Lodge Officers were:
Mr. Ray Howard
Mr. Tommy Fletcher (D)
membership was at 104 members.
January the 1970 National Order of the Arrow committee approved unanimously
the two year appointment of both the National Conference Chief and the
National Conference Vice Chief. This was to enable keeping the elected
national officers involved beyond their conference responsibilities.
Regions were encouraged to hold annual meetings, rather than every other
year, as they had done before. Secretary Boshea reported better than
Corie Glanton retired after three years as caretaker of Camp Thunder.
He was replaced by Mr. Jack Perry. Due to downsizing in the Council,
his position was phased out in the latter part of the year. January
saw Mr. Hoke Copeland leaving our Council to continue scouting in the
North West Georgia Council. Membership had grown during his tenure from
2000 to 4500. As of the time of writing this history, Mr. Copeland was
81 years old and lived in Canton, Georgia.
Tawa Dee Lodge #129 hosted the 6-D Conference at Bert Adams Scout Reservation
outside Covington, Georgia. During this April 21-23, event, Ini-To won
the dance team competition. Ini-To placed second in solo, first in costume,
first in old style, and second in fancy dance. Randy Fletcher was the
Deputy Chief in charge of "The Quest for the Golden Arrow".
Ini-To was in charge of the discussion group "Where to go Camping
and Publications" and of the flag raising ceremony. Tim Trotter
served as Area 6-D Chief. Champ Massey, of Egwa Tawa Dee #129, served
as 6-D Vice Chief and Bill Jones, of Ini-To #324, served as 6-D Secretary.
Additional items that could be pre-purchased were Conference mugs for
$.75 and neckerchiefs for $1.25. The patch can be viewed in Appendix
C-8, Conclave Patches.
May the National Order of the Arrow committee met in Atlanta, Georgia.
It was reported that 40% of Distinguished Service Awards were presented
to youth. Secretary Boshea reported 488 Lodges were active. The lower
figure was due to Lodge mergers. An estimated total membership of 350,000
from 386 Lodges had participated in area conferences.
June, the Army Corps of Engineers cut down the mountain to make way
for the main parking lot. A Friday, November 21, 1970, Call Out occurred
at the Ini-To Fall meeting. Nine arrowmen were tapped out for and received
the Vigil Honor November 22. The honorees were:
Mr. Thomas Fletcher (D)
Good Natured One
Stephen R. Howard
Mr. Elbert Stutts
summer edition of the Order of the Arrow National Bulletin reemphasized
that there was NOT any such thing as "honorary membership. "
in the fall were the quotas for the 1971 NOAC. There were: six delegates
from the smallest Lodges and sixty delegates from the largest Lodges.
Effective January 1, 1971, there would be no more Eagle bonus points,
First Class rank would be required again. The 18 to 21 year old troop
members would be elected as adults and the quota system would be eliminated;
however, 50% of troop votes would be required for election.
December 12, a 1971 Area 6-D Planning Conference was held in McDonough,
events totaled as followed:
Flag Pole Raising
Cross Country Race
Egwa Tawa Dee
|Mr. Ray Howard
|Mr. Tommy Fletcher
Lodge membership stood at 167. The Lodge purchased dining hall equipment,
tables and chairs with a donation to the Council of $1,000.
A Conference Planning Meeting was held at Camp Thunder on Sunday, January
31, from 2 PM to 5 PM. This was the second time our Lodge would host
an area conference.
Steve Howard, of Ini-To, was Area 6-D Chief in 1971. That
year, Ini-To Lodge #324 hosted the 6-D Conference at Camp Thunder, on
April 23-25. A map
of Camp Thunder in 1971 sh6ws the layout. The Conference was attended
by ten Lodges. There were 90 Ini-To Lodge arrowmen and 310 other arrowmen.
