Volume Three Number Six

December 2006 - January 2007

Piedmont Council, California

Words from the Chief

Our Chief...

Hello Lodge Members!

I would like to thank all of you who supported our council in its Tree Lot activities. I saw many of you at the lot either helping out the troops or serving food to hungry customers and scouts. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.
Yet a greater thank you to those of you who came out on a freezing December morning in order to help take down the lot. With around 25 adults and youth, we finished the job quite quickly. It was cold work and difficult work at that so many thanks.
I hope you all had Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year, as well as the oh so pleasant transition into school, yet I would like to remind all of you that our next meeting is January 28th. This will be our first meeting in a while and I look forward to seeing all of you there. We will discuss the upcoming Poppifest and work out the logistics of that.

Yours in Brotherhood
Lodge Chief

Did you know....
that there is a couple more days to turn in your Leadership in Service sign-off form?

If you have participated in some of the Lodge's service projecrts, you have likely completed all of the requirement for the award.

So don't just sit there, download the form, get it filled out, and bring it with you on January 28th to the Lodge Meeting!

Hungteetsepoppi Lodge
2007 Event Calendar

Lodge Meeting, Piedmont Comm. Church January 28th

Lodge Executive Meeting, Scout Office February 11th

PoppiFest, Camp Augusta Mar 16-18

Lodge Meeting April 15th

2007 Section W-3A Conclave: April 27th - 29th

Council Camporee, Bort Meadows May 18-20th

Lodge Executive Meeting, Scout Office June 3rd

Lodge Summer BBQ, Juaquin Miller June 24th


Fall Service Projects

This Fall, the lodge had no fewer than five service project. On Saturday, November 18th, lodge members helped out with two service project. The Scouting for Food "Second Sweep", and the set up of the Council Tree lot.

While many scouts participated in the early food pick-up, there are always sacks of food that are missed. Dedicated arrowmen performed a second sweep through the city to catch those forgotten or missed bags. The goal of this project was to save the council from the calls by irate citizens, and to save Al from having to pick them up.

Early that same morning, a group of members, mostly adults, assembled at Coaches Field to set up the Tree Lot. A lot of effort by large group allowed us to complete the setup by mid-afternoon.

During December other members helped out with the second tree unloading, and many arrowmen helped out with the food sales in the lot on Saturdays and Sundays.

Finally, on December 30th, many more members gathered, still tired from the holiday festivities, and jumped into the task of disassembling the tree lot. With the huge crew the lot was torn down, and packed away in record time, and everyone was gone by 1pm.

Many thanks to all of you who helped at these projects, and remind us that the OA is all about service!

Camp Promotions

The Hungteetsepoppi camp promotions campaign for 2007 will focus on the councils upcoming Philmont trek in 2008.
As everyone who has been to the ranch knows, a trip to Philmont really is the highlight of any scouting career, and the Piedmont Council has been very fortunate to receive this opportunity. We will be coming around to all of the troops in January and February to give some information about Philmont, show pictures, answer questions, and just generally raise awareness and enthusiasm for this great opportunity.

I have been fortunate enough to go to Philmont twice, and each was an unforgettable experience, and one every scout should have. By raising awareness in advance, we can ensure that scouts are able to plan the trip into their schedules, and prepare for the financial commitment of the trek with their families. While our visit to troop meetings will help, arrowmen should promote the opportunity among their peers, especially those who have been to Philmont, and know what a great experience it is.


PoppiFest 2007
Camp Augusta

The 2007 PoppiFest is coming up soon, March 16th to March 18th!

I hope everyone is planning to attend our fourth annual PoppiFest. It is an exciting event where we basically get ready for the Conclave, with different sports (though the rules keep changing...), crafts, teambuilding, and activities.

The day usually includes classes, OA History, Lodge History and then breakfast in the morning, followed by sand painting and various other arts and crafts. After lunch we begin on the games, usually Indian Handball, Dodgeball and other sports. Don't worry, new members, the rules to these games will be explained. Usually after that we play in the dry lakebed or hang out, and then have a delicious dinner provided by the chefs. After dinner we move on to one of the best parts of the event, the Carnival. This is a collection of different types of carnival events, including poker or blackjack, bean-bag toss, and many other fun events. You play for "money", which, at the end of the evening, determines the order in which we will pick prizes. Many prizes were handed out last year, a large portion being Boy Scout mugs. One lucky OA member even got a free pass to NOAC! This is a very fun event which you should come to if possible.

For more details on how to sign up visit the Hungteetsepoppi website at www.oa466.org

-Liam Z.

Thanks for reading our newsletter!


In this Issue:

Words from the Chief

Fall Service Projects

Camp Promotions

PoppiFest 2007

Ceremonies and Dance Team

Conclave 2007

Upcoming Events:

Lodge Business Meeting
January 28th, 7:30pm
Piedmont Comm. Church

Lodge Executive Meeting
February 11th, 7:30pm
Council Office

2007 Spring PoppiFest
March 16-18th
Camp Augusta

Lodge Business Meeting
April 15th, 7:30pm
Piedmont Comm. Church

Section W3A Conclave
April 27-29th
College of Marin
Indian Valley Campus

Conclave 2007

Conclave, OA’s equivalent to the Camporee, is coming up! Hungteetsepoppi has a winning tradition which I hope to continue with all of your help. This year it is being held at Indian Springs. Hosted by Talako, this Conclave promises to be a lot of fun with many sports and individual competitions.
Registration will begin in early February. Please register quickly in order that we might utilize PoppiFest to practice for our competitions and win Conclave 2007!
I created the design for this years conclave patch wanting to incorporate aspects of the Star Wars like theme as well a desire to have a non circular patch. The section settled on an arrowhead patch with an Indian holding a light saber. The patch looks awesome and you should attend if only to get the patch.
Check it out here


Ceremonies and Dance Team

We need you to join the Hungteetsepoppi Ceremonies Team!
For those of you who do not know what that is, it is the team in charge of running and executing the Ordeal and Brotherhood ceremony at the Ordeal, PoppiFest, and Conclave.
Although no previous experience is necessary, those with prior acting or public speaking experience are preferred.
We are also looking for new members for the Indian Dance Team, and once again, no prior experience is necessary.
If you are interested in joining either of these two teams, please contact us at rurjau@hotmail.com.

Alan L.

If you have any suggestions, comments, or questions regarding the content of this newsletter, please contact us. Send an email to adviser@OA466.org.