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Communications important to members of the Council of Chiefs including all Lodge Chiefs, Advisers, and Staff Advisers.

Heartland Gathering

hg_fb_cover.jpgOn August 27, 2016, the SR-9 Council of Chiefs unanimously approved to rename the section conclave to the Heartland Gathering. This decision was made to highlight the section’s premier event and to give a unique name to one of the largest section-level events in the nation.

While brainstorming ideas for the new event name, the section officers looked at what connects Georgia and Alabama together. We considered Native American tribes and agriculture crops, but the one idea which peeked our interests is we are the center of the south. Our two states form the geographic and economic center of the Southern Region. The concept of being centrally located directly relates to the section tagline, Serving the Southern Heartland, which has been in use since the section was formed. As a result, the use of the word “Heartland” was an easy choice.

The inaugural gathering will take place from April 21-23, 2017 at Camp Lumpkin in LaGrange, Georgia. Mark your calendars for the event and contact your lodge for registration information. The giveaways for those who register by January 31, 2017 will be a pair of Ray – Ban sunglasses or one of five Heartland Gathering patch sets. The prizes are not just for youth. Adults over the age of twenty-one will be entered for two of the patch sets.

Section SR-9 is very excited about this new change and hope all Arrowmen will join with us in embracing our new event. Feel free to reach out to any section officer if you have questions or would like more information concerning the 2017 Heartland Gathering.

November NLS Course

SR-9 NLS Map

National Leadership Seminar
by Austin Dowd

We have a fantastic opportunity for members of Section SR-9 to meet new brothers and learn one-of-a-kind leadership skills at an upcoming NLS course inside our geographic area. NLS stands for National Leadership Seminar and is hosted by experienced Order of the Arrow members from all over the country including current national officers. It is a great weekend full of sessions to help form the next leaders of our Order. The NLS course is November 11-13 in Talladega, Alabama. For those unfamiliar with Talladega, it is halfway between Birmingham and Atlanta along Interstate 20. This will be the first NLS Course inside SR-9 since 2009 and the next course this close will not be until spring of 2018. NLS is encouraged for all lodge and chapter leadership to attend and help better their local program.

Section SR-9 is offering a grant program for youth members to attend. We will cover half of the cost for thirty Arrowmen, but hurry because spots are being claimed quickly. In addition, your lodge may have scholarship funds available. Notify your Lodge Adviser that you are interested in attending, and he can assist you in receiving the Section SR-9 Grant.

The registration deadline is October 28 but do not delay because spots fill quickly. Go to for more information and to register.

Program Committee Chairs Annouced

The following youth are the 2017 SR-9 Program Committee Chairs. These 13 youth have been selected to be the leads on program elements at the Heartland Gathering in April.cropped-SR-9-LOGO-copy.png

Heartland Gathering Service Lodge – William Rud (Chattahoochee Lodge)
William is the current Chattahoochee Lodge Chief and will lead the host lodge in delivering the hospitality and service necessary for a successful inaugural Heartland Gathering.

Section Promotions – Mac Thompson (Alibamu Lodge)
Mac will coordinate the section’s efforts to promote Indian Winter and Heartland Gathering. In addition, he will provide tools to assist the lodges in their promotions.

Admin Events – Will Harper (Ini-To Lodge)
Will returns for a second year in charge of Admin Events. This position is in charge of competition judging for newsletter, planbook, lodge annual report, website, Facebook, and Twitter.

American Indian Events – Jesse Mayhall (Coosa Lodge)
Jesse will plan and deliver the pow-wow at the Heartland Gathering. The Pow-Wow includes judging of dance and drum aspects of the Order of the Arrow.

Ceremony Events – David Stokes III (Withlacoochee Lodge)
David will run the ceremony evaluations at the Heartland Gathering. This includes providing feedback to ceremony performers for the four ceremonies: pre-ordeal, ordeal, brotherhood, and vigil.

Experience – Trey Patuka (Egwa Tawa Dee Lodge)
Trey will lead a brand new committee brainstormed by this year’s section officers. The Experience Committee has been formed to increase participation in the various program elements of the Heartland Gathering. Trey will oversee the development and implementation of a participation award, and assist with managing hospitality during the Heartland Gathering.

Quest (Athletic) Events – Logan Bozeman (Alibamu Lodge)
Logan will lead the athletic competitions at the Heartland Gathering. In years’ previous, this has included wischixin, gaga ball, dodge ball, volley ball, ultimate frisbee, and tug of war. The events rotate from year to year.

Training – Austin Clark (Ini-To Lodge) and Noah Phillips (Withlacoochee Lodge)
Austin and Noah will plan the training schedule, recruit class trainers, and ensure the program runs smoothly for the Heartland Gathering. These two gentlemen will work together as co-CVCs as Section SR-9 works to improve and strengthen our training program.

Shows – Colin Giles (Coosa Lodge)
Colin will develop the opening and closing shows for the Heartland Gathering. The shows are our large gatherings on Friday and Saturday nights, and showcase the annual theme in a way Arrowmen will remember.

Special Events – Alex East (Coosa Lodge)
Alex is the current Coosa Lodge Chief and will be using his vast experience to increase our amount of special events. His program elements include the Vigil Rededication Ceremony, VIA Luncheon, Tailypo, Section Patch Auction, and Sash Cab.

Operation Arrow Ambassador – Logan Dolloff (Coosa Lodge)
Logan will promote Operation Arrow throughout Section SR-9. Operation Arrow is the OA’s staff portion of the 2017 National Jamboree in West Virginia.

OAHA Promotions Coordinator – Austin Dowd (I-Tsu-La Lodge)
Austin will promote OA High Adventure and National Leadership Seminar for Section SR-9. OA High Adventure and NLS are excellent national OA programs we hope more Arrowmen will attend.

Contact information is not posted to follow youth protection. Please contact a member of the Section leadership or your Lodge Key 3 for contact info.

Correction: this article has been edited after the approval of the Heartland Gathering name change.

Addition: the Experience Committee was created after the initial publishing and has been added.

Correction: an earlier version of this article had Logan Dolloff misspelt.

August COC Meeting

Section COCThe next council of chiefs meeting will take place at Pierce Chapel UMC in Columbus, GA on August 27. (Address and maps link below) The meeting will start at 2:00 pm EDT. All lodges should bring their lodge chief and adviser. All CVCs and their advisers should also attend.

Please eat lunch prior to arrival, there are several restaurants nearby.

Pierce Chapel UMC
5122 Pierce Chapel Rd.
Columbus, GA 31820

Section NLS Grants

Section SR-9 is launching an initiative to help increase and promote the attendance at the November 11-13, 2016 NLS to be held in Shocco Springs, AL (between Anniston and Talladega). In addition to the NLS program being hosted that weekend, there will also be an NLATS course for any advisers wishing to take part in the weekend.

NLSAs a part of the initiative, the Section is pledging up to $3150 to offset the costs of Youth Arrowmen attending the NLS. This amount represents one-half of the cost of the NLS registration for 30 Youth Arrowmen.

The way this will work is as follows: the Section will reserve 1 allotment of $105 for each lodge in the Section until the close of business on Friday July 15, 2016. Each lodge will have the ability to use this allotment on or before that date.

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