He was the fourth member of Ini-To Lodge to hold this office, with Tommy
Brisendine being the first in 1959, Chuck Brooks, the second in 1963
and Bill Jones, the third in 1969. Ini-To was first in th~ Quest for
the Golden Arrow, first iI1 group, solo and pow wow dance, and first
in Parade of Braves. oUr Lodge was also fIrst in the Scoggins Award
for Camp Promotion. The gym was used at 9:15 AM on April 24, by Egwa
Tawa Dee, #129, for a 15 minute camp promotion. At 1:15 PM the first
nomination for area officers took place also at the gym followed by
camp promotion by Immolakee #353 at 2:00 PM. At 7:00 PM the gym was
again used for camp promotion, this time by Waguli, #318, followed by
second nominations of area offIcers. At 10:00 PM to 10:30 PM a birthday
party took place at the gym compliments of Chattahoochee, #204 with
everyone invited. A meeting of Lodge Chiefs and Advisors convened in
the dining hall at 10:30 PM. An Area 6-D Conference Patch with a red
border was issued for the event. The patch can be viewed in Appendix
C-8, Conclave Patches. A mug and neckerchief also commemorated the 6-D
Tommy Fletcher left our Council as District Executive and the Lodge
as Staff Advisor to continue his scouting career in the Gulf Stream
Council in West Palm Beach, Florida.
marked the gathering of 5,112 arrowmen from across the nation, far east
and transatlantic for the 1971 NOAC. The National Conference was held
on the University of Illinois campus. Ini-To sent six delegates. They
were: Randy Piland, Victor Kitchens, Bill Jones, Steve Howard, Ron McCrary,
and Mr. Ira Harris Lay Advisor.
McKoon was the last recipient of the Chief's Medal on Saturday, November
20,1971. The Medal had been presented to every Chief of Ini-To starting
with Tommy Bresidine in 1959. Vigil Honor Call Out was held next, with
the honor being conferred on five members the next day. They were:
Ronald E. Cox
One Who Is Able
Mr. Perry Hinton
Mr. Ronald McCurry
Red Headed One
new Order of the Arrow Handbook was introduced at the National Council
meeting. The twelve regions were reduced to six. BSA could operate more
effectively with six regions grouped: Northeast, Southeast, East Central,
South Central and North Central and Western Areas. The twelve regions
of the past had been based on the Federal Reserve Regions of the federal
January 15 the Lodge held a work day. The back gate was rebuilt and
winterizing the dining hall was continued.
Thirty-two arrowmen attended.
membership had grown to a strong 204. The inside of the dining hall
was sealed off and painted. The winter cabin was repaired. Camp was
readied for summer camp. The Lodge also prepared a slide presentation
for camp promotion.
April 7-8, the Lodge conducted a Fellowship. Camp area was cleaned up.
A discussion of the upcoming Area 6-D conference was held.
theme for the 1972 Conference was "Aim High, Serve All". Ini-To
saw our Lodge still in command of the Area 6-D Conference with Randy
Piland as the Area Chief. This marked the fifth time since the area
alignment that an Area Chief had been selected from the Ini-To Lodge
membership. Serving as 6-D
Chief was T. Wayne Durden from Chattahoochee #204 and John Adams from
Edwa Tawa Dee #129, as 6-D Secretary. The Conference was hosted by Chattahoochee
Lodge #204, and held at Camp McKenzie near Columbus, Ga. and opened
with 417 arrowmen from around the area in attendance. IniTo had 40 arrowmen
in attendance. Ini- To was responsible for a discussion group on the
subject of Ecology and "The Quest for the Golden Arrow". The
patches and other Conference material pre-ordered for the conference
were delivered afterwards because of a transportation strike. This marked
the last of the 6-D Conferences. Ini-To received the Scoggins Award
for overall participation, placed third in the Quest of the Golden Arrow,
and first in group dance. Aubrey McKoon placed first and Ted Gibson
second in old style dance. Louie Greene placed fIrst in costume competition
The Conference patch can be viewed in Appendix C-8, Conclave Patches.
was the final conference for the Area 6-D alignment. After 19 years,
6-D ended. National Council dropped the Semilatchee Lodge #239. While
we lost brothers from there, we soon gained new brothers from around
the state of Georgia the following year.
June 23-24, a special Ordeal was held to allow candidates who missed
the winter Ordeal to participate. Thirty arrowmen and two candidates
were in attendance. The mess hall was completed. The cooking area was
cleaned and the dock repaired. A vote was taken for a Lodge neckerchief.
