Lodge History - 60's

The Sixties

1960

Lodge Officers were:

Chief
Vice Chief
Secretary/Treasurer
Lay Advisor
Staff Advisor

Jack Grubb                                            
Tom Harris
Jan Davis
Mr. Robert Langford
Mr. John Preston

Thomaston
Griffin
Newnan
Griffin
Thomaston

Mr. John Preston began as Professional Advisor, Chief of the Fire, and District Scout Executive of the Pine Mountain District. His Vigil name was Egwaunawe, which means, "Big Heart." (Mr. Preston was a Vigil when he came into the Lodge.)

A site for the Council Ring was found north of the gate cabin and the dining hall and near the main entrance of the camp near Dripping Rock Road. It was hoped the site would prove sufficient for the permanent Ordeal Ceremonial Ground. The spring Pow Wow was held May 13-14. This was the annual turnout to get Thunder ready for summer camp.

 On April 29, 1960, the Lodge bestowed the Vigil Honor upon two of its finest youth members, Tommy Brisendine and George Hanson. Tommy's Indian name was Uscheffeesy meaning, "Great Hunter", George's was Ookab, meaning, "White Peace Chief". This was on Friday of the Area 6-D Fellowship, which Waguli Lodge #318 hosted at Camp Sidney Dew, close to Rome, Georgia. David Pete served as the Area Chief and was from the host Lodge. Area Vice-Chief was Tommy Brisendine from Ini-To. An "Orientation of New Members" discussion group was lead by Ini-To Lodge Secretary, Gerry Bilbro. Gerry Bilbro served as typist and Jan Davis as artist at the Fellowship. This patch can be viewed in Appendix C-6, Conclave Patches.

Jack Grubb and Jan Davis were the principle "tappers" during an impressive weekly tap out at summer camp. Tom Harris did a fine job conducting Order of the Arrow elections and tap-outs.

 The fall meeting and Ordeal were held August 5-6. Arrowmen were asked to bring their own food for meals. Gerry Bilbro served as Ordeal Master. Five cabins were reserved for this ordeal/swim weekend. The new patches, later known as the S-1, had arrived at the Council Office. Changes had been made to the old emblem, which made it more attractive. Four hundred of the S-1 were produced at a cost of 25 cents to the Lodge, and were priced at 50 cents each with a limit of two patches per person. The S-1 was designed by Mr. Robert Langford, and can be viewed in Appendix E-9, Lodge Collection. The Lodge saw the addition of 25 Ordeal members, and 13 tenured Ordeal members sealed their membership and entered the Brotherhood. They were: Mr. W. C. Ayer, Robert Bennett, Steve Arnold, Chris Greer, Butch Lambert, Bruce Smith, Kerry Day, Tom Harris, Jerry Ayer, Roger Tarleton, Mr. J. L. Tarleton, Charles Head, and Danny Henderson. The ceremony was conducted by Tom Harris, Gerry Bilbro, Jim Vance and Tommy Brisendine.

 To acquaint scouters in our Council with the Order of the Arrow, the "Flint Sparks" Bulletin, of the Flint River Council, began publishing a series of five articles on the Order of the Arrow on October 15, 1960.

 The Winter Meeting was held on December 2-4, 1960 with the election of new Lodge Officers for the 1961 Lodge year taking place on Saturday, December 3.

 The number of active members at the close of the year was 96.


1961

Lodge Officers were:

Chief
Vice Chief
Secretary/Treasurer
Lay Advisor
Staff Advisor

Franklin Boyd
Jan Davis
Gerry Bilbro
Mr. Robert Langford
Mr. John Preston

Fayetteville
Newnan
Griffin
Griffin
Thomaston

Lodge dues were raised to $1.25 per year.

 A Lodge Officer's Training Course was successfully conducted with 10 officers and committee chairmen attending. The session began at on Friday, January 20 and lasted until 4:00 PM, Saturday, January 21. Three meals were served during the meeting at Russell's Restaurant in Griffin, at a cost of $3.50 per person. The course was held at the Civil Defense Center off Ga. Highway 41. The staff included Mr. Hoke Copeland, Mr. John Preston, Mr. Robert Langford, Jack Grubb, and Tommy Brisendine, Chairman of Lodge Officers Training Committee.

 Charter member, Mr. Dick Mauney, came back to the Lodge as an active member and Ceremonial Team Advisor. Dick was instrumental in designing the A-1 patch in 1949.  

A Lodge meeting was held at Camp Thunder, Saturday, March 18, from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM to hold competition for dancing. The winner would represent Ini-To in the "Parade of the Braves" at the April Area 6-D Conference.

 Immokalee Lodge #353 hosted the Area 6-D Conference at Camp Osborn, near Albany, Georgia, April 14-16. The cost per delegate was $5.50. A $2.50 reservation fee was due to the Albany council office on April 1. Sixteen Ini-To arrowmen attended. The delegates could attend three of the five discussion groups. Whit Smith of Lodge #129 Egwa Tawa Dee served as Area Chief. Jerry Ayer, of Barnesville, and Ini-To Lodge held a discussion of the Ordeal Ceremony and the Lodge’s part in the Ordeal. Chief Frank Boyd and Roby Price entered the "Parade of Braves." Frank Boyd placed first in the "Parade of Braves." Niles Bolton and Gerry Bilbro entered the archery contest. Those attending the Conference were; Niles Bolton, Chuck Brooks, Steve Arnold, Tommy Brisendine (Past Lodge Chief), Gerry Bilbro(Secretary), Wendell Massey, Tony Moye, Roby Price, Franklin Boyd (Lodge Chief), Carl Barrett, Chris Greer, Jerry Ayer, Mr. Robert Langford (Lay Advisor), Mr. W. M. Massey, Mr. George Hanson, and Staff Advisor, Mr. John Preston. This patch can be viewed in Appendix C-6, Conclave Patches.  

The Annual Fall Meeting, which was actually held August 18-19, 1961, marked an explosion in membership and unit elections, which represents a great leap forward in the history of the Lodge. Every Scout and Explorer unit in the