History of the Lodge - '80s

The Eighties

1980

Lodge Officers were:

Chief
Vice Chief
Recording Secretary
Treasurer
Lay Advisor

Staff Advisor

Mayes Howard
Unknown
Joey Conner
Unknown
Mr. Steve Howard
Mr. Grant Kitchens

Mr. Jack Hays

Griffin
Unknown
Griffin
Unknown
Griffin
Griffin

Griffin

It should be noted that Mr. Steve Howard served the Lodge almost two years as Lodge Advisor and was replaced due to other obligations by Mr. Grant Kitchens.

Lodge membership at the beginning of the year was 211. The dues of the lodge were $4.00 per year.

Dr. E. Urner Goodman, Founder of the Order of the Arrow, died in New York City on March 13, 1980. Born in 1881 he founded the Order in 1915.

The Pre-Conclave Fellowship was held at Camp Thunder on March 28-29. The cost of the event was $4.00.

The 1980 Area SE-5 Conclave was held at Camp Ben Hawkins, close to Byron, Ga., and was hosted by Echeconne Lodge #358. Ini- To was represented by a delegation of 42 arrowmen. The Conclave fee was $14.50. The Lodges group dance team placed second, while Mayes Howard placed first on solo dance and old time dance. Jim Tomberlin servw Area 5 as it's Chief. The patch can be viewed in Appendix C-I0, Conclave Patches. 

The Spring Ordeal was held June 6-7, with cost to Ordeal candidates at $10.00, Brotherhood candidates at $7.00, and attending arrowmen $5.00. 

Charter renewal forms completed by the end of the year 1980, indicated Ini-To Lodge registered 171 Ordeal members, of which 49 had been inducted during the preceding 12 months. Also listed were 72 Brotherhood and 29 Vigil members on the active roster. Of the 272 total members, there were 171 Scouts, 25 Explorers, and 76 Scouters. Twenty-four Ordeal members passed to Brotherhood, and the Vigil Honor was conferred on three Brotherhood members. Of the 67 troops in the Council, 43 had members eligible for election to the Order of the Arrow, and 40 of those 43 held elections. Two Ordeal inductions were held in 1980, during the months of June and September. 

The Ini-to Lodge Fall Ordeal and Fellowship were held on November 21-22 at Camp Thunder. The fee for the fellowship was $10.00, Ordeal Candidates, $7.00 for Brotherhood Candidates and $5.00 all other arrowmen.

Vigil Honorees were:

                   Mr. Carlton Colquitt                   Achpamsin              Hiker 
                  
Steve Sutton                                Wulamallessin        Happy One 
                  
Gabriel Kitchens                          Welapensit              Lucky One


1981

Lodge Officers were:

Chief
Vice Chief
Corresponding Secretary
Recording Secretary
Lay Advisor
Staff Advisor

Mayes Howard
Chris Avery
Steve Sutton
Mike Conner
Mr. Grant Kitchens
Mr. Jim Cabaniss

Griffin
Griffin
Griffin
Griffin
Griffin
Griffin

Lodge membership, as of the December 1980 Charter Renewal, was 272. The breakdown was as follows: 171 scouts, 25 explorers and 76 scouters -- 171 Ordeal, 72 Brotherhood, and 29 Vigil. Dues were $4.00 in 1981.

A pre-Conference meeting was held at Camp Thunder on April 3 - 5. The cost was $8.00, which included four meals and two cracker barrels. In addition to preparing for the upcoming Conclave, work on the swimming lake was done. Events for the conclave were practiced.

Webadkee Lodge #204 hosted its first and only Conclave at Camp Pine Mountairi, in West Point, Georgia. This Lodge was to be later absorbed by its neighboring Lodge, Chattaboocbee #204. This was the last Area 5 Conclave. The 1981 Conclave was held April 24-26. Ini-To reserved 40 slots; however, 47 youth and adults attended at a cost of $15.50 each. Our dance team placed first. A strong performance was turned in by Chief Mays Howard, placing first in Solo dance and second in both Old Time and Fancy dance. Jim Tomberlin served as Area SE-5 Chief for his second year in this position. All arrowmen were to bring their own tentage. Conclave patches cost $2.50, neckerchiefs $1.75, and mugs $2.00. The Lodge ordered 65 patches, 45 neckerchiefs and 45 mugs. This patch can be viewed in Appendix C-l 0, Conclave Patches.

National Order of the Arrow membership in May 1981 was 143,807 arrowmen.

The Spring Fellowship and Ordeal were held June 5-7. The cost to Ordeal and Brotherhood candidates was $13.00 and $11.00 respectively, with attending arrowmen paying $8.00. Dues were changed from $2.50 to $4.00 annually. This was the last spring election held, with term of office of only six months, until the Fall Fellowship.

