OA LodgeMaster Users,

The OA LodgeMaster Team is excited to announce the release of the new unit election request portal! The unit election request portal, announced earlier this year at Momentum Spark, allows unit leaders to request their Order of the Arrow unit election electronically via a secure online portal within OA LodgeMaster. We have modified the Election Scheduling Request and Election Scheduling Reminder emails to include links to the new request portal. Lodges can immediately take advantage of the new portal by enabling the Election Scheduling Request and Election Scheduling Reminder emails within the new Inductions Module. If your Election Scheduling Request email has already been sent, the new portal's links will be included in the Election Scheduling Reminder emails. The scheduling links can also be found within the election scheduling dialog box from the Visit & Election Management grid. 

In addition to the release of the election request portal, the OA LodgeMaster Team has released a few additional new features within the Lodge Client. 

  1. We have added the ability for lodges to import candidates into the new inductions module. Once a unit has scheduled their election you will have the ability to import eligible candidates from a CSV/Excel file. 
  2. Added BSA ID duplicate checking when approving posted elections. When Lodge Administrators approve an election, they will now see a message indicating duplicate BSA IDs found. Before an election can be approved all duplicate matches must be resolved. 
  3. Removed the mailing address required fields when adding eligible candidates. We want the new induction tools to be as accessible as possible. Based on community feedback we have removed this requirement. 

Lastly, we want to thank everyone for their support in 2020. We know that every lodge faced unprecedented challenges in 2020. We hope that you find value in these new tools and can use them going into 2021 to rebuild, strengthen and grow your lodge. 

Go to https://lodgemaster.oa-bsa.org to access the online Lodge Client, view documentation, submit support and feature requests. 

Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year,

 The OA LodgeMaster Team

What If I Have Questions?
Please submit a ticket on the help desk if you have any questions. You can submit a ticket online (http://confluence.oa-bsa.org/display/OALMLC) or via email at support@lodgemaster.oa-bsa.org. Please do not contact a member of the LodgeMaster team directly.

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