2005 Northeast Region Chief Interview
The 2005 Northeast Region Chief of the Order of the Arrow, Dan O'Rourke sat down with the National web staff to answer a few questions about the OA and his experiences.
How do you feel to be a national officer? What do you find most exciting about the role?
I am very excited to have been given this opportunity. It is a great feeling to know that I was chosen to serve as a National Officer. I am most excited about running the three NLS's in the Northeast Region because when I was a participant I remember walking away from the NLS in awe of the training.
What are you most looking forward to?
I am looking forward to getting to know many Arrowmen and form new friendships as I travel the country representing the Northeast Region. I am also looking forward to working with the many talented leaders of our organization.
What are your earliest memories of the OA?
My earliest memory of the OA was my Ordeal. Despite the rain and hard work, I learned a lot about what brotherhood, cheerfulness, and service are all about.
What is the coolest thing you've done in Scouting?
I was fortunate enough to take advantage of the Order of the Arrow's high adventure program in the Boundary Waters. My time at the Northern Tier gave me memories that will last a lifetime.
What makes you proudest to be an Arrowman?
I am proud to be a member and stand along side the BSA's best Scouts. When it comes to value and character, the BSA's principles, I as an Arrowman hold them to my heart.
What awesome things have you done in the OA?
I had the opportunity to attend the OA Wilderness Voyage last summer, as well as NOAC 2004. These events, along with the many section and lodge events I've had the pleasure of attending, have been some of the best experiences of my life.
What makes the OA so cool?
The OA offers countless programs and opportunities to young men that no other organization can provide. The friendship and memories forged in the OA are ones that I will never forget.
Do you have any closing thoughts?
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work."