Re: OA Sash Washing
Branden Morris (morris@NET1PLUS.COM)
Tue, 11 Nov 1997 21:52:20 -0500
Scott Begin <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>Brian Walter <Pitchfrk@AOL.COM> wrote:
>>#2 You know....I think my dirty sash means more for me and I'm more proud
>>of it! Only the proffesionals who don't do any work have clean sashes.
So really, no professional does any work? Either "paperwork" style work, or
>I resent this remark.
>I am not a professional, but as I inspect my sash, it is pretty clean. I
>became an OA member as an adult in June 1994.
>Why is my sash as clean as it is? I only wear it with my full field
>Uniform, and then, only when at an OA event (Call out, the hikes sponsored
>by the lodge, and when in uniform at fellowships).
Personally, I've never understood the "dirty sash=hard worker, clean
sash=politician/professional/slacker" mentality. Let's check what the OA
handbook has to say about wearing sashes:
"The Order of the Arrow sash is worn with official "Class A" uniform or
Scouting's official adult dress wear (a blue blazer and gray slacks). The
sash may also be worn by Elangomats who are not in "Class A" uniform at an
Ordeal, youth wearing ceremonial attire, an in other such instances as
approved by the Scout Executive."
Work clothes aren't listed in the above section (unless, of course, the
Scout Executive so mandates).
Scott raises two good points. The first, of course, being safety. Doing any
kind of strenous work with a band of cloth around you, hanging loose, is
simply dangerous. Even if you're not using chainsaws as Scott describes,
it's cumbersome, dangerous, and inconvenient (sash falls down, gets tangled
in arms, etc.)
Also, the OA handbook notes correctly that it's a uniform item. If you're
not in uniform, you don't wear it. Unless you're working in your uniform
(which IMO is just as nonsensical), it's not needed. And I don't think one
would want to stand up at a Court of Honor or other 'ceremonial' event with
dirty clothing, including a sash. Would you want your hands, pants, shirt,
or hair to be as messy? (And it's not a matter of judging people unfairly
by appearance, but a matter of self-image and self-esteem). If you're proud
of your merit badges, would you wear them with work clothes?
Everyone is entitled to their opinion; if you want to wear a sash while
working, and run the risk of not only ruining the sash, but your mortal
form as well, be my guest. If you're proud of it being dirty because it
reminds you of service, by all means, enjoy it. But please don't insinuate
that any brother, volunteer or professional, who has a clean sash, is not a
hard worker. Some of us are just gentlemen enough to know when to dress for
work, and when to dress up. We also remember our obligations to cheerful
service, just in different ways -- one of them being proper, presentable
Yours in Brotherhood,
Branden Morris email@example.com
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