JUNE 2012

Welcome to the eVoice!  This digital newsletter is the Southern Region's newest publication.  Our goal is to provide you with the most up to date information in the most convenient way possible.  As the primary communications tool on the regional level, these monthly e-mail blasts will keep you updated on national events, region operations, and tools for you to use in your lodge and section.


I hope that you will utilize this resource and that it will benefit the Arrowmen of the Great Southern Region.  The only way that will happen is for you to read and pass this information along.  I appreciate your service and dedication to our organization!


In Service,


David Joyner

Southern Region Chief
Order of the Arrow
NOAC 2012...
Preparations for NOAC 2012 are nearly complete and the party is almost ready to start!   We hope you'll be there to join us, but if not, we'll be sending out a special on-site NOAC edition eVoice to keep you updated on the fun... (and make you wish you were there!)  Of course, if you haven't registered, there's still a little time left...and the next NOAC isn't until 2015, so jump on board now!
During the Southern Region contingent orientation, you'll meet David Joyner, our Region Chief, and each participant will receive a special gift from the Region to help show our unity!  Don't miss it!
Among the new offerings at this NOAC, make sure you don't miss the NESA at NOAC program, helping us celebrate 100 years of the Eagle Scout!  More information on NESA at NOAC may be found here:


Spotlight On...
This month we are spotlighting the Coosa Lodge of the Greater Alabama Council for their NOAC promotional and fund-raising efforts.  Through the sale of a series of unique "rubber flaps" , Coosa was able to reduce their contingent fee to $400 per participant, which includes the conference fee, travel expenses, and a "spirit pack" of items relating to their chosen contingent theme.
Coosa Lodge was given exclusive permission from Warner Brothers to use the Flintstones characters to compliment their contingent theme: "Coosa Rocks".  Through their efforts, Coosa is on track to bring 100 members to the conference.  We congratulate Coosa Lodge on their forward thinking in preparation for the NOAC!
Ed. note: If your lodge has a special accomplishment or success story to share, please submit your article to  We'd be glad to spotlight your lodge and share your ideas in a future edition of the eVoice!
Project 2013...

By now you've probably heard all about the opportunities awaiting you through Project 2013 - the OA's initiatives for the 2013 National Jamboree.  Hopefully, you've filled out the interest form and expressed interest in being a Trek Guide, One Day of Service Coordinator, or serving on Service Corps.  We appreciate your eagerness to serve the OA through a position at the Jamboree!


But what's next?


There are two things that everyone needs to make sure they've done before NOAC next month.  The first is to double check that your NOAC registration indicates your participation in the "2013 Classified" event on August 1.  This is a special NOAC event only for those who have filled out the survey for Project 2013 (through the form listed above) and have registered for it to be on their NOAC schedule.  This event is your first chance to receive training and information on Project 2013 and will provide insider looks at the Summit.  "2013 Classified" is the official release of the OA's plans for the Jamboree.


The second thing you need to do is make your deposit for the Jamboree staff.  You can do this by visiting here where you will be prompted to create an account and make the $150 deposit.  Once you've completed this step, you will be officially signed up for OA Staff at Jamboree 2013!  If you miss this key step, you will not be on the staff list once it is finalized in September. (Detailed application instructions can be found here

One last important notice is the availability of staff scholarships.  
There will be a limited number of partial scholarships made available by process of application for Arrowmen who plan to be on OA Staff.  The application for these funds will be released at NOAC and more information will be sent through the eVoice once that announcement has been made.
Again, it is imperative that you take action and complete these two steps if you plan to serve on Project 2013 staff.  We look forward to seeing you at the "2013 Classified" event at NOAC and again next summer at the Summit!
Keith Swedenburg Retires...
At the recent National Annual Meeting of the BSA, Region Staff Adviser Keith Swedenburg was honored for his 5+ years of service to the Southern Region.  While Keith has retired from Professional Scouting, he plans to continue his service as a volunteer, as he moves back to Alabama and joins Aracoma Lodge of the Black Warrior Council.

We congratulate Keith on his retirement, and thank him for his dedication to the Southern Region!
A Note From Our Outgoing Region Chairman...
April 31st marked the end of my five-year, five-month tenure as Southern Region OA chairman. I have truly enjoyed my time as region chairman, and that is due primarily to the great people with whom I have had the opportunity to work in the Order of the Arrow and in Scouting. Truly unselfish service is rare these days, but we are blessed with an abundance of it in our organization.


Region Swag NOW online...
Don't wait until NLS or NLATS to pick up your favorite Southern Region items! The region has teamed up with SG Trading post to offer your very own Southern Region gear just the way you like it! Log on today!


Echoes from the Voice...


"I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I'm going to learn, I must do it by listening." - Larry King


"Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble." - Frank Tyger

Journey To Excellence 
Still trying to figure out the JTE criteria and what your lodge or chapter needs to do? Then, look no further! Just as the Boy Scouts of America Journey to Excellence program recognizes each level of the organization (Unit, District, Council), the OA's program creates Journey to Excellence recognition for chapters, lodges, and sections. 

You can find resources to help your lodge or chapter here:


Region DSA Recipients Announced 
On May 30, 2012, the National Order of the Arrow Committee approved 69 persons to receive its Distinguished Service Award (DSA) for outstanding service to the Order on a Sectional, Regional, and/or National basis.  Prior to 2012, only 839 Distinguished Service Awards have been presented.  These 69 newly approved DSA honorees will be recognized during the 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) at Michigan State University. 


2012 Red Arrow Award Recipients Announced
On May 30, 2012, the National Order of the Arrow Committee approved three persons to receive its Red Arrow Award for outstanding service to the Order.  Since 1967, the Red Arrow Award has been conveyed to only 55 persons who were either non-Scouters or Scouters who are not members of the OA.  These newly approved Red Arrow Award honorees will be recognized during the 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) at Michigan State University. 


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.


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