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Dr Chris Grove’s Final “In the Grove”

By Chris Grove
Published: January 26, 2013 at 1:40 pm
Last Update: April 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm

As I sit here to write my final “in the Grove” article, I reflect back on what our Great Region has accomplished over the past 6 years. The list of accomplishments is too long to take up space here. However, I believe the most important accomplishment that we have achieved is that we have increased our level of service to the lodges and the individual Arrowmen of the Central Region. Our communications have improved, our number of training opportunities have increased, and we have formed a solid Region OA committee to help service our Arrowmen better. This was all accomplished through the work and leadership of six of the most capable, and talented young men that I have ever had the opportunity to meet. Don Hough, Tyler Elliott, Michael Beckman, Richie Ferolo, Collin Huerter, and Marty Opthoff have all served the Central Region well as our Region Chief. I am humbled by their commitment and dedication to Scouting and the Order. Each of them continues to give back to Scouting even after their term has been completed. I will be forever indebted to them for the service they have given and for friendship that they have shared.

I have several people that I would like to thank for their support over the past six years. I certainly will miss names as there are so many people who have contributed to the success of the region. I had the privilege of working with three outstanding staff advisers. I want to thank Dan Hayes, Jeff Stout, and Curt Palmer for the endless hours they give as professional Scouters and for their love of the Order of the Arrow. I couldn’t have done this job without you three. The members of the Region Committee have been very supportive (especially the Vice-Chairmen: Jim Simpson, Russ Votava, Dan Aselson, and J.J. Arnold, as well as Forrest Bolles and Gene Schnell). I thank Brad Farmer, Al Lambert, Steve King, and Dave Steward for their support on the Region BSA Level. Clyde Mayer, Carey Miller, Matt Dukeman, Ray Capp, and Brad Haddock were extremely helpful on the national level. I want to thank the youth and adult National Leadership Seminar Staff and National Lodge Adviser staffs as well as all of the youth chairmen and adult advisers that I have had the opportunity to work with. The Central Region has a group of dedicated and committed Section Advisers that have made my job much easier.

Most importantly, I want to thank each and every Arrowmen of the Central Region. It has been a true honor to serve you as your Region Chairman. I encourage you to continue your active participation in the Order of the Arrow. You are the people that put the Great in “The Great Midwest”. The region is going to be in great hands with a new chief and Dan Segersin as their adviser. I challenge each of you to continue with the tradition of unselfish service to others and help keep the Central Region as the best Region the BSA has to offer.

As one of my favorite quotes goes (and my retirement plaque says): “ To work at the things you love, or for those you love, is to turn work into play and duty into privilege.” It truly has been an honor and privilege to serve as your Central Region Chairman for the past six years. I will move on, but not away. I wish you the best of luck and I look forward to seeing you down the Scouting Trail.

In Service,

Chris Grove

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