Winter 2013 Chiefly SpeakingBy Mike Gray
Published: February 22, 2013 at 4:33 pm
Last Update: February 22, 2013 at 9:53 pm
Brothers, I am greatly honored to be addressing you as your new 2013 Central Region Chief. Serving the Great Midwest is a true privilege, and I am genuinely excited about the experiences that lie ahead for the Arrowmen within our region.
There are many opportunities for us as Arrowmen to answer the call to cheerful service in 2013. Maybe you are serving on Order of the Arrow staff at the National Scout Jamboree, and leaving a legacy for the first time ever at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. Or possibly, you are signed up for a once-in-a-lifetime OA High Adventure experience at Philmont, Sea Base, or Northern Tier. Perhaps you are working summer camp staff, or serving as an Elangomat at an Ordeal weekend.
Whatever your call to service may be in 2013, always remember the reason you were given your sash. As members of the Order of the Arrow, we were each selected for this honor based on our dedication to the Scout Oath and Law, and our commitment to serving our fellow man.
What really helped me understand the meaning of servant leadership was in 2011, when I was Lodge Chief, and attended the National Leadership Seminar (NLS). That weekend changed my life, and gave me a new surge of enthusiasm towards helping my lodge grow. The lodge is a key level of our Order that can greatly impact future generations of Arrowmen. One of my favorite quotes from John Quincy Adams says “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, then you are a leader.”
I will do my best make sure that our region offers you the greatest tools to becoming a successful leader at the lodge level. We have four excellent NLS sessions planned this year, and I strongly encourage you to sign up with some friends!
Once again, I look forward to serving you this upcoming year. A big thank you to Dr. Chris Grove and Marty Opthoff for all of their service. l will work my absolute hardest to continue the success of our Region. Your input is always welcome, so feel free to send any of your thoughts or ideas to me via Twitter @OACentralChief.
Yours In Wimachtendienk,