I was tapped out and proud of it! A "tapout" was when the Indian (I forget which one) would walk around those gathered around the campfire and stop in front of a candidate and without a word, would "tap" the candidate 3 times on the shoulder. My taps were firm, but not painful. Legend has it, that in some Lodges, the "taps" would take the candidate to his knees. It is now called a "callout" when the names are just announced and the candidate steps forward to be escorted away. I see nothing wrong with tapouts, but as usual, a few overzealous morons ruined it for everyone. I think the OA is in decline because kids are being raised differently than we were. Today's youth is not really interested in "service" (read: volunteer work), much less being "cheerful" about it. It's all about me and what I can get in return, as evidenced by some of the posts above. The question shouldn't be, "what does the Order have to offer me", but rather, "How can I be of service through the Order?"
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