This is a combination post from the National Order of the Arrow Website and also the January 10th Scouting Magazine Blog Post.
2018 Order of the Arrow national officers elected; here’s who represents your region
Anthony Peluso, an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor OA member from Virginia Beach, Va., has been elected 2018 national chief of the Order of the Arrow.
In late December each year, OA section chiefs from across the nation gather to plan the following year’s calendar. But before they can do that, they must elect a national chief, national vice chief and region chiefs.
The elections usually start around 7:30 p.m. and don’t end until late into the night. Anthony’s election was made official on the OA Facebook page at 11:02 p.m. National vice chief Michael Kipp’s election was announced more than two hours later, at 1:04 a.m.
As national chief, Anthony represents nearly 200,000 Arrowmen — youth and adult members of the OA — throughout the 2018 calendar year.
Anthony joins 2017-18 National Venturing President Michelle Merritt and 2017-18 National Sea Scout Boatswain Mercedes Matlock as the three highest-ranking youth leaders in the Boy Scouts of America. These three youth leaders sit on the BSA’s National Executive Board, helping shape the future of our great movement.
As one of his first acts, Anthony will join Michelle, Mercedes and a group of other impressive Scouts and Venturers at the BSA’s Report to the Nation in February in Washington, D.C.
After that, Anthony will lead the OA at the 2018 National Order of the Arrow Conference. The OA’s most high-profile event, NOAC is held every two or three years. Registration is open now for NOAC 2018, held July 30 to Aug. 4 at Indiana University.
“The OA has made the single biggest impact on my life of any organization I’ve ever been involved with,” Peluso said. “Now, in 2018, I’ve been given the opportunity to help change the lives of Arrowmen throughout the country.”
Anthony Peluso – 2018 National Chief
“Ever since first getting involved in the Order of the Arrow in 2014, the OA has made the single biggest impact on my life of any organization I’ve ever been involved with. Now in 2018, I’ve been given the opportunity to help change the lives of Arrowmen throughout the country. I couldn’t be more excited for the year to come, and the incredible people I’ll get to share it with.”
Anthony hails from Virginia Beach, VA. He is an Eagle Scout, and Vigil Honor member of Blue Heron Lodge. Previously, Anthony served as section chief for SR-7A, and is a recipient of the Founder’s Award. Anthony is an economics major at Virginia Tech and plans to attend law school following his graduation. He enjoys intramural sports, singing and fantasy football. A fun fact about Anthony is that he once ate ten hamburgers in one sitting.
Michael Kipp - 2018 National Vice Chief
“Our organization has an amazing year ahead of it. The national conference this summer is going to be an incredible experience and I’m excited to help make it happen.”
Michael hails from Valparaiso, IN. He is an Eagle Scout, and Vigil Honor member of Sakima Lodge. Previously, Michael served as section chief for C-6A, and is a recipient of the Founder’s Award. Michael is a strategy and organizational management major at Purdue University and plans to pursue a career in human resources management. He enjoys hiking, working on summer camp staff, and getting involved on campus. A fun fact about Michael is that he is his lodge’s first national officer.
Will Coots - 2018 Central Region Chief
“I am really excited to tackle pressing issues and help guide this amazing organization to a proactive, promising, and sustainable future.”
Will hails from Oregon, IL. He is an Eagle Scout, and Vigil Honor member of Wulapeju Lodge. Previously, Will served as section chief for C-7, and is a recipient of the Centurion Award. Will is an American studies and political science double major from the University of Notre Dame, and plans to pursue public service and research following his graduation. He enjoys watching The West Wing, listening to jazz music, playing football, and hiking. A fun fact about Will is that he is related to John Frederick Coots, the man who wrote and composed the song “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”
Justin St. Louis - 2018 Northeast Region Chief
“This year is our opportunity to directly impact Arrowmen at home by strengthening our support of lodge programs - using the conference as our vehicle for delivery.”
Justin hails from Lowell, MA. He is an Eagle Scout, and Vigil Honor member of Pennacook Lodge. Previously, Justin served two terms as section chief for NE-1, and is a recipient of the Founder’s Award. Justin is a political science major at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and plans to attend law school following his graduation. He enjoys skiing, graphic design, using the Oxford comma, and keeping up with politics. A fun fact about Justin is that over the past four years, he has participated in a three mile swim across Northwood Lake in New Hampshire to fundraise for local Scouting programs.
Zach Callicutt - 2018 Southern Region Chief
“I think 2018 will be a great year for the Southern Region and the Order with NOAC at Indiana University. I’m looking forward to Defining our Destiny this next year.”
Zach hails from Oxford, MS. He is an Eagle Scout, and Vigil Honor member of Chicksa Lodge. Previously, Zach served as section chief for SR-6, and is a recipient of the Founder’s Award and James E. West Award. Zach is a public policy leadership major at the University of Mississippi, and plans to attend law school following his graduation. He enjoys golf, sailing, and duck hunting. A fun fact about Zach is that he learned how to water ski when he was eight years old.
Jordan Jefferis - 2018 Western Region Chief
“The Western Region has been doing some truly great things this past year and I am excited to continue this on. Furthermore, I am excited to see all the new connections that will be made in the Western Region and nationally at the 2018 NOAC.”
Jordan hails from Portland, OR. He is an Eagle Scout, and Vigil Honor member of Wauna La Mon’tay Lodge. Previously, Jordan served as section chief for W-1S. Jordan is a homeland security major at Concordia University, and plans to attend law school following his graduation. He enjoys watching The Good Wife, golfing, and traveling. A fun fact about Jordan is that he loves coffee, and wants to open a coffee shop when he retires.