The neckerchief would have a patch on back. The idea was submitted by
Chief, Hugh Sullins was one of 36 arrowmen elected nationwide to serve
on the Youth Advisory Committee, in preparation for the 1973 National
the summer of 1972 the dining hall was named Howard Lodge, in tribute
to Lodge Advisor, Ray Howard.
August 25-26, an Ordeal was held at Camp Thunder with 47 candidates.
Eight arrowmen advanced to Brotherhood and six Vigils were selected.
The candidates repaired the spillway at the lake, started a septic tank
behind the mess hall, and cleaned out the spring at the council ring.
They reinforced the trail leading to site 2, and repaired the bridge
on the trail leading to site 7.
new slate of officers met on September 24. Discussion included the 1973
NOAC, that was to be held August 21-24 at the University of California
in Santa Barbara. It was decided we would send at least four Lodge OffIcers
and one Advisor.
Lodge held Vigil Calling Out October 25, 1972. Several individuals subsequently
received the honor in two ceremonies, one in October 1972, the other
on January 24, 1973. The 1972 Vigil honorees were:
Mr. Bob Rickman
Mr. Robert Cresson
Lodge Qfficers' meeting was held on December 9. Discussion included
the 1973 Area Conference. At that time, we were unsure if there would
be a conference, or where and when it would be held.
late December, 41 delegates met at Schiff Reservation planning the next
conference. Cliff Harmon of Oak Ridge, Tennessee was elected National
Chief, and Greg Guy of Austin, Texas was elected National Vice Chief.
The committee also approved a square knot for the Distinguished Service
Award. Also approved was a patch for the office of Chapter, Lodge and
||Dennis (Cat) Thomason
||Mr. Ray Howard
||Mr. David Allen
Luke Ellington was elected Deputy Chief of the Lodge at the September
23, 1972, election. Mr. Ray Howard created this position to be one of
Lodge Chief Elect. The Deputy Chief was to serve the following year
in training to take over the Lodge in the fall of 1973.
A Lodge Fellowship was held January 26-28. This meeting informed the Lodge
of the information learned at the December 9 meeting. An Ordeal and
Brotherhood ceremony were conducted.
Mr. Jack Hays came to the Flint River Council as the Scout Executive and
Supreme Chief of the Fire in March of 1973. Mr. David Allen was hired
as District Executive to Coweta County and McIntosh District only to
serve in that area for a short time. Mr. Bob Sommers replaced Mr. Allen
in that district when Mr. Allen was reassigned as District Executive
of Spalding County area and Lodge Staff Advisor in April. Mr. Bobby
Eubanks was employed as the sixth caretaker of Camp Thunder; He was
the first to have the title of Camp Ranger. Mr. David Allen replaced
Mr. Bob Cresson as Staff Advisor.
A make-up Ordeal was held June 15-17 for those who missed the January
26 Ordeal. The purpose was to get Camp Thunder read for summer camp.
The Ordeal was also used to clean up the area where the Camp Thunder
Gym had been destroyed by fire.
Lodge membership stood at 184. The Lodge provided a night program for
parents night at Camp Thunder. The Lodge also provided the money, materials,
and personnel to build a concrete block hot shower at the camp.
The 1973 Conclave was held April 27-29 and hosted by Egwa Tawa Dee #129,
at Bert Adams Scout Reservation. This was the first of nine conclaves
in the newly formed Area-5 alignment. The twelve Lodges that made up
the SE-5 were: Bobwhite #87, Torno Chi Chi #119, Egwa Tawa Dee #129,
Chattahoochee #204, Pithlako #229, Mowoso #243, Wehadkee #273, Wagoli
#318, Ini-To #324, Immokalee #353, Echeconne #358, and Alabama #545.
Ralph Fitch served as the first Area SE-5 Chief. Ini-To had the group
discussion of NOAC patches, mugs and neckerchiefs. The Ini-To Group
Dance Team placed first. The Solo dancer achieved second, costume first
and the Lodge placed first in powwow. The patch can be viewed in Appendix
C-9, Conclave Patches.
The National Order of the Arrow Committee met in Minneapolis on May 26.
National Secretary Boshea reported 138 Lodges had achieved the National
Standard Lodge. Greg Guy reported that the advisors patches approved
earlier, as well as the Distinguished Service Award, should be available
at NOAC. Upon the recommendation of the National Chief Harmon and National
Vice Chief Guy, the committee approved in principle the establishment
of the position Region Chief.
