On September 8-10, 2023, the Section G16 Conclave was held at Rogue Community College in Grants Pass OR. Over 300 Arrowmen from across the section gathered for a weekend of training, fun, and fellowship.
Friday night kicked off with the 80s DJ party with a classic 80s feel from the music to the environment. Participants joined in the fun with 80s costumes and high energy.
On Saturday morning, Arrowmen attended training sessions covering a wide-range of topics from intro to drones for business and intro to D&D to communication resources and meet the leadership. Everyone was able to find something interesting and learn something new to take back to their unit, chapter, or lodge.
Saturday afternoon was filled with activities and competitions. From tomahawks to cotton candy, RC planes and inflatables, there were plenty of fun and entertaining activities and games led by amazing volunteers.
This year the there was an app to guide participants in their experience throughout conclave. It was able to give live updates and information like flash giveaways. Participants were thoroughly informed about what was happening throughout the weekend.
Arrowmen “Bid High and Bid Often” throughout Saturday afternoon in the silent auction and on Saturday night in the live auction. This year’s auction raised over $8,000 for the section. Funds raised through the auction help offset conclave costs and fund year-round section operations.
On Saturday evening, everyone gathered for the closing show which featured promotions for upcoming lodge events, a keynote address from Gateway Region Chief of the Order of the Arrow Michael Whitford, and various award presentations. The section also awarded two, Arrow of Honor awards this year. Congratulations to the outgoing section secretary Jack Lewy and the incoming section chief Mason Lewallen on receiving the award for their exceptional service to the section.
The show came to a close with installing the newly elected section officers who will serve the section for the 2023-2024 year. Mason Lewallen of Wauna La-Mon’tay Lodge was elected to serve as section chief, Jackson McCullough of Tsisqan Lodge was re-elected section vice chief and Truman Grace of Wauna La-Mon’tay Lodge as section secretary.
Thank you to our outgoing officers for an amazing year and congratulations to the new leaders.
Section G16 would like to give a big thank you to our amazing host, Rogue Community College, who were very accommodating of our event and supportive of our success. Thank you to Lo La’Qam Geela the host lodge for organizing and managing much of the logistics and facilities for the weekend.
Thank you to everyone who made this year’s conclave a success. Join us next year at Camp Baker in Florence OR on September 6-8.