Volume Five Number Four

October 2008 - December 2008

Piedmont Council, California

Words from the Chief

Our Chief...

Hello my fellow Arrowmen,

I hope everyone had as good of a time at the Ordeal, even though it was wet and cold. It was a great success with a wonderful turnout. This year we welcomed 13 new Ordeal members and converted 6 new Brotherhood members into our lodge. For those of you who couldn't go to the Ordeal, don't be mad, we still have PoppiFest to look forward too.
The Annual Dinner is this Sunday, November 2 at 6:30 in the Gibson Center in Corpus Christi. We will have Mr. Russ Hafferkamp. Mr. Hafferkamp was a commentator for NBC, and will be talking about his travels to the Olympics. There is going to be great food, and lots of time to meet up with old buddies in the lodge.
We also had the Cub Overnight on November 18-19 at Chabot Regional and we had a blast with the little Cub Scouts.
Unfortunately, we did incur a loss in the Lodge. Our Brother, JP Sbragia-Zoricic, was killed in Chico, and I just would like you all to remember all the good times we had with JP. He was a good Arrowmen, and we all will miss him dearly.

Yours in Brotherhood
Will C.
Lodge Chief

Hungteetsepoppi Lodge
2008-2009 Event Calendar

Lodge Fall Banquet
Corpus Christi School Auditorium
November 2nd, 6:00pm

Western Region NLS / NLATS
Coast Guard Island
November 14-16, 2008


Lodge Business Meeting
Piedmont Community Church Basement - 7:30pm
Sunday, January 25th, 2009

PoppiFest and Ordeal
Camp Augusta
March 6-8th, 2009

Lodge Business Meeting
Piedmont Community Church Basement - 7:30pm
Sunday, April 15th, 2009

Lodge Spring BBQ and Elections
Location TBD -6:00pm
Sunday, June 14th, 2009

National OA Conference
Indiana University
August 1-6th, 2009

Section W3A Conclave
Location TBD
Fall, 2009


Lodge Fall Banquet

Sunday, November 2nd, 6:30pm, 2008

On Sunday, November 2nd, it's time for the Fall Banquet. This is a fun lodge event, with great food, entertainment, guest speaker Russ Hafferkamp (collegiate waterpolo athlete and coach), awards, and more. It is a chance to all arrowmen to join together for a night of fun, food, and fellowship.

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 Thursday, October 30th. If we don't have your reservation, we won't know to have food for you, so you must sign up to attend.

Please RSVP ASAP. Youth should RSVP to Chief Will C., and Adults should RSVP to Associate Adviser, Art Edmonds.

See you at the dinner!

Hungteetsepoppi Fall Ordeal

October 3-5th, 2008, at Camp Augusta

Over the weekend of October 3-5, the Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouting’s Honors Society, held its annual ordeal at Camp Augusta to welcome new members. Current OA youth and adult members led the invitees (nine Boy Scouts from different Troops and four adult leaders) through a program of hard work, scant food, personal reflection and dedication to service.

After arriving Friday night, the group congregated in the cabin for a relaxing time of wood carving (whittling arrows) and fellowship. Then, amidst torrential sheets of rain hailing from a pitch-black night sky, the initiates gathered their camping gear, donned their jackets and ventured outside for the introductory ceremony. Although the rain prevented the candles from being lit, the mythical Indian figures that greeted and challenged them instilled a sense of awe for the tasks ahead. After a night spent sheltered from the incessant rain, the OA staff woke up the initiates, gave them a sparse breakfast of an egg and piece of bread and led them to their work stations.

By way of embodying the OA theme of “cheerful service”, they did various service projects for Camp Augusta, including constructing doors for a new storage building, installing outdoor plumbing, cleaning the art shack and performing various electrical work- all while retaining a strict vow of silence (for the most part!). A short afternoon break allowed for a recovery and another small meal before a resumption of work. Through laboring together, the initiates bonded and shared the fellowship of hard labor and fasting.

Following this demanding but satisfying day, the initiates participated in the induction ceremony surrounded by current Order of the Ordeal members eager to welcome them to their ranks. Congratulations and handshakes were extended to all and then everyone relaxed together over a sumptuous dinner of tri-tip, roast ham and a medley of side dishes. A night spent in the lodge fellowshipping, learning about the Order of the Arrow and celebrating member and Troop 15 Scoutmaster Bruce Turner’s birthday provided a fitting end to the days events. Another shared meal at breakfast the next morning followed by a final group meeting concluded the Ordeal. After a thorough sweep, the group broke camp by 10:30 a.m.

It was a fulfilling time for the new members, as they challenged themselves physically and spiritually before joining the fellowship of the Order of the Arrow and being welcomed as new brothers.

Jason Zeledon

Hungteetsepoppi Cub Overnight

October 18-19th, 2008, at Two Rocks

Over the weekend of October 18-19, the Lodge held it's annual Cub Outreach Overnight. Several Arrowmen and Adult leaders were present to help the Cub Scouts with basic campsite activities, including a hike, 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.

That afternoon, the Arrowmen and adults led the Cubs and their parents on a one hour hike round the hills and then returned for dinner. Dinner included hot dogs, hamburgers, salad, potato salad and drinks. After dinner, Will and Mike put on an awesome campfire, and the evening finished with S'mores for everyone.

The next morning we all had breakfast and had another short hike, and then the Cubs and parents took down their tents and said goodbye to the Arrowmen and departed. 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 youth and adult leaders who helped out on the trip, and without it would not have been possible to do this trip.


In this Issue:

Words from the Chief

Fall Banquet

Lodge Fall Ordeal

Cub Overnight at Two Rocks

Service projects this Fall

Did you know....

Upcoming Events:

Lodge Fall Banquet
November 2nd, 6:30pm
Gibson Center
Corpus Christi Church Not the Auditorium...

Scouting for Food
OA Second Pick-up
November 22nd, 12:00pm
Piedmont Council Office

Tree Lot Set-Up
November 22nd, 8:00am - 4pm
Scout Tree Lot

Lodge Executive Committee Meeting
December 14th, 6-9pm, Scout Council Office

Tree Lot Tear-Down
December 27th, 8:00am - 4pm
Scout Tree Lot

JP Sbragia-Zoricic

On Saturday, September 28th, Troop 6 Eagle Scout and former Lodge Vice Chief, JP (John-Paul) Sbragia-Zoricic, was killed after being struck by a train close to his apartment at Chico. JP was an active member of Troop 6 and the lodge, and he will be missed by all of us.

Did you know....
Imagine for a moment, you and eight thousand of your closest friends, descending on a major college campus for 6 days of brotherhood and fellowship, training and recreation, competition and friendship making. That is what a NOAC is all about.

From August 1st - 6th 2009, you will experience training, sports competitions, arena shows, gatherings, ceremony competitions, dance competitions, college dorming with your best friend, great food, the Founders Day Fair and Parade, patch trading, tons of lodge spirit, among many other great and amazing things.

If you have never been, this year is a perfect time to go, and even if you have been before, why not experience NOAC again? Our Lodge needs your help in making this the best NOAC ever!
If you are excited and ready to attend the 2009 NOAC, talk to our Lodge Chief or Lodge Adviser for more information and how to sign up. Stay tuned to www.event.oa-bsa.org for updates! Remember, the theme is “I’m There”. The question is, “Will you be there?”

If you have any suggestions, comments, or questions regarding the content of this newsletter, please contact us. Send an email to adviser@OA466.org.