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V o lu m e XII, I s s u e III

N ov e m b e r 2008

What’s Inside? Page 2: Chiefly Speaking Page 3: Farewell to Randy Around the Region Page 4: Implimenting a Conclave Theme Page 5: OA Website NOAC Registration Portal Page 6: Structured for Success (cont.) NOAC 2009 Page 7: 2008 NLS Recap Page 8: Letter from the Editor Region Calendar www.oa-bsa.org www.northeast.oa-bsa.org _______________ Northeast Region P.O. Box 268 10 Centre Drive Jamesburg, NJ 088331-0268

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Volume XII, Issue 3, SOS

Structured for Success Dan Higham, Section Chief, NE-3A Our organization has many different levels of leadership, all responsible for various tasks. These levels include chapters, lodges, sections, regions, and national. The focus of this article however, deals more with the interaction between the section and the lodges it serves. A section is the liaison between the region and the lodges. It hosts a conclave, brings together a council of lodge representation, and incorporates fun into the program. The lodge is involved in the bulk of the work, which includes aspects like service and running many events. What is often overlooked is how the lodges benefit the section. Lodges make up everything that is a section: the section staff is comprised of lodge members, the Council of Chiefs (COC) contains representatives of the lodge, and the headquarters is geographically in one of the lodges in the section. Lodges are the heart and soul of the section and its ability to be successful. A lodge can help a section by maintaining strong communication with section leadership. By sending people to COC’s it will keep lodge members informed on national and sectional events, as well as ensure members are participating in conclave planning. The most important way a lodge can help a section is by sending a large contingent to conclave and setting a strong example of Scouting enthusiasm, which in turn makes a memorable experience for Arrowmen. When those who attend a conclave leave inspired to serve, it was a success. (continued on page 6)


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Visionary Staff Patrick Rooney Region Chief

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Ryan Hay Lead Editor

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Manuel Diaz Copy Editor

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Josh Peloquin Layout Editor

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Chiefly Speaking

My Brothers, I hope this letter finds you all well. By the time this issue of The Visionary reaches you, our Section, Regional and National OA leaders from the Northeast Region will be assembled for the 2008 Section Officer Seminar at Camp Alpine, NJ. First, let me thank everyone for their help and support in putting this fantastic event together. As my year as Northeast Region Chief comes to a close, I can now fully recognize that 2008 will always be remembered as one of the best years of my life. Every day, I have faced challenges that have ended up amounting to the greatest rewards I have ever known. No man can accomplish something alone; everyone needs help. And for the people that have helped me from the time I was elected Lodge Chief in 2004 to now at the end of 2008, I say “Thank you.”

J. Ryan Zambon Communications Chairman

This year was a huge turning point – not only in my life, but also for the communications@northeast.oa-bsa. Order of the Arrow as a whole. This year, thousands of us were lucky to experience one (or more) of the ArrowCorps5 projects held at five org different National Forests over five separate weeks. For the first time in our Order’s history, we are now “walking the talk” in regards to cheerful Mike George service. Regardless of what our accomplishments are, we must never sit Lead Adviser back and just look at what we have accomplished. Our successes this year mgeorgejr@gmail.com must send our Order into a successful 2009, 2010, 2011 and so on. Adam Heaps Shortly after Christmas, the 12 Section Chiefs of the Northeast Region Associate Adviser will travel to Dallas, Texas for the National Order of the Arrow adam.heaps@fandm.edu Planning Meeting. At that meeting, I will pass the torch to the newly elected Region Chief who will lead us into the successful 2009 that I Randall K. Cline mentioned earlier. I wish him the best of luck and I hope that he enjoys Region Chairman his year as much as I truly have. chairman@northeast.oa-bsa.org Douglas Fullman Region Staff Adviser

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Yours in Humble Service,

Patrick W. Rooney 2008 Northeast Region Chief Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America

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Farewell to Randy

Patrick Rooney, 2008 Northeast Region Chief Randy Cline, who has served as the Northeast Region Order of the Arrow Chairman since 2001 will be stepping down this year at the Regional Council of Chiefs on November 9th. Randy will then become the Northeast Region Boy Scout Committee Chairman and will continue to serve as a member of the National OA Committee. Randy’s successor is Tom Bain, the former Section NE-2C Adviser from Man-A-Hattin Lodge of the Greater New York Councils-Manhattan. He currently serves on the NE Regional Board and will be joining the National OA Committee in December. Much thanks to Randy and good luck to Tom!

