SOUTHERN REGION  -  ORDER OF THE ARROW

Southern Region ReliefCorps...
 
Over the past several weeks, two EF5 tornadoes and flooding have devastated the people of Central Oklahoma with loss of property and life. Homes, schools, and business were wiped clean from their foundations. Over forty people lost their lives and entire families were washed away in flooding. It will take thousands of relief workers, months of clean-up, and years of rebuilding before these areas will ever return to normal.

Arrowmen from all over the Southern Region have reached out looking for ways to help. In an effort to focus the incredible charitable spirit of our members and maximize our ability to help those in need, the Southern Region ReliefCorps has been called back into action.    

 

The original idea for ReliefCorps was sparked by images of Arrowmen from Tuscaloosa helping rescue workers dig through rubble from the 2011 tornado outbreak in Alabama. ReliefCorps made a huge impact on those devastated in 2011 and it is sure to make a definite impact now in Oklahoma. The vision for ReliefCorps is to help generate manpower and revenue to assist those affected by natural disasters throughout the Southern Region.  

 

Whenever disaster strikes, ReliefCorps is called back into action. The Southern Region ReliefCorps program is currently sponsored by Section 8 in Oklahoma and Arkansas. All lodges are encouraged to participate no matter their geographic location.

 

The program has two components: a lodge service project and a fundraiser. To commemorate our efforts to assist in the recovery, a special gold mylar bordered patch has been designed. To earn the service patch, you must participate in a lodge organized service project. There is only one requirement; the service project must benefit the community and not the BSA or any council. At the conclusion of the service project, the lodge should complete the Lodge ReliefCorps Report and submit it electronically by Sunday, June 30, 2013.  

 

Additionally, a silver mylar bordered patch may be purchased for $10.00 and $1.30 shipping per order. All proceeds from these sales will be given to the American Red Cross.  There is no service requirement to purchase the fundraiser patch. Orders for the patch can be made online at OAPatches.com and all patches must be purchased by Sunday, June 30th, 2013.  Please help reach out to help the victims of these natural disasters by participating in this program and remember that "he who serves his fellows is of all his fellows, greatest".

 

Check out OAReliefcorps.com for more information on Lodge Service Projects and how you can be part of the ReliefCorps, or email me at Wes@OAReliefCorps.com if you have any questions. Also you can "Like" us on Facebook at "OA Reliefcorps" which is frequently updated with information on how you can help.

 

Thank you for your support,

 

Wes Seaman

ReliefCorps Coordinator

 
Help West Texas...
 

 

 

On April 17th, 2013, in the small, the tight-knit Texas town of West suffered a devastating fire and explosion in a nearby fertilizer plant. This explosion left 15 people dead, mostly firefighters, first responders and volunteers helping to fight the fire, and over 200 injured. The explosion nearly decimated the epicenter, destroyed West Middle School, and a two-story apartment building. Over a hundred homes were also damaged or destroyed in the blast. The town of West, which sits between Ft Worth and Waco, needs our help and as arrowmen we are obligated to aid in the recovery process.

 

Our lodge, Netopalis Sipo Schipinachk, the lodge in which West lies, has created a lodge flap which will be provided in return for a ten dollar donation. You can purchase this flap by going to http://longhorn.kintera.org/westtxflap. Thank you very much for your contribution in helping West, TX recover from this disaster.

 

WWW,

Jake Torpey

Lodge Chief

Netopalis Sipo Schipinachk Lodge  
2013-2014 Section Chiefs...
 

Every lodge in the Order of the Arrow is part of what is known as a section. Sections are composed of multiple lodges and come together once a year at a weekend event known as a Conclave. Just like all the other levels in the OA, the section is led by youth officers and adult advisers.  

 

The section chief is the top youth representative for a section. He is that section's voice on a national level, is responsible for planning the Conclave, responsible for passing down information, is one of the voting members who vote for the national officers, and much more.

 

Section officer elections are held at each year's Conclave. Found below is a list of the 2013-2014 Southern Region section chiefs.

 

SR 1A: Patrick Burtchaell

SR 1B: Trevor Boling

SR 2-3N: Hunter Brown

SR 2-3S: Alex Call

SR 4: Matt Draganchuk

SR 5: Matt Forster

SR 6: Aaron Shepherd

SR 7A: Taylor Bobrow

SR 7B: Kenneth Erickson

SR 8: Wesley Seaman

SR 9: Nathan Moore

 

OA Camp Coordinator...
 

To help promote the Order of the Arrow during summer camp, the OA designed a job description that camps around the country can use called the OA Camp Coordinator. Though the job is not the same from camp to camp, this person is typically in charge of unit elections, OA gatherings, Brotherhood ceremonies, call out ceremonies, service projects, and much more.

 

The Arrowmen who is tasked with the role is a camp staff member just like any other staff member. With a more open type schedule he is able to use his time to plan for activities that will promote the OA within that lodge. If your lodge currently does not have a camp coordinator, click here and find out more! 


Echoes from the Voice...

  

"No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave." - Calvin Coolidge

 

 

"You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you." - John Bunyon 

2015 Lodge Legacy Rock  

Lodge leadership - time is running out to send in your lodge's Legacy Rock!

Please take note of the letter from 2013 National Chief Matt Brown and National Vice Chief Jordan Hughes.

 

LAST CALL:
Order of the Arrow
Project 2013

This is your last chance to sign up and pay your fee in full for  Jamboree OA staff! For more information about this Jamboree staff opportunity click here.

If you are ready to sign up simply click here and it will bring you to the registration portal of the new National Jamboree registration system. Just simply follow the instructions and get ready for an experience of a lifetime!

      
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