Section Officer Nominations and Elections at the 2021 Conclave


On Sunday morning, October 24, 2021, of the annual Section Conclave a Section Business Meeting will be held with the primary business of electing officers for the following term. Section Officers include the Section Chief, Section Vice Chief, and Section Secretary. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the annual Conclave is later than usual which will cause the next term of officers to be shorter than normal.

The Section Officers elected at the October 2021 Section Conclave will serve a six-month term until the 2022 Section Conclave held April 22-24 at Camp Buffalo (Takachsin Lodge, host).

Those who wish to be nominated as a candidate for a 2021-2022 section office must submit a Section C6A Officer Candidacy Form 2021 to the Section Adviser by 7:00pm EST on Friday, October 22, 2021.

Those interested in being a section officer should make themselves familiar with the Field Operations Guide, which is the publication that provides details on OA national and regional organization, section rules, section conclave guidelines, and section training. In particular, it details the method of elections and the duties of the Section Chief, Section Vice Chief, and Section Secretary.

Each lodge will have the same number of votes to cast at the business meeting as they have youth members present, up to a maximum of ten votes. This is explained in the FOG, linked above. Additionally, the Order of the Arrow has a long-standing, unwritten expectation that those running for national or regional office do not actively campaign for those elected positions. Section C6A will have the same expectation of its officer candidates and lodges. Candidates for elected section officer positions as well as the lodges and lodge members of the Section, and guests of the Section will be asked to refrain from actively campaigning for any candidate. If anyone has questions on this or needs clarification or definition please inquire to the Section Adviser or Staff Adviser.

Section Officers for this term of October 24, 2021 – April 24, 2022 will need to be available for the following meetings and trainings. All Section Officers are expected to be in attendance and participate in Council of Chiefs meetings, scheduled for:  November 21, 2021, 4:00pm (virtual meeting); January 9, 2022, 1pm (virtual meeting); March 6, 2022, in-person at 2022 Conclave site (times TBD). All Officers also requested to attend the Section Officer Seminar (Central Region training), November 12-14, 2021 at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, WV. Additionally, for the Section Chief only, is the OA National Planning Meeting in Knoxville, TN on December 27-30, 2021.

If there are any questions, please email the Section Advisers at advisers@oasectionc6a.org.

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