2004 Central Region Chief Interview
The 2004 Central Region Chief of the Order of the Arrow, Joe Sadewasser,
sat down with the National OA Web Site Staff to answer a few questions
about the Order of the Arrow and his experiences.
How do you feel to be a national officer? What do you find most exciting about the role?
I am very enthusiastic to have the opportunity to lead the Central Region this coming year.
What are you most looking forward to?
I am looking forward to working closely with the section chiefs of the Central Region. With their help, guidance, and support I hope we can build a quality program in the Central Region.
What are your earliest memories of the OA?
One of my earliest memories of the Order of the Arrow is going through my Ordeal. I remember being a little scared as well as being excited, because I did not know what was going to happen next. After being elected Region Chief, I am feeling quite the same as I did when I started this journey in the Order of the Arrow.
What was your first leadership position, and what was the greatest lesson you learned from it?
My first leadership role in the lodge was ceremonies chairman. Being ceremonies chairman taught me that I could not do everything on my own. I learned that seeking the help of others was the only way I was going to succeed in that position.
What is the coolest thing you've done in Scouting?
My highest point in my Scouting career was being able to serve my troop as the troop guide. I was honored to have the ability to share my knowledge of Scouting with the younger members of my troop.
What makes you proudest to be an Arrowman?
I am very proud and humbled to be part of an organization with so many great youth leaders. Looking back over the years this organization has seen some great leaders who have done some amazing things; I hope that I am able to do a portion of what those who have come before me did.
What awesome things have you done in the OA?
I think the National Leadership Seminar was the best experience that I ever participated in with the Order of the Arrow. Not only did I learn leadership skills that I applied to Scouting, but I also was able to apply those skills to my daily life. Even though a few years have past, I am still amazed to see what some of the participants of that NLS have done with themselves. The NLS is an awesome, life-changing experience.
What makes the OA so cool?
The Order of the Arrow is unique from most other organization because the youth members are the ones making the decisions. The Order also provides for the opportunity to meet new Arrowmen from across the country. Nothing is better than meeting a new friend and instantly feeling like they are family because of the bond that we all share.
Do you have any closing thoughts?
I am excited and truly believe this is going to be a great year. All of us must work together and think outside of the box, and by doing this we will not only guarantee a great NOAC but also ensure that 2004 will be a banner year for the Order of the Arrow.