Words from the Chief
Hello Lodge Members!
Well, we had a very productive Ordeal in which we inducted 4 new Ordeal members and a slew of new Brotherhood members. Congratulations to all on your recent honors. But more importantly, thank you to everyone who was at Camp Augusta for your hard work on the dock, the wood piles, and all the other tasks that made the Ordeal a success. I had a lot of fun and I hope that many of you share my sentiment.
As you all know, our Annual Dinner is October 29th and we will be having a very interesting guest speaker. I hope to see many of you there. There is always great food for an extremely low price.
Also, for those of you who are looking for an opportunity to help your lodge, there is a leadership position, the Vice Chief of Program, that has just become vacant. I invite everyone who is interested to please contact me at my email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yours in Brotherhood
Did you know....
that there is a place on the Internet that has a great database of images of OA patches and memorabilia?
Visit the site by going to http://www.oaimages.com/ and then check out the pictures. Take a look at the patch file for our lodge. You can check on all of the current and past lodges, and see the patches that they had.
2006-2007 Event Calendar
Lodge Annual Banquet, Corpus Christi Church Oct 29th
Lodge Executive Meeting, Scout Office December 10th
Area 3 NLS, Camp Bothin, Marin County: November 17th 19th
Lodge Meeting, Piedmont Comm. Church January 28th
Lodge Executive Meeting, Scout Office February 11th
PoppiFest, Camp Augusta March 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
Workers at the Ordeal remove the old waterfront dock.
On Sunday, October 29th, the lodge will hold it's Annual Fall Banquet. This is a fun lodge event, with great food, entertainment, a guest speaker, awards, and more. It is a chance to all arrowmen to join together for a night of fun, food, and fellowship. We will have the pleasure of hearing from Scott Schroeder, former Troop 1 member, and current Formula BMW Racer.
The cost for the dinner is very low at only $7.00, which is a bargain for this level of event. If you plan on coming, we need to receive your reservation by no later than Wednesday, October 25th. If we don't have your reservation, we won't know to have food for you, so you must sign up to attend.
We've posted a dinner reservation form on the lodge website (http://www.oa466.org), which you should fill out and mail to the Council Office. Instructions are listed on the form. If you did not attend the Ordeal, and you haven't already paid your 2007 dues, there are instruction on the form about sending those in as well.
In addition to the dinner, we will be holding an election for Vice Chief of Program, which has become vacant for the coming year. If you would like to hold a leadership position in the lodge, this is your opportunity to take charge. If you are interested, please contact Lodge Chief Luke R. (Chief@oa466.org), and let him know as soon as you can.
See you at the dinner!
The Hungteetsepoppi fall Ordeal was held from September 29th to October 1st this year at Camp Augusta. Although only four candidates were inducted into the lodge, the event was well attended, and everyone had a great time. After arrival and ceremonies Friday night, arrowmen and candidates alike slept well in preparation for the day ahead.
The service project involved dismantling and removing an old dock from Lake Vera (coincidentally the same name as the lake I spent a week on at OA Wilderness Voyage). Although some arrowmen came close to falling into the water, everyone involved managed to stay dry through this fun and helpful task. Towards the afternoon, lodge members worked to cut and transport wood between locations in the camp. In the evening, candidates were officially inducted into our lodge in an exciting rendition of the Ordeal ceremony, and welcomed with an excellent dinner. Later, other arrowmen confirmed their commitment to the lodge in the Brotherhood ceremony. Great weather for the entire weekend kept spirits high through the event, continuing into Sunday when a lodge meeting was held, and a new lodge picture was taken. Thanks to all who attended the Ordeal for their hard work and especially to those who assisted in planning, driving, or ceremonies. Congratulations to new Ordeal and Brotherhood members!
Cub Overnight Service Project
The Cub Scout camp at Coyote Hills Regional Park took place on the weekend of Sep. 23-24. Many Arrowmen and Adult leaders were present to help the Cub Scouts with basic campsite requirements, knot tying and First Aid. This camp was to show Cub Scouts and their parents how much fun Scouting is, and to show them a little of what goes on in the Boy Scouts.
The Arrowmen, Jim W., John W. and Liam Z., arrived at two oclock on Saturday to help the Cub Scouts and their parents set up tents and get settled in. At four oclock the Arrowmen led the Cubs and their parents on a two hour hike round the hills and by the waterside, and then returned for dinner. However, there were no fires allowed at Coyote Hills Regional Park because of the fire danger, so Chris Lee, Sr. Cooked and prepared all of the food at his house. Snaps for Mr. Lee! The food included hot dogs, hamburgers, salad, chips and drinks. After that the Arrowmen brought the Cubs up to the top of a nearby hill and had them tell scary stories until it was time to go to bed.
The next morning Kevin C., Patrick N. and CJ G. showed up to help with knot tying and basic First Aid. The Cubs were taught how to clean and bandage minor scrapes, and were also taught the square knot and the bowline. Then there was a massive game of capture the flag on the marsh, and were soon told by the Ranger that the marsh was opp-limits. After doing a campsite sweep, the Cubs took down their tents and said goodbye to the Arrowmen and departed, along with all the OA members. It was a very successful trip, and many of those Cubs were much more interested in doing Boy Scouts and OA when they left.
Special thanks to all of the adult leaders who helped out on the trip, and without it would not have been possible to do this trip.
Thanks for reading our newsletter!
In this Issue:
Words from the Chief
Ordeal Weekend Report
Coyote Hills Cub Overnight
Highlander Hike Service
Scouting for Food
Council Christmas Tree Lot Service Projects
Lodge Annual Banquet
October 29th, 6:00pm
Corpus Christi Aud.
Scouting For Food
November 18th, 1:00pm
Council Office Start
Tree Lot Setup
November 18th, 8:00am
Christmas Tree Lot
Lodge Executive Meeting
December 10th, 7:30pm
Piedmont Comm. Church
Tree Lot Teardown
December 30th, 8:00am
Christmas Tree Lot
Lodge Business Meeting
January 28th, 7:30pm
Piedmont Comm. Church
Christmas Tree Lot Service Projects
Nov. - Dec., 2006
As in previous years, the Lodge will be participating in Service for the council by helping at the Christmas Tree Lot.
This year, there will be several projects that need a number of arrowmen to help at.
We will be helping at the Set-Up and Tear-Down days for the lot. Set-Up is scheduled for Saturday, November 18th, from 8:00am until finished.
Tear-Down is currently scheduled for Saturday, December 30th, from 8:00am until done.
Youth and adults are requested, and all workers should be prepared with work clothes and work gloves.
In previous years, there have been plenty of scouts to help with the first unloading of trees, but not enough to unload the second delivery.
On December 6th, at 4:00pm, the lodge will be helping with the second tree unload and stocking. Please remember your gloves!
For all of these service projects, there will be sign-ups at the lodge dinner. If you are unable to sign up at the dinner, we will call you to get your committment to one of the three projects!
Scouting For Food Service Project
The Scouting for Food event on November 18th,relys on scouts to pick food bags in the morning. Unfortunately, very often bags are set out late, or houses are missed. This leads to irate calls to the Council Office, and many trips by Mr. Sciamanna to pick up the bags.
The lodge will run a "second pick-up" in the afternoon, to minimize the grief that occurs for the Council. This requires 5 drivers and 5 runners who will jump out and collect any bags that are still sitting in wait.
Sign-ups will be taken at the Lodge dinner. Your help with this is greatly appreciated!