NLS

The National Leadership Seminar (NLS) is a weekend training program focusing on leadership development.

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2017 Western Region Chief
Manué Lopez

Manué is from the Orange County Council in Aliso Viejo, CA. He is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of Wiatava Lodge.

Meet Manué

DYLC

The Developing Youth Leaders Conference (DYLC) focuses on the tools every adult needs to mentor and develop our outstanding youth leaders.

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Your Western Region

Region Profile

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.

More basics of the Order of the Arrow.

Web Team

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Web Adviser Bruce Mayfield
Administrative Support Ken Hayashi
Technology Support Ben Bodenmiller
Technology Support Rob Rosamond

 

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Region Youth Committees

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.

Communications

Chairman - Bryan Melonis

 

Lodge Supports Projects

Chairman - Vianney Careaga

Region Leadership

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.

Officer History

National Officers

Western Region Chiefs

2014 Michael Kintscher  
2013 David Dye  
2012 Joe Barton  
2011 Joseph Garcia  
2010 Fred Gross  
2009 David Harrell  
2008 Mark Hendricks Download Final Report
2007 Chad Wolver Download Final Report
2006 Kieran Thompson Download Final Report
2005 Ross Armstrong
2004 Matthew Griffis
2003 Matthew Griffis
2002 Dominic Pascucci  
2001 Josh Gana
2000 Cameron Mulder  
1999 Hayato Nakawatase  
1998 Brandon Fessler  
1997 Josh Souza  
1996 Tony Fiori  
1995 Joe Scionti  
1994 Jim Lewis  
1993 Ron Mahabir  
1992 Mark Wimmer  
1991 Louis Monville  
1990 Ryan Mecham  
1989 Michael Southall  
1988 Michael Celano  
1986-1987 Rob Partridge  
1985 Todd Brohaugh  
1983-1984 Michael C. Sachs  
1981-1982 Kurt Christiansen  
1979-1980 Richard Good  
1977-1978 William "Skip" Breland  
1975-1976 Kerry Cheesman  

Western Region Chairmen

2014- Toby Capps
2006-2013 Mike Bliss
2000-2006 Steve Bradley
1997-2000 Jack Hess
1995-1997 Richard Mills
1992-1995 Ken Galloway
1988-1992 Esten Grubb
1981-1988 Del Loder
1975-1981 George Flanaghan

Western Region Staff Advisers

2011- Joe Glasscock
2008-2011 John Van Dreese
2000-2007 Gene Wadford
1989-2000 Don Chilcote
1975-1989 Dick Rice

National Officers from the Western Region

2014

Nick Dannemiller National Chief

2008

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

Open Letter to Lodge Leadership

News related to the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference has been released by the National Order of the Arrow Committee.

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.

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

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)


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2012 Western Region Silver Antelopes

<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!

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<a href=western.oa-bsa.org/images/2012antelopes.pdf>You can read more about both individuals here</a> </center>

Double Vigil Golf Champions

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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>.

National Leadership Seminar

The Western Region has 2 upcoming NLS training opportunities:
October 8-10 in Portland and November 10-12 in Tokyo.

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Developing Youth Leadership Conference

The Western Region has 1 upcoming DYLC training opportunity:
October 8-10 in Portland.

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