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2016 Western Region Chief

Past Section Chief, Jeremy Yamaguchi, Becomes Youngest Mayor in California

Placentia Mayor Jeremy Yamaguchi with City Councilmember Scott Nelson at a council meeting on Dec. 6.

PLACENTIA - Eagle Scout, Past Section W4B Chief, California State University Fullerton student, and Placentia City Councilman Jeremy Yamaguchi was named as the mayor of Placentia on Dec. 6 at a Placentia City Council meeting.

Yamaguchi is the youngest mayor in Orange County history and the youngest serving mayor in the state of California. At the age of 22, he has served as a City Council member for three years, a director for the Orange County Fire Authority, and the founding chairman for the Placentia Community Foundation. In November 2008, Yamaguchi was elected to the City Council at the age of 19 for a term of four years. In a race with six candidates for three open seats, he received the highest total vote count, nearly 30 percent higher than the sitting mayor.

Yamaguchi earned his Eagle Scout award in 2006 and was chosen in 2007 as the California Scout of the Year by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. In 2008, he served as the Lodge Chief and a board member for the Orange County Council. As Lodge Chief, he led Boy Scouts throughout the county to garner in excess of 20,000 community service hours. He continues to volunteer in the scouting program as an Assistant Scoutmaster for his troop in Placentia and as the Associate Lodge Advisor in Wiatava Lodge.

Yamaguchi graduated from Placentia's El Dorado High School in 2007 with numerous honors and distinctions, including a historic record of 3,000 community service hours. He is currently a senior at California State University Fullerton majoring in political science with a minor in music. His last final is on Friday. On campus, Yamaguchi is a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society, the CSUF pre-law society, Golden-Key, and the Phi Beta Delta honor society for international scholars. He hopes to continue his education to obtain a master's degree in public administration and a juris doctorate in order to study and practice law.

Congratulations Jeremy, the Order of the Arrow wishes you much continued success in the years to come.

Northern Tier Staff Wanted

My Fellow Arrowmen,

I have an exciting opportunity of adventure, personal growth, and brotherhood to offer you! If you want to advance yourself and learn to be strong and steadfast, knowledgeable and self-reliant, confident and undiscouraged, join us on staff at Northern Tier National High Adventure Base. Applicants need no prior training, only a positive mental attitude, strong moral character, and a willingness to learn. We have a variety of staff positions for all types of people. If you are over 18 years old and interested in working with us next summer, send in your application today!

Northern Tier is hiring over 200 employees for summer 2012. About half our staff lead 6-10 day canoe trips of roughly 8 youth/adult into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of Minnesota with the other half working on base. The following positions are offered at Northern Tier:

Positions Available
Interpreter: Guides canoe trips; provides outdoor skills training to participants. Acts as a resource for safety, environmental awareness, and local history
Outfitting: Distributes & maintains trail equipment & commissary food Trading Post: Assists with displays, inventories, and sales of the Trading Post
Maintenance: Maintains facilities; must be 21 & have current Driver's License
History: Hosts nightly "Rendezvous" campfire; acts as a living history program guide
Food Service: Works in a state-of-the art kitchen; prepares & serves meals Office: Assists in office, data entry, answering phones, making copies, crew check-in etc.

Benefits and Pay
Starting pay is $215 per week and up depending on position. We provide room and board and gear rental. We offer paid staff training in canoeing and camping skills, Wilderness First Aid, and CPR. Some staff receive internship credit for their school. Most employees come away with friendships, adventures, and memories that last a lifetime.

For more information and an application, please go to our website, www.ntier.org, and also check us out on www.facebook.com/NorthernTier and www.youtube.com/NorthernTier. Feel free to call Keith at 218-365-4811 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

You are in the Order of the Arrow because your friends and peers saw in you the skill of leadership. Nurture and sharpen your skills at Northern Tier National High Adventure Base!

Thank you,

Keith Nelson | Chief Recruiter
Northern Tier High Adventure Program

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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