Central Region Chief’s Midwestern Missive

My Fellow Arrowmen,

I hope this message finds you well.

Lately, I have been working on a guide to help section chiefs plan events within their terms, like a conclave or the ACT Conference. While I haven’t been able to see many of you face to face, I am happy to have been able to see many of you through virtual events.  One of the pluses through this is that I can attend many virtual events in a single weekend and see many of you that way.  

Pictured: The National Officers meeting upon a Zoom Conference

During this pandemic, one thing that I encourage all sections, lodges, and chapters to do is to use our virtual tools to our advantage.  There are still a lot of events to promote right now (OAHA, NLS, etc), and using our virtual tools can allow us all to be in fellowship with one another.  

Despite the world we live in right now, I encourage you to stay positive, as better days are ahead of us. Though things are tough right now, I’m confident that life will get back to normal.

Heading into the summer months, it is with deep sadness I need to inform you that the 2020 National Order of the Arrow Conference has been canceled out of concern for the safety of all attending Arrowmen, as well as the Michigan State University and East Lansing communities.

I and the other national officers know that there are some Arrowmen who still would like to attend a national Order of the Arrow event this summer. To meet this need, we are offering a new event called Momentum that will be held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve from August 3-8, 2020. This event will take advantage of the many program opportunities available at the Summit. Momentum will have limited space and we are asking those who meet the CDC’s higher risk group to not attend. This event will be a contingent-only event, and the cost is $545 per participant. More information about Momentum can be found at this link: https://oa-bsa.org/momentum.

During these times it’s definitely been difficult to stay productive. I think I focus a lot better when I’m (physically) at school. That being said, the extra time spent with my family has been great. 

In closing, I hope you all stay well, healthy, and are able to find a way to give back to your local community during this time of need.  One of the things that many of our communities are short on is blood.  Donating blood is a great way to give back if you’re able to. Blood collection centers all across America have had to cancel a lot of blood drives due to the coronavirus pandemic, so they’re much shorter on their blood supply than normal.  In fact, I’ve been able to donate blood every 2-3 weeks.

We will get through this because, together, #WeAreCR

I hope you all stay healthy and enjoy the rest of your spring as we prepare for the summer months!

Yours in Cheerful Service, 

Patrick Mclnerney