scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Ref: OA Attendence
Marcie Ewasko (Cellomar@AOL.COM
Mon Jun 05 2000 - 10:59:38 CDT
As the mother of Tipisaw Lodge's First Vice-Chief, who was formerly Eluwak
Chapter Chief, and a member of OA myself, I have to ask: When are your
chapter meetings? Are they regularly scheduled? Ours are held at the same
time and place as RT. I've seen my son personally call every boy in our
chapter trying to get them to come to meetings, as well as to chapter and
lodge events. He has also used a phone tree. They got a few more boys to
start attending, but not that many. Hardly worth all the time and effort.
One of OA's main ojectives is to give cheerful service. There are many times
when the OA boys are called on to give service to the lodge and chapter, and
it's always the same young men who show up. These are the true OA brothers.
They give service not only to their troops but to other activities as well.
It is my opinion that if a boy is nominated for OA, he should give some
careful thought before allowing his name to be placed on the list. Is he
willing to go the extra mile? Is he willing to attend meetings? Is he willing
to give cheerful service to district, council, chapter and lodge activities?
If not, why would he even want to be part of this organization? Is it just so
that he can claim to be an Arrowman? An Arrowman who will never step foot
inside a chapter meeting and will never help with anything but his own troop?
Consider this also. Youth who are voted to be Ordeal Candidates and who never
even think of OA once the Ordeal is over are depriving some other deserving
boy who might have been an asset to OA from becoming a member.
Semoran Springs District Vice-Chairman of Communications
...and a good old beaver too! SR51