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March 30, 2020

Chiefly Speaking


Let me give my best wishes to everyone as we go through this difficult time. As we practice social distancing, virtual school, and hand washing, lets not forget who we are. We are the brotherhood of cheerful service and our actions can help uplift each other in this stressful time. Be the light to others closest to you and together we can get through this. To ensure the utmost safety of our members, the Section Comms Retreat and conclave onsite have been rescheduled. However, we are more committed than ever to support the three lodges of our section. We encourage lodges and chapters to reach out to those who are isolated in this time of need and welcome lodges to talk to us on how to best serve their members.

Yours in Brotherhood, 

James Verheyden
2020 Section W-1S Chief
Restrictions from COVID-19 have caused the cancellation of many Scouting events across the nation through at least the end of April. We have created a page on our website with updates regarding COVID-19 and event cancellations around the section. 

Check the section calendar for upcoming events that are still scheduled. 
In response to COVID-19, the National OA Director has approved lodges to conduct to virtual unit elections through July 1, 2020. In addition, all candidates who were elected between February 1, 2019 and July 1, 2020 will have 24 months to complete their Induction. Visit the national OA website for details. 
Want have an impact on conclave? We are looking for patch designs for the 2020 patch set and we have extended the deadline for submissions until April 30th

You do not have to have special graphic design skills to design a patch. We have people who can help clean up your ideas. For a full list of criteria and how to submit a design, click here
The auction committee is looking for donations of items for the silent and live auctions at this year’s conclave. The auctions raise money to help support the section’s year-round operations and support the lodges we serve. Learn more here
Are you interested in teaching a class at Conclave? We are looking for trainers at Conclave!  Please apply as a trainer to bring your amazing ideas to Conclave. For more information, visit our website.
Going to NOAC 2020? Check out the conference program guide for a list of all the great training, activities, and competitions that will be offered at NOAC this summer. 
Arrowmen have a unique opportunity to explore one of the BSA's four high adventure bases through OA High Adventure. With five different programs, Arrowmen spend half of the adventure providing cheerful service to the base and surrounding areas and the other half on a customized trek. These programs are a fraction of the cost of a normal trek. Scholarships are available from the section and region. Learn more here
The section is working on a brand new training for lodges and chapters officers to help them Adapt to face challenges, Collaborate with others, and Thrive to become high-performing lodges and chapters. The ACT conference will be held on August 21-22 in Eugene Oregon. All lodge officers chapter officers, and their advisers are expected to join the conference.

Save the date for the Section W-1S ACT Conference this summer. Click here for details. 

Lodge Bulletin

Lo La'Qam Geela Update

Brothers, I hope that all of you are staying home and staying safe at this trying time. Down south in our lodge, we have been forced to cancel our spring fellowship event due to COVID-19, although we remain optimistic about other events. All are welcome at our events (except Vigil weekend) and I hope to meet as many Arrowmen as possible at each of them.

Yours in Service.

Daniel Stockton
2020 Lo La'Qam Geela Lodge Chief
Lo La'Qam Geela has a new website. Check it out here.

Tsisqan Update

Hello Everyone!

Tsisqan gives you all a warm welcome nearing the end of the month. As the 2020 lodge chief, I wanted to push out a message to you all. As you all know, the recent circumstances regarding COVID-19 has made Scouting difficult this past month. I understand what is happening and am here to remind you all that we must continue as Scouts and Scouters no matter what is in front of us. Rain flies exist on our tents to ensure we stay dry while the weather isn’t perfect. Work on the merit badges you need for your ranks past First Class, finish that eagle project plan (I know I should), and if it comes to it use the emergency preparedness kit our families have made. Stay connected with your unit, stock up on what you need, and stay home. I hope to see a lot of you at NOAC this year and I can’t wait for this all to pass so we can continue what is the source of joy in many of our lives.

Yours in Service,

Dustin Graves
2020 Tsisqan Lodge Chief

Tsisqan held its first event of the year on February 21-23, 2020 at Camp Baker. Read about it here
Wauna La-Mon'tay held their annual Rendezvous at Camp Meriwether on March 6-8, 2020. Read about it here
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