May 2004 OA Newsletter!
- WORDS FROM THE CHIEF
- HUNGTEETSEPOPPI WINS BIG AT THE
- LODGE TEPEE MAKES IT'S FIRST APPEARANCE
- CALLOUT CEREMONY AT CAMPOREE THIS
- TED ZIKA ELECTED SECTION W3A SECRETARY
- LODGE OFFICER ELECTIONS TO BE HELD
AT THE CAMPOREE
- FALL ORDEAL DATE IS SEPTEMBER 24-26TH
AT CAMP AUGUSTA
- HUNGTEETSEPOPPI LODGE
WEBSITE UP AND RUNNING!
- DUES / ADDRESS CHANGES REQUESTED
WORDS FROM THE CHIEF
Well, we did it. We turned our hard work and dedication
into a huge success. We won back to back Conclave Award's and
Most Indian Lodge Award's and officially proved to everyone
in the section that Hungteetsepoppi Lodge is a force to be reckoned
with. Our dominance in events, participation, and spirit
allowed us to repeat in winning both of these awards. I
want to thank everyone who came, helped and participated in the
Conclave and without every single person we could not have done
it. I can't wait to see the look on the other lodge's faces
(especially Ache) when they see us wearing the "Back to Back
Champions" shirts that Mark Orgeron promised to
design. (You got to hop on that Mark)
The camporee is coming up this weekend and we are planning
to set up the Tepee again. I hope many arrowmen will
show up and help set it up. Also we are holding our Officer
Elections at Camporee so anyone interested in running for office
should attend. I highly recommend running for office because
it is an extremely rewarding experience. I have done it
the past two years and have had a blast. If you have any
questions or comments about being a lodge officer feel free to
call me anytime. Keep up the good work.
Yours in Brotherhood,
WINS BIG AT THE CONCLAVE AGAIN!
The fourth weekend of April is the traditional weekend for Conclave,
the gathering of the eight local lodges of the Order of the Arrow.
This year, riding high after our unexpected victory of the Conclave
Award and the Most Indian Lodge Award in 2003, 28 members of Hungteetsepoppi
traveled to the County Fairgrounds in Watsonville.
The Friday night festivities for the Conclave were the auto races
at the speedway next to the fairgrounds, but a large group from
Piedmont were carefully working to set up the Lodge Tepee.
Saturday was the real start of the events, and in the morning,
all Arrowmen attended training classes. Four class periods
were filled with a large assortment of over 30 classes, in topics
ranging from OA History, Leadership, Native American Studies,
Communications, and more.
After lunch, the Competitions
began. Throughout the competitions, the Hungteetsepoppi
lodge showed great spirit, good sportsmanship, and used wonderful
teamwork. Using these qualities, the lodge took first place
in Indian Handball, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Ceremonies,
and Beginning Dance. We also placed well in Sandpainting, second
overall, OA Jeopardy, third, and Overall Dance. In
the late afternoon, a crowd of exhausted members were seen resting
in the grass in the shadow of the Tepee.
After dinner, elections for the next years Section Officers were
held, and Ted Zika was elected Section W3A Secretary, replacing
brother Ryan Zika who served in 2003-2004.
The Saturday night show was the main attraction
of the evening. One of the main events of the show was a dodge
ball competition between all of the lodge chiefs in the section.
Our Lodge chief, Ian Faison, was among the final three but was
double teamed by the two other competitors. There were numerous
prizes given out throughout the show including a special patch
set that was won by drawing a name from a hat. The winner
was none other than Hungteetsepoppi's own Ryan Zika. The
finale was an excellent video and side show representing the theme
of conclave, Leadership from Within”. A great production
overall and hopefully we will see more like it in the years to
come. The shows at this conclave were the best they have been
in many years.
Sunday morning was the final show and awards ceremony, and we
once again dominated in athletic competitions, spirit,
traditional Native American activities and overall enthusiastic
participation. The Lodge's hard work and determination during
the weekend and the entire year was rewarded when Chief Ian Faison
accepted first place for the Conclave” and Most Indian Lodge”
for 2003-2004. This is the second year in a row that our
lodge has received both prestigious awards. We plan to continue
to strive for excellence in the Order of the Arrow and make 2004/2005
another Hungteetsepoppi year.
LODGE TEPEE MAKES IT'S
FIRST APPEARANCE IN YEARS AT THE CONCLAVE
moons ago the Hungteetsepoppi Tepee was taken down after some
event, folded and placed in the OA locker room. Nobody thought
that there it would sit for so many years, gathering dust, waiting
to be set up again. This year it rose again at the Conclave
in Watsonville. After finding, cutting, shaving, carrying,
and transporting Tepee poles, the lodge was finally ready to set
it up again. After getting the Tepee and poles to the Conclave,
we scratched our heads and tried to remember how to set it up,
considering only a few gray-haired individuals have ever seen
it in use. After getting help from a friend (an expert at
tepees), sweating a little, and spending a few hours, the lodge
tepee was up. With our own touch, a blinking red eye on
the painted tanager, it was put to use. Seven boys slept
inside the large canvas, well protected from the elements.
After the closing of the Conclave, the group gathered for pictures,
and broke camp. When we took the Tepee down on Sunday we
vowed to never let it rest so long again.
CALLOUT CEREMONY AT CAMPOREE
This weekend, the Piedmont Council
will have it's annual Spring Camporee. As we do every Camporee,
the Lodge will hold the Callout Ceremony, to inform and recognize
those scouts who have been elected by their piers to become new
members of the lodge. The Callout Ceremony will be held
at the end of the Camporee Campfire, Saturday night. All
Arrowmen are encouraged to attend.
Arrowmen, don't forget to bring your Sash to the Camporee!
TED ZIKA ELECTED SECTION
W3A SECRETARY FOR 2004-2005
At the Conclave, elections were held to select the new Section
W3A officers for 2004-2005. We are proud to announce that
Vice Chief Ted Zika was elected to the position of Secretary.
Ted was unable to attend the Conclave, so it is a great show of
support and confidence that he was elected by the Lodge Chief's
and representatives of the 8 lodges of the greater Bay Area.
Congratulations Ted! In the Picture shown here, Ted's clone
representative, Ryan, was accepting the oath of office with returning
Chief, Brian Casper, and new Vice Chief, Brian Russ.
LODGE MEETING, THIS SATURDAY
AFTERNOON, AT THE CAMPOREE
This Saturday, after the Patrol Competitions and events have been
completed, the lodge will hold a business meeting for the purpose
of electing the new Lodge Officers. Arrowmen interested
in becoming Lodge Officers should contact Chief Ian Faison prior
to the meeting. Since the change to the Lodge Rules voted
on and approved by the lodge at the Conclave, the term of office
will start at the end of the Ordeal weekend in September, giving
new officers the chance to work with existing officers over the
summer, and gain experience before assuming their new role.
Plan to be their and support the lodge and the new officers.
Vote early, and often.....
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