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This year, the National Order of the Arrow Conference will feature total social media integration with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Foursquare!

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A Note From Our Outgoing Region Chairman

Arrowmen:

April 31st marked the end of my five-year, five-month tenure as Southern Region OA chairman. I have truly enjoyed my time as region chairman, and that is due primarily to the great people with whom I have had the opportunity to work in the Order of the Arrow and in Scouting. Truly unselfish service is rare these days, but we are blessed with an abundance of it in our organization.

I was given the opportunity to serve as region chairman by three regional directors, Wayne Brock, Alf Tuggle, and Ponce Duran, and I am very grateful for their confidence in me and for their support of the OA in the Southern Region. They also gave me the best staff adviser I have ever known, Keith Swedenburg, for whom I am even more grateful. The regional professional staff have been excellent partners with Keith and me, and I appreciate the help that we received from every area director and deputy regional director, as well as from the administrative staff. I am also thankful for the support received from Dr. John Lea and Joe Domino, the region’s outdoor adventure vice presidents during my tenure, from National OA chairmen Brad Haddock and Ray Capp, and, of course, from Tico Perez.

The Southern Region is fortunate to have so many great section advisers, associate section advisers, section staff advisers, areas directors and region OA committee members and advisers. Thank you all for what you have done, and continue to do, for the Order in your sections and in our region, including your willingness to take on new challenges and program responsibilities, and your dedication to the young men whom we all serve. Their successes have been our successes.

Most of all, I appreciate the exceptional region chiefs, section chiefs and lodge chiefs whom I have had the privilege of advising. I learned a lot from each of them, and I am a better person for having had the opportunity to work with them. Having a chief to advise, after 15 years of chiefs, will be the thing that I will miss the most.

I will be pleased to watch Chairman James Flatt and his regional OA committee help Chief David Joyner and his successors implement different ideas and approaches to delivering the program. I look forward to supporting them in their efforts, as Bill Loeble so generously supported me.

As for me, for the next year or so I will be focused primarily on my Jamboree program responsibilities, and I will have a new role on the National OA Committee. As I have always said, it is privilege to serve Scouting and the Order with all of you. Thank you for your cheerful service; I will see you down the trail.

In service,

Jeff

Distinguished Service Award Recipients Announced

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 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 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 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

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 Red Arrow Award Recipients Announced

On May 30, 2012, the National Order of the Arrow Committee approved three persons to receive its Red Arrow Award for outstanding service to the Order. Since 1967, the Red Arrow Award has been conveyed to only 55 persons who were either non-Scouters or Scouters who are not members of the OA. These newly approved Red Arrow Award honorees will be recognized during the 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) at Michigan State University. Congratulations to the following persons:

  1. BARRY G. FUNDERBURG (DeMotte, Indiana) – Barry has served as the OA Shows Sound Director, Sound Designer, and Composer for 9 NOACs and 4 National Jamborees.
  2. JEANETTE LORD (Nashville, Tennessee) – Jeanette has served the Order for more than two decades as a invaluable volunteer to an Associate Lodge Adviser, Lodge Adviser, the OA National Bulletin Staff, an OA National Chief, a Vice Chairman of the National OA Committee, and the Chairman of the National OA Committee.
  3. CORY MENSEN (Ely, Minnesota) – As a volunteer, Cory has served with great distinction for the past 12 years as the US Forest Service Liaison to the OA Wilderness Voyage program.