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2016 Western Region Chief

Philippines Typhoon Relief Fund


The recent earthquake and super typhoon in the Philippines have claimed the lives of untold thousands of people, and left millions homeless and without the most basic human needs of potable water, food and shelter.

In an effort to help our brothers in need, the Shanghei Chapter of Gamenowwinink Lodge has begun an ambitious campaign to raise at least $10,000 to be given to the BSA’s chosen charity in this crisis, ShelterBox. Every dollar raised will go directly towards providing the basic human needs of clean water, food, and shelter to those now in need.

We are asking every lodge and section across our Region and Nation to please consider making a donation to help the cause. The standard specially designed patch seen to the right are being gifted for a  $10 donation to the fund, each bearing the words of our Obligation that remind us of our duty to others. Any individuals who wish to donate at the $100 level will receive a special metallic-bordered patch in recognition of their gift.

The ones who chose you need you. Who among us is able to answer the call? Attached is the donation form for the Philippines Typhoon Relief Fund, and we exhort you to make a donation to help serve those who need it most. 


Distinguished Eagle Scout

The Western Region would like to congratulate John “Jack” Hess, a past Western Region Chairman, for being honored with the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. On November 7 the Longs Peak Council will be hosting at the University of Colorado’s University Memorial Center at 6:30 to honor Mr. Hess for his outstanding achievement, both in and out of Scouting. Jack earned his B.S. in Geosciences from Pennsylvania State University before completing his PhD in Geology in 1974. He has served as the Executive Director of the Division of hydrologic Sciences, the Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Desert Research Institute, and a Congressional Science fellow to Senator Harry Reid. He currently sits as the Executive Director of the Geological Society of America (GSA) is a fellow of the National Speleological Society and Cave Research Foundation.


Jack became an Eagle Scout as a youth in 1966 and his Vigil Honor in 1967. Jack earned his Woodbadge beads in 1987 and was recognized with the Silver Beaver Award in 1988 by the Boulder Dam Area Council. He has served as a Chapter and Lodge Adviser, the W4C Section Associate and Section Adviser, the Area W4 Adviser, and was the OA Western Region Chairman. Jack has served as the Incident Cmmander for ArrowCorp5 and SummitCorp, has served on BSA Jamboree Staff in 2010 and 2013, and was recognized with the OA Distinguished Service Award in 1998 and the Silver Antelope in 2000  for his ongoing service. Jack currently sits as a member of the National Order of the Arrow Committee, the Western Region Board, and a member of the BSA National Council.

Saklan Lodge

The Newest OA Lodge has just been named  here in the Western Region! The Miwok and Esselen Lodges in Section W3S have just merged to form the new Lodge Saklan, named for their totem the Banana Slug!  Currently no Lodge Flap has been released, but we all across the Region look forward to seeing the creation patch of our newest lodge! Congradulations to our newest Lodge, and we all look forward to seeing you represented at Jamboree this year!

Project 2013 Limited Edition Patches


Did you know that the Order of the Arrow Jamboree Service Group has created a special collection of the flaps representing all four divisions of the 2013 National Jamboree OA Staff? A limited number of these sets will be manufactured, with each set receiving a unique serial number. Orders will be accepted through June 1, 2013 for delivery during the week of July 15, 2013. Patch sets may be picked up at the National Jamboree, shipped to your home/business, or shipped with a personalized note as a gift from you to that special Arrowman.

The actual patch image will not be released until the start of the 2013 National Jamboree, at the OA Service Corps base operations.

Remember! This set will make a unique gift to help recognize a Scout's leadership in cheerful service to others. A personalized note from you can be included with your gift.

Order now at  http://www.sgtradingpost.com/product.php?product_id=1102&subcat_id=105 before its too late!

Yours In Brotherhood,
The Western Region

2013 Jamboree

As we get down to the final stretch before the 2013 Jamboree, we want to know what it is you are looking forward to most at the Bechtel Summiit. Head on over to our facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/oawest and let us know! We hope you will all join us in celebrating our new High Adventure Base and Scout Camp at the Bechtel Summit in less than two months for the best Jamboree yet!!!


The Western Region

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