Capp Announces a Blocking and Tackling Focus
on Supporting Units, Chapters, and Lodges
This morning, at the national OA Steering Committee meeting in Dallas, the chairman of the national Order of the Arrow committee, Ray Capp, announced an immediate reorganization and realignment of the national Order of the Arrow committee to provide focus on key areas. Capp stated that “The Strategic Plan, Living the Legacy, has been, is, and will be our guiding blueprint for our service to Scouting.”
In order to better serve our membership, and as a result fulfill our goals set forth in the Strategic Plan, two new subcommittees have been formed; and four subcommittees have been merged, renamed or refocused.
The work of one of these subcommittees will impact the experience of nearly every member of the Order, regardless of position, tenure, or geographic area. The Unit, Chapter, and Lodge Support group will be led by new Vice Chairman, Randy Cline, and is tasked with developing tools for lodges, program for chapters, and support of scouting units. The entire focus will be to provide tools to make the job easier for the Arrowmen who implement program locally. This group is made up of four former Vice Chairmen of the National Order of the Arrow Committee, so you will see the enormous emphasis Mr. Capp is placing on their work. The members of the subcommittee have a total of 38 years of experience as Lodge Advisers and will also be responsible for OA Mentoring, Service Grants, the OA Troop/Team Representative Program, the creation of Chapter Program Suggestions, Scoutmaster & Troop Recognition, a Best Practice Repository, an Adviser Minute Book, American Indian Relationships, Annual Program Pak & Ideas, Ceremonies, Webelos Transition, as well as the Lodge Finance and Program guides.
In addition, a new subcommittee, History, Preservation, and 100th Anniversary Subbcommittee is charged with: planning the 100th Anniversary; developing the Csatari painting commission; working with the BSA Museum; developing a permanent repository for OA artifacts; developing and maintaining the digital archives. This subcommittee will be led by the newly appointed Vice Chairman of our History, Preservation and 100th Anniversary Subcommittee: Tony Steinhardt.
A second new subcommittee established is the Development Subcommittee. This subcommittee is tasked with continuing to grow the OA National Endowment (which has funded many of the OA's high adventure, summer camp promotion, service grants, and other programs), the Strategic Plan, partnerships, grants, alumni outreach, and media relations. The Vice Chairman for Development is Glen Ault, M.D.
Another subcommittee which has been refocused and merged is the Communications and Technology Subcommittee. This committee was formed by merging the Communications & Marketing and the Technology & Special Projects subcommittees. This committee is responsible for the following tasks: audiovisuals, National Bulletin, literature, marketing, branding, web site content and administration, national promotions, software development, IT infrastructure, publishing program, netiquette, national committee portal support, and the annual report. This subcommittee is led by new Vice Chairman Craig Salazar.
The former Financial Resources Subcommittee has become the Financial Operations Subcommittee and focuses on day-to-day matters that will liberate the Development Subcommittee to address the long-term and strategic issues that will ultimately most impact the Order. The subcommittee is responsible for developing: a merchandising plan, an operating budget, financial reporting, the NOAC Trading Post, on-line sales content, and the national committee quartermaster. The Vice Chairman of this subcommittee will be Ryan Miske.
The Founders Council is also changing to meet the needs of our times in three ways. The council’s primary responsibility for the OA National Endowment has changed to a very critical support role; additionally each member of the Founders Council is assigned an area of support/focus. Lastly, a new function is added to our advisory group, Council Relations. The Vice Chairman of the Founders Council continues to be Carl Marchetti.
All other subcommittees will continue to operate substantially as they have The Region and Section Operations Subcommittee continues to be responsible for CTI delivery, the region key three, NLS/NLATS delivery, the Field Operations Guide, the Lodge Assistance Program, the Lodge Charter Renewal, statistics, SOS content & delivery, Quality Section Requirements, Quality Lodge Requirements, and Quality Chapter Requirements. The Vice Chairman of this subcommittee continues to be Tom Reddin.
The Awards and Recognitions Subcommittee continues to be responsible for the DSA, the Founders Award, the Red Arrow Award, the Vigil Honor, the Camping Award, National Insignia, the National Service Award, Quality Lodge Recognition, Quality Section Recognition, Scholarships, and the Lifetime Achievement Award. The new Vice Chairman for this committee is Hector A.
The National Events Subcommittee continues to be responsible for the NOAC, National Jamboree, National Planning Meeting, NOAC Site Selection, Spring Planning Meeting, Event Promotion, and material handling/management. Starting this year, it will also be responsible for all special national events. The Vice Chairman for this committee continues to be Mike Hoffman.
The Leadership Development Subcommittee continues to be responsible for NLATS training content, LLD content, NLS content, CTI content, Philmont Training, Train-the-Trainer, and NOAC training content. ArrowCorps5 Support Content has been added to its responsibilities. The Vice Chairman of this subcommittee continues to be Mark Chilutti.
The Outdoor Program Subcommittee is responsible for High Adventure Promotion, OA Trail Crew, OA Wilderness Voyage, OA Ocean Adventure, Cub Scout Outdoor Program support, camp promotion, National Service Projects, and Indian Camperships. The Vice Chairman for this subcommittee continues to be Scott Beckett.
Mr. Capp wishes to thank four Arrowmen who have been serving as vice chairmen but who are taking on new assignments on the committee. They are: Ron Bell, Jack Butler, Jack Hess, and Dan Segersin. Each one of these men has been tremendously supportive during this time of transition and were recognized with a memento of their service in the meeting, this morning in Dallas.
A full listing of the national committee and appointments is available on the National Committee page. Any questions or concerns regarding these changes may be submitted by contacting the National OA Web Site Staff and it will be directed to the appropriate individual.