Re: Getting Elected to the Order of the Arrow
Rob Lee (roblee@PACBELL.NET)
Sun, 16 Jun 1996 10:21:28 -0700
In the History of the Order of the Arrow it states that "...the custom that
is perhaps unique in the history of organizations of this type was started;
the membership was selected by nonmembers. There has been no deviation from
this principle through the years."
This statement was made in the 1990 printing of the book. This raises an
interesting issue, if the BSA writer had the book proofread by knowledgable
people, and one should assume that it was, then there is no evidence that
the rule ever changed officially.
There were changes to teh election rules in 1967-68 relaxing certain
requirements, basically allowing candidates to make rank requirements within
six months of election. No mention of changing the nonmember voting policy.
Further review of the history didn't turn up any other hint of a change to
this practice. I am going to post this over on arrow-l to see if someone
there can explain this.
At 05:13 PM 6/14/96 -1000, you wrote:
>>>>Thanks for the additional information as well as the change which
>makes ALL unit members eligible to vote, not just the ones whom
>are NOT Arrowmen.
>Any of our historians know when this change was made? My first OA
>election was in 1966 and I don't ever recall voting being restricted to
>non-Arrowmen. Of course woodsmoke can make things a bit hazy over the
>Aloha Council BSA
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