Some 3,200 arrowmen, representing 350 lodges from across the nation, assembled at the University of Texas in Austin, on August 10 - 14. This periodic assemblage had become Scouting's second largest gathering, the National Order of the Arrow Conference, or NOAC. The fee was $135.00. The National Committee voted on a new award to be similar to the Distinguished Service Award and available to all Lodges. It was to be titled, "The Founder's Award," in honor of E. Urner Goodman and Carroll Edson.

An example of this NOAC patch can be viewed in Appendix D-3.

The Vigil Honor was, in the early years of the Order of the Arrow, very rare. By 1981, it was presented more frequently. With the growth of the Order of the Arrow over the years, many adults, chosen for the Vigil Honor as youth, stayed active in the Order of the Arrow. Others, both youth and adults, were chosen as well. As the ratio of Vigil stayed at two percent, Lodges continued to look for additional ways to recognize exceptional service to the Lodge over an extended time. The Founders Award limited the number to two per year, one youth and one adult. This aided in keeping the Founders Award in our Lodge to those truly deserving. This restricted award must be approved by the National Order of the Arrow Committee, through the national director. Recipients are presented with an engraved plaque, and are authorized to wear a special red arrow pin.

The make up Ordeal was held September 25-26. Cost for the fellowship was $6.00 to arrowmen, $11.00 for Brotherhood candidates. Mr. Bob Rickman was advertised as the cook in the Thunderhead.

The weekend of October 10 was the Fall Fellowship, and Mr. Tommie Lee was brought in as the new Lodge Lay Advisor, replacing Mr. Grant Kitchens, who had served the Lodge for four years. The Lodge held its first fall elections at this time with term of office one full year.

No Vigil Honors were bestowed in 1981.


1982

Lodge Officers were:

Chief
Vice Chief
Recording Secretary
Treasurer
Lay Advisor
Staff Advisor

Mayes Howard
Tim Cato
Mike Conner
Mike Conner
Mr. Tommie Lee
Mr. Jim Cabaniss

Griffin
Griffin
Griffin
Griffin
Griffin
Griffin

 

A pre-conclave was held March 26-27, at a cost of $5.50 to cover the meals and cracker barrel.

1982 was the fIrst for our Lodge in the new Section SE-4 alignment. It should be noted that even though the Conclave patch for this year states it is from the old Area SE-5 alignment, it was officially the first Section SE-4 Conclave patch. Alapaha Lodge # 545 hosted the event at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Georgia. It was held April 23 - 25, at a cost of $15.50 per delegate. Forty Ini-To arrowmen attended, and our Lodge won the Quest for the Golden Arrow. The cost on extra patches was $2.25 each, neckerchiefs were $2.00 and mugs were also $2.00 each. LaITY Mobley served as the first SE-4 Section Chief. The Conclave patch can be viewed in Appendix C-11, Conclave Patches.

As of May 25, 1982, National Order of the Arrow records showed 142,284 members.

Lodge membership stood at 190 arrowmen at year's beginning. This number consisted of 120 Ordeal, 46 Brotherhood, and 24 Vigil members. Apart from the Ordeal weekend, 133 man hours were worked by Lodge members at Camp Thunder. Dues were $4.00 per year.

The National Order of the Arrow held three National Leadership Seminars for the Southeast Region. One of the seminars was held June 11-12. Alan Cooper served as Southeast Region Chief.

The spring Ordeal was held June 11-13, at Camp Thunder. The cost for the weekend was $14.00 for the Ordeal Candidates, $13.20 for the arrowmen sealing their membership in the Brotherhood, and $8.00 for attending arrowmen.

Summer camp attendance was up from the 1981 camping season.

Lodge Chief Andrew Blake, Jr., Vice-Chief Foy Gilbert, Corresponding Secretary David Millican, Recording Secretary Jeff Cunfer and Advisor Tommie Lee attended the second annual SE-4 National Leadership Seminar at Valdosta State College in August 13-15.

The Fall Fellowship and Ordeal were held October 8-9 with a cost of $15.00 for Ordeal, $14.00 for Brotherhood and $8.00 for arrowmen. The Vigil Honoree for 1982 was:

                Mayes Howard             Lenape                Indian

National fees were raised to $.50 per member.


1983

Lodge Officers were:

Chief
Vice Chief
Recording Secretary
Corresponding Secretary
Lay Advisor
Staff Advisor

Andrew Blake, Jr.
Foy Gilbert
Jeff Cunfer
David Millican
Mr. Tommie Lee
Mr. Jim Cabaniss

Griffin
Barnesville
Griffin
Griffin
Griffin
Griffin

The Council of Chiefs meeting was held on December 4, 1982, and was attended by Chief Andrew Blake Jr. and Mr. Tommie Lee, Lodge Advisor.

In a February 4 Thunderhead, Chief Blake writes of the dates of the Camp Thunder pre-conclave, March 18-19, the 1982 conclave, the cost, the conclave extras that were ordered by the Lodge. Also mentioned were the tap-out at the council wide camporee, dues, and first mention of the Lodge to hold a Lodge Banquet sometime in December.

