Volume Three Number Four

August-September 2006

Piedmont Council, California

Words from the Chief

Our Chief...

Dear Arrowmen,

It has been an honor serving as your Lodge Chief over the past year. It has been a very successful year because of the members of this great lodge.  I will deeply miss being your Lodge Chief. 

I feel like we will have an even better year ahead of us. The Ordeal is coming up at the end of September so remember to sign up. I hope to have a lot of candidates attending.  The Ordeal will be a lot of fun so sign up now!

I have a lot of faith in our new officers.  Luke, CJ, Tommy, and Liam will lead us to the greatest year ever!  This is it guys and you won't have to read anymore Chiefly thoughts from me. I have passed this honor onto Luke R.

Kevin Clark
Lodge Chief

Words from the "next" Chief

Hey everyone,

Well, we have a great year ahead of us. You can be sure of that. With the Ordeal the weekend of September 29th we will be inducting our newest members and hopefully all of you who are eligible for Brotherhood will give serious thoughts sealing your membership in Hungteetsepoppi lodge.
This year I hope to bring many new scouts from the Piedmont Troops into our lodge and convert all of the existing Ordeal members into Brotherhood members. As a lodge, we must also dominate at Conclave this year. We had a good showing last year, but…

So let’s git ‘er done
(soon to be....)
Chief Luke

Did you know....
that there is a place for new Ordeal members to go to find out more about the OA and the Ordeal?

Visit the Jump Start page of the National OA website, and take a few minutes to find out more! Click on the JumpStart banner above and check it out!

In recognition of the Order of the Arrow's heritage of service, the National Order of the Arrow Committee created a new three-year Leadership in Service Program which was announced at the 2004 NOAC. The Order strives to strengthen Scouting's foundation of service by further fostering in Arrowmen the ethic of servant leadership. By promoting and rewarding service that benefits the Boy Scouts of America's outdoor program, and the communities in which Scouts reside, the Order will be acting to support Scouting at the most important level.


1) Give 8 hours of service participating in a lodge, chapter, or council service project benefiting a local council camp (lodge induction weekends do count). Service may be split over two or more events.*
2) Give 6 hours of service doing a community service project planned and run by the lodge or chapter.**

Signatures for the requirements of this award may be signed off by the Arrowman's Scoutmaster, Lodge Chief and Lodge Advisers. Arrowmen should contact their lodge to obtain sign-off forms. Completed forms should be returned to the lodge. The awards will be presented by the lodge at an appropriate occasion.


NOAC 2006 Report

The NOAC 2006 Experience: By Michael Conn

On July 29, 2006, 10 Arrowmen traveled to the Michigan State University campus for NOAC. The six days flew by quickly and a great time was had by all who attended.
Those who attended included Lodge Chief Kevin Clark, Daniel Woelffer, Michael Conn, Patrick Nolan, John Weber, Jim Weber, and Adult Leaders Kevin Fischer, Rick Clark, Paul Orgeron, and Jim Faison.
We took a red-eye flight from San Francisco to Detroit, arriving at 7 o’clock East Coast time on Saturday morning. Catching one of several shuttle buses, we headed directly to East Lansing to join 8,000 Arrowmen for the largest ever NOAC.
We had a few hours to kill before the events officially got under way, so we all eagerly checked out the campus hotspots. The highlight of the campus was definitely the Student Union, featuring bowling lanes, a pool hall, and patch trading. NOAC ’06 officially kicked off later in the night with our first of several shows.
However, the real fun started on Sunday with our first day of activities. Throughout the week, many exciting opportunities were offered to us. One major portion of the trip to NOAC was the classes. These classes were designed to enhance our NOAC experience or provide leadership and ceremonial training for us. Other classes taught Arrowmen about the history of patches or safety skills. Classes went on for several hours in the morning all week long.
We were also able to view the newest addition to NOAC, ‘The Experience.’ The Experience was a promotion of the outdoors, and products which we as campers often use. This hands-on display allowed us a great look at camping gear.
Another exciting feature was the OA Museum, which was filled with OA and scouting history. Our lodge took a trip to the OA Museum on Monday. The Museum contained over 105 tables of memorabilia, containing over 50,000 items and filling over 6,000 square feet of exhibit space.
The show on Monday night was the Induction Ceremony for those receiving the Distinguished Service, Red Arrow, and Servant Leadership Awards. Among those inducted for Distinguished Service was the San Francisco Bay Area Council’s Craig Leighty.
Lodge Leaders from all over the country gathered on Tuesday for the National Council of Chiefs. The Leaders in attendance discussed future national programs and provided feedback on existing programs.
Wednesday brought about Founders Day, which was a day-long celebration that began with an opening parade where regions and sections, were encouraged to use their creative skills to decorate their own golf cart. After the parade the Goodman Games started, which were intra-lodge friendly competitions.
In the afternoon Founders Day shifted attention to the Founder’s Fair. During the afternoon participants were able to visit lodge displays from all over the country. Founders Day closed with the final show of NOAC 2006. The show, entitled ‘Texting Brandon: A Legacy of Leadership’, spoke directly to the reasons why the Order of the Arrow exists, and why it will continue to be an organization that promotes service and leadership.
On Thursday morning we packed up and said good-bye to the Michigan State campus and NOAC. We still had a few hours to kill before we left for the airport so we went into East Lansing to just chill. We left Lansing around 2 o’clock p.m. for Detroit. Leaving on the airplane back to San Francisco, we all felt like we had had a lifetime experience at NOAC, but were glad to be coming home.

Ordeal Weekend

On the weekend of September 29th - October 1st, the Lodge will hold it's annual Fall Ordeal Weekend. As you know, this is our primary induction and service weekend for the year. Please put this date on your calendar, and plan to attend. Reservation forms will be mailed out shortly, and are due back in the Council Office on September 20th, so please don't delay signing up.

We need your help and participation at the Ordeal, so please plan on attending!!!

Ordeal members who received their Ordeal last year or earlier are eligible to seal their membership in our order by becoming a Brotherhood member. You will receive an invitation in the mail shortly. We hope you will take the time and commit yourself to a life of cheerful service. Take the time, make the decision.

Cub Overnight Service Project

On the weekend of September 23rd-24th, our lodge will be helping the Cubs of our council by hosting a "Cub and Parent" overnight at Coyote Hills. We need youth and adult volunteers who will be willing to help us.

We don't know much about the event at the time of publication, but we will inform everyone when we get it.

Distinguished Service Award - Craig Leighty

At NOAC this summer, I had the pleasure and privilege to be present at the presentation ceremony for the Distinguished Service Award. The DSA was created in 1940 from the need to honor those arrowmen who rendered exceptional service to the Order of the Arrow beyond the lodge. I was asked by my friend and associate, Craig Leighty to attend the awards dinner. Along with our friend, a fellow DSA recipient in 1971, and my Adviser, Don Wilkinson, we were honored to be there during the presentation.

The DSA is presented every two years at the National Conference. At this NOAC, only 39 awards were given to deserving recipients. I cannot think of a more deserving arrowman to receive this award. In 2000, Craig became a part of our lodge and gave me an incredible amount of support and encouragement. Because of his dedication and help, our lodge has been transformed from an inactive shell, to a powerful and organized group. The Section has learned over the past few years, we are not a force to be ignored.

Craig, thank you for everything you have done, not only me and our lodge, but for the "Order". You are an inspiration to us all!

Section W-3B Conclave
September 15th-17th

The Section W-3B conclave will be held the weekend of September 15-17th at the Dixon May Fairgrounds in Dixon, CA . This is a great opportunity to enjoy a conclave without the commitments and responsibilities that you typically have to deal with at our own section conclaves. Dixon is just off of Highway 80 near Davis and is relatively close to all of us. To register or for more information, check out: http://www.sectionw3b.org/.

The conclave has extended its reduced rate of $30 until September 7th! After the 7th, price will be $45 and payable at the door.


In this Issue:

Words from the Chief

NOAC 2006 Report

Ordeal Weekend

Cub Overnight Service Project

Distinguished Service Award - Craig Leighty

Stan Williams

Section W3B Conclave

Upcoming Events:

Lodge Business Meeting
Sept. 10th, Sun. 7:30pm
Piedmont Council Office

Section W3B Conclave
September 15-17th
Dixon Fairgrounds

OA Cub Overnight
September 23-24
Coyote Hills

Lodge Ordeal Weekend
Sept. 29th - Oct.1st
Camp Augusta

Lodge Annual Banquet
November 5th, 6:00pm
Corpus Christi Aud.

Lodge Business Meeting
December 10th, 7:30pm
Piedmont Comm. Church

Stan Williams
A friend to Scouting....

Stanley Williams, Lieutenant Commander USN, Retired, passed away Friday, August 25, 2006, in Fortuna, California after a brief illness. Before moving to Fortuna in 2005, Stan was a resident of Piedmont for 40 years on Greenbank Avenue.

Stan was born March 20, 1925, near Sulphur Springs, Texas, one of six brothers. He followed his father, a retired naval officer, into the Navy in 1943. Starting as a seaman apprentice and then as an aviation machinist mate, he was then selected for flight training and designated a naval aviator in March 1947, one of the first "flying midshipmen". He flew with fighter squadrons 5, 20 ALFA and 193 in the US and Western Pacific and as advanced fighter pilot instructor on the USS Princeton off Korea in 1953. He then served as training officer for Tactical Air Squadron 12 and as air traffic controller at Naval Air Station Alameda. In 1961, he was assistant comptroller for finance and accounting in Seoul, Korea. He then served as Public Affairs Officer for the 9th Naval District in Chicago and the 12th Naval District in San Francisco. This was interrupted in 1966 when an urgent need for advanced jet fighter instructors had him join Training Squadron 23 in Kingsville, Texas. He retired from the Navy on June 30, 1970.

Stan married Margaret Dorothy Burns in 1958 at St. Leo's Church in Oakland and all three of his children were Piedmont High School graduates.

After retirement Stan was very active in the Piedmont Council of the Boy Scouts, serving as Scoutmaster of Troop 4, Ceremonial Chairman for Cub Scouts Pack 4, Troop 4 Committee member, Unit and Council Commissioner, Advisor to High Adventure Explorer Post, Scout Times editor, Executive Board member and Vice President of Communications. He was in charge of publicity when the National BSA tried unsuccessfully to merge the Piedmont Council in 1992. He was awarded the prestigious Silver Beaver award, the highest award for adult Scouters given by the Council, in March of 1982 and the Sid Singer award in 1999. Both of his sons were Eagle Scouts in Troop 4 of Piedmont. He was also publicity chairman for the Beach School Dads Club and Parents organization.

Stan was a member for over 50 years of the Elks Club #1250 of Red Bluff, California.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Byron and Lorena, and by his brother Jim, and by his first wife Mary Rose McGlynn and second wife Margaret Dorothy Burns. He is survived by his daughter Lorena Ann Smith of Fortuna, California and sons Thomas of Fortuna, California and Stanley Jr. of Santa Cruz, California; and by grandchildren Byron Smith of Vancouver, Washington, Gwendolyn Smith of San Diego, California and Matthew Smith of Missoula, Montana, and by one great-grandchild, Tyler Allan Smith of Vancouver, Washington.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Boy Scouts of America, Piedmont Council, 10 Highland Way, Piedmont, CA 94611.

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