On Sunday August 23, 2020, we held our Lodge Executive Meeting virtually and your Chapter and Lodge Leadership was present. We discussed the changes in our program and how we are able to emerge and continue to serve the meaning of our order. We have faced challenges and have overcome them tremendously. I would like to inform you directly of a few key items from the LEC:
2020 Vigil Nominations
The 2020 Vigil Nomination deadline has been extended once more. This gives each eligible candidate to be put forth to the Vigil Selection Committee. The Vigil Selection Committee cannot do their part without the help and support from members that submit nominations. This being said, the 2020 Vigil Nomination deadline has been extended until the end of day on Monday August 24, 2020. I encourage you, if you have not done so already, submit a nomination of an Arrowmen that you feel has been worthy for the Vigil Honor. For more information and how to submit a nomination, go to oa.shac.org/vigil
Re-emerging From COVID-19
As we begin to emerge from this pandemic, the National Order of the Arrow has given us guidance on our return. Our lodge Inductions and Program sectors have been working to provide the best Fall action plan. We will need the support from the chapters and at the unit level. Here in the next few weeks, more information will be released from the lodge on how we plan to emerge from this challenge! I encourage each of you to continue the conversations within your chapter and local units.
Fall Activities may have been in the back of your mind, however we are actively working with the Sam Houston Area Council and the SHAC - Enterprise Risk Management Committee to ensure our safe and healthy return. While we hope to invite you to our lodge’s premier event this Fall, we are actively monitoring the conditions and referring to our Council’s Risk Management Committee. I look forward to this fall as we continue on our journey once more socially distanced and ready for an adventure.
I would like to thank all of the Chapter and Lodge leadership that was in attendance this afternoon. This could not be possible without each of you! Finally, I would like to extend a huge thank you to each member in our Lodge. This year has been a different one for sure. Keep your courage and remember those around you. Stay safe and healthy.
Benton E. Cole Jr. | 2020 Lodge Chief
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