Mr. Corie Glanton former caretaker of Camp Thunder, from 1967 until 1970,
The 1973 NOAC was held at the University of California in Santa Barbara.
Attending aITowmen numbered 4,400 at the western conference during which
Order of the Arrow founder, Mr. E. Urner Goodman, again addressed the
group. Randy Piland, past Ini-To Chief, and Ed Hays attended as National
Committee members. The patch can be viewed in Appendix D-2, NOAC Patches.
E. Urner Goodman closed in what had become a NOAC tradition.
G. Kellock Hale the first National Committee Chairman and an early member
of Unami Lodge # 1 died on October 3, 1971. He was a member of the committee
for 33 years. His death created a huge void nationally. Hale had been
involved in the creation of our Lodge # 324 by having talks with John
Vantrease in 1945 about our Council forming a Lodge.
The first Lodge neckerchief patch was designed by a committee composed
of Mr. Bob Rickman and the Lodge officers. The neckerchief patch is
the P-l and was worn on a black neckerchief with a white border. The
suggestion for a neckerchief patch was made by Dale Carley.
A fall Ordeal was conducted on Saturday, October 12, 1973. The Call Out
was held for the 1973 Vigil Honors in our Lodge. The Vigil ended Sunday,
October 13. Those honored were:
||Mr. Ray Howard
||Mr. David Allen
Effective January I, 1974, the Order of the Arrow Committee became a sub-committee
of the BSA Scouting Committee. In line with BSA reorganization, the
committee approved the position of Region Chief. John Claerhout was
the National Director of Program.
E. Urner Goodman turned all of his mementos from the Brotherhood Barn
over to BSA Johnson Historical Museum since he was moving to Florida.
membership was 201 as of January 1, 1974.
Luke Ellington vacated the position of Lodge Chief in April when he entered
the Air Force. He was replaced by the Lodge Vice-Chief, Ed Hays.
During this year the Lodge re-roofed the staff cabin and began construction
of the council ring that had nothing but natural slope. The Lodge dug
and placed cinder block seats at the council ring.
The 1974 Conclave was hosted by Echeconne #358, and was held at Camp Ben
Hawkins, close to Macon, Georgia. At this annual event, the Ini-To Dance
Team placed first in group, solo, and Pow Wow dance, and second in
costume. In the Quest for the Golden Arrow the Lodge brought home second.
The patch can be viewed in Appendix C-9, Conclave Patches.
When the Committee met in April 1974, Secretary David Boshea (5 year National
Secretary) announced that he had been appointed to a new position effective
May 16 as National Field Representative in the East Central Region.
George Feil National Order of the Arrow Committee Chairman appointed
Tom McBride and Carl Marchell as vice chairmen.
Boshea reported 436 Lodges operating with 126 being National Standard
Lodges. The 1973 conclaves were attended by 11,000 arrowmen. The National
Order of the Arrow membership was 250,000 plus. In August the Order
of the Arrow would implement a $.20 additional charter fee, as well
as vigil fees and funds generated at NOAC, to pay the salary and fringe
benefits of the Order of the Arrow Executive Secretary.
The first Indian Seminar was held July 27 through August 11 at Philrnont.
There were 62 delegates from 27 states that learned from 27 Indian and
seven non-Indian instructors. Though not a large event, this Indian
Seminar reinforced the Order of the Arrow belief in the study of American
In August the Southeast Region met and discussed the possibility of a
Regional Bulletin on the same format of the Order of the Arrow National
In December the National Committee met at Schiff Reservation. The Order
of the Arrow elected Brad Haddock of Wichita, Kansas as National Chief
and Eddie Stumler of New Albany, Indiana as National Vice Chief. It
was agreed that the Order of the Arrow Handbook would be published with
a special cover for the 60th Anniversary. The section manual was ordered
to be changed to reflect recent region changes and to increase the amount
of money that could be carried forward to $200.00. A plastic Vigil Honor
'credit card' (ID) was approved for sale to raise funds for the museum
program. Dabney Kennedy and Ken Davis proposed a bicentennial individual
award to be worn on the sash. The concept was approved. There was discussion
of the Indian Seminar, which led to the approval of holding one every
The Philadelphia Camping Director, current and past chiefs approached
the committee concerning the status of Treasure Island Scout Camp. Because
the council had more modem camp facilities to use for long term camp,
Treasure Island was being retained as a short-term camp. The group discussed
with the national committee the possibility of some sort of support.
