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Passing of Gene Wadford

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our friend and brother, Gene Wadford. Gene passed away early on the morning of October 15, 2011. He was a truly dedicated Scouter and Arrowman.

Instead of flowers, the family requests you send a donation in Gene's name to the Maury Clancy Indian Campership Fund. Contributions can be mailed to:
Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America
Attn: OA Team Leader- Clyde Mayer
Maury Clancy Indian Campership Fund
1325 West Walnut Hill Lane
Irving, TX 75015-2079

Gene will be greatly missed by all those who knew and worked beside him to increase the presence and success of the Order of the Arrow and all Scouting. Please keep Gene's wife Judy and their family in your prayers.

Here is a link about and dedicated to Gene Wadford and his rich full life.

Getting to NOAC

Written by National Promotions Team - Trains. Planes. Helicopters. Buses. Cars. Bicycles. Hiking. All ways you can get to NOAC 2012! Some ways are better than others, that is for sure. This fall, each Order of the Arrow lodge will be recruiting Arrowmen to join their contingent for the 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference. Lodges will provide youth and adult leadership to the contingent while en route and at the conference.

Talk with your lodge leadership about joining the contingent and attending NOAC 2012. Lodges will provide information on joining the contingent, travel plans, patches, and more. The conference fee will be $420 plus travel costs as determined by each lodge. Lodges will develop a travel schedule that may include touring while to and from East Lansing, Michigan. Check with your lodge leadership on the cool stops your contingent will make as you travel to NOAC.

Arrowmen may also attend NOAC 2012 as a staff member supporting the thousands of Arrowmen attending the conference. Staff registration will open this fall where Arrowmen can express interest in serving on one of the many NOAC committees. The staff fee is $420 plus the cost of travel. Many staff members travel with their lodge to NOAC, but may also plan their own travel schedule.

These are the two ways to get to NOAC. Join in the fun and remember, Next Stop: NOAC 2012!

Go to the NOAC 2012 website to learn more about what NOAC has to offer you next summer!

Fall 2011 Mustang is now available!

The Fall 2011 Mustang newsletter is now available! The Mustang is the Western Region's official newsletter publication for lodge, section, and region leadership. Download the latest as well as past issues from the Mustang resources page. This issue on the results of SummitCorps and Indian Summer, and features information on NOAC 2012 and 2013 National Scout Jamboree.

Live with Chief Joe Garcia at the W-3N Conclave

US Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma - Two Rock, CA - 2011 Western Region Chief Joe Garcia has spent the weekend at the Section W3N Conclave in Two Rock. The weekend consisted of the usual conclave training and fellowship activities, but also featured SCUBA BSA and Redwood Empire Council's climbing wall at the midway--and next to the wall was a CHP Officer who was instructed to do nothing more than 'Go to Two Rock.' The American Indian Affairs activities were a crowd favorite, as well as the sno-cone machine, but those Arrowmen who were bold enough to adventure near the CHP Officer and the climbing wall had a great time.

Featured are pictures of the West is Best Mustang Diecast car posing with the CHP Dodge Charger (click on either image to view the original image). That car is unexpectedly speedy! Below is a video of Region Chief Joe Garcia, past Section Chiefs Mark Ishizu and Ben LeRoy, and Region Webmaster Michael Millerick descend the climbing wall in style.

Make sure you check the Western Region calendar for the dates of your Section's next conclave, and make sure to register for it as soon as possible! Each conclave is different than each of the previous conclaves. Each conclave offers a new experience, and endless friendship and fellowship.

A Message from the Chief Scout Executive

There is a reason the Order of the Arrow is known as Scouting's National Honor Society; its members are elected by their units to honor those Scouts and Scouters who exemplify the very best in our programs.

Through your cheerful service and leadership at the 2011 SummitCorps event, you have once again shown yourself to be worthy of the confidence placed in you by those who believed in you at the time of your induction.

But you have done even more than that. By your commitment, your labor, your dedication, and servant leadership, you have brought honor to the Boy Scouts of America, the Order of the Arrow, and yourself.

The physical contributions you made to improving the New River Gorge National River were huge-in fact, it was the largest youth volunteer project in the history of the National Park Service.

Moreover, the donations you raised to support local charities and the good will you created in doing so have built a climate of trust, gratitude, and bonds of friendship with the people of West Virginia. This will serve as a foundation of friendship from which the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve will benefit for many years to come.

Your hard work and service have been exemplary as we launch the next 100 years of Scouting. I thank you for what you have done and for bringing honor to the Boy Scouts of America.

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