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July 17-19, 2015 at Texas State University
One hundred years ago, the Order of the Arrow was founded at Treasure Island Scout Reservation. One hundred years later, almost everything about the Order has changed. Some things have changed only slightly, but some things have changed significantly. While we don’t wear the same sash or say the same obligation, one thing has remained the same – THE CONSTANT. To find out what it is, come to the 2015 Lone Star Fellowship, the centennial section conclave of Southern Region Section 2-3 South.
Register for Section Conclave
Join hundreds of your fellow Arrowmen from the nine lodges in south and central Texas for an incredible weekend of fun and fellowship. Discover the opportunities in scouting and other organizations at our new training experience, the EPICenter. Compete with the other lodges and show off your skills in promotions, ceremonies, dance, and more. And, of course, celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Order of the Arrow with exciting games, inspirational shows, special gatherings, and one of only two ArrowTour stops in Texas.
This year's theme for our contingent is the Colonneh luau, so grab your lei, bathing suit, beach ball and sunglasses and help us make a splash at the Centennial Conclave!
You don’t want to miss this is a once in a lifetime event, so make sure you’re at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX on July 17-19 for the 2015 Lone Star Fellowship. Learn more at conclave.sr2-3s.org.
July 18, 2015 at Texas State University at Section Conclave
ArrowTour is one of three programs that comprise a year-long celebration of the Order of the Arrow’s centennial anniversary. In the summer of 2015, four delegations of youth Arrowmen will travel to council camps and Scouting events to bring our national centennial experience to Scouts, Arrowmen, and communities throughout the country.
ArrowTour will provide opportunities to reflect, connect, and discover the Order's Centuries of Service, both past and future. Youth leaders from around the country are already hard at work building the ArrowTour program. The program has been designed for all Scouts, OA members, and non-members alike. Whether a first-year camper or a seasoned volunteer, the ArrowTour program will offer something for everyone. Some of the planned ArrowTour programs include:
- Exploration: History displays, interactive timelines, and program videos
- OA Evening Show: A camp-wide program that will recognize the Order’s rich 100-year history, and reveal where the steps to our second century of service begin. We will end the show with a camp-wide social.
- Activities: Silk screening (bring a shirt), branding (bring hats or belts), inflatable obstacle course, 100th-anniversary trading post, and recreational games.
- Service: ArrowTour Team service project, alumni outreach to benefit local councils.
Check out the May eRaven lodge newsletter.
If you did not receive a copy of the eRaven in your inbox, send an email to email@example.com, so your contact information can be updated in the lodge database (Lodgemaster).
Vigil Honor Nominations
Nominations due August 10, 2015
Alertness to the needs of others is the mark of the Vigil Honor. It calls for an individual with an unusual awareness of the possibilities within each situation.
The Vigil Honor is the highest honor that the Order of the Arrow can bestow upon its members for service to lodge, council, and Scouting. Membership cannot be won by a person's conscious endeavors.
The Vigil Honor is a high mark of distinction and recognition reserved for those Arrowmen who, by reason of exceptional service, personal effort, and unselfish interest, have made distinguished contributions beyond the immediate responsibilities of their position of office to one or more of the following:
- Order of the Arrow
- Scouting community
- Scout Camp
Under no circumstances should tenure in Scouting or the Order of the Arrow be considered as reason enough for a Vigil Honor recommendation.
Any member of the Order of the Arrow registered in Scouting and in good standing in a regularly chartered lodge is eligible for recommendation to the National Order of the Arrow Committee for elevation to the Vigil Honor provided that, at the time of the recommendation, the individual has been a Brotherhood member for a minimum of two years. A lodge may nominate a maximum of two percent of their registered Arrowmen once a year, through the Vigil Honor petition, found in the annual re-charter packet. At least 50 percent of all nominated must be under 21 at the time of nomination.
Nominations for the Vigil Honor are due August 10. Vigil candidates are announced at the OA Fall Pow Wow. A list of all Colonneh Vigil Honor members is available in the Vigil Honor database. Download the 2015 Vigil eligible list sorted by chapter and sorted by name.
