About the Comms Team
The Section W-1S Communications Team is responsible for several key aspects of communication and messaging for the section. The team was originally formed in 2016 as the section social media team. In 2017, the team was expanded and renamed the communications team.
The mission of the Section W-1S Communications Team is to connect, share, and inspire the Arrowmen of Section W-1S and support the communications needs of the section and the lodges it serves.
What We Do
The team operates the various social media accounts for the section including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, and Flickr.
The team manages and updates the official section website, sectionw1s.org.
The section mobile app, currently under redesign, is also operated created and updated by the team.
The comms team operates the section texting service, where you can sign up to receive important updates, announcements, and reminders of things happening around the section.
Text @w-1s to 81010 to sign up.
In addition to the actual product that you can see the team produce (i.e. social media post, website article, etc.) the team also provides a variety of communications support for the section. Support includes managing the section email service, promoting the section brand, and providing training and resources for Arrowmen.
The comms team is operated under the following structure.
NOTE: Not all positions may be filled at any given time. The comms team youth lead fills in where necessary.
Meet the Comms Team
Youth Team Members
Wauna La-Mon’tay Lodge
Also serving as Section Secretary
Ethan is a five palm Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of Wauna La-Mon’tay Lodge and a member of Troop 728 in Oak Hills, Oregon. He graduated from Westview High School and Terra Nova High School in June of 2018. Ethan is currently attending Portland State where he studies Environmental Science.
Ethan serves as a ceremonialist for Wauna La-Mon’tay lodge, Sunset Trail Chapter. He previously served as Wauna La-Mon’tay’s NOAC apparel youth chairman, Arrowtour food chairman, Sunset Trail’s Administration Vice Chief, and Section W-1S’ merchandising Conclave Vice Chief for two years. In his free time, Ethan enjoys theatre and science.
A fun fact about him is that he has spent a lot of time both on and off stage in various productions. When not on the stage, he spends much of his time in the lighting booth or the costume shop.
Content Creator & Social Media Team
Ryan was born at the young age of zero in Ryan’s hometown in the year Ryan was born. Growing up, Ryan was very Ryan-ish, making Ryan’s classmates feel uncomfortable and leaving Ryan outcast by society. When Ryan joined the Section Communications Team, Ryan was glad to find others who are also Ryan-ish. To this day, Ryan Ryans all over the section with his Ryan-ish cohort, causing Ryan wherever they go.
This Ryanography provided by Ryan’s Ryan Foundation for Ryan-ish Ryans.
Mobile App Youth Lead
Wauna La-Mon’tay Lodge
Long ago, in the dim ages, in the valley of the Willamette lived a young brave who was not brave at all. He cowered in his corner, hunched over a glowing box he used to communicate with the rest of the world. Hours and hours of each day were spent scrolling through pictures with funny captions, videos of kittens, and mad rantings of odd creatures from a distant land who are known only as “Internet trolls.”
One day, the young brave was dismayed to find that his mother had removed his glowing box. She told him that she would only give it back once he had gone out into the village to make friends with other youths. Fearing he would never have a chance to cower in his corner again, the boy obeyed, scampering nimbly through the woods toward the village.
The youth wandered the streets, searching for young men similar to himself, but he struggled to find anyone with similar interests to his own. He searched high and low, shyly inquired if others had seen young braves like him, all the while becoming more dismayed. Just as all hope seemed lost, the youth saw a familiar glow from around the corner.
He turned down the alleyway to find a motley crew of young men, all cowering over glowing boxes, their skin as pale as the face of the moon, as if they had never seen the sun before. The young men welcomed him in and introduced themselves as the Section W-1S Communications Team. They explained to him the high ideals they believed in, and the glorious quest they had been gifted by the section. The young brave grinned from ear to ear, knowing that he had finally found a place where he truly belonged.
Between countless tie-dye mishaps and selling free-range kombucha at the local farmer’s market, Matthew finds peace cross-legged on a mountaintop, having deep conversations with the breeze. When he’s not wasting his time attempting to catch his first fish, he is kept busy herding the cool cats that make up the Section Comms Team. If you meet this magical unicorn in person, be sure to ask him about his invisible Siamese twin, Roberta.
Wauna La-Mon’tay Lodge
Born deep in the jungles of Uruguay and raised by a pack of jaguars, Joe Grant first ventured to the United States at the age of 9, where he competed in the World Concrete Eating Championship, setting the current record of 6 city blocks.
Joe was adopted in 2016 by the OA National Vice-Chief, Tyler Inberg, who taught Joe the ways of the Jedi, and the secrets of advising a Comms Team. Wielding this weapon of knowledge, Joe vowed he would make right the mistakes of his past and fix the Section website once and for all. To this day, his legend lives on in these stylesheets.
In his spare time, he enjoys long walks into the depths of volcanoes, stand-up paddleboarding on space whales, and creating thunderstorms with his mind.
Mobile App Adviser
Jeff Knierim first graced the world with his presence early July of 1993. He joined the Cub Scouts of America 6 years later and the Boy Scouts 5 years later. Troop 162 of Beaverton, Oregon nominated him for Order of the Arrow membership in 2007. He held his ordeal, sustained on the dew and eucalyptus leaves he found each morning.
He graduated Beaverton High School, home of the Beaverton Beaver, whose colors are orange and black. Desiring a change he moved 90 miles south to attend Oregon State. Realizing that Oregon State was also the home of the Beavers (as is Section W-1S), he found his change by jumping from the northern lodge to Tsisqan, home of the proud (and shafted) deer.
Now an adult he spends his days making jokes no one else thinks are funny and perfecting the act of looking productive.
Joining the Comms Team
The comms team is always looking for youth Arrowmen to join the team.
- Content Creators
Interested in joining the team? Fill out the interest form below and we will contact you.
Contact the Comms Team
Contact the comms team for questions, comments, or issues regarding the website, social media, mobile app, or texting service.