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Manué Lopez

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2009 National Chief Elected

<img src=images/JackONeill.jpg width=120 height=150 align=right style=padding-left:5px> Jack O’Neill was elected 2009 Order of the Arrow National Chief at the 2008 National Planning Meeting in Dallas, TX.

Jack O’Neill hails from St. Louis, Missouri, and is a member of Shawnee Lodge, Greater St. Louis Area Council. He is a two term section chief from the Central Region. Jack served as a member of the Instructor Corps this summer for ArrowCorps5. We are confident that he will serve the Order well.

NOAC Patch Design Contest

The OA National Planning Committee is looking for talented graphic artist and patch designers to participate in the first-ever NOAC Patch Design Contest. If you like patches and winning great prizes, this contest is for you! Your patch can become a part of OA history; all it takes is a little time and a great design!
</br> If prizes and fame appeal to you, then you should enter the first ever <a href=>NOAC Patch Design Competition</a>. One lucky Youth Arrowmen, with a talent for designing patches, will win a seat in the SkyBox–the Very Important Arrowman seating area at NOAC shows–as well as a $100 gift certificate to the NOAC trading post. Three honorable mentions will each receive a $40 gift certificate to the NOAC trading post. Do not delay – submissions are due by December 20, so get designing today!
</br> For more information on the competition, <a href=>click here</a>.
</br> <FONT COLOR=#FF0000>NOAC 2009: I`m There!</FONT>

081 Section Chief Elected To City Council

Posted: November 6, 2008 by Kevin Renfrow

<img src=images/jeremy_yamaguchi.jpg width=191 height=205 align=right style=padding-left:4px;padding-bottom:4px> Jeremy Yamaguchi, Section W-C2 Chief, was elected to the City Council for the City of Placentia in Southern California’s Orange County. At the age of 19, he is one of the youngest elected officials in the city’s history. Jeremy brought in the largest percentage of votes at 22.7% and will take one of three open council seats. He will be serving on the council while continuing enrollment at California State University Fullerton nearby.

For more information, visit <a href=></a> or Jeremy’s campaign website at <a href=></a>.

Region Gathering of Chiefs, 2009 NOAC Patch Design Announced

Posted: November 1, 2008 by Mark Hendricks

<img src=images/2009noacpatch.jpg width=200 height=199 align=left style=padding-right:4px;padding-bottom:4px> The leadership of the Western Region descended upon the Heard Scout Pueblo in Phoenix, Arizona for the annual Gathering of Chiefs the weekend of October 24-26. This event was an opportunity for the chiefs to get to know and learn from each other, as well as a chance for the Region to set its direction for the next year.

The weekend started off with a trip to the local minor-league hockey game, the Phoenix Road Runners, as a team-building experience. Not only did the Chiefs get free foam fingers, but they were able to grow in unity as a leadership team. Saturday was spent in intense breakout sessions, covering topics including the Lodge Assistance Program, Quality Lodge attainment, and NOAC promotion, among others. The weekend concluded with an 80th birthday celebration for past Region Chairman and National Committee Member, Del Loder.

The Gathering also included the first Region Council of Chiefs, in which all of the section chiefs called their lodge chiefs and discussed some important information. Following this, the section chiefs convened and voted on behalf of all of the lodges in the region. The most important outcome of the RCOC was the NOAC patch design for the region, pictured above. The patch is already in the process of being ordered, and will be available for purchase shortly. The other patch designs that were submitted in the contest can be seen <a href=>here</a>.

Region Council of Chiefs

Posted: October 15, 2008 by Kevin Renfrow

<img src=images/regionlogo.jpg width=150 height=149 align=right style=padding-left:6px;padding-bottom:5px> The first Region Council of Chiefs will be held October 25th, 2008, at 3:00 p.m. mountain standard time (click for time in your area). This event will enable lodges in the West to have a voice in the decisions made by the region, including the selection of the Region’s 2009 NOAC patch design. Each section chief in the region will be calling their respective lodge chiefs (or their designee) during this time frame to conduct a poll. The results of the Region NOAC Patch Design Contest will be tallied and the winner announced. Please make plans with your section chief to be available during this time slot.

Make every lodges’ voice count: help ensure 100% participation in the first RCOC!

Western Region Patch Design Contest

Posted: October 1, 2008 by Kevin Renfrow

<img src=images/new_patch.jpg width=145 height=140 align=left style=padding-right:20px;padding-bottom:5px> Update: The deadline for patch submissions has been extended to October 19th.

NOAC 2009 is coming up fast, and in order to prepare the Western Region is holding a patch design contest. Every NOAC the region produces a round patch that is sold to thousands of Arrowmen, and this year it could be your design.

