March 2004 OA Newsletter!
- WORDS FROM THE CHIEF
- CONCLAVE RESERVATIONS HAVE STARTED
- FIRST POPPIFEST A BIG SUCCESS!
- 14 LODGE MEMBERS ATTENDING NATIONAL
OA CONFERENCE (NOAC)
- LODGE MEETING, SUNDAY, MARCH 28TH
- DUES / ADDRESS CHANGES REQUESTED
WORDS FROM THE CHIEF
I want to thank everybody who participated in and helped make
the first annual Poppifest a HUGE success. Everybody had
a great time and it will be an experience that I know everybody
that went will not forget. To the Arrowman that could not
go, well, you missed out on a great time. But there is one way
to make it up... GO TO THE CONCLAVE. This is
the most important event this year and I feel that we can win
it again as long as I have your help. Everybody needs to
sign up as soon as possible and if you have a problem then contact
me. Remember the OA is what you make of it.
It's hard to believe, but the Section W3A Conclave is almost
upon us! That's right, the sign-ups for the Conclave have
When: The Conclave is the weekend
of April 23-25th. From Friday night to Sunday morning.
Where: The site will be the Santa Cruz
County Fairgrounds in Watsonville.
Cost: The cost
is $35 before April 9th, and $45 after April 9th or on-site.
Theme: "Living the Legend"
If you have not attended a Conclave in the past, it is a BIG event,
where all of the eight Lodges of the section attend for a weekend
of fun, competitions, and learning. There are lots of things
to do, including classes is History, Leadership, Advising, Communications,
Native American Studies, competitions between lodges in Ceremonies,
Dancing, Indian Handball, Sand Painting, 5K run, Camp Promotions,
and more. Saturday night has a big show, and there is plenty
of time to meet and socialize with other OA members from around
the Bay Area. Generally, about 400 arrowmen and women attend
this event, which is always held at the end of April.
You should have received a copy of the Costanoan Connection
in the last week, describing the Conclave, and it contained a
sign-up sheet. Also, a Conclave Sign-up sheet is enclosed
as an attachment to this Newsletter. Please mail in this
sheet as soon as possible, or register on-line at http://www.w3a.org
This year, we need to defend our titles from last year! We
believe our lodge has a good chance at willing the "Most
Indian Lodge Award" and the Conclave Award again. This
will require all of our members to support the lodge and Section,
and attend the Conclave. It is always a fun event.
Mark your calendar! April 23rd - 25th! The Lodge needs
your help, so please plan to attend!
A BIG SUCCESS!
Thanks to all of you who came out for Poppi-fest
and made the weekend memorable. I think we can all agree
everyone had a great time playing games winning prizes and just
hanging out. For those of you who were too busy to attend
you missed out on a great fellowship weekend full of handball,
archery, volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, carnivals, casino games,
and an auction. However, even with all the fun we had we
still managed to finish the poles for our teepee and got a fair
amount of work in. There was both a history
and dance lesson, which proved to be educational and entertaining.
I strongly recommend that everyone who missed Poppi-fest this
year can set their calendars so there are no conflicts for our
second annual Poppi-fest. The patch designed for the event
should be ready shortly if not already and even people who
couldn't attend are able to purchase them. After the training
over the weekend hopefully now all of our new recruits are ready
for the "big weekend," and we will come out with a first
place victory at Conclave again this year.
Speaking of the Conclave, I'm sure everyone
is ready for the competition on the last weekend in April.
We need plenty of youth to come so we have someone in every event,
especially dancing this year because we will be losing our dancers
from last year. Conclave will be a lot like Poppi-fest for
those of you who will be there for the first time. Classes
in the morning and then the events will follow; handball, volleyball,
archery, sand painting, dancing, OA Jeopardy, etc. Don't
forget, it is essential that we have plenty of people there.
We took first place last year and I'm certain it would make everyone
happy, especially Ian, if we could keep the award for at least
one more year.
Another event that is closing in on us is NOAC.
Summer is coming up quick as you might have
noticed from the insane heat and that means NOAC is coming up
quick also. For everyone going make sure to listen for planning
meetings that should be showing up soon. The National Order
of the Arrow Conference in Iowa is set for July 31- August 5.
However, we have the opportunity to go three days in advance and
stay as security for free during the Patch Traderee. Another
aspect of NOAC that is reaching a close is our lodge full pocket
flap, whose design is almost completed, that should be available
shortly also. Well, that's all the news I have if you have
any questions you can contact any of your Lodge officers.
Yours in Brotherhood,
Vice Chief of Communications and Finance
14 LODGE MEMBERS ATTENDING
NATIONAL OA CONFERENCE (NOAC)
This summer, NOAC 2004 will be
held in Ames, Iowa on the campus of Iowa State University from
July 31 to August 5, 2004. This is the OA equivalent of
the Boy Scout National Jamboree, but more civilized and more fun.
Just ask Ian, Ted, or Ryan. Those attending NOAC will
decide what type of touring will be done before and after the
NOAC. This will be a very fun event. Fourteen Lodge members
are already signed-up to attend the 2004 NOAC. Are you missing
LODGE MEETING, SUNDAY,
On Sunday, March 28th, at 7:30pm in the Church Basement,
the Lodge will hold it's second business meeting of 2004. This
is a very important meeting, and the following topics will be
- Special Unit Elections Seminar will be held at 6:30pm,
prior to the regular meeting. All OA members are welcome
- Planning for Unit Elections and the Camporee.
- Conclave planning will occur!
- New Lodge Patch Designs will be displayed
- PoppiFest Patches will be distributed and pictures shown.
- Plan Books are available to those who have not received them.
- Committee Reports
- Business from the floor
This is an important meeting, so please plan on being there
and supporting the Lodge! Don't forget to wear your sash
DUES / ADDRESS CHANGES REQUESTED
Sorry to bug you about this, but it's time to collect dues and
make address changes again!
If you didn't attend the Ordeal in September, or you haven't
already sent in your dues in the last few months, we need you
to send in your $8.00 as soon as possible! If you don't
feel you can renew your membership, please take a moment to let
us know that as well, and we'll stop bugging you!
Please make a check out to "Hungteetsepoppi Lodge #466",
for $8.00, and send it in with any updated information as to your
email or mailing address and phone number. Mail it to the
Order of the Arrow, Piedmont Council, BSA, 10 Highland Way, Piedmont,
CA 94611. We need this to be done ASAP! Thanks for
If you would like to email any changes or information, please
send them to Stephen Renner at "firstname.lastname@example.org".
How do I contact those crazy Lodge Officers
Lodge Chief, Ian Faison: "LodgeChief466@yahoo.com"
Vice Chief Membership, Ted Zika: "email@example.com"
Vice Chief Activities, Tommi Carson: "FBallr05@yahoo.com"
Vice Chief, Communications and Finance, Stephen Renner: "firstname.lastname@example.org"
Adviser, Kevin Fischer: "Fischerk@pacbell.net"
Associate Adviser, Art Edmonds: "email@example.com"
Associate Adviser, Craig Leighty: "craig.leighty@gene.GE.com"
Staff Adviser, Paul Mayer: "PMayer4072@aol.com"