Central Region Chief
Joe Sadewasser, Central Region Chief, knows how important
Scouting is to him.
“Scouting is a key part of my life,” he said.
Joe, 18, has been a member of the Order of the Arrow since being
inducted in 1998 into Timmeu Lodge. Being involved in the OA has provided him
with many things to help him during his life.
“The biggest thing is leadership skills and experiences and
memories to carry through life,” he said. “The OA has taught me to give and not
worrying about getting back and taught me that the act of service itself is a
big enough reward.”
Learning the rewards of servant leadership has come through his
work as Lodge Chief and as Section C-3B Chief. He is also an Eagle Scout and a
Vigil Honor member.
Getting involved in the Order is something that Joe encourages
all Arrowmen to do, and seek to serve rather than look for a position.
“I think they need to realize that they should not seek a
position in the OA – it’s something that will happen as they get more and more
involved,” he said. “I would totally encourage them to get more involved in the
OA because it is such a rewarding experience and something that will change
Joe is making his third trip to the National Conference, and he
said that there is not much difference between being a participant and the
national officer. It is, however, “amazing all the work that goes in before
hand,” he said.
Even though Joe spends a lot of his time Scouting, he also
enjoys hiking, backpacking, fishing and hunting. He is currently a criminology
major at Northeast Iowa Community College.
But for this week, Joe is a full-time Scout and knows exactly
what he wants to get out of the conference.
“I just hope that six or seven thousand Arrowmen going away from
here say this was a good conference and that it’s something they would want to
come back to again,” he said.