The committee decided not to formally provide funds since the Order
of the Arrow Trust Fund was just beginning to grow and there were already
plans for it. A letter in support of retaining Treasure Island was agreed
to and National Committee Chairman George Feil suggested that the BSA
Museum Committee be approached.
The Vigil Honor Calling Out was held on Saturday, October 28, 1974. Receiving
the Vigil Honor on the following Sunday were:
Mr. Taylor Kitchens
One Who Creates With Hands
1974 the Order of the Arrow began to direct its own finances.
Maurey Clancy, National Order of the Arrow committee member, Indian specialist,
died December 16, 1974, in Santa Fe, Texas. The committee would eventually
name the Indian Campership Fund after him to commemorate his devotion
to Native Americans.
Lodge Officers were:
||Mr. Taylor Kitchens
||Mr. David Allen
reported a membership of 191 on January 1, 1975.
The 1975 Conclave was hosted by the Chattahoochee Lodge #204 at Fort Benning,
Georgia. While at the Conclave, Chief Ed Hays was nominated and elected
to the office of Area-5 Secretary, L. Henry Turner as Area-5 Chief and
Glen Boarders as Area-5 Vice Chief. The patch can be viewed in Appendix
C-9, Conclave Patches.
National Order of the Arrow Committee met again in June 1975 in Chicago.
Arrowmen were reminded that genuine eagle feathers were now prohibited
by US law except for Native Americans. Region Chiefs were in place in
every region except the Northeast Region. The Committee formally designated
campership moneys as "The Maurey Clancy Memorial Campership Fund".
The theme for the 1975 NOAC was "Foundations for the Future".
It was held August 18-22, on the campus of Miami University in Oxford,
Ohio. Separate training sessions were offered to the adults at the NOAC.
Given the constant change in adult leadership for Lodges, the chance
to meet separately and discuss unique adult skills and problems that
would greatly increase the enthusiasm in adults in the Order. Some 4,200
arrowmen attended this meeting. Ini-To was represented by Chief Ed Hays,
Brian Upson, and Mr. Taylor Kitchens. The patch can be viewed in Appendix
D-2, NOAC Patches.
The 1975 NOAC was the beginning of attention to the use of the Order of
the Arrow's new regional structure. Regional Chiefs, chairmen and committees
were implemented to promote the conference, and to promote a method
of recruiting training discussion staff members. This had proved to
be a major problem to the Order in the past. The use of the regional
structure would certainly aid in solving the training problem. Carl
Marchell commented on the danger of Lodges losing identity and funds
during the merger of Councils. There had been many complaints regarding
the use of Lodge funds by the councils without prior approval of the
E. Urner Goodman, founder again delivered the closing remarks. He chose
"The Happy Wanderer" cautioning arrowmen to give priority
to camping, to Indian culture and especially to participate in the national
bicentennial. Emphasizing his theme of the past of the Order would serve
the individual arrowman and to influence them towards lives of personal
cheerful service. In referring to the verses of "The Happy Wanderer,"
Goodman reminded the arrowmen present that their “knapsack”
of life would be more meaningful to them if they put more into it. The
more you invest, the more you will gain. Reciting the verse of "the
greenwood tree," Goodman reminds us of nature and its importance
for all mankind. The verse of the clear sky reminds us to look up and
be mindful of our religious responsibilities. In the last verse we are
all invited to "come join my happy song," which should remind
us of our lifelong commitment to cheerful service in the brotherhood
The National Committee released the requirements for the newly designated
60th Anniversary bicentennial patch. The award was available to arrowmen
under 21 years of age and was to be worn on the lower section of the
sash. This patch can be viewed in Appendix G-l, National Emblems.
To qualify for the individual award, an arrowman must have completed
11 of 15 requirements. Requirements 1 and 3 or Section 1, requirement
1 of Section 2, and requirements 1 and 6 of Section 3 are mandatory.
