Section chiefs, National OA Committee members and key volunteers gathered in Grapevine, Texas for the Annual National Planning Meeting. The primary task of the meeting was planning for Project 2013: the Order’s involvement in the inaugural jamboree at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.
Following tradition, the section chiefs met and selected the new officers. Matt Brown of Wa-Hi-Nasa Lodge serving Nashville, Tennessee was elected National Chief and Jordan Hughes of Lowwapaneu Lodge, Northeast Pennsylvania was elected National Vice Chief. Mike Gray of Central Region, Brad Torpey from Southern Region, Tyler Allen of Northeast Region and David Dye from Western Region were elected region chiefs.
During the first night of the meeting, a special Brotherhood Ceremony Demonstration was presented to the members of the National OA Committee and the section chiefs. The demonstration was of a new proposed ceremony. The genesis of the ceremony dates back to the Ceremonial Advisory Group (CAG) and was authored by Jay Dunbar. Following the demonstration comments were sought. At the following day’s National OA Committee meeting it was voted that the ceremony be demonstrated at section meetings throughout 2013 and that the OA would continue to seek comment.