National OA Chairman to Retire
Ed Pease to step down after seven years
On February 8th, Ed Pease advised the members of the OA
Steering Committee of his decision to retire as
chairman of the National Order of the Arrow Committee.
He will step down at
the conclusion of his current term, June 1, 2000.
In his remarks to the Steering Committee, Ed said:
"The Order of the Arrow is the strongest it has ever
been. Our strategic plan in support
of Scouting will insure that we grow stronger in
the years ahead. The leadership of the
National (OA) Committee and the dedication of our
adult volunteers and youth members
throughout the nation have made it possible, and
I am excited about our future.
"As we have worked to align the Order more closely
with Scouting at every level of
operation, one of the consequences has been a
more concerted effort to move more
people in and out the leadership roles at the
national level. Because of the volume of
direct service provided by our committee as
compared to other committees, I do not
believe that our system should replicate
others -- but there is something to be gained from
a mix of experienced leadership and new ideas.
"I had anticipated that I would stay five
years as Chairman. It has now been seven, and the
time is right for someone else to
assume these duties."
The Chairman of the National Boy Scout Committee has
selected Brad Haddock from Wichita, Kansas,
as the new national OA chairman. Brad is a nineteen-year veteran
on the National OA Committee and is currently
serving as the Vice-Chairman of Field Service.
Brad has an extensive Scouting and Order of the Arrow
background. An Eagle Scout, he earned his God and
Country Award, and has served as Council President,
Council Commissioner, National OA Chief (1974-76),
and the 1998 NOAC Chairman, amoung other roles. He
has been honored with the Silver Beaver, Silver
Antelope, Vigil Honor, Founder's Award, and
OA Distinguished Service Award.