From the Chief...
I am truly honored to have been elected your 2014 Southern Region Chief; it will be an experience I won't soon forget. With no program of emphasis this year, the Southern Region is in a perfect position to concentrate our efforts on improving communication to Arrowmen and providing support to units, chapters, and lodges, while we prepare for the ArrowTour and NOAC in 2015.

As your region chief, it is my responsibility to ensure that all National Leadership Seminar participants gain the most knowledge from the course, and lodges continue to reach their Journey to Excellence (JTE) goals through region-level support, such as the Chapter JTE Workbook which was released in 2012.

This year, the region has already begun releasing the Play-by-Play guides, which were created under the leadership of Brad Torpey, our 2013 Southern Region Chief. These Play-by-Play Guides are for tackling the tough issues in the lodge, and new content will be released every month in 2014, so stay connected to the region website for updates.

I hope your new year is off to a great start, and I'm looking forward to a spectacular year in our brotherhood.

Cheerfully yours,


Wes Seaman  

2014 Southern Region Chief 

NLS and NLATS - Antioch, TN...
The first National Leadership and National Lodge Adviser Training Seminars will be held outside Nashville, TN in Anitoch between February 28 - March 2. The registration deadline is February 14th. To register click here.

The National Leadership Seminar (NLS) is a weekend conference focusing on the skills and characteristics of leadership. It is intended primarily to enhance the leadership skills of the Order of the Arrow's key youth and adult members, as they seek to improve their service to the Boy Scouts of America and the greater community.

The National Lodge Adviser Training Seminar (NLATS) is a weekend conference focusing on the skills and attributes of effective lodge advisers. It is intended primarily to enhance an adviser's knowledge of and connectivity with the OA's strategic plan, program and resources, while emphasizing personal skills that are essential to the development of effective youth leadership and ultimately the OA's service to the council.

The Southern Region will also be hosting two other NLS/NLATS weekends. The next will be April 11-13 in Little Rock, AR and one later in the year on November 7-9 in Fairhope, AL. The price for all of these events is $190.
Region Play-by-Play series...
To aid lodges in the growth process now or at any time in the future, the 2013 Southern Region Order of the Arrow Committee youth members have created a series of Play-by-Play Guides for tackling some of the toughest issues our lodges face.

Each month, a new Play-by-Play Guide, composed by section leaders from throughout the region, will be released. Each guide will outline a particular area of lodge operation from lodge camping support to high adventure promotion, equipping lodge officers with useful tips and applicable materials to utilize in their local programs.

For more information check out the Southern Region website by clicking here!
Echoes from the Voice...

"You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality." - Walt Disney     

"Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy." - Norman Vincent Peale  

New National Order of the Arrow Website

This past December the OA National Web Team released a new version of the national website. Be sure to check it out!

National Planning Meeting Recap

A lot of major announcments and event news came out of the National Planning Meeting. Find out what happened!

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NOAC Fee Set

The 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference is an event not to be missed. The conference will also be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow!

Lodges are already starting to plan for the event, so be sure to ask your lodge leaders for more information!

The fee for the week long event is $475. This does not include any extra fees lodges may have for transportation and other things.

This will be a chance to share the nation's best practices.  
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