Lodge Executive Committee (LEC) Meeting
October 4, 2015
Cockrell Scout Center
2:00 - 4:00 pm
The Lodge Executive Committee (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.
Colonneh Lodge attended the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference at Michigan State University. In the midst of the centennial celebration, National Chief Alex Call, stepped onto the stage and dared all 15,000 Arrowmen to take part in a movement that could change the world: #DareToDo.
Up to NOAC, the centennial had been about celebrating the first 100 years of the OA. In his remarks, Alex began a pivot to the future: “we must also plot the course of what we will do and what we will be in the future. When we leave here in the next couple days, we will leave with the responsibility of laying the foundation for our next century of service.”
Alex dared all in attendance to take part in the #DareToDo movement. Accepting the #DareToDo is simple: make a difference in the lives of others by doing one act of service, and posting about it on social media, every day for 100 days. Arrowmen post their act through a photo or post to their social media with the hash tag #DareToDo. All of the Arrowmen in our lodge are challenged to participate in #DareToDo, and to encourage all of their friends (Scouting and non) to accept the dare as well.
Acts do not need to be monumental – the dare is all about getting everyone doing small acts of service consistently.
DareToDo also has a website, dareto.do, as well as social accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram which will highlight some of the acts of service posted using the hashtag. The website also includes an interactive map to see the spread of the movement across the world. Arrowmen and their friends are encouraged to follow these accounts for inspiration, and to encourage others participating in #DareToDo.
September 1 - November 16, 2015
Once each year, a troop or team may hold a unit election to elect youth members of their troop or team to become members of the Order of the Arrow. Both youth and adult Scouts and Scouters can become members of the OA, but only youth members are elected. Assistant Scoutmasters under the age of 21 are considered youth members for OA purposes. New members are voted on by every youth member of the troop present at the election - not just the OA members.
Elections are normally held at a regular troop meeting, and take about half an hour to complete. In order for an election to be held, at least 50% of your active youth members must be present – if less than 50% are present, the election must be rescheduled.
The OA elections must be completed by the OA chapter election team with support of unit Arrowmen, OA troop/team representative and unit leader.
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Fall Pow Wow
November 6-8, 2015
OA Fall Pow Wow is Colonneh Lodge's premier event. It is a combination of sports, games, expos, shows, ceremony competitions, Native American crafts, Pow Wows, and so much more. OA Fall Pow Wow is held at Bovay Scout Ranch, and is three days of non-stop fun, food, fellowship and celebration. Don’t miss the annual Vigil call out following the Saturday evening show.
"As the symbol of our Order, the arrow has been fitly chosen. It must be straight, its point keen. Aimed high, its course is undeviating, its direction onward and upward."
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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
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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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