Tim Reiss has been elected to serve as the 2022 National Chief of the Order of the Arrow! He is a Vigil Arrowman of Takhone Lodge, Pathway to Adventure Council. Tim previously served as the section chief and the section vice chief, and is from Arlington Heights, IL. Congratulations, Tim!
Click HERE to view the 2021 Winter Council of Chiefs Agenda and Booklet!
On December 5th, 2020 via a virtual setting, Section C-7 will be hosting its second-ever ACT Conference.
Beginning in 2020, each Section in the nation was required to put on a quality youth Lodge Leadership training each year, called the Adapt, Collaborate, and Thrive Conference, or ACT Conference for short. Expected attendance requires at least 80% of elected Lodge Leadership (Lodge Executive Committee members), but of course, non-elected youth and adults are welcome to attend this day of training, too!
The ACT Conference will help lodges Adapt to face major challenges, Collaborate with their peers across the section, and eventually Thrive and become high performing. The leadership theory and pedagogical techniques employed in the course reflect the current best practices in teaching and learning as described in the appropriate literature.
This year, because of the nature and state of the current world, the Section Leadership Team had to make the difficult decision to host the ACT Conference online in a virtual setting.
Registration is now open here! The cost is $10, and the absolute HARD deadline for registering is November 22nd, 2020. Included with the $10 is all the mailing costs for participant materials, a special Section C-7 ACT Conference patch, and a surprise!
Due to the unforeseen circumstances and the ongoing pandemic in the world, the Section Leadership Team has made the difficult decision to host the 2020 Fall Council of Chiefs in a new VIRTUAL format.
We are extremely confident we will bring you the most engaging content possible while keeping you safe and in the comfort of your own home.
Be sure to join us on September 20th, 2020 from 9 am to 2 pm for one of the most action-packed FCOC yet! Included this year will be 2021 Conclave planning, competitions between lodges, announcements, trainings, and much, much more!
More information regarding registration to be announced soon, so keep your eyes peeled to our Instagram, Facebook, and email!
Want to participate in an exciting national event this summer without leaving the comfort of your home? We encourage you to join Arrowmen from across the nation for Momentum Launch, a unique virtual event experience taking place August 4th-6th. Momentum Launch is more than a virtual program, it’s a fully interactive and engaging event experience that will launch the momentum our organization needs to continue filling its purpose during the new normal we find ourselves in.
Participate in games, activities, and competition with Arrowmen from across the nation. Learn from highly qualified trainers about interesting topics—both in and out of the OA. Ask questions to a panel of OA national officers. These opportunities and more will be available to participants of Momentum Launch!
There are two different ways to experience Momentum Launch. Anyone can view a live stream of the event’s program at no cost and interact with Momentum Launch over social media. There is no need to register for the event if you intend to participate this way.
Registered delegates, for a fee of $30, will receive a full event experience, including:
- A mailed patch.
- Access to an archive of streamed program content to view anytime.
- A chance to participate in the event-wide game.
- Access to the event’s community platform to connect with Arrowmen from across the nation.
- Additional opportunities for engagement and interaction.
Don’t miss out on all of the excitement! Register today at registration.oa-bsa.org.
On June 9th, 2020, Section C-7 announced the recipients of the R.D. Dunkin Leadership in Service Award.
This award is designed to recognize those within Section C-7 who go far beyond their immediate responsibilities as Arrowmen and by doing so have laid a path of excellence for other Arrowmen to follow. The award is named after R.D. Dunkin, who believed that young people can grow to exceptional strengths and reach their full potential with the right combination of leadership, education, mentorship, and love. R.D. Dunkin served as the Central Region Order of the Arrow Chairman for sixteen years and is responsible for shaping the region structure and program into what it is today.
The 2020 recepieants are:
Matthew Bazan is a member of Lowaneu Allanque Lodge. He was the Conclave Vice Chief (CVC) of the AIA/ICE Committee for numerous years, attending many Section Conclaves in a row.
