Since 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.
By: Owen Clapp
Tears stream down the face of families everyday, homes swept away along with hopes, dreams and ambitions for the future. There are natural disasters that hit people of the world, the United States, and especially the states of the Southern Region. Earlier this year in August, the natural disaster of intense rain hit the state of Louisiana. Death total reached over a dozen, along 40,000 residential homes damaged, and 10,000 people sent to emergency shelters. Even so, one man’s image of a Brotherhood of Cheerful Service in 1915 lead to an effort to serve and provide help that has continued today in the Southern Region.
Even though the helm is being taken up by Section 1A, the OA ReliefCorps allows for any Arrowman any lodge can participate in helping with efforts. This action plan consists of two different options that people can grasp onto to get involved: by donating or by doing a service project. Everyone that participates in an effort that benefits any aspect of the community, aside from the BSA or a local for 5 hours, such as sending cleaning buckets, will receive a Gold bordered patch in commemoration. The lodge service should be noted on the Lodge Reliefcorps Report and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the patches to be handed out by November 30th of this year. One can also donate 10 dollars to the recovery effort for a silver bordered patch and 100 dollars to receive the gold bordered patch. Take the opportunity to reach out and show how the Order is truly an organization that is about cheerful service by helping here today.
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.