Here are Mark Pishon’s remarks from his introductory email (I apologize for the delay in posting this email):
Dear Troop Leadership:
Allow me to introduce myself, Mark Pishon, as your new Order of the Arrow Lowaneu Allanque (LOA) Chapter Adviser.
I’m writing to you today to ask your continued support for Order of the Arrow. Most of the troops have OA Elections coming up and we need to recharge the program. It provides the boys with great character building activities as well as leadership opportunities while having fun in diverse environments.
Over the last few years the chapter has seen North Star participation decline. I ask that you put your best foot forward and begin to talk about it at your regular scout meetings.
I also ask that you identify OA members in your troop and ask them to make sure to pay their 2017 dues and start attending monthly meetings. The chapter meets the first Sunday of every month except January. The next meeting is January 8, 2017. We meet at the Broad Ripple American Legion Post # 3, 6379 N College Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana. We normally meet from 2 to 3 PM.
Here are some of the mechanics:
1. Make sure your troop has a youth LOA Representative at the OA monthly meetings. Give that representative boy a few minutes at your upcoming Scout Meetings to speak about elections and promote the program.
2. Once you have the election results please email them to me at email@example.com.
3. Encourage the candidates to attend the OA Call Out Event at the Spring Camporee. This years Spring Camporee is at Camp Ransburg and the theme is Evasion Weekend. The district has the dinning hall and all the rifle and pistol ranges so it will be fun for sure.
4. We also have a new Chapter Chief, Lucas Pishon. Yes he is my son. His email address is LPishon@Live.com and his Cell is 317.600.4182.
This month’s meeting is a joint meeting with the North Star District FireCrafters to provide service hours to the Broad Ripple American Legion Post # 3 for Christmas. We will start the meeting this month at 1 PM. We will enjoy Pizza and drinks until 3 PM. Since Broad Ripple’s American Legion host the LOA Chapter, it is my expectation that we will show up and provide outstanding community service to our veterans.
Here is the link to the most recent lodge newsletters:
January 8, 2017 is our monthly meeting from 1 to 3 PM at the Broadripple American Legion.
January 20 to 22, 2017 is the Winter Gathering. It will be held at Camp Kikthawenund. Yes I know that it is the same weekend as the Winter Camporee this year.
March 19 to 21, 2017 is the Lodge Spring Fellowship at Camp Krietenstein.
The National Order of the Arrow has increased annual dues in 2017 to $15. The Otter Pass is available attached or can be found at this link: http://jaccostownelodge.org/index_htm_files/JTL-Otter_Pass_2017_Flyer-fillable.pdf .
Merry Christmas to your families,
LOA Chapter Adviser
Be Prepared for Unit Election & Camp Promotion
As Scouting’s National Honor Society, our purpose is to:
• Recognize those who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and through that recognition cause others to conduct themselves in a way that warrants similar recognition.
• Promote camping, responsible outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship as essential components of every Scout’s experience, in the unit, year-round, and in summer camp.
• Develop leaders with the willingness, character, spirit and ability to advance the activities of their units, our Brotherhood, Scouting, and ultimately our nation.
• Crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.
Through Unit Elections, worthy Scouts are recognized and elected as Ordeal candidates. Arrowmen are needed to serve on Unit Election teams in their Chapter. Contact your Chapter Chief and volunteer! Most units do their elections in the first months of the year, so contact your Chapter Chief as soon as possible. Forms are available on the Lodge’s website under Resources. Please make sure copies of Unit Elections and Adult Nominations are turned into the Lodge.
It is an Arrowman’s responsibility to help promote camping through his unit, district, and council. This may be done through camp promotions to Cub Scout and Boy Scout units. Information and resources are available from the Council to help you make presentations on camping opportunities in the Crossroads of America Council. Doing a unit election and camp promotion at the same time for Boy Scout units is an efficient way of offering cheerful service and helping both the BSA and the OA!