Before I get into the explanation of this great event, I would like to apologize for how later this is, I didn’t receive the forms until late tonight, and have been rushing to get them to all of you as soon as possible. I apologize for its tardiness.

We’re quickly nearing the date for our Section SR-5 Fellowship, better known as Dixie. One of the most important factors for our Lodge’s performance at the event is spirit. Spirit is how we show pride in our lodge, and perhaps the best way to show this spirit is with a strong theme. In the past, different lodges have used themes including ninjas, cavemen, Ironman, cornucopia of colors, baseball, carnival, military services, and Hollywood, to name a few. I’m certain that a few people will remember the situation a few years ago when our Unali’yi and Santee Lodges both had the same theme of Christmas at Dixie. This won’t happen again.

Our spirit theme this year is from Maui Inali Chapter, it is 8 bit buck. A lot of the members of the lodge might be a bit confused by this but, as we could see at Fall Fellowship the chapter members were full of enthusiasm as they personified their favorite old school video games. Eight bit video games are the orginal arcade games that so many of us grew up with such as Pac Man, Super Mario Bro, Tetris and so on. This topic is very wide and there are literally dozens of ways we could go with this theme so we are simplifying it by assigning a game to each chapter. Kiawah is handling Pac Man, Chicora is taking Mario, and the remaining chapters are joining up with Maui Inali for Tetris. If anyone wants to help out with your respective parts contact your chapter chief. Please learn our lodge chants and songs from some of the more experienced members, and enjoy your time at Dixie in beautiful Camp John J. Barnhart.

If you have never been to a Dixie Fellowship you might be asking yourself what exactly is this event. Well the Dixie Fellowship is the area conclave for Section 5 of the Southern Region of the Boy Scouts of America comprised of 11 Lodges from Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. This annual event is hosted by one of the lodges within the Section. This weekend is unlike any other Lodge activity in that there will be over 1000 Arrowmen participating and competing in a variety of activities. These activities range from training sessions and Ceremonies competitions in the morning to sports and American Indian activities in the afternoon and let’s not forget patch trading, food and fellowship.

To learn more about the Dixie Fellowship please contact our Dixie committee through the Lodge’s website (http://www.site236.com).  We look forward to you joining the Lodge’s Dixie delegation for yet another successful Dixie Fellowship. i understand that a lot of people don’t read the entire email, so I made sure to to make this stand so you couldn’t miss this important information. The attached form is the letter above, and the attached excel file has two parts to it. On the first page you will find the individual registration form, and on the other you will find the preorder form for memorabilia. This part is important ****THE INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION FORM GOES TO COASTAL CAROLINA SCOUT OFFICE, WHILE THE PREORDER FORM GOES TO THE CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA COUNCIL SCOUT OFFICE****  The preorder form is due to the CNC scout office by JAN. 27th, and the Registration form is due to the CCC Scout office by that same date.

Yours in brotherhood,

 Alec “Goodies” Surrett

Lodge Chief 

Phone: (843-)607-7791

**Corrected Forms 1/21/12**