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2013 Region Gathering Reflection

regionsosEach year the Southern Region hosts a weekend where section leaders come together. Section chiefs, vice-chiefs, secretaries, and advisers come together along with various region leadership to discuss Conclave planning, national events, and programs.

This year the event was held in Dallas, TX and leaders had the message “Do it” from the theme in their minds throughout the entire weekend.

On Saturday morning one of the things that was presented was chapters for the Southern Region Resource Guide for Lodges. This regional publication will aid lodges in achieving Journey To Excellence (JTE) requirements and improve overall operation. The guide should be available by the end of the year.

Each section leadership team had various breakout sessions throughout the weekend to discuss where they wanted their sections to go. Their ideas and plans were then presented to the group where they were given feedback. Officers also had the opportunity to listen to hear ideas of things that have worked in other sections.

To conclude the event, all of the participants drove to the Fort Worth Stockyards for a Texas barbecue dinner, live music, and a rodeo. The leaders of the Southern Region left well equipped and motivated for the year ahead.

Region Leadership Prepares for Annual Gathering

skyline2_lgIn a few short days, leaders from around the Southern Region will converge on Dallas, TX for the 2013 Region Gathering.

This event, often referred to as the Section Officers Seminar or SOS, is the single annual occasion where the Region Key 3, your section officers and advisers come together to participate in leadership development training, discuss national and regional programs of emphasis, and also have a little fun along the way.

To learn more about the event or get details about this year’s gathering, please visit our Region Gathering program page. For the latest updates direct from the gathering, be sure to check back throughout the course of the weekend.

Southern Region ReliefCorps

ReliefCorps 2013This past Spring, two EF5 tornadoes and flooding devastated the people of Central Oklahoma with loss of property and life. Homes, schools, and business were wiped clean from their foundations. Over forty people lost their lives and entire families were washed away in flooding. It will take thousands of relief workers, months of clean-up, and years of rebuilding before these areas will ever return to normal.

Arrowmen from all over the Southern Region have reached out looking for ways to help. In an effort to focus the incredible charitable spirit of our members and maximize our ability to help those in need, the Southern Region ReliefCorps has been called back into action.

The original idea for ReliefCorps was sparked by images of Arrowmen from Tuscaloosa helping rescue workers dig through rubble from the 2011 tornado outbreak in Alabama. ReliefCorps made a huge impact on those devastated in 2011 and it is sure to make a definite impact now in Oklahoma. The vision for ReliefCorps is to help generate manpower and revenue to assist those affected by natural disasters throughout the Southern Region.

Whenever disaster strikes, ReliefCorps is called back into action. The Southern Region ReliefCorps program is currently sponsored by Section 8 in Oklahoma and Arkansas. All lodges are encouraged to participate no matter their geographic location.

The program has two components: a lodge service project and a fundraiser. To commemorate our efforts to assist in the recovery, a special gold mylar bordered patch has been designed. To earn the service patch, you must participate in a lodge organized service project. There is only one requirement; the service project must benefit the community and not the BSA or any council. At the conclusion of the service project, the lodge should complete the Lodge ReliefCorps Report and submit it electronically by Sunday, June 30, 2013.

Additionally, a silver mylar bordered patch may be purchased for $10.00 and $1.30 shipping per order. All proceeds from these sales will be given to the American Red Cross. There is no service requirement to purchase the fundraiser patch. Orders for the patch can be made online at OAPatches.com and all patches must be purchased by Sunday, June 30th, 2013. Please help reach out to help the victims of these natural disasters by participating in this program and remember that “he who serves his fellows is of all his fellows, greatest”.

Check out OAReliefcorps.com for more information on Lodge Service Projects and how you can be part of the ReliefCorps.

May Edition of The Voice Now Online

Voice-May13The May issue of The Voice is now available. Read it now to get the latest headlines from around the region including:

  • Southern Region Relief Corps
  • West, Texas Relief
  • 2013-2014 Section Chief Election Results
  • OA Camp Coordinator
  • and more!

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