Lodge Executive Committee (LEC) Meeting
August 16, 2015
Cockrell Scout Center
2:00 - 4:00 pm
The LEC meets several times a year to facilitate the business matters of Colonneh Lodge. All lodge officers and chapter chiefs (or designee) and their advisers are required to attend the LEC; however, all Arrowmen are welcome to attend this important planning and business meeting.
OA Troop/Team Representative Summit
August 16, 2015 at Cockrell Scout Center
The OA Troop/Team Representative Summit is a training experience for OA troop/team representatives and their advisers from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm. The summit focuses on building leadership skills, providing service to the troop and working with the OA troop/team representative adviser.
The summit emphasizes how the OA troop/team representative is a jack of all trades in his various leadership situations. The course also revolves around the OA Unit of Excellence Award and will give Arrowmen an opportunity to develop a plan for their troop to achieve this recognition. Finally, Arrowmen will begin to think critically about crafting their own goals regarding service to their unit.
Lead Your Unit. Be The Catalyst. Inspire Others.
The OA troop/ream representative is a leadership position held by an OA member. He serves as a liaison among the unit, chapter and the lodge. Practically speaking, this gives your unit a voice in the OA and is the avenue through which your troops questions or requests of the OA are addressed.
Colonneh Lodge Centurions
For nearly 100 years, the Order of the Arrow has purposefully recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. Therefore, our organization’s centennial provides a unique opportunity to commemorate those among us who are exemplars of the “high ideals and purpose of the Order of the Arrow.” The Centurion Award aims to highlight “Hometown Heroes,” or Arrowmen who have meaningfully contributed to the forming, maturing and ongoing operational excellence of their local council’s lodge, and who, in doing so, inspired others to follow in their footsteps.
This award is a one-time recognition associated with the centennial anniversary of the OA that is bestowed by the national Order of the Arrow committee. It is modeled after a similar program in the BSA’s 100th anniversary celebration, the 2010 National Hall of Leadership. Accordingly, this recognition is an opportunity to highlight lodge development over the last century and the many individuals, both youth and adult, who were instrumental to this success. These honorees will serve as exemplars of leadership, modeling to others a commitment to cheerful service as the Order of the Arrow enters its second century.
|Justus "Jody" Baird (Y)
||Bonham "Trey" Jackson (A)
||Eloy Solis (A)
|Leonard E. (Lynn) Baumgarth (A)*
||Dabney Kennedy (A)
||Charles "Chuck" Steffler (A)
|Mike R. Callaway (Y)*
||Victor Koosh (Y)
||Larry Wayne Stehling (A)
|Dr. Robert H. Christopher (A)
||Joseph A. Kuti (Y)*
||Ernest Stevenson (A)
|Charles DuBois (A)*
||David Maddox (Y)
||Steve Stolzer (Y)
|Don Dunbar (A)
||Zachary Robert Muldrow (Y)
||J. Steve Taylor (Y)
|J.D. Edwards (Y)
||Frank Mund (A)
||Kyle M. Thomas (Y)
|Alan Hassan El-Lahham (Y)
||Lane Alexander Randall (Y)
||Harry Thomson (Y)
|John Foster (A)
||Ralph Rivera (A)*
||Zachary Stephen Whitehurst (Y)
|Thomas Lance Franklin (Y)
||Travis Sampley (Y)*
||Jon Yates (Y)
|Walter Gunn (A)*
||Scott Scheffler (A)
||Susan Elaine Yeldell (A)
|August (Augie) Hebert (Y)*
||Claude F. Slaughter (A)*
|Thomas Huttenhoff (Y)
(Y) A youth contributor denotes that the nominee’s service period occurred while he was under 21 years of age.
(A) An adult contributor denotes that the nominee’s service period occurred while he or she was over 21 years of age.
2015 OA Dues
Colonneh Lodge dues are renewed annually. Dues can be renewed online or through the mail.