The rules are simple – send a digital design of a 3 inch round patch to <a></a> by October 19th. The patch also has to include the phrases “Western Region” and “NOAC 2009.” Use of the region’s mascot, a Mustang, is suggested but optional.

Every design will then be posted to the region website to be voted on by the Region Council of Chiefs during the region gathering (more information to follow). So even if your design isn’t selected, it will be posted on the region website, and you will get to see the competition. Get out the paper, pens, and scanner, or start up Photoshop: we need some awesome designs!

The winning patch designs from the <a href=images/2006noacpatch.jpg>2006</a> and <a href=images/2004noacpatch.jpg>2004</a> NOAC patch design contests are provided for reference.

National Service Grant Deadline Approaching

Posted: September 18, 2008 by Kevin Renfrow

<img src=images/service_grant.jpg width=175 height=214 align=right style=padding-left:5px;padding-bottom:20px> Attention all lodge and section leadership: an opportunity is fast approaching! The National Order of the Arrow Committee provides grants annually to help fund lodges’ council service projects. The application deadline for the grants is at the end of September, so if you have not started yet, now is the time.

This year the Region has established a committee of Arrowmen experienced with the application process, led by past region chief Chad Wolver. Please do not hesitate to contact the committee by emailing Chad if you any questions or want some help or direction with the process. This is free money to support your lodge and council, so please take advantage of the opportunity and get started now.

More information on the grants can be found <a href=>here</a>.

Upcoming National Leadership Seminar Opportunities

Posted: September 13, 2008 by Kevin Renfrow

<img src=images/nls.jpg width=150 height=149 align=left style=padding-right:5px> The National Leadership Seminar is our Order’s premier leadership training experience. Organized by the region in various locations around the country annually, there are two more opportunities to attend this event in 2008:

  • October 10-12, 2008 Lost Valley ($135)
  • November 14-16, 2008 Coast Guard Station Alameda ($130)

    Anyone in the region who satisfies all of the requirements to attend the NLS is invited to any seminar. The requirements include holding a leadership position within the OA or the potential to hold one in the future, to be mature enough to handle an intense 3-day course in leadership dynamics, and to have lodge adviser approval. If interested in attending either of the seminars this fall, please begin the registration process as soon as possible.

Region Committee Chairmen Appointed

Posted: September 7, 2008 by Kevin Renfrow

The Western Region is proud to announce the appointment of three new region committee chairmen: Alex Braden, Brian Gray, and Steven Heimark.

<img src=images/braden_1.jpg width=95 height=140 align=right style=padding-left:10px;padding-bottom:60px> Braden (right) will serve as Communications Committee Chairman. The Region Communications Committee is responsible for the region newsletter, the Mustang, as well as the region website. Both of these mediums are used to inform the members of the Western Region of what has happened around the region and what is around the corner.

<img src=images/gray_1.jpg width=97 height=140 align=left style=padding-right:10px> Gray (left) will chair the High Adventure Promotion Committee. The Region High Adventure Promotion Committee’s job is to keep the Arrowmen of the West informed and excited about OA High Adventure opportunities. These life-changing experiences occur every summer at Philmont, Northern Tier, and Sea Base; and we want to make sure that Westerners don’t miss out. The committee also administers any region high adventure scholarships available.

<img src=images/heimark_1.jpg width=109 height=140 align=right style=padding-left:10px> Heimark (right) will lead the NOAC Promotion Committee. The Region NOAC Promotion Committee is charged with ensuring that every Arrowman in the West hears about NOAC 2009 and understands how awesome the next conference is going to be. A lot of us are already saying, “I’m there!”

The new appointment for the Region Program Committee chairman will be announced shortly.

Western Region Realignment Announced

Posted: August 14, 2008 by Kevin Renfrow

<img src=images/regionlogo.jpg width=150 height=149 align=right style=padding-left:5px> The Western Region of the Order of the Arrow has been affected by the recently announced plan by the Western Region BSA to reorganize councils into new geographic areas. This is a very exciting time for the Region as this reorganization will allow us to better serve the Boy Scout program.

The Region has experienced many changes, but the region and section leadership is ensuring that everything transitions as smoothly as possible.

The most noticeable of these changes is the realignment of our current areas and sections across the region. Every section except for one will experience change. Some sections will lose lodges and some will gain; for some these changes will be small, and for others the changes will be very significant. After the realignment we will increase the total number of sections from 12 to 14 which will be contained within 6 physical Areas rather than 4 previously.

The following changes are effective immediately for sections which have completed their 2008 conclave.


