What an amazing year it has been! As the section secretary, I have led the section comms team since my election, and I want to share some exciting information. It has been a busy year with the Order’s largest gathering, NOAC 2018. With the participation of over 6,000 Arrowmen, my team was able to cover loads of fun activities and share information with Arrowmen at home and at the conference.
I would like to thank my whole team and my adviser for all of their hard work at NOAC and at home. There is nothing more thrilling than seeing something that you have been planning for months finally come to fruition, and succeed in every aspect that you had hoped. However, NOAC was not the only event that we plan for, as we are just about ready for conclave 2018. Now, although there will not be cell coverage at Baker, we will still be providing some fun opportunities in which attendees can participate. For those not able to attend conclave, make sure you follow us on all our social media accounts (@sectionw1s) and keep an eye out for updates because we will still be providing coverage!
If you don’t know if you want to go to conclave yet, send me an email if you have any questions! This is an amazing event that you won’t want to miss. Years ago, I was starting to lose interest in Scouting because I didn’t feel like I was getting anywhere; it just wasn’t for me. After my Ordeal in Spring of 2014, I thought that I’d give that whole OA thing a shot. I had fun, so I went to a few more Ordeal weekends that year, and my first OA event was conclave 2014 in Grants Pass. Now, as just a new Arrowman I wasn’t entirely sure what I was doing and I took the OA bus down from the Wilsonville area. Little did I know, I was about to be on that bus until 1 AM. On Saturday morning I was tired and didn’t know what I should be doing, but I was able to attend a couple morning classes and I managed to have one of the most fun Scouting experiences up to that point. Now, I must mention that there was one person who was key to my good experience… and I don’t know his name (I hope he reads this). This is one of the many things that makes this Brotherhood so wonderful; people helping others even if they don’t know them.
Due to this amazing experience and that one person who kept me interested in that weekend, my spark was rekindled. I became more active in my troop and in the Order. Redetermined to earn my Eagle, I did everything I could. I was eventually approached to join the section as a staff member within the trading post and then as the merchandising CVC the next year. This little ‘kick’ is what it took to get my ball rolling again.
Today, I can proudly say that I am a five palm Eagle Scout, a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow, and your section secretary. So, I will leave you with this message; whether you are a new Arrowman or you are a senior member of the Order, I highly encourage you to attend this amazing event. New Arrowmen: new experiences are waiting around the corner that you won’t want to miss. Tenured members: strive to positively affect the masses; the spark is there, fan it now, till it is a fire.
Section W-1S Secretary