Congratulations to Section C-7 Chief Patrick McInerney, our new Central Region Chief!
Patrick is an Eagle Scout from Troop 198 based out of Mundelein, IL and is a Vigil Honor member of Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Lodge. Patrick has also received the Founder’s and James E. West Fellowship awards from his Lodge. He has served as Chapter Chief, Lodge Chief, and most recently, as Section C-7’s Chief.
Patrick is a sophomore at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago where he studies Engineering. When not doing something Scouting related, Patrick can be found intensely staring at a black line (swimming). Before he answers some questions, Patrick would like to share some words as he begins his term as the 2020 Central Region Chief:
“Arrowmen of the Central Region,
Words cannot begin to describe how excited I am for the year to come. From National Leadership Seminar (NLS) to ACT Conferences, Section Conclaves, National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) and so much more, I am sure that 2020 will be one for the record books.
I wanted to take the time to tell you a little about some very exciting things happening in the Order of the Arrow during 2020:
National Leadership Seminar (NLS): In just a few short weeks, our Region NLS trainers will be traveling to Dallas, Texas to be educated on the best practices for lodge and section leadership, and how to share that with all of you! NLS is one of the best training courses the OA and scouting has to offer. It will improve your leadership skills while also providing you with the tools necessary to make effective, and attainable goals for your lodge when you go back home. Our first course will be held on February 7-9 in Omaha Nebraska, and our second will be held March 20-22 in Grass Lake, Michigan.
Developing Youth Leadership Conference (DYLC): This high-class training course educates adult leaders on how to be the best adviser possible for their youth, while still growing their own leadership skills. DYLC is held in concurrence with NLS. Our first course will be held on February 7-9 in Omaha Nebraska, and our second will be held March 20-22 in Grass Lake, Michigan.
National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC): NOAC is, by far, my favorite event I have gone to in scouting and the OA. Besides the patch trading, incredible shows, AIA/ICE competitions, STEM experiments, sports competitions, and so much more, what I enjoy the most is the opportunity to connect with arrowmen across the nation. I have made friends that I never would have been able to make were it not for NOAC.
OA High Adventure (OAHA): Do you like High Adventure? Do you like having fun? Do you like doing some service too? Then OAHA is for you! After serving and exploring the mountains of New Mexico, oceans of the Florida Keys, or the boundary waters, you will have made friends that will last a lifetime. OAHA is also a great application of the leadership skills you have been building all throughout your scouting career. Plus it’s offered at a reduced cost!
To learn more about, and sign up for any of these events, visit registration.oa-bsa.org
Although I have mentioned several national events, I truly believe that the spirit of the order lies at the lodge and chapter level. Those are the Arrowmen you see at each event you attend, and you’ll be with them for years to come. So go to your lodge fellowships, service events, and chapter meetings, because that is where you will make, and already have, some of your best friends in the world. I know that I have. Plus, maybe I’ll be there too!
Looking forward to the great year ahead with all of you!”
Yours in Brotherhood,
Interview with Patrick McInerney:
Q: What are your goals for the region during your term?
A: In addition to planning NLS, attending events, and supporting NOAC, I plan to focus our region’s efforts on assisting lodges and sections in their own programs.
Q: Are there any goals that you want to continue from the past region chief?
A: Brandon did a really great job planning and executing an exceptional NLS program as well as bringing our Section Chiefs together both for friendship and collaboration as a region, which is definitely something I would like to continue, along with the other efforts Brandon has made during his time as chief
Q: What motivated you to run for region chief?
A: The Order of the Arrow has given me so much – without it, I would not be the person I am today. I ran for Region Chief so that I could continue to give back to the organization I love and ensure that others can have a life-changing experience, just like I have.
Q: Why did you join scouts?
A: I was 5 years old when I first started scouting and it was because of the friends from my class that joined along with me. As I got older, I started to really enjoy camping and the outdoors, and eventually started to get involved in leadership for my troop and the OA.
Q: What is your favorite thing about scouts?
A: Throughout my time as a scout, I have often found myself in the somewhat awkward situation of getting a ride from a car of people I did not know at all. But the car ride is never awkward for long because through our shared love for scouting, we always have an initial conversation to start and get to know each other better from there. My favorite part about scouting is that no matter who you are, you will instantly be welcomed and have friends.
Q: What do you like about the OA?
A: The OA is special to me because, without it, I would never have met some of my best friends that are outside of my troop, chapter, and lodge. Getting to know so many people from around the country at NOAC and NLS is something every arrowman should participate in.
Q: What do you like to do for fun?
A: Scouting is my fun! Outside of it I also swim and enjoy hanging out with my friends. Relaxing on the couch while watching TV or a movie is also a great pass time. My two favorite movies are Now You See Me and Gattaca
Q: What are you studying in school?
A: I am a 2nd-year student at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, where I am pursuing a dual degree in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Management. So yeah, my favorite subject is anything with math and science.
Q: What are your career goals?
A: For a while, I did not know what I wanted to do with my life. I always knew that I enjoyed Physics and other science classes, but did not think I would be happy with my career if I majored in one of those fields. What pushed me towards Engineering Management are the experiences I have had through the Order of the Arrow such as managing a budget and planning an event. My ultimate career goal would be to move into a management position for an engineering company where I would not only use math and science but also the project management skills I have gained through scouting.