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2015 Western Region Chief

Passing of Andrea Van Dreese

Andrea D. Van Dreese
July 11, 1961 - October 29, 2011

It is with heavy heart we acknowledge the recent passing of Andrea D. Van Dreese, wife of John Van Dreese our much admired Western Region OA Staff Adviser. Below are few more details about this amazing woman.

Andrea D. Van Dreese, age 50, passed away on Saturday, October 29 in Orange, CA. She was born July 11, 1961, the daughter of Herbert W. and Dona M. Post in Park Falls, WI. An educator most of her life, Andrea served in the Milwaukee Public Schools for nine years, and school districts in Wooddale, IL, and Germantown & Menominee Falls, WI. A lover of music, Andrea was active in the choir of the Congregational Church in Park Falls, WI as she was growing up, and sang in choirs at the Kenwood United Methodist Church (Milwaukee, WI), the First Congregational Church (Germantown, WI), the Cimarron United Methodist Church (NM), and most recently the United Methodist Church in Gilbert, AZ. She enjoyed sailing, swimming, traveling, and training her two golden retrievers Sunday & Sage. Recently, she had been passionately involved with a golden retriever rescue group in Arizona where she helped transport rescued dogs to new homes.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM on Saturday, November 12 at Grace United Methodist Church, N2133 Southgate Terrace, P.O. Box 589, Wautoma, WI 54982. Burial will follow in the Marion Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Rescue A Golden of Arizona, P.O. Box 71987, Phoenix, AZ 85050 are appreciated. The Leikness Funeral Home of Wautoma, WI is assisting the family with the arrangements.

2011 Western Region Gathering

The Western Region Committee and all Section Officers and Advisers met this past Halloween weekend at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center for the annual Western Region Gathering. It was a weekend of training, fellowship, adventure. Highlights include the four hour simulated conclave training the the youth participated in, as well as the mandatory recreational activities (an Advisers v. Officers water balloon fight, a 100 feet long slip and slide, and a water slide).

The most interesting training of the weekend was 2010 Western Region Chief Fred Gross' training that encouraged Section to 'break the mold' and explore new options for their Conclaves. The results of the training exercise can be found in PDF by clicking this link.

For photos from the entire weekend, please visit the Region photo gallery.

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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!

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