by: John Bisbee on
This year has truly been a year that I will remember for quite some time to come. We have accomplished so much this year, as we celebrate our 100th Anniversary of being an organization. Not only have we effectively ran lodge events, but we also inducted over 130 new Ordeal Members (many of which from troops that had not conducted unit elections in 2014), and over 75 new brotherhood members, largely influenced by our Camp Wilderness OA Coordinator, Evan Schroeder. Thank you Evan for all of your hard work this past year!
I would like to extend a huge thank you to my 2015 officer team. Jarod Smith, Andrew Fugleberg, Ryan Teigen, Travis Olson, and Jamison Feske all served as Lodge Officers during 2015. They helped facilitate all of the festivities, everything from our centennial lock-in to our “Surprise” Vigil Weekend/Conclave weekend in September. These gentlemen truly embody the Order of the Arrow’s ideals and will continue to strive for more throughout the next year. Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for your hard work and dedication this year. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Our wonderful adviser team also deserves a huge shout-out for all of their work. Shawn Johnston, Tyler Scott, Sam Ross, Jed Clifford, Adam Trapp, Kyle Roberts, Matt Everson, Jim Fahy, Carl Ness, Steve Shark, Cindie Van Tassel, and Wayne Stephens all served as advisers for the Lodge in 2015 and did a marvelous job! Without the help of these fine people, our youth wouldn’t be able to experience as much as they did, such as planning a Conclave or putting together a 75 page History Book. Thank you advisers for all of your work, the youth benefit so much from being able to work with you and learn your wisdom.
Throughout this past year, I was able to meet and spend time with so many arrowmen from around the council. No matter if a person lived two hours into Montana, near the Plentywood area, or two hours from the nearest major city, being in Harvey, ND, I wanted to connect with these individuals. It is great to hear their story and share yours with them. These youth are the up and coming individuals in our Lodge, we need to support them and provide leadership for them, setting a positive example. I challenge all of our current arrowmen and advisers to always be an influence on someone. You may not know it, but there is a person out there that looks up to you, a person that wants to be exactly like you. Take the time to say hello to these people, you never know what may happen.
I’d also like to challenge you all to say hello and thank you more often. Nothing can compare to the feeling of waking up in the morning to a text message that says “Hello, I hope you have a great day today!” I challenge you all to send this to someone at least once a week. Ask them how their day has been going, try and connect with these individuals. These people will soon become some of your best friends and you will be able to rely upon each other for almost anything. Something as small as a thank you or hello can go a long way in making a person successful.
I became an officer in January of 2012, not having any idea about the Pa-Hin Lodge and all that it has to offer. After serving six months as Lodge Treasurer, I accepted the position of Lodge Vice-Chief of Committees, where I remained until December 2014. I was able to work with so many great arrowmen during this time and see many of them move on to even bigger things. Serving as Lodge Chief has been my honor and privilege for 2015.
Thank you all for the great memories. These memories we will be able to cherish for a lifetime. We will have pictures to remind us of the great times that we had together, as well as those great memories. I look forward to seeing you all again very soon.
Until we see each other again,
John R. Bisbee
2012 Pa-Hin Lodge Treasurer
2012-2014 Pa-Hin Lodge Vice-Chief of Committees
2015 Pa-Hin Lodge Chief