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The Western Region consists of 14 sections throughout the Western United States, Hawaii Alaska, and Japan. Each section typically consists of between 2 and 8 lodges and is led by a Section Chief, who is advised by a Section Adviser and Section Staff Adviser. The Key 3 leadership for the region consists of the youth leader, the Region Chief, who is advised by the Region Chairman and the Region Staff Adviser. The Region Chief is a national officer in the Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America and is elected by the Section Chiefs of the region at the National OA Planning Meeting every December.
The Region is responsible for several things, and its most notable events are the National Leadership Seminars and National Lodge Adviser Training Seminars. For more information on events in the Western Region, check out the Region Calendar.
Purpose of the Order of the Arrow
As Scouting's National Honor Society, our purpose is to:
- Recognize those who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and through that recognition cause others to conduct themselves in a way that warrants similar recognition.
- Promote camping, responsible outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship as essential components of every Scout's experience, in the unit, year-round, and in summer camp.
- Develop leaders with the willingness, character, spirit and ability to advance the activities of their units, our Brotherhood, Scouting, and ultimately our nation.
- Crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.
Mission of the Order of the Arrow
The mission of the Order of the Arrow is to fulfill its purpose as an integral part of the Boy Scouts of America through positive youth leadership under the guidance of selected capable adults.
Part of the region chief's goals is to have various youth chairmen in charge of areas designed to aid in operations of the region. The following youth have been appointed to lead their respective committees. To contact them, select their names to use the OAWest Contact form.
Chairman - Bryan Melonis
Lodge Supports Projects
Chairman - Vianney Careaga
Region Key 3
Region Chief - Joe Garcia - Meet the Chief
The region chief is the youth leader of the region elected by the section chiefs from that region at the national planning meeting. He must be under 21 years of age during the entire term of office and will serve until a successor is elected. The election is held following the election of the national chief and national vice-chief.
Region Chairman - Toby Capps
The volunteer leader in the region is the region Order of the Arrow chairman. Appointed annually by the region director, he is responsible for administering and monitoring the program regionally, with a special emphasis placed on his role as adviser to the region chief.
Region Staff Adviser - Steve Sawyer
The region staff adviser is appointed by the region director. He represents the region director in all Order of the Arrow operations within the region. His duties include regular communication and counsel with the region chairman and region chief.
Western Region Chiefs
|2008||Mark Hendricks||Download Final Report|
|2007||Chad Wolver||Download Final Report|
|2006||Kieran Thompson||Download Final Report|
|1983-1984||Michael C. Sachs|
|1977-1978||William "Skip" Breland|
Western Region Chairmen
Western Region Staff Advisers
|2008-2011||John Van Dreese|
National Officers from the Western Region
|Nick Dannemiller||National Chief|
|Jake Wellman||National Chief|
|2007||Evan Chaffee||National Chief||Download Final Report|
|2005||Patrick Murphy||National Chief|
|2002||Riley Berg||National Vice Chief|
|2001||Scott Hunter||National Vice Chief|
|1998||Mathew Milleson||National Chief|
|1996||Ryan Pitts||National Chief|
|1994||Scott Beckett||National Chief|
|1991||Clint Takeshita||National Chief|
|1991||Jeff Posey||National Vice Chief|
|1989||Jack Stephens||National Chief|
|1985||Michael Hoffman||National Vice Chief|
|1979||Larry Brown||National Vice Chief|
|1965-1966||Earl C. Davis||National Conference Vice Chief|
On 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.
2012 WESTERN REGION DSA RECIPIENTS
- DAVID MITCHELL CARSON
- JOSEPH MARCUSON DWORAK
- CALVIN J. FULKS
- JOSEPH GARCIA
- FREDRICK GROSS
- DAVID HARRELL
- HENRY KEN HAYASHI
- MARK ISHIZU
- HOWARD E. KERN
- MICHAEL R. PHILBROOK
- WILLIAM "BILL" TOPKIS
- JOHN T. VAN DREESE, JR.
- DEANNA J. WESTMYER
2012 CENTRAL REGION DSA RECIPIENTS
- MICHAEL BECKMAN
- RAYMOND R. CZECH
- DANIEL T. DICK
- RICHARD PAUL FEROLO
- FRANK D. FODERO
- DAVID HEIMANN
- COLLIN PIERCE HUERTER
- BRADFORD CHARLES LICHOTA
- SPENCER A. LONG
- GREGORY A. NYGREN
- JOHN JAMES "JACK" O'NEILL
- PHILLIP RAINE
- JEFFREY C. STOUT
- SARA L. SEABORNE
- RUSS VOTAVA
2012 SOUTHERN REGION DSA RECIPIENTS
- JUSTIN ABSHIRE
- TIMOTHY BABB
- RYAN DREW BAJAN
- JOSEPH G. BUCHMAN
- JOHN H. CLARK
- DON COMBS, III
- DWAYNE ANTHONY FONTENETTE, JR.
- RICHARD M. FORE
- ROBERT W. FUDGE
- JORDAN HAMMONS
- FRANK HARPER
- JOSHUA P. HENRY
- JONATHAN HILLIS
- MATTHEW NORMAN MADDERRA
- MARK ANDREW NORRIS
- NICK OCHSNER
- ELAM M. PATTERSON
- SCOTT ANTHONY ROBIN
- THOMAS ESTES STARR
- WILLIAM GENTRY SWINGLE
- JAMES TARBOX
- TIMOTHY E. N. TERRY
- JOHN "JT" THOMAS
- RONNIE D. TURPIN
- TED W. WILLIAMS
- JASON WOLZ
- MACKINLEY J. ZEWALK
2012 NORTHEAST REGION DSA RECIPIENTS
- BRIAN T. AHRENS
- RYAN J. BELL
- MICHAEL R. CARD
- DAVID W. CARLSON
- ROBERT "BOB" CHABALLA
- WILLIAM B. CHIN
- MARC CIRCUS
- TRAVIS CUNNINGHAM
- BRIAN R. GRAY
- RYAN M. HAY
- DANIEL J. HIGHAM
- JESS A. HURWITZ
- JOSHUA ANDREW PELOQUIN
- JEFFREY L. St. CYR
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 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</center>
<img src=http://western.oa-bsa.org/images/silver_antelope.jpg align=left style=padding-right:3px;padding-bottom:3px> The Western Region is pleased to announce that two members of the Western Region Order of the Arrow committee have been selected to receive the Silver Antelope this May at the National BSA meeting in Orlando, FL. Please join us in congratulating Tim Malaney and Steve Silbiger for this recognition of their dedication and contributions not only to the Order of the Arrow, but to the BSA and the Western Region. Tim currently serves the Order as the Region Vice Chairman for Area 6 and Steve is the Western Region National Lodge Adviser Training Seminar coordinator. Congratulations Brothers!
<a href=western.oa-bsa.org/images/2012antelopes.pdf>You can read more about both individuals here</a> </center>
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 <a href=http://www.dvgc.org>http://www.dvgc.org</a>.