Around the Region NE-1A Section NE-1A is getting ready for their first Council of Chiefs meeting. Planning for the 2009 Section Conclave and the 2009 Quality Lodge Summit will be one of the main focuses at the meeting. The section has developed and is using new techniques to promote the 2009 Section Conclave. NE-3A Section NE-3A just held its first COC. It finalized all of the items to be brought together from the previous sections. Also, CVC’s were assigned and its conclave rotation was approved. Two important events approaching are its first AIM chatroom meeting and the winter retreat. They are looking forward to a great year with their lodges and are excited for their first conclave. NE-4B NE-4B is getting ready for its November Council of Chiefs meeting. Their conclave, themed “Knights in Brotherhood,” with service lodge, Enda Lechauhanne, is taking them back into the days of the Roundtable, chivalry, and Brotherhood. They are also taking a close look at Dr. Goodman’s ties to the Masonic Lodge and the Knights Templar. Finally, they have completed all Lodge Visitations for 2008. NE-5B NE-5B is hard at work on their 2009 conclave, hosted by Unami Lodge 1. The theme will be “In the Goodman spirit”. They held two COC meetings, and began structuring committes. They also began constructing a webpage, and their vice chief began coordinating trainers for conclave and is performing an LAP on all of their lodges this year. NE-6B Section NE-6B held two COC meetings since the July, and is planning planning for its first conclave to be held by Octoraro Lodge. They are excited about their Lodge Exchange Program, which allows each lodge to send a small contingent to other lodge’s events for fellowship, fun, and ideas. Finally, they are creating a section website which will be running shortly.

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Impimenting a Conclave Theme Mile Kling, Section Chief, NE-7A

Perhaps the most important element of the program of any conclave is the theme. The theme is the foundation on which you will build activities, events, and other happenings at the conclave. It is an all-encompassing idea that unifies the conclave and also adds to the excitement of the event. Therefore, time should be devoted to finding ways to successfully create and implement a conclave theme. You may be asking yourself though, how exactly do I implement such a theme and make it adaptable to all aspects of the conclave? It’s easier than you think: all it takes is some ingenuity, brainstorming, and cleverness. The theme of the conclave should be carefully chosen; it shouldn’t be something that you treat as less important than the rest of your conclave planning. It should have meaning and be easily applicable to events at the conclave. Some sections choose to pick themes that are based off movies, current events, history, or a book while others pick a theme with a lesson. Your theme selection should be based off what you want to achieve at your conclave. Ask yourself, do we want an action packed, exciting conclave or do we want one that will allow the Arrowmen in attendance to walk away with a new outlook on things? It’s up to you and your Council of Chiefs. Once you have selected your theme, choose a clever slogan. For example, the conclave theme could be “Indiana Jones” with a slogan of “Indian Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Conclave.” Once you have picked your theme and slogan, it’s time to implement it into the conclave itself. A conclave theme can be worked into meals, activities, patches, training cells…you name it. Let’s look at the previous example of “Indiana Jones.” First break it down in to things such as the setting, characters, plot, events, etc. This will help the brainstorming stage and make it easier for you to make connections between the movie and elements in your conclave. The first thing on the list is meals. You notice that there are several settings through out the series, China, India, the United States, Egypt, and Germany/Austria. Each setting has its own cuisine, so why not correlate that with the meals? Lunch could be Chinese and dinner could be Indian. To go along with the meals you decide to have some kind of show. This could be as simple as having waiters, dressed in attire relating to the theme of the meal, coming out holding platters with heaping amounts of food on it. As far as activities, you could do things such as a bullwhip or a blow dart game. For the bullwhip game, participants would have to break a balloon on a board using a bullwhip. Prizes could be awarded for breaking certain balloons. The blow dart game could involve shooting darts through a tube at a target, again offering prizes for top scorers. Of course, you want to have numerous activities and events, so don’t feel limited to just theme specific ideas. Other activities could include a climbing wall, a relay race, OA (or Indiana Jones) Jeopardy, rifle shooting, swimming, etc. Make sure Arrowmen are never without something to do! Although challenging at times, seek to make the theme work into as many things possible in your conclave. The theme will add to the conclave experience and increase the excitement of the event. A word of advice however, stay away from overly complicated themes, they can often be detrimental to the planning process. Keep them simple and keep them fun. Remember to be clever in your brainstorming process and to include your entire Council of Chiefs. Now go out there and make an awesome conclave! Page  Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America


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The National OA website has been given a new look! Go check it out at www.oa-bsa.org!