Any requirements already completed by an individual arrowman, such as
religious emblems or Brotherhood membership in the Order, may be counted
toward obtaining this award. The requirements were:
1. Quest for Arrowman' s Personal Development
1. Advance one Scout progress award or Eagle palm
or as an Explorer (for Arrowmen over 18)
fulfill your responsibility to your unit for
a minimum of 6 months.
2. Promote the correct wearing of the uniform through
3. Seal your membership in the Order by obtaining
4. Complete a troop leader development course or
(if over 18) a Wood Badge course.
5. Deepen your spiritual commitment by earning the
Scout religious emblem of your faith.
2. Quest for Arrowmen's Bicentennial Involvement
1. Participate in your unit's bicentennial
program and earn the Heritage, Festival, or Horizons
award of the
Boy Scouts of America.
2. Earn the American Heritage merit badge. If over
18, you should complete the requirements
for the merit badge to the satisfaction of your local counselor, even
though you can not
actually receive it.
Participate in your chapter or Lodge bicentennial program.
Participate in your local bicentennial commission's program.
Quest for Arrowman's Unit, Lodge, and Council Involvement
1. Recruit one new youth or adult into Scouting.
2. Assist your unit in earning the National
3. Serve on a BSA summer camp staff.
4. Be responsible for signing up two Scouts
for long-term summer camp.
5. Participate in at least one of the criteria
numbered 3 through 8 in the National Standard
6. Participate in a camp promotion program
in your own unit.
Vigil Honor Calling Out was held on November 14, 1975, with the following
members passing to Vigil on Sunday
Mark A. Kitchens
||Mr. Taylor Kitchens
||Mr. David Allen
On January 9-11, the National and Regional chiefs and the National Chairman
met in Wichita, Kansas. The group agreed that a complete standard national
package for training the Lodge officers was needed. The event was to
be under the direction of the Region Chief. Lodge officers were to be
selected on an area or multi-area basis every two to three years. It
was thought it would take two years before writing the first National
Leadership Syllabus. Bob Bradshaw, editor of the Bulletin, offered to
pursue republication of a Lenni-Lenape dictionary, since its former
copyright had expired. It was agreed that Lodges would like to have
it available to use for Vigil Names and for reference. It was agreed
that, due to a change in the official BSA handshake, the Order would
retain the interlocking of two fmgers as its handshake.
The April-May issue of the National Bulletin mentioned the National Chief's
headdress. It was traced back to 1940 Grand Lodge meeting when Anicus
Lodge presented the National Order of the Arrow bonnet formerly worn
by its Chief Joe Brunton.
The Bicentennial Area 5 Conclave was hosted by Egwa Tawa Dee #129 at Bert
Adams Scout Reservation from April 22-24, 1976. The annual event posted
attendance of 720 arrowmen. Ini-To presented the Touch of the Heart
dance of the Sioux Nation. Ed Hays was nominated and elected to serve
as the upcoming Section Chief. He replaced L. Henry Turner, who had
served the past two years as Area 5 Chief. The Conclave patch can be
viewed in Appendix C-9, Conclave Patches.
The National Committee met in May and approved a new design for use as
an Order of the Arrow back patch. An example of the patch can be viewed
in Appendix G, under National Emblems on page? This patch was later
dubbed the MGM Indian. The Committee went on to discussions: stating
that in the not so distant past the BSA Comptroller had led to the recommendation
that Lodge funds in the BSA accounting system be designated 'custodial'
funds. Up to this time, councils had been allowed to treat Lodge funds
as activity funds. This meant that at the year's end, any funds remaining
were transferred into the council's general fund and lost to the Lodge.
With the custodial accounting system funds would remain property of
the Lodges from year to year.
In the membership area, the National Committee voted to restrict membership
to those who had an
affiliation with a scout troop. Youth members would have to be the rank
of First Class.
Randy Piland, past Lodge and Section Chief, Lodge Secretary, and National
NOAC Committee member, attended the SE Region Conference in Raleigh,
North Carolina, where some of the planning was done for the first National
Leadership Seminar. The seminar was the first training exercise for
the Region since the 1930's. Some 350 arrowmen attended from more than
of 53 lodges. All Lodges in the Southeast were invited.
