“I’m in the OA!”
As Occoneechee Lodge Adviser, I hear that phrase a lot as I attend meetings, visit troops and meet people across the Council. Our Arrowmen are proud to be members of the BSA National Honor Society and so am I. But what does being in the OA mean to you? Does it mean that you have completed the Ordeal? Does it mean you have paid your dues for the current year? Does it mean you have registered for an event or two this year?
While all those things are certainly part of being a member of the Order, I would challenge you to ask yourself these questions as well. Are you committed to a life of cheerful service, helping others above all else? Are you constantly striving to set a positive example for those around you? Have you seen the Arrow?
There is an important distinction between being part of the OA, and the OA being a part of your life.
Urner Goodman, one of the Founders of the Order is quoted as saying, ''Infinity, dear brothers, extends not only outwards . . . but inwards to the heart of each human being.''
During 2015, the Order celebrated its 100th Anniversary and we recommitted ourselves to the higher purpose of the Order. Keep the fire of cheerfulness burning, my brothers. Seek the higher place that is within you and be proud of your accomplishments.
I am proud to be part of this Order and while I am also in the OA, I would rather say…
“The OA is in me.”