The registration portal for NOAC is open! If you are interested in going, talk to your Lodge Adviser or Chief to sign up. Or, if you want to be on staff, go to https://registration.oa-bsa.org, click on “Staff Login” and follow the directions! Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America

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Structured for Success (from page 1)

The section was established to be a helping hand to lodges. The main purpose of a section is to run a successful conclave, however, in order to do so the section must support those lodges within its borders. Therefore, the true role of a section is to be a supportive arm to the lodges it serves. It is also in charge of organizing lodges on a COC and incorporating them in the conclave planning. Throughout the year, the section solidifies its role as an assistant for helping lodges achieve their goals. In addition, all section officers understand the transition from lodge leadership to section leadership. In the lodge you work more “hands on” in service and there tends to be more directing. However, at the section level, servant leadership must be applied for success. Section officers are more like a resource to be used by lodges. The section provides LAP visits, which aid lodges in their needs. Officers attend lodge events partaking in training at LLD’s, being keynote speakers at winter banquets, or by just doing national event promotions. The section helps in whatever way it can so that lodges can be successful. Comparable to a chain reaction, if lodges are successful and members are excited to be there, then the section will be as well, running an awe-inspiring conclave with their help. This perfectly balanced structure is what makes our organization such a well operating system. We understand on all levels the importance of exciting our members to become involved. Our Arrowmen are the creators of today’s success and the forefathers of tomorrow’s. With a structure and strong foundation of leadership like ours, I certainly look forward to what’s just around the corner.

NOAC 2009 Greg Burke, Section Chief, NE-1B This year, the OA’s program of emphasis is the National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC), which will be held at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN from August 1st to the 6th. As with every NOAC, this one is sure to be an outstanding time for all Arrowmen. From shows to training to American Indian activities to recreational events, this is a conference you do not want to miss. NOAC is a time for over 7000 Arrowmen from around the nation to come together in one place to participate in an exciting event. It is a great time to make friends, trade patches, learn a few new things, but most of all to have a blast! For many Arrowmen, a NOAC is the most memorable Scouting event they ever participate in. Do not miss out on this opportunity! Since it is still early in the NOAC planning process there is not a lot of information out, but your best source of current information is on the NOAC website (http://event.oa-bsa. org/events/n2009/). Please contact your Lodge Chief if you are interested to take part in this extraordinary event.

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NER Holds Three National Leadership Seminars in 2008 Jeff St. Cyr, Section Chief, NE-1A The Northeast Region of the Order of the Arrow hosted 3 National Leadership Seminars in 2008 for lodge leaders. The National Leadership Seminar (NLS) is a weekend long training designed for Arrowmen to help them learn and develop leadership skills for their Order of the Arrow Lodge and for everyday use. Two courses were held at Camp Alpine in New Jersey, and a third course was held at Camp Guyasuta in Pennsylvania. Each of these courses had Arrowmen from around the region, which offered many opportunities for networking and idea sharing between Lodges. Under the direction the 2008 Northeast Region Chief, Patrick Rooney, the National Leadership Seminars were staffed primarily by current and former section chiefs. With this staff of youth, both youth and adult participants had the ability to learn from one another. Participants are able to learn a lot from this program through the use of training sessions, role plays, and movie clips. Once participants get ready to leave, they are excited to be able to go back to their lodge to share their knowledge to improve their home Lodge. “The NLS is an experience in my life that I will truly never forget. The outstanding leadership and abundant material really helped me learn� said one participant recently. If you are interested in attending the National Leadership Seminar, contact your Lodge Chief or Lodge Adviser. Lodges should plan to send Arrowmen to the National Leadership Seminars each year.

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Letter from the Editor Brothers, It has been my great pleasure to serve as the lead editor of The Visionary in 2008. We published three awesome editions that updated and supported the Arrowmen of the Northeast Region to continue their work and service to the Scouting program. I would like to thank Patrick Rooney, Doug Fullman, and Randy Cline for all of their hard work and dedication to the Region, and for all of their support of The Visionary. I would also like to thank my advisers, Adam Heaps and Mike George, for their support and guidance. My Visionary team, made up of Josh Peloquin, Manuel Diaz, and J. Ryan Zambon, did a great job this year in organizing, coordinating, and editing all of the articles and layouts for this newsletter. Finally, I would like to thank the Arrowmen of the Northeast Region. It has been a year of change for both the Region and the Order of the Arrow, and all of you rose to the occasion and continued the tradition of servant leadership in your lodges. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you in 2008. Yours in Brotherhood, Ryan Hay Visionary Lead Editor

The Visionary staff would like to thank our contributors to this issue: Mike Kling Greg Burke Dan Higham Jeff St. Cyr Allen Martello Justin Myers

2008 National/Regional Event Dates Date: Event: Location (Comments): December 27-30 National Planning Conference South Lake, TX - (Section Chiefs) August 1-6, 2009 National Order of the Arrow Indiana University, Bloomington, IN Conference March 27-29, 2009 National Leadership Seminar Camp Alpine, NJ - (All Sections) March 27-29, 2009 National Lodge Adviser Seminar Camp Alpine, NJ - (Lodge Advisers & Staff Advisers) May 1-3, 2009 National Leadership Seminar Scouthaven, NY - (All Sections) Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America

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