2020 Recipients of the Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award (DSA) was created in 1940 to honor those who rendered service to the Order beyond the lodge level. The award is presented to Arrowmen, youth and adult, who have rendered distinguished and outstanding service to the Order on a sectional, regional, or national basis. The award is presented at National Order of the Arrow Conferences. This year with the cancellation of NOAC, the 2020 recipients were announced at a meeting of the National Committee.

The Southern Region is proud and incredibly fortunate to be home to 17 of the 2020 recipients. We thank each of these Arrowmen for their never-ending service to the Order.

 

Sean M. Alewine
James A. Barton
Kenneth E. Barton, III
Travis B. Broadhurst
Zachary W. Callicutt
John A. Gasink
Susan B. “Sue” Hampton
Anthony D. Johnson
Eric B. “Brandon” Kelly
Robert G. Kennerly, Jr.
Tanner P. Maris
Trinidad Munoz
Anthony T. Peluso
Christopher C. Phillips
Brett A. Randall
Sidney J. Salazar
Bradley G. Taylor

National Awards 2019

Annually the National Committee of the Order of the Arrow awards three awards, the National Service Award, The E. Urner Goodman Camping Award, and the Innovation Award. Read on to learn more about these awards and which lodges earned them within the Southern Region.

 

National Service Award

Established in 1999, the National Service Award recognizes two lodges in each region that have performed outstanding qualitative and quantitative service for their council. The following lodges are being recognized for their 2019 accomplishments.

Unali’Yi Lodge
Costal Carolina Council #550
Charleston, South Carolina

This is Unali’Yi Lodge’s first time being selected for this award.

O-Shot-Caw Lodge

South Florida Council #84
Miami Lakes, Florida

This is O-Shot-Caw Lodge’s fifteenth time being selected for this award.

 

The E. Urner Goodman Camping Award

The E. Urner Goodman Camping Award was established in 1969 as a tribute and testimonial to the Order’s founder. Its purpose is to encourage and challenge Order of the Arrow members and lodges to improve their effectiveness in promoting and supporting Scout camping in their council. The award is presented to two lodges in each region annually. In its fifty year history, the Order’s oldest national lodge award has been presented to 225 different lodges. Our 2019 winners are:

Unali’Yi Lodge
Coastal Carolina Council #550
Charleston, South Carolina

This is Unali’Yi Lodge’s eighth time earning this award.

Shenandoah Lodge
Virginia Headwaters Council #763
Waynesboro, Virginia

This is Shenandoah Lodge’s third time earning this award.

 

The Innovation Award

The Innovation Award was established in 2012 to recognize lodges who have developed creative and innovative solutions to challenges in implementing their program. Annually 2 lodges in the region are selected for the Innovation Award. Our 2019 winners are:

Chattahoochee Lodge
Chattahoochee Council #91
Columbus, Georgia

This is Chattahoochee Lodge’s first time earning this award.

Pellissippi Lodge
Great Smoky Mountain Council #557
Knoxville, Tennessee

This is Pellissippi Lodge’s second time earning this award.

Leading Through COVID-19 Resources

Arrowmen,

Recently, we held the first Region Roundup of the year, it focused on leading your lodge through COVID-19.

If you were not able to join us or would like to re-visit portions of the webinar, please feel free to view the recent Region Roundup webinar and share the link with anyone who you think may benefit.

We promised to share several resources during the webinar and have included those items here:

I look forward to hearing about your efforts to engage lodge members and serve your community during this unprecedented time. Please remember to share your stories of impact and virtual programming ideas with us on social media.

Stay safe, help move Scouting forward, and do not hesitate to let us know if we can be of support.

Yours in Scouting,

Seth Greiling
2020 Southern Region Chief

2020 Service Grant Awarded

Since 1999, the National OA Committee has annually selected lodges from each region to
receive matching service grants. In 2020, four lodges in councils across the nation were
chosen to receive a combined total of $10,900 in matching grants via the OA Service Grant
program.

The Southern Region’s recipient is Washita Lodge #288 of the Cherokee Area Council, headquartered in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Washita Lodge is a member of SR-8.

They will receive $3,300 to install solar-generated electricity and LED lights at Camp
McClintock.

Congratulations Washita Lodge!

We Support Camping Award…Another Record Year

The Southern Region’s annual We Support Camping Award celebrated the completion of its sixth consecutive year of council camping support, again doing so in record fashion. Created in 2012 for the 2013 program year, the award’s purpose is to encourage lodges to sharpen their focus on camping support within their council. The award criteria is designed to be challenging, and to meet this challenge lodges must demonstrate leadership, service, and financial assistance to their local council’s outdoor program.

Representing all of the Southern Region’s 11 sections, a record 34 lodges received the award in 2018. Two of the lodges were first time recipients, while four other lodges were receiving it for the sixth time. Over the last six years, 51 unique Southern Region lodges have earned 136 We Support Camping Awards. These number overwhelmingly reflect the Order’s commitment to Scout camping. The section advisers received the 2018 award plaques in time for formal presentations at their respective section conclaves.

Here are the recipient lodges of the 2018 We Support Camping Award. Those lodges marked with an asterisk* are first time recipients. Those lodges that are in bold have received the award all six years.

Read more about the We Support Camping Award here.

Quelqueshoe Lodge* SR-1A
Ashwanchi Kinta Lodge SR-1B
Ti’ak Lodge SR-1B
Yustaga Lodge SR-1B
Mikanakawa Lodge SR-2
Netopalis Sipo Schipinachk Lodge* SR-2
Nischa Achowalogen Lodge SR-2
Wewanoma Lodge SR-3
Aal-Pa-Tah Lodge SR-4
Echockotee Lodge SR-4
O-Shot-Caw Lodge SR-4
Osceola Lodge SR-4
Tipisa Lodge SR-4
Catawba Lodge SR-5
Itibapishe Iti Hollo Lodge SR-5
Unali‘yi Lodge SR-5
Ahoalan-Nachpikin Lodge SR-6
Ittawamba Lodge SR-6
Kawida Lodge SR-6
Nguttitehen Lodge SR-6
Nawakwa Lodge SR-7A
Shenandoah Lodge SR-7A
Shenshawpotoo Lodge SR-7A
Wahunsenakah Lodge SR-7A
Klahican Lodge SR-7B
Occoneechee Lodge SR-7B
Tsoiotsi Tsogalii Lodge SR-7B
Ma-Nu Lodge SR-8
Ta Tsu Hwa Lodge SR-8
Wachtschu Mawachpo Lodge SR-8
Aracoma Lodge SR-9
Coosa Lodge SR-9
Ini-To Lodge SR-9
Waguli Lodge SR-9

The South Wins Again

Annually the National Committee of the Order of the Arrow awards three awards annually, the National Service Award, The E. Urner Goodman Camping Award, and the Innovation Award. Six Southern Region lodges earned these awards in 2018.  Read on to learn more about these awards and which lodges earned them.

 

National Service Award

Established in 1999, the National Service Award recognizes two lodges in each region that have performed outstanding qualitative and quantitative service for their council. The following lodges are being recognized for their 2018 accomplishments.

Mikanakawa Lodge
Circle Ten Council #571
Dallas, Texas

This is Mikanakawa Lodge’s thirteenth time being selected for this award.

O-Shot-Caw Lodge

South Florida Council #84
Miami Lakes, Florida

This is O-Shot-Caw Lodge’s fourteenth time being selected for this award.

 

The E. Urner Goodman Camping Award

The E. Urner Goodman Camping Award was established in 1969 as a tribute and testimonial to the Order’s founder. Its purpose is to encourage and challenge Order of the Arrow members and lodges to improve their effectiveness in promoting and supporting Scout camping in their council. The award is presented to two lodges in each region annually. In its fifty year history, the Order’s oldest national lodge award has been presented to 225 different lodges. Our 2018 winners are:

Unali’Yi Lodge
Coastal Carolina Council #550
Charleston, South Carolina

This is Unali’Yi Lodge’s seventh time earning this award.

Wewanoma Lodge
Rio Grande Council #775
Harlingen, Texas

This is Wewanoma Lodge’s third time earning this award.

 

The Innovation Award

The Innovation Award was established in 2012 to recognize lodges who have developed creative and innovative solutions to challenges in implementing their program. Annually 2 lodges in the region are selected for the Innovation Award. Our 2018 winners are:

Netopalis Sipo Schipinachk Lodge
Longhorn Council #662
Fort Worth, Texas

This is Netopalis Sipo Schipinachk Lodge’s first time earning this award.

Santee Lodge
Pee Dee Area Council #552
Florence, South Carolina

This is Santee Lodge’s second time earning this award.

Focus Vice Chiefs

The Southern Region is proud to be home to 3 of the 6 Focus Vice Chiefs. Read on below to learn more about what Focus Vice Chiefs do.

2019 is a Focus year for the OA. We are taking the year to focus on the lodges, Section conclaves, and about our membership changes.

At the National Planning Meeting, the section chiefs were sorted into 6 focus teams,

  • Conclave 2.0 Administration
  • Conclave 2.0 Content
  • Election Rate
  • Activation
  • Inductions
  • 2019 Hackathon

Each team selects a leader, who is designated the Focus Vice Chief. The Focus Vice Chief plays a major role in what their group does. Our 3 chiefs serving as FVCs will play a major role in the direction their groups take and make a mark on the future of the OA.

2019 OA Service Grant Recipents

Since 1999, the National OA Committee has annually selected lodges from each region to receive matching service grants.  For 2019, 15 Lodges in councils across the nation were chosen to receive a combined total of $34,500 in matching grants via the OA Service Grant program.

The Southern Region, had 6 lodges earn grants, receiving the most of any region.

Congratulations to our awardees:

Semialachee Lodge of the Suwannee River Area Council, headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida, will receive $3,500 to repair damage to cabins caused by Hurricane Michael at Wallwood Scout Reservation.

Unali’Yi Lodge of the Coastal Carolina Council, headquartered in North Charleston, South Carolina, will receive $2,400 for the renovation of two dining hall bathrooms at Camp Ho Non Wah.

Muscogee Lodge of the Indian Waters Council, headquartered in Columbia, South
Carolina, will receive $2,400 to convert a dry storage room in Camp Barstow’s dining hall
to a female restroom for youth.

Talidandaganu Lodge of the Cherokee Area Council, headquartered in Chattanooga,
Tennessee, will receive $1,900 to construct an amphitheater and stage at Skymont Scout
Reservation.

Pellissippi Lodge of the Great Smoky Mountain Council, headquartered in Knoxville,
Tennessee, will receive $2,300 to create a mobile trail race course at Camp Buck Toms.

Wahissa Lodge of the Old Hickory Council, headquartered in Winston-Salem, North
Carolina, will receive $1,100 to construct a training shelter at Camp Raven Knob.

2019 Region Chief Sid Salazar

We are excited to announce that Sid Salazar will be serving as our 2019 Southern Region Chief.

Sid hails from Franklin, Tennessee. Sid is a Vigil Honor member and Eagle Scout from Wa-Hi-Nasa Lodge of the Middle Tennessee Council. He has served as the Sr-6 Section Chief, Section Vice Chief and the Wa-Hi-Nasa Lodge Chief, and Vice Chief. He is a sophomore at Georgia Tech studying Business Administration.

Inside look at the National Planning Meeting

The 2018 National Planning Meeting is coming up in just 5 days. Our website coordinator, Thomas Driscoll interviews Sean Alewine about what the National Planning Meeting is. Sean Alewine is the SR-7B Section Chief, this is his second term as Section Chief.

TD: What is the National Planning Meeting?
SA: The National Planning Meeting is an annual meeting for the leadership of the Order of the Arrow to meet and plan the next year’s program.

TD: When and where is the NPM?
SA: NPM is traditionally held from December 27-30 in Dallas, Texas. People will often refer to the event as “Dallas” because of where it is held.

TD: NPM is a packed event, but what would you say are the most important items?
SA: Every NPM is a little bit different, as the focus of the meeting is dependent on what the national focus is for the following year. There aren’t many people who get to attend more than one NPM so we have a nearly blank canvas to work with when planning. While the national officer elections are considered a highlight of the event, I truly enjoyed the ability to spend four days with the organization’s top youth leaders and lay the groundwork for the 2018 NOAC in just under four days. It was a fantastic experience where all of the section chiefs fell right into their roles. We were able to take committee positions that fit our strengths and apply those to organizing one of the largest Scouting events of 2018.

TD: How do the National Officer elections work? Is it similar to how we elect section chief?
SA: The national officer election is the main focal point of the first day. After section chiefs arrive on the 27th, they have dinner, are greeted by the national officers and chairman, then at 8 pm go into the election room. What’s really cool about this process is the tradition and gravity behind it. The election is conducted behind closed doors and section chiefs must stay in the room for the duration of the process.

It’s similar to electing a section chief in that there are speeches and questions but depending on the number of people running, there can be over four rounds before the chief or vice chief are elected. Because of this, the election can run into the early hours of the morning. Last year it was nearly 3 am before we had elected the vice chief. We then elect region chiefs in a similar process very early the next morning. I didn’t spend very much time sleeping at NPM.

TD: You plan the Program of emphasis, what is this year’s program?
SA: In 2019 we’re having a year of Focus. Section chiefs will work on innovating conclave and lodge program and host another Hackathon.

TD: What is a year of Focus?
SA: Without a NOAC to plan or Jamboree to support we are taking a year to work on growing and improving our organization’s program. Section chiefs will be broken up into committees where they will work on planning the Hackathon, revolutionizing Conclave, and finding ways to better engagement at the lodge level.

TD: You mentioned committees. What are the committees this year?
SA: There are a number of committees this year all targeted at our Focus objectives. There are two main committees with several sub-sections. The first is Conclave 2.0 with sub-committees targeting Conclave Content and Conclave Administration. The second is the Lodge Performance committee with sub-committees focusing on: Election Rate, Induction Rate, and Activation Rate. The last committee will plan the 2019 Hackathon. Each of these committees will have 4-5 chief’s that will lay the groundwork for the year.

TD: Do you get to pick what committee you are on?
SA: Section chiefs get a lot of preference on their committee. We provided our top choices to Anthony, the national chief and he will assign the section chiefs based upon that information. The process was really similar last year for NOAC.

TD: Anything else, you want us to know about NPM?
SA: While the year’s program and the election are big-ticket items for NPM, every national subcommittee that operates year-round is meeting at the same time. For example, OA High Adventure worked on promotion and other logistics for the summer. The National Communications, Training, Technology, and Trading Post teams, among others, also met to plan out their year. Over 100 people are working almost non-stop for four days to make the OA what it is at the national level. The four days are kind of a blur. Nearly all of my time in Dallas was spent in meetings gearing up for NOAC in 2018. We had a lot of work to do and had to think on our feet to create a memorable
conference.

TD: How can Arrowmen like myself follow along from home?

SA: You can follow the OA on Twitter @OABSA, and on Snapchat @OA-BSA. They will be live tweeting and snapping all the major news from NPM.