Dick UIm began serving Pine Mountain District as District Executive.

A pre-conference meeting was held the weekend of March 18 - 19. All meals and a cracker barrel were served for the $7.50 fee.

Order of the Arrow tap-outs were conducted at the Council-Wid  Camporee, held April 22-24, 1983, at Cherokee Rose in Spalding County.

At the 1983 registration, Lodge membership stood at 161 Ordeal, 91 Brothernood, and 24 Vigil members. The Ordeal brought another 90 arrowmen into the Lodge, boosting membership to an all time high of 251. Lodge dues were $4.00.

The Lodge, under the leadership of Chief Andrew Blake, Jr., received the South Eastern Region Standard Recognition Award.

This year brought the second Conclave for the newly aligned section SE-4. Immokalee Lodge #353 hosted the Conclave at Camp Osborn April 22-24. Forty-six Ini-To arrowmen attended at a cost of $15.50 ead1. Our dance team won the competition bringing Fred home. Fred was the Section SE-4 traveling award presented to the Lodge with the best dance team annually. Fred would remain in the possession of its winner, until the next Section SE-4 Conclave. Ini-To Lodge won the Camp Promotion Award, and also the Quest for the Golden Arrow. Our Lodge placed second in the SE-4 Recognition Award. Ini-To Lodge was responsible for the egg toss competition. Extra Conclave items ordered by Chief Blake were 15 patches at $2.50, 40 neckerchiefs at $2.25, and 40 mugs at $2.25. Mark Miller served the Section as its Chief at this Conclave. An Obligation Award patch was issued to those arrowmen who fulfilled the participation requirements. The Conclave patch can be viewed in Appendix C-ll, Conclave Patches. An Obligation Award patch was issued to those who fulfilled the participation requirements.

In the May 23 Thunderhead, mention was made by Chief Blake of the upcoming 1986 SE-4 Conclave to be hosted by Ini-To Lodge.

The membership of the Order of the Arrow nationally was 150,831 with 405 active Lodges involved.

The spring Ordeal and Fellowship were held June 10-11, at a cost to candidates of $15.50, $8.50 to attending arrowmen and $14.90 for Brotherhood candidates. The fee covered the cost of meals, dues, patch and sash. The $8.50 fee covered the Friday night cracker-barrel and three meals Saturday. Both youth and adults were asked to be elangomats. The election of Lodge Officers was held. Foy Gilbert became Lodge Chief on June 11, 1983.

On August 15, 1983, the 68th Anniversary NOAC took place at Rutgers University in New Jersey, with 3,328 arrowmen present. Mr. Fleming Weaver, from Gainesville, received the Distinguished Service Award as the Order of the Arrow SE-4 Advisor. The theme of the conference was "Those Who Choose You Need You". This NOAC patch can be viewed in Appendix D-3, NOAC Patches.

Octobet 21-23, saw the Fall Fellowship and Fall Ordeal at Camp Thunder. The cost to candidates was $13.00 and $9.00 to arrowmen in attendance. No Brotherhood candidates would be accepted until the following spring. Activities included a mini conclave with the following events: egg toss, com darts, tug-of-war, baton race relay, and triple relay. McIntosh Chapter placed first, and Towaliga a close second. All four chapters were represented, and a great time was had by all. The Calling Out for the 1983 Vigils was conducted after supper on Saturday night. Four of the Lodge's finest were called upon.

Vigil Honorees for 1983 were:

                Andrew Blake, Jr.                Tschitanissowagann                Capable One 
               
Mr. W. W. Smith                 Achowalogen                          Toiler 
               
Mr. Tommie Lee                   Leke                                      Loyal One 
               
Chris Avery                          Nachgundin                            Agreeable One

The Lodge held its first Banquet on December 3, 1983, at the First Presbyterian Church in Griffin. The cost was $5.00 per person. Larry Mobley, Section SE-4 Chief, from Echeconnee Lodge, was the guest speaker.


1984

Lodge Officers were:

Chief
Vice Chief
Secretary
Treasurer
Lay Advisor
Staff Advisor

 

 

 


1985

Lodge Officers were:

Chief
Vice Chief
Secretary
Treasurer
Lay Advisor
Staff Advisor

 

 

 


1986

Lodge Officers were:

Chief
Vice Chief
Vice Chief
Secretary
Treasurer
Lay Advisor
Staff Advisor

 

 

 


1988

Lodge Officers were:

Chief
Vice Chief
Secretary
Treasurer
Lay Advisor
Staff Advisor

 

 

 


1989

Lodge Officers were:

Chief
Vice Chief
Secretary
Treasurer
Lay Advisor
Staff Advisor

 

 

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Ini-To Lodge is composed of Order of the Arrow members who are registered

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We are located in central Georgia with our council office in Griffin.