The Southern Region is pleased to announce that Mike White will become the next Southern Region Chairman effective December 28th, at the National Order of the Arrow Planning Meeting. The Director of the Southern Region, Ron Oats, has selected Mike to assume these responsibilities.
Mike resides in Charlottesville, VA and is a member of Stonewall Jackson Area Council #763. Over the years, Mike has served in numerous leadership roles in the Order of the Arrow both as a youth and an adult. Most recently he has served as a Lodge Adviser, Section Adviser, Regional Coordinator for National Lodge Adviser Training Seminar (NLATS) and as a member of the Southern Region OA Committee. Professionally, Mike is a Senior Analyst at OPUS Underwriting Limited.
In addition to his duties as Chairman, Mike will join the National Order of the Committee and serve on the Section and Regional Operations Sub Committee.
In 2012, the Southern Region OA Committee developed the “We Support Camping Award”. The award’s purpose is to encourage and incentivize lodges to sharpen their focus on camping support within their council. As Scout camping is central to the Order’s purpose, the award criteria are designed to be challenging. To meet this challenge, lodges must demonstrate leadership, service, and financial assistance to their local council’s outdoor program. To date, nearly 50 awards have been presented to Southern Region lodges.
For the 2016 program year, the award criteria have been updated to more closely align with those of the E. Urner Goodman Camping Award. In this way, qualifying lodges would continue to gain regional recognition for their camping support, while providing a larger annual pool of applicants for the E. Urner Goodman Camping Award. For more information on the award, as well as a list of past recipients, please refer to following resources or visit the region’s online document library.
To celebrate the Order of the Arrow’s centennial anniversary, the Southern Region is making available several limited-edition patches and patch sets! Orders should be placed soon, as they will likely sell out quickly.
First, the region is producing a special gold mylar-bordered edition of the OA Centennial Historical set. Only 100 sets of these have been made, and there will be no reorder. In addition to the patches themselves, each set comes with a PDF file to allow you to print and frame a high-resolution image of the set. The cost is $100 per set, and the quantity is limited to only one set per person ordering.
Second, the region is making available Southern Region OA Centennial and 2015 NOAC chenille patches. The patches measure 6.5″ x 5″, and only 100 of each were made. The cost is $45 each, and the quantity is limited to one of each patch per person.
These patches will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve your items, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You will then receive instructions on how to proceed with your order, and your items will be held for you, pending payment. All prices include postage.
All proceeds from these sales will benefit the Southern Region’s Order of the Arrow program. Thanks for your support, and we’ll see you at NOAC!
We are happy to announce that SR-9 Section Chief Alex Leach has been elected to serve as your 2015 Southern Region Chief! Please join us in congratulating Alex on his election and wishing him the best of luck on his term.
Alex is an Eagle Scout and a Vigil Honor recipient from Egwa Tawa Dee Lodge, Atlanta Area Council #92.