Realignment Map

Section A
61 - Tahosa
62 - Kola
695 - Crazy Horse
638 - Tatokainyanka

60 - Ha-Kin-Skay-A-Ki
63 - Tupwee Gudas Gov Youchiquot Soovep
64 - Mic-O-Say
Section B1
106 - Tukarica
107 - Shunkah Manteetu
111 - Mai-I-Shu
315 - Apoxky Aio
Section B2
589 - Awaxaawe' Awachia
590 - El-Ku-Ta
591 - Tu-Cubin-Noonie
Section C1
30 - Yowlumne
32 - Non OA (Tribe of Tahquitz)
33 - Siwinis
51 - Malibu
53 - Chumash
57 - Topa Topa
58 - Spe-Le-Yai

Section C2
39 - Wiatava
40 - Ta Tanka
45 - Cahuilla

Section D1
606 - Sikhs Mox Lamonti
609 - T'Kope Kwikwis
610 - Nanuk
612 - Nisqually
696 - Toontuk
Section D2
611 - Es-Kaielgu
604 - Wa-La-Moot-Kin
614 - Tataliya
Section D3
491 - Lo La 'Qam Geela
492 - Wauna La-Mon'tay
697 - Tsisqan
Section E1
102 - Maluhia
104 - Na Mokupuni O Lawelawe
803 - Achpateuny
Section E2
10 - Wipala Wiki
49 - Tiwahe
328 - Nebagamon
Section E3
11 - Papago
573 - Gila
412 - Yah-Tah-Hey-Si-Kess
413 - Kwahadi
Section F1
23 - Ut-In Sélica
35 - Talako
41 - Orca
47 - Amangi Nacha
329 - Tannu
Section F2
22 - Kaweah
25 - Esselen
27 - Tah-Heetch
28 - Achewon Nimat
31 - Ohlone
42 - Hungteetsepoppi
55 - Miwok
59 - Toloma

Please note that the section designations used above are temporary and will be replaced with permanent designations in the near future.

Because sections are being realigned, the section leadership will need to adapt to these changes.

  • Section officers will serve in the position in which they were elected in the new section that their home OA lodge is assigned. Their term of office will be until the next conclave.
  • Sections that still need to complete their 2008 Conclave will proceed as planned with conclave. This includes normal elections with all current lodges participating. Youth from any lodge in the current section may run for office regardless of the status of their lodge at the end of the conclave. However, no youth shall use the reorganization as part of his platform for office and it is the responsibility of the Section adviser to ensure adherence to this policy. At no time should the reorganization remove the opportunity for a youth to run for office or vote as provided in the Field Operations Guide.
  • A special Council of Chiefs with appropriate advance notice will be held to elect officers for any vacant offices which may be caused by the reorganization. The process will be similar to filling a vacancy caused by election to a National office as provided by the Field Operations Guide. All elected Section Chiefs (through conclave election or the Council of Chiefs election) will be invited to Texas, may run for national office, and serve on a NOAC committee.
  • In some cases sections will have co-chiefs, co-vice chiefs, and/or co-secretaries. They will share the duties in that capacity until the 2009 Section Conclave of the new sections.

Section Advisers and Section Staff Advisers will be appointed by the Area Directors in consultation with and concurrence by the Region OA Chairman and the Region OA Staff Adviser.

A listing of the Section Chiefs following realignment and newly appointed advisers is listed below. It is the responsibility of the chief and adviser to confirm current vice chief(s) and secretary(s) in a given section.

Section Section Chief Section Adviser
A1 David Harrell
(Jayson Renforth, current W5B chief completes his term Aug 22)
Neil Gabriel
A2 Vacant Joan Armstrong
B1 Vacant John Jensen
B2 David Petersen Ken Jeppeson
C1 Jack Chinn Howard Kern
C2 Jeremy Yamaguchi Pending selection
D1 Sam Giacalone Nick Spenserberger
D2 Trentin Ramsey Peter Kruse
D3 Brian Gray
(Conclave and elections in Sept)
Pending selection
E1 Ted Dodson Ed Chunn
E2 John Kondziolka
(Conclave and elections in Nov)
Tim Malaney
E3 Frederick Gross Jaime Rendon
F1 Randy Pares
(Conclave and elections in Sept)
Keith Coombs
F2 Daniel Salet Mark Matthews

The full text of the Western Region Section Reorganization plan (including Section/Lodge assignments, Section Chiefs and their new sections, Section Adviser appointments, a detailed Action Plan for implementation, and a map of the new sections) is available for download.

These changes are exciting and are going to take the efforts of all of us to ensure that the transition goes smoothly.

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October 8-10 in Portland and November 10-12 in Tokyo.

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