National Order of the Arrow Committee met in October in Denver, Colorado.
Discussion at the National Conference was of a field test of the 'elangomat'
plan. The term 'elangomat' means friend. The Ceremonial Advisors Group
felt having assigned members (elangomats) to work with the candidates
during and after their Ordeal, would increase their understanding and
retention. It was also explained and agreed that Explorers could be
elected to the Order, but had to have earned first class rank.
National Records indicate only one Ini-To member was tapped at the October
1, 1976, Vigil ceremony. That individual was:
||Mr. Taylor Kitchens
||Mr. David Allen
Mr. Jim Howell
R.egistered Lodge membership was 221. The Lodge completed the amphitheater
started the previous year.
The Spring Order of the Arrow Fellowship and Ordeal were held June 10-12.
Fees were $10.00 for Ordeal candidates, $7.00 for Brotherhood candidates,
and $5.00 for other arrowmen. The Council Ring was completed.
Ed Hays, past Ini-To Chief, served as the Area 5 Chief in 1977. Ed was
the first and only arrowman of our lodge to hold this position in the
short nine year existence of the Area 5 alignment. Ini-To # 324 was
one of twelve Lodges in Area 5. The Conclave was held at Berry Academy
with Mr. Bill Downs, Order of the Arrow National Executive Secretary,
in attendance. Waguli # 318 was the host Lodge for the meet held on
the weekend of April 24. Ini- To placed third in the Quest and first
in Group Dance. The Lodge also did well in individual competition with
Mays Howard taking first in solo and old style dance, Brian Upson third
in old style, and Tommy Woodle third in regalia. The dance team consisted
of Brian Upson, Tommy Woodle, Mays Howard, Joey Conner, Butch Sutton,
and Jamie Harris. The patch can be viewed n Appendix C-9, Conclave Patches.
On August 1, 1977, Mr. Jim Howell came to the Flint River Council from
the Cherokee Area Council of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Eight delegates from our Lodge attended NOAC at the University of Tennessee
from August 23-27. They were Chief Brian Upson, Jim Thomasson, Mike
Slaton, Ken Lyles, Ed Hays, Randy Piland, Mr. Bobby Eubanks, and Mr.
Bob Rickman. Randy Piland and Ed Hays served on the NOAC staff. The
patch can be viewed in Appendix D-3, NOAC Patches. Goodman again closed
by providing a challenge to his brothers to leave the conference aware
of their ability to change the world for the better. Never forget, you
can guide the world in the direction you want.
National Chief Boswell and Vice Chief Burton announced their plan to focus
on the "key three" for attention and training. The Chief Advisor
and Staff Advisor were considered crucial components to a lodge's success.
A National Leadership Seminar (NLS) was announced as a national program
to be offered in the fall. Also, the Lodge Achievement Program was announced
to replace the National Standard Lodge effective for evaluation during
1978. The Bicentennial Award Program ended and was evaluated with 8,000
of the individual awards being presented. Nationwide only nine chapters
or Lodges received certificates for completing Special Services Plaques.
In October 1977, George Feil resigned as Chairman of the Order of the
Arrow Committee, after serving as Chairman for 18 years. George had
been on the committee since 1953. His replacement was to be Thomas G.
McBride, effective February 1, 1978. George's dedication to the Order
of the Arrow never wavered. He remained a member of the Committee until
his death in 1985.
On October I, 1977, the Vigil
Honor was bestowed on four Lodge members. They were:
Mr. Grant J. Kitchens
One Who Assists
Brian K. Upson
One Who Seeks
||Mr. Taylor Kitchens
||Mr. Jim Howell
January 6-8, National and Regional Chiefs and Vice Chiefs assembled
at the Air Force Academy. The NLS syllabus was finalized and sent to
press. Eventually nine NLS would be held in every region except North
Central. East Central Region held two, Western one, Northeast two, South
Central one, and Southeast three.
Lodge pre-conference was held on March 31 and April 1. National Secretary
Mr. Bill Downs reported 147,545 active registered arrowmen.
Lodge # 243 hosted the 1978 Area 5 Conclave at Rainey Mountain Scout
Reservation outside Athens, Georgia. The Conclave was held April 28-30,
with 50 delegates of Ini-To attending at a fee of $12.50 each. The registration
fee was due in the service center by February 1. The theme for the Conclave
was "Our Heritage is Service." Conclave extras included a
patch at $2.00, a mug at $1.50, and a neckerchief at $1.50. Ken Lyles
was elected Area-5 secretary. Jamie Harris of Griffin placed first in
old style, Mays Howard third in solo, and the team second in group dances.
The patch can be viewed in Appendix C-10, Conclave Patches.
Tom McBride led his first meeting of the National Order of the Arrow
Committee in Phoenix, Arizona in May. Present was co-founder Caroll
A. Edson. National Secretary Bill Downs reported 147,545 arrowmen registered.
Order of the Arrow workday was held May 13, at Camp Thunder, with the
Lodge feeding those arrowmen who participated.
Spring Ordeal was held on June 9-10. A letter was sent to the Lodge
membership, stating Lodge dues were due by June 9, or the non-paying
member would be dropped from the roles. Lodge elections were held with
the elected officers holding office from July 1, through September 30.
second Indian Seminar was held at Camp George Thomas, near Apache, Oklahoma
on August 13 19. There were 168 participants served by the forty staff
members. This was a well-planned event featuring dancing, singing, crafts,
drum making, food and games. Field trips to Pow Wows of nearby tribes,
museums and the Indian Exposition in Anadarka, Oklahoma were included.
Fall Fellowship was held September 29-30, at Camp Thunder, which includf'd
a make-up Ordeal for those candidates who could not attend the Spring
During October, the years Vigil Honors were conferred on:
Dr. William Scott, ill
One Who Cures
Jack Hays announced in, December, the appointment of Mr. Steve Howard
to serve as the Lodge Lay Advisor replacing Mr. Taylor Kitchens who
had served several years as our Lay Advisor.
Section Chiefs of the Order of the Arrow gathered for the NOAC planning
meeting on December 2730 at Colorado State University. Selected as
National Order of the Arrow Chief was Jeff Herman of St. James, New
||Mr. Steve Howard
||Mr. Jack Hays
membership was at 229.
first National Bulletin of 1979 spoke of the Ten Induction Principles.
The article spoke of the orders need to pay attention to the focus and
purpose of our Order. The eligibility of the Order must be by a unit's
election, and that both candidates and members must comply with the
ideal of the Order of the Arrow. More pointedly the importance to the
single person, the need of generosity and symbolic progression must
be emphasized. Finally, the author made the point to former Vigil Nominating
Committees in this Lodge, that, as long as an arrowman lives up to the
obligation of the Order, and is an active member of scouting, further
participation is desired but not required. Allowat Sakima said "Those
who choose you, need you." The arrowman's single most important
responsibility is to his unit.
Wylie of the National Order of the arrow Committee reported eleven NLS
scheduled for 1979 in every region except the North Central Region.
To date 354 Lodges and 1800 arrowmen have attended. Del Loder reported
the pre-Ordeal ceremony had been well received by Lodges. The Pre-Ordeal
had been available the past two years. The Committee voted to make the
pre-ordeal ceremony mandatory and to replace the current recognized
one. Plans for the 1980 Indian Seminar were made.
1979 Conclave was at Camp Linwood Hayne, close to Augusta, Georgia,
and was hosted by Bobwhite Lodge #87 on April 27-30. Fifty Ini-To arrowmen
attended at a cost of $15.00 each. The Bobwhite Lodge held Ini-To's
charter tap out some 34 years earlier. Ini-To member Ken Lyles served
as the Area 5 Secretary. Mugs and neckerchiefs were available at the
Conclave. The patch can be viewed in Appendix C-10, Conclave Patches.
Spring Ordeal was held June 8-9. The cost to Ordeal Candidates was $10.00,
and $8.50 for Brotherhood. Other arrowmen attending paid $6.00.
The 1979 NOAC was held in Fort Collins, Colorado, with 4,351 arrowmen
in attendance. The theme for the conference was "See the Need,
Meet the Challenge". This patch can be viewed in Appendix D-3,
A Fall Fellowship and make-up Ordeal were held November 9-10. The Vigil
Honors were also conferred on this weekend to:
Mr. Larry Gossett
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