chief or have served as a Lodge, Section, Region, or National Chief.

Once selected, you will become part of the staff of the 2009 NOAC. In years to come, you will continue to be an alumni member of the Chiefs Corps. In 2010, some alumni will serve again as members of the OA Service Corps at the 100-year anniversary National Scout Jamboree. All will remain Chiefs Corps alumni, along with new chiefs selected in the future.

To indicate your willingness to serve, simply complete the staff registration process for NOAC on the OA registration site (http://registration.oa-bsa.org). Complete the online NOAC staff application and select “Logistics: Chiefs Corps” as your preferred area of service. Applications will be online until March 31, 2009. Applications will be reviewed and approved by NOAC Conference Vice Chief Dylan Ellsworth, Lead Adviser Jeff Jonasen, and the National Office.

With your individual effort and with the collective efforts of the Chiefs Corps, we can help make the 2009 NOAC a success, while participating in many NOAC activities others don’t have the chance to experience. Please contact Dylan Ellsworth (lemhiboyscout@gmail.com) if you have questions regarding the Chiefs Corps, and check out the National Events website (http://event.oa-bsa.org) for more NOAC information.

See you at NOAC 09. I’m there!

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NOAC Updates – 1/15/09

Posted on 18 January 2009 by Dan

If you haven’t signed up for the OA National Events Information Newsletter yet, you are missing valuable National Order of the Arrow Conference news!

Another update went out on January 15th, here are the highlights:

Chief Corps
Looking for Chiefs to further their commitment to LIVING THE LEGACY of servant leadership. The Chiefs Corps tradition began at the 2006 NOAC and became a real force at the 2007 National Conservation and Leadership Summit. The Chiefs Corps for the 2009 NOAC will provide manpower for conference needs, support VIP relations, work with the concierge service, and be the service corps to help make the conference happen.

Feature Resource: Personal Finance Tracker
As a follow-up to the NOAC Contingent Fundraising Guide, the National Events Promotion Team has worked hard to provide an additional resource – the Personal Finance Tracker.

New Medical Form FAQ
Since this clarifies the statements that were made in the last NOAC Update which stated that the new Annual Health and Medical Record would be required, I have included the full text on this subject.

1. What if a participant already has a physical completed on a Class 3 form that will be less than a year old at NOAC?

ANSWER: Anyone who has already completed a physical examination using the Class 3 Boy Scout Medical Form that will be less than 12 months old at the time of the 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference, will not be required to complete another physical examination. They will need to submit the already completed Class 3 form along with the completed and signed “Part C” section of the new BSA Medical Form 34605.

2. On page 3 of the new BSA Medical Form 34605, next to the doctor’s signature line, what is the purpose of the red arrow? Does it allow for an electronic signature? Is it an encryption tool?

ANSWER: The form was designed to allow for an electronic signature. The remainder of the form allows the applicant to fill in the information and save the document to their computer. When it is time for their examination and visit with their physician, participants need to print the form and complete all of the physical exam sections and all of the appropriate signatures by hand. There is no plan at this time to use the electronic signature feature for the 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference.

3. Since the form has the capacity to save the information that Arrowmen input, and knowing that we are going to submit forms electronically prior to NOAC do participants have the doctor sign the form electronically or do they print the form, hand write all the necessary information, scan the form and then be prepared to submit it to the registration site?

ANSWER: When it is time for their examination and visit with their physician, they need to print the form and complete all of the physical exam sections and all of the appropriate signatures by hand. Further instructions will be provided, at a later date, as to how the form will be specifically submitted electronically to the National Office and to the NOAC Medical Staff.

OA High Adventure Goes International
In 2009, the Order of the Arrow will be piloting its first international OA High Adventure program at Northern Tier’s Donald Rogert Canoe Base at Atikokan in Canada.

Look for an additional article about OA High Adventure on Scouting News tomorrow!

Concierge Staff Requests Your Help
The Concierge Staff at NOAC, which debuted in the January 1 issue of the NOAC News You Can Use, is looking for NOAC Contingent Planbooks.

Reminder: Deposits Due Soon
Do not forget that a $100 deposit is due by March 1, 2009 for all NOAC participants and staff. Remember that as soon as you pay your deposit, you will receive a copy of the I’m There – NOAC Promotions Patch.

Are you planning on attending the 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference?

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2009 NOAC Updates

Posted on 01 January 2009 by Dan

Just received the latest OA National Events Information Newsletter, if you haven’t subscribed to get these valuable updates, you can subscribe to the National Events Information Email List.

Here are the highlights:

NOAC 2009 Will Be Theme Driven
The 2009 NOAC will be the first National Order of the Arrow Conference to be driven by a theme. The theme, “The Power of One”, will be worked into every aspect of NOAC including the shows, training, communications, and recreation.

Deposit Due
There is a $100 deposit due March 1, 2009 for all NOAC participants and staff.

NOAC Contingent Fundraising Workbook
The National Events Promotion Team and the NOAC Communications Committee has put together a comprehensive guide for fundriasing for the 2009 NOAC. Use the NOAC 2009 Fundraising Guide to ensure cost is not a barrier for your Arrowmen to attend NOAC.

Arrowmen Conservation School
According to the newsletter, the “Arrowmen Conservation School (ACS), a new program at the 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference, is designed to provide lodge and section-level youth officers with the knowledge and training required to develop and execute a localized ArrowCorps project.”

Each contingent will be able to nominate a three member team (two youth & one adult) from their lodge to attend ACS. To attend, an Arrowman must have participated in an OA High Adventure experience (OA Trail Crew, OA Wilderness Voyage, OA Ocean Adventure, or ArrowCorps5).

There will be a Concierge Staff at the 2009 NOAC. According to the newsletter, “the Concierge Staff is part of the Order’s focus on better customer service for NOAC guests. The Concierge Staff will assist lodge contingents in resolving unexpected issues that contingent leaders may encounter after arriving at Indiana University which cannot be resolved through ordinary channels.”

New Health Form Available Now
This is the statement that was in the newsletter. The second paragraph makes it sound like the new Annual Health and Medical Record is the only health form that will be accepted.

The National Office of the Boy Scouts of America has developed a new and comprehensive medical form. This form will replace the current BSA Medical forms. In the past, the Medical Staff for the National Order of the Arrow Conference has required that everyone attending the conference have a current BSA Class 3 Medical Form. This form needed to be completed within 12 months prior to attending the National Order of the Arrow Conference.

As you prepare for the 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference you will need to make sure that you use the correct medical form. The new form is available on the NOAC registration website [LINK – https://registration.oa-bsa.org/guides/documents/Medical_34605.pdf ]. All other forms will not be accepted at the conference. Please download the form and complete it with your medical provider. Please make sure that the form has all of the appropriate signatures.

Are you planning on attending the 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference?

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ISCA to Host 2009 Pre-NOAC TOR

Posted on 11 November 2008 by Dan

The International Scouting Collector Association (ISCA) has announced that it will host the 2009 Pre – National Order of the Arrow Conference Trade-O-Ree in partnership with the Order of the Arrow.

The Trade-O-Ree will be held on campus (Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana) in the Mellencamp Pavilion, an air conditioned, football sized athletic facility that will be a short walk from the NOAC contingent registration area.

Setup is on Wednesday, 7/29/08 starting at 1:00 PM. There will be a preview of the Trade-O-Ree on Wednesday afternoon (time to be announced) for ISCA members only. A live auction is scheduled to start at 9:00 PM on Wednesday and will be run by Chris Jensen.

Trade-O-Ree Hours:
Thursday, 8:00 AM to 11:30 PM, Friday from 8:00 AM to 11:30 PM and Saturday from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The Trade-O-Ree on Saturday (along with seminars, training classes and a display competition) will be part of the official NOAC program for NOAC participants. ISCA will even have a booth in the NOAC registration area directing contingents to the Trade-O-Ree on Saturday making this probably the largest and most attended Trade-O-Ree ever.

The table registration process and prices are yet to be determined.

Check the ISCA website for updates to this information.

In years past the Pre-NOAC Trade-O-Ree has been organized and run by Chris Jensen of Streamwood.

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