National Planning Meeting

2016 National Chief Hunter Jones takes the Oath of Office.Every year between Christmas and New Years, the Order’s top leaders convene in Westlake, Texas  to recap the previous year, elect new national officers, and plan the program of emphasis for the following year. With everything going on, it can be difficult to keep up. Below are some of the major highlights and key takeaways from the event.


National Officer Elections


New Initiatives and Major Updates


NEXT: A New Century

ReliefCorps 2015: Operation Carolina Relief

In early October 2015, Hurricane Joaquin unleashed unprecedented rain to the State of South Carolina. In what Governor Nikki Haley has described as a “thousand-year” event, over half a dozen fatalities have occurred with over 800 South Carolinians displaced so far. More than twenty inches of rain in a weekend have left cars almost completely submerged, dams breaking, and a destroyed infrastructure. As a response to the disaster, Region Chief Alex Leach tasked SR-5 to relaunch Southern Region ReliefCorps 2015: Operation Carolina Relief.

The vision of ReliefCorps is to give aid to those affected by the recent natural disasters in the Southern Region. ReliefCorps is a Southern Region program sponsored by Section 5 in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. As previously sponsored by Section 9 in 2011 and Section 8 in 2013, this will be the third IMG_7028taskforce established. All lodges are encouraged to participate.

The program has two components: a lodge service project and a fundraiser. To commemorate our recovery efforts, a special gold mylar bordered patch has been designed and can be obtained by participating 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 (available here) and submit it electronically by November 30, 2015, to Reed Powell at After the Lodge ReliefCorps Report is received, the patches will be sent to the Council Service Center for distribution.IMG_9065

Additionally, a silver mylar bordered patch may be purchased for $10.00 and the proceeds from these sales will be given to the American Red Cross. There is no service requirement to purchase the fundraiser patch. Patches may be purchased by going to by November 30, 2015. 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 these natural disasters by participating in this program and remember that “he who serves his fellows is of all his fellows, greatest”.

Yours In Service,

Reed Powell

OA ReliefCorps Coordinator

2015 Distinguished Service Award Recipients Announced


The Distinguished Service Award (DSA) was created in 1940 to honor Order of the Arrow members, youth and adults, 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.  Since 1940 only 965 persons, including the Class of 2015 recipients, have been selected to receive the Distinguished Service Award.

The Southern Region is pleased to announce the following 26 new recipients of the DSA:

  • Gregory Wade Bajan
  • Taylor Louis Bobrow
  • Ryan Michael Braddy
  • Matthew Edmondson Brown
  • Timothy Carlton Brown
  • Harry Bubeck
  • Brian Andrew Corder
  • Dr. Alan Edward
  • Barry J. Ekle
  • Noel Falcon
  • Sean Ferrier
  • Michael C. Goins
  • David Bill Joyner
  • Paul C. Lackie
  • Preston Marquis
  • Isaac Mcdaniel
  • Tracy Mesler
  • R. Gregory Moore
  • Craig G. Ongley
  • Samuel Edward Pitts
  • Wesley D. Seaman
  • Aaron Shepherd
  • Russell Hoke Smart
  • Tyler Stepanek
  • Bradley David Torpey
  • Brett Alan Warner