Patrick McInerney is a member of Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Lodge. Patrick served Section C-7 on the Training Committee at Conclaves, as the ’18-’19 Section Secretary, and served as Section Chief in ’19-’20 until he was elected to serve as the 2020 Central Region Chief.
Timothy Witek is a member of Takhone Lodge. Timothy served Section C-7 on the Promotions Committee as a member and as the CVC. In addition, in 2018, Timothy was elected to serve as Section Secretary. Recently, he served on the Section Communications Team as the Deputy Lead.
Adam Peterson is a member of Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Lodge. Adam has served the Section in a variety of roles, including a CVC, Committee member, and also had the honor of serving as Section Secretary, Section Vice Chief, and Section Chief for Section C-7, all in his time as a youth.
Stephen Hamm is a member of Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Lodge. Stephen has served at the Section, Regional, and National levels of the Order of the Arrow. In the past years, Stephen has attended DYLC, served on staff for the Section Officer Seminar, served as one of the Section C-7 Training Advisers, joined NOAC 2020 ICE staff, and also taken on a significant role on the Central Region Logistics Team.
Russell Snella is a member of Lowaneu Allanque Lodge. Russell has served the Section in many capacities, including serving as the Adviser for the Shows Conclave Committee, the Special Events Adviser, and as the Publications Adviser.
These Arrowmen will be celebrated and congratulated at the 2020 Section C-7 Fall Council of Chiefs, on September 20th!
To: All Section C-7 Arrowmen
From: Section Chief Joey Snella and Section Adviser Eugene Woehrle
Hello Section C-7 Membership,
After taking all of the information and recommendations that are available from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), state and local health departments, state and local governments, and the Boy Scouts of America, the Section Leadership Team has made the decision to CANCEL our annual Section Conclave scheduled for April 17-19, 2020 at Stronghold Camp & Retreat Center. Full reimbursements will be issued for anyone that has already signed-up and paid for Conclave via PayPal. Please allow 5-7 business days to see the refund in your accounts. If you elected to pay via your Lodge, please work directly with your Lodge Adviser on reimbursement for any payments that you have already made.
Ultimately, the safety and well-being of our Arrowmen and their families are our top priority. This is an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (commonly known as the coronavirus) through limiting any unnecessary contact and travel to public events. This decision was not made lightly and involved significant discussion amongst the Section Leadership over the past two weeks as the COVID-19 situation continued to evolve at an extremely rapid pace.
We do NOT plan to reschedule the 2020 Section Conclave and we are working on the impact this will have on the Section. We are planning to incorporate some aspects into online availability, utilizing NOAC, and adding to our Fall Council of Chiefs Meeting.
IMPORTANT Section Election Information:
- We will now be holding Section Elections, via Teleconference, on Saturday, April 18, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.
- All specific details will be sent directly to the Lodge Chiefs, Lodge Advisers, and Lodge Staff Advisers for dissemination to all of their Lodge memberships no later than April 1st.
- **Election Letters are NOW DUE by 12-Noon on Sunday, April 12th to Section Adviser Eugene Woehrle (firstname.lastname@example.org). This is to provide Arrowmen running for Section Office enough time to prepare for the adapted election process that will occur via teleconference.**
Additionally, R.D. Dunkin Leadership in Service Award nominations have been extended until 10:00 a.m. on April 18, 2020, as well. Please nominate our C-7 Arrowmen that are worthy of this honor. Nomination forms can be located HERE. R.D. Dunkin Award recognition will primarily take place at NOAC 2020 and Fall Council of Chiefs 2020.
The Section is also assessing its financial situation with the cancellation of Section Conclave and will notify the Lodge Chiefs, Lodge Advisers, and Lodge Staff Advisers of any Section needs moving forward.
This continues to be a very fluid situation and your patience is appreciated as we continue to adapt to these changes. Thank you!!!
Please direct any questions to both Section Chief Joey Snella and Section Adviser Eugene Woehrle (email@example.com). Thank you for your understanding.
Joey Snella, Section Chief
Eugene Woehrle, Section Adviser