Re: OA Membership - Its Meaning
Berk Moss (mossfam@TELEPORT.COM)
Wed, 19 Jun 1996 21:16:41 -0800
$0.02 from the Northwest:
I agree with Michael F. Bowman, members of OA are and should be all equal.
I entered the order a few years ago as an adult. In my youth scouting
career, I always looked up to OA members and thought membership would be
quite an honor. Because my folks moved to a different town when I was
second class and I transferred to a rather inactive troop, I had a 30 year
time out from scouts and was not elected to OA as a youth.
My sons were elected to OA before me and greeted me at my tap-out, ordeal,
and brotherhood ceremonies. I am proud of the honor and have seen the call
to "cheerful service" responded to many times by fellow members. It is
impressive to need staff for an event or just grunt work done and see a
young man change his answer when I tap his pocket flap. He realizes I
wouldn't ask if we didn't really need his help and he realizes that he has
reached his position through the service of others. I wouldn't want to
stratify the membership. To me Brotherhood means a member has lived the
Oath and Law another year and understanding what "cheerful service" means
is willing to renew his obligation.
We need to encourage new members and include them not separate them.
Well, maybe that was $0.03!
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