SR-1A OA ReliefCorps 2020

On August 27, 2020, Southwest Louisiana was struck by Hurricane Laura, a fierce storm with 150 mph winds and a 17-foot storm surge, the 4th strongest storm to hit the US in 150 years. The storm spread destruction from the Gulf coast to Arkansas and beyond, but the worst of the damage was centered in southwest Louisiana. 97% of homes, businesses, and schools in the path of the storm were damaged or destroyed by high winds. 6 weeks later Hurricane Delta made landfall 11 miles east of Laura and dumped 15” of rain on already damaged homes. This region of a quarter million people has thousands of unlivable homes, closed businesses, and damaged schools. The SR-1A Section Chief and nearly all Quelqueshoe Lodge members have had their homes damaged or destroyed by the storm, and the local council camp, Camp Edgewood, has seen significant damage. Because this event has affected so many, Section SR-1A has launched ReliefCorps 2020: Operation Louisiana Relief.

The program has two components: a lodge service project and a fundraiser. To commemorate our recovery efforts, a special gold mylar border patch has been designed and can be obtained by participation in a lodge organized service project. The only requirement for the lodge service project is that the project must benefit the community and not the BSA or any council. Any OA member who participates in the lodge service project and contributes 5 or more hours of service will receive the special patch. At the conclusion of the service project, the lodge should complete the Lodge ReliefCorps Report and submit it electronically by January 31, 2021, to Section SR-1A at flash.oa@gmail.com . After the Lodge ReliefCorps Report is received, the patches will be sent to the Council Service Center for distribution.

Any efforts to help locally in SW Louisiana should be coordinated through the local scout office, calcasieu@scouting.org , flash.oa@gmail.com, or (337) 436-3376.

Additionally, a silver mylar bordered patch may be purchased for $10.00 and the gold mylar bordered service project patches can also be purchased by those wishing to donate $100 to the relief efforts. All proceeds from these sales will be given to the Community Foundation of SW Louisiana’s Hurricane Relief fund. Check out their work to fund local agencies helping local people at https://www.foundationswla.org/laura-donations-grants.

There is no service requirement to purchase the fundraiser patches. Patches may be purchased and ordered online https://www.calcasieubsa.org/HurricaneReliefCorps by January 31, 2021. All purchased patches will be mailed to the Council Service Center along with the patches from the service project. Please help reach out to the victims of this natural disaster by participating in this program and remember that “he who serves his fellows is of all his fellows, greatest”.

Southwest Louisiana Strong,
Ethan Honeycutt
SR-1A Section Chief

2018 OA Service Grant Recipients Announced

Since 1999, the National OA Committee has annually selected lodges from each region to receive matching service grants.  For 2018, 27 lodges in councils across the nation were chosen to receive a combined total of $50,000 in matching grants via the OA Service Grant program.

The following grants were awarded within the Southern Region:

Aracoma Lodge of the Black Warrior Council, headquartered in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, will receive $2,000 to erect two pavilions at Camp Horne.

Echeconnee Lodge of the Central Georgia Council, headquartered in Macon, Georgia, will receive $3,100 to construct four staff cabins at Camp Benjamin Hawkins.

Ini-To Lodge of the Flint River Council, headquartered in Griffin, Georgia, will receive $1,000 for construction of an outdoor chess and checkers area at Longhorn Scout Camp.

Yustaga Lodge of the Gulf Coast Council, headquartered in Pensacola, Florida, will receive $1,000 for ventilation and sound system modifications of the Rainwater Lodge at Spanish Trail Scout Reservation.

Netopalis Sipo Schipinachk Lodge of the Longhorn Council, headquartered in Hurst, Texas, will receive $2,200 for its water improvement project at Hills and Hollows Camp.

Santee Lodge of the Pee Dee Area Council, headquartered in Florence, South Carolina, will receive $2,000 to remove and replace its main dock and floating dock at Camp Coker.

O-Shot-Caw Lodge of the South Florida Council, headquartered in Miami Lakes, Florida, will receive $2,500 to complete the necessary construction to open Camp Sawyer again after damage from Hurricane Irma.

Zach Callicutt Elected 2018 Southern Region Chief

The 2018 Order of the Arrow southern region chief was elected Thursday morning at the 2017 National Planning Meeting. Congratulations to Zach Callicutt! Zach is a Vigil Honor member from Chicksa Lodge, Yocona Area Council in Oxford, Mississippi. He has served as the SR-6 section chief, and will serve as the 2018 southern region chief of the Order of the Arrow.

Spirit of Excellence – Preparing the Submission

With another year nearly finished, we can look back fondly on the trail we’ve blazed. We hope the inaugural Spirit of Excellence issues have helped orient your lodge for its 2017 JTE goals. Throughout the year, you have been equipped with the tools to succeed. In this edition, we will prepare you with all of the details needed for your submission. Thank you for joining the journey!

Read the December Spirit of Excellence Message.

Florida NLS & DYLC CANCELLED

With the approach of Hurricane Irma and out of concern for the safety of affected Arrowmen, the decision has been made to cancel this weekend’s (Sept 8-10) National Leadership Seminar (NLS) and Developing Youth Leadership Conference (DYLC) scheduled for the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park, Florida.

At this moment, we do not plan to re-schedule the event but we will let everyone know should that change. If you have registered for the event, please note that no one will be charged this weekend’s registration fee.

Please help spread the word to members of your lodges and chapters that this weekend’s NLS & DYLC  is cancelled and please keep everyone in Hurricane Irma’s path in your thoughts and prayers.

Spirit of Excellence Program

With a new year ahead, this is the prime time to take a look back at your lodge’s Journey To Excellence (JTE) data and plan ahead for the future.

This year, we are proud to introduce the Southern Region Order of the Arrow’s Spirit of Excellence program, which is designed to help lodge officers better understand JTE data from previous years and succeed on their lodge’s Journey to Excellence in 2017.

During the course of the year, each Southern Region Lodge Chief, Lodge Adviser, and Lodge Staff Adviser will receive periodic messages from the Southern Region JTE team to guide lodge leaders in their planning for JTE goals and to provide encouragement and support throughout their Journey to Excellence.

Read the January Spirit of Excellence Message.

2017 Lodge Service Grant Recipients Announced

faviconSince 1999, the National OA Committee has annually selected lodges from each region to receive matching service grants.  For 2017, 31 lodges in councils across the nation were chosen to receive a combined total of $50,000 in matching grants via the OA Service Grant program.

The following grants were awarded within the Southern Region:

The Quapaw Area Council, headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, will receive $1,000 to assist in the construction and placement of privacy doors at latrine facilities and shower houses at Camp Rockefeller.

The Rio Grande Council, headquartered in Harlingen, Texas, is being awarded $1,000 to help in the replacement of the analog phone system at Camp Perry, Laguna Station, and the council service center.

The South Georgia Council, headquartered in Valdosta, Georgia, will receive $1,000 for the open-air pavilion construction adjacent to the Copeland Center at Camp Patten.

Mike White Selected As Next Southern Region Chairman

Mike WhiteThe 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.