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2016 Western Region Chief

2012 Distinguished Service Award Recipients Announced

dsa-smallOn 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.

Read more: 2012 Distinguished Service Award Recipients Announced

Long Beach- The Brand New Puvunga Lodge

Members of the National Order of the Arrow Committee, Region Chiefs, National Staff;

Steve Bradley and I just spent a delightful weekend with our new brothers in the Long Beach Area Council!!!

We presented the Council Scout Executive, youth officers, and Council President with the first new charter for an OA lodge in 42 years!!!

Today, the youth membership elected officers and selected Puvunga as their lodge name. It translates to "the gathering place". The lodge totem is a porpoise.

Prior to this weekend, the "newest lodge" has been Ashsin (#565) of Chamorro Council serving Guam, which was formed in 1970. The last lodge to form in the continental US in a council without a merger was Osceola Lodge (#564) chartered to Southwest Florida Council located in Fort Myers, FL in 1968. (thanks to Bill Topkis and Bill Loeble for researching these facts).

38 youth members and 15 adults were inducted this weekend, including the Council President and five members of the Council Executive Board.

They are off to a great start.

Below, are the captions that their staff adviser sent along with the photos as I flew home.

Ray Capp

Ray Capp presents the first charter to council president Jim Jeffrey (far R) and scout executive John Fullerton (second on R). Also pictured are assistant scout executive Scott Oldenburg (far L) and vice chief Justin Mun (center)

The first class of arrowmen in the Puvunga Lodge, Long Beach Area Council

Double Vigil Golf Champions

On January 27, 2012 at Falcon Dunes Golf Course near Phoenix, Arizona, the 12th annual Double Vigil Golf Classic tournament brought together 55 golfers and an additional 16 donors, a new attendance record and a generous outpouring from other supporters. The DVGC is open to anyone, regardless of Scouting or OA affiliation. The event exceeded expectations in raising funds for the Boy Scouts of America's Maury Clancy American Indian Campership Fund, sending over $3,000 directly to the fund. It also awarded two OA High Adventure scholarships, one recipient being our own W-4S Section Vice Chief, John Garcia. Congratulations go to the tournament champions, Team Shoshone: Kasey Green, Bob Booker, Larry Abbott, and Frank Yoke. The DVGC committee is excited at possibilities to increase participation and awareness of our cause, and look forward to continuing to grow the event. For more information about the tournament and plans for the 2013 event, check out the website at http://www.dvgc.org.

Order of the Arrow Name Tag Order Form

You may purchase name tags with your name along with the Order of the Arrow emblem on it with the order form available for download here.

Two possible styles for Order of the Arrow name tags are:

  1. The official Order of the Arrow Logo, with the words "Order of the Arrow" and "Boy Scouts of America" around the Arrow.
  2. As well as the same Arrow but with no words as part of the logo.

You may also use the same order form to order name tags with various other logos.

The following are more details on the name tag and how to order it:

  • Badges are of a high gloss silver rhodium or gold plated measuring 3" X 3/4"
  • Only $11.00 for one line, silver rhodium (gold/extra line @ $1.00 each)
  • Twenty letters maximum per line, including spaces & punctuation.
  • Quantity discounts (except P&H): 5% for 20-25; 10% for more than 25
  • All orders must be pre-paid and neatly printed or typed!
  • Usually 8-10 weeks for delivery, add 20% for rush (usually 3-4 weeks)

It's Time to Start Thinking About NLS/NLATS

National Leadership Seminar Have you experienced NLS yet? The National Leadership Seminar (NLS) is a weekend training program focusing on leadership development. Run by the Region Chief and his Advisers, it provides an in-depth look at leadership skills and techniques. An NLS discusses how these skills can be applied in your role in the OA and in other aspects of your life. You can click here to download an informational flyer on NLS/NLATS. To register, simply go to our training page and click through to the appropriate course where you will find additional information and a link to the registration site.

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