I want to publicly recognize the leadership shown by the youth members of our COC yesterday in the decisions that they made to continue the strong tradition of service to our councils and communities. First they voted to continue the section service fund in which a $2000 annual grant is awarded to one of our lodges annually. When the matching amounts from the recipient councils are factored in, almost $36,000 has been provided to improve the camps in our section since 2009. Not bad for the smallest section in the nation! But probably even more significant is that the COC voted for our member lodges to continue the annual One Day of Service even though it is no longer an official program of the Southern Region. Several of our larger lodges break it down among their chapters meaning that by the end of December we will have conducted 10-15 service projects in our communities. The tradition of the annual food drive at Conclave was also continued. In light of the recent flooding in our Sister Section 1A, each Lodge was encouraged to promote and participate in the Southern Region Relief Corps program. But they didn't stop there! A new Conclave Service Project, involving each Conclave delegate in a hands on,personal manner will be added in 2017 benefiting a local charity. Finally, as a section, the decision was made to support the flooding relief through the Scout2Scout initiative. SIGNIFICANT financial support/contribution was approved for the Conclave Service Project and the flood relief initiative. There is no doubt that cheerful service is alive and well in SR-1B, both inward looking to our member councils but outward looking to the world around us! I have said it before and I'll say it again - I'll match our section up against any in the country! Great job and thank you to each member of the COC for the examples that you set.

These are the guys that make it all happen!! Today we had our COC meeting in Mobile, Alabama to discuss the 2017 Section Seminar and Section Conclave! We are all looking forward to two incredible events. Big thanks to Woa Cholena for hosting us and to Hargrove Engineering for allowing us to use there office for our meeting! We hope to see you all of you at Section Seminar and Conclave!!

Congrats! Lodge Chief of Yustaga Lodge Jacob Somers accepting the Southern Region of the Order of the Arrow "We Support Camping" Award from SR-1B Section Adviser Wade Hartley at the Council of Chief's meeting in Mobile, Alabama today.

-Don't forget bout NLS!- 

 "The National Leadership Seminar (NLS) is a weekend conference focusing on the skills and characteristics of leadership. It is intended primarily to enhance the leadership skills of the Order of the Arrow’s key youth and adult members, as they seek to improve their service to the Boy Scouts of America and the greater community." 

NLS near us will be on November 11-13 at Shocco Springs Conference Center in Talladega, Alabama The Cost is $210.00 and you must register by October 28th! 

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This weekend your Section Officers took part in the Section Officers Seminar at Camp Beckwith in Fairhope, Alabama. Was a great learning experience for all of those who attended.

I would like to thank Watonala Lodge for allowing me to come fellowship with them this weekend! We played Olympic games and enjoyed incredible food from around the world. I hope to see everyone at Conclave and Section Seminar!

Jerry Hand
Section Chief

Would like to wish a HUGE happy birthday to our Section Associate Advisor Mark Norris! We appreciate all you do and hope that you have an incredible birthday!

This Month in OA History -- Franklin Roosevelt was inducted into the Order of the Arrow in 1933. E.Urner Goodman kept the Vigil in 1915. George Chapman, who become the first Chief of the Wimachtendienk, was inducted into the Order on 1915. The OA official website launched in 1998. Arrowcorps5 concluded in 2008. The Elangomat program was officially adopted as part of the Ordeal in 1981. The first OA Handbook was published in 1948.

"If its not broke, don't fix it"

That is a quote that we have heard hundreds of times from Scouts, our parents, and our friends. Well this past week at the incredible NEXT conference we learned to step out and try new things. As leaders we must Innovate and learn that even tho things are not broke, they're no perfect either. We must take the things that we have been given and work hard each and every day to make them better and better.

Most all of the youth in the SR-1B went back to school either this week or will be going back to school shortly. We wish all of you guys the best of luck as you guys are starting a new school year or a new chapter in life. Work hard, Study and always ask yourself "whats NEXT?"

"I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody." 

-Herbert Swope

The NEXT conference has officially begun! People in Lodges all over America have travelled to Indiana State University in order to attend this conference. The basis of this conference is to plan and perfect the NEXT Century of the Order of the Arrow. We look forward to what this week has in store and more pictures will be coming SOON!

Happy Birthday to our Section Chief Jerry Hand!!

Thank you for all you do for the Mighty 1B!

We hope your day is great!


 "A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent." --Douglas MacArthur

Hello!  This past weekend me and Peyton our Section Secretary traveled to Ashwanchikintas Ordeal/Fellowship. They added 11 new members to our wonderful organization. They also did multiple games like capture the flag and several different board games. Just showing the cheerful spirit of brotherhood. I would like to thank Ashwanchikinta for allowing us to come to there event! I hope to see all of you at Section Seminar and Conclave! 



Jerry Hand

Section Chief




This weeks Arrowmen of the week is.... Dylan Armstrong! 

Dylan Armstrong is from Ashwanchi Kinta Lodge. He recently sealed his membership as a Brotherhood member and enjoys working out at camp every opportunity he gets. Most recently serving on Summer Camp staff for the Scouts as well as Day Camp for the Cub Scouts. He is currently wrapping up his Eagle Project with his Troop, Troop 70 out of Marion Mississippi. Dylan was elected as the Vice Chief of programs for the Lodge this year and is also active on the Ceremonies Team. A true representation of Cheerful Service!