May 2004 OA Newsletter!



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,
Ian Faison


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.

Many 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.

       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!


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.


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.....


The Fall Ordeal weekend is tentatively set as September 24-26th, 2004.  The weekend trip will be to Camp Augusta in Nevada City, and should be another great Lodge Event.  Please mark your calendars and set aside this weekend !


The Lodge website, is up and running and loaded with information on events, pictures, links, downloadable forms, and other things an Arrowman should know.

Please visit the site, and let us know how we are doing!  The site can only get better and more useful with your input and participation.  Look there first for the most up to date information!


Sorry to bug you about this, but we are always happy to accept dues from delinquent members.  

If you didn't attend the Ordeal in September 2003, or you haven't already sent in your dues since then, 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 your help!

If you would like to email any changes or information, please send them to Stephen Renner at "".

How do I contact those crazy Lodge Officers and Advisers?

Lodge Chief, Ian Faison:  ""
Vice Chief Membership, Ted Zika:  ""
Vice Chief Activities, Tommi Carson:  ""
Vice Chief, Communications and Finance, Stephen Renner:  ""
Adviser, Kevin Fischer:  ""
Associate Adviser, Art Edmonds:  ""
Associate Adviser, Craig Leighty:  ""
Staff Adviser, Paul Mayer:  ""