Pay dues online
The Order of the Arrow, Scouting's Honor Society, is made up of thousands of great Scouts and Scouters like yourself, who were elected to the Order by their fellow Scouts because they saw something in you, something special - those qualities of trust, leadership, friendship, brotherhood, and a desire to serve others - that set you apart.
You undertook the Ordeal to prove your dedication to the high ideals of service that is the hallmark of our Order. Perhaps you have achieved an even greater understanding of Wimachtendienk, Wingolauchsik, Witahemui by sealing your membership through the Brotherhood, or even now keep the flame of cheerful service alive through leadership in service. You are an Arrowman and we ask that you continue your support for the Order of the Arrow and its worthy goals which are more important now than ever.
An active member in Colonneh Lodge is someone who is a currently registered Scout or Scouter in the Sam Houston Area Council with current dues paid. With active membership, you are entitled to attend all functions of the lodge appropriate for your honor level. It also entitles you to wear your OA flap. Technically, if you don’t pay your dues, you are not a member, and the flap should be removed from your uniform.
Think back on your Ordeal. Remember the Obligation and Admonition. Remember ... "The ones, who chose you, need you."
Registered OA members in good standing with the BSA, SHAC and Colonneh Lodge will be able to commemorate our organization’s centennial by working to complete the Arrowman Service Award. This award, which some are referring to as “the sash patch,” will be recognized as one of the few patches that have ever been approved by the national Order of the Arrow committee to be worn on an OA sash.
The purpose of the Arrowman Service Award (ASA) is to encourage Arrowmen to recommit themselves to the ideals of the Order, increase their level of service to their local unit and council, and participate in the 100th anniversary celebration of the OA. The award will have three categories of criteria with various requirements that Arrowmen can complete. These include components of personal growth, service to Scouting, and participation in the centennial celebration. Youth requirement cards / Adult requirement cards
Apply for Arrowman Service Award
August 3 - 8, 2015 at Michigan State University
The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) is the premier event of the Order of the Arrow, and is Scouting's second-largest national event. Over 10,000 Arrowmen from across our nation gather for an inspirational and unforgettable experience full of fellowship, training, adventure, and fun! During NOAC, Arrowmen will participate in a six-day conference that includes top notch training sessions, cool recreational opportunities, evening shows full of theatrics and special effects, and exciting programs. The adult contingent spots are filled. Adults can register to serve on staff at noac2015.org. We anticipate that a few youth spots may become available. Please email the NOAC adviser to register.
Contingent members need to attend the contingent meeting on June 28 at the Cockrell Service Center at 2:00 pm.
The OA troop/team representative is a youth serving his troop as the primary liaison to the troop’s lodge or chapter. He meets the unit’s needs by providing a communication and programmatic link to and from all Arrowmen, Scouts who are not presently members of the Order, and adult leaders. These efforts are meant to assist the unit and its members in achieving the mission of the Boy Scouts of America, and at the same time fulfilling the lodge’s role in the Strategic Plan of the Order of the Arrow of being an integral part of the council. By setting a good example, he will enhance the image of the Order as a service arm to his unit.The OA troop/team representatives and their adviser are encouraged to register with the lodge to receive important updates and information.
Native American Singing and Dance
The Order of the Arrow is rich with Native American culture. The Colonneh Lodge Native American Committee provides dance and singing instruction, from beginner to advanced levels. Arrowmen can learn the different dance styles, and receive help building their dance clothes. The committee meets the second and fourth Sunday of each month from 3:00 pm -5:00 pm at the VFW Post 8905, 21902 Northwest Frwy (290), Cypress, Texas 77429. Map
Boy Scouts who were elected into the Order of the Arrow by their troop must complete an Ordeal within one year, in order to become a member of Colonneh Lodge. Please keep in mind that weekends in the fall are full of football games, band competitions and other outside obligations, so please plan to attend one of the Ordeal earlier in the year, if possible. A candidate can only complete his Ordeal in our lodge.
2015 Lodge Officers
Pictured from left to right
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