Last weekend I had the honor of being presented the Order of the Arrow Founder’s Award at the 2014 Lodge Banquet. The Founder’s Award is presented annually to two Arrowmen in our lodge for unselfish service above and beyond their normal duties to their lodge. The back of the medal features a quote from our induction ceremony, “For he who serves his fellows, is, of all his fellows, greatest!”
“Introduced at the 1981 National Order of the Arrow Conference, the Founder’s Award recognizes Arrowmen who have given outstanding service to their lodge. The award is reserved for an Arrowman who demonstrates that he or she personifies the spirit of selfless service, as advocated by founder E. Urner Goodman and cofounder Carroll A. Edson.”
I am very humbled to have been recognized with this award and honored to join a very impressive and short list of the top leaders in our lodge who have been presented this award in the last 30 years.
The Order of the Arrow is the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America. Each December a group of the order’s top leaders gather in Dallas, TX for a four day conference to beginning planning for the Order of the Arrow’s future in the upcoming years. I was asked to participate in this year’s conference to help the National OA Communications Team plan for how they would promote the Order’s 100th Anniversary in 2015.
The OA Communications Team is currently the largest committee of Arrowmen working on a specific task for the National OA Committee. The OA Communications Team oversees all communications efforts from the Order of the Arrow including the National Bulletin a quarterly published newsletter, 3 different e-newsletters, social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and SnapChat, and our own website. The OA Communications Team has grown to over 100 Arrowmen and continues to work to get the word out to Arrowmen across the country.
During my time spent student teaching at William Annin Middle School, I taught a 30 day course for 6th graders on Design and Problem Solving. I wrote and implemented a 4 week unit on electricity where students learned about different types of circuits, and about schematic symbols. The course ended with students designing their own circuit and lantern, assembling their circuit, soldering the connections, and answering a series of conclusion questions to test their knowledge and understanding of the content covered.
I recently completed a semester student teaching at William Annin Middle School with Mr. Nick Beykirch. Students in the Advanced Woodworking class completed shelf projects that took them about 15 weeks to complete.
The Order of the Arrow (OA) is the national honor society for the Boy Scouts of America. I am lucky enough to be given the opportunity to provide leadership and service throughout 2012 as the National Programs editor of the National Bulletin. My job consisted of managing the writers underneath me to meet deadlines as well as be sure to write a paper that tells a story not just relays information to the audience. Over the last year I have been one of the key players in bringing news the 173,000 Arrowmen we have nationwide! Take a look at our latest bulletin and let me know what you think.
Let me know what you think of my logo that I designed in Photoshop to represent my family.
I hope you enjoy looking at my website, please take a look around at some of my work I have done over the last few years.
This website was designed as part of my Multimedia Design Class with Professor Roses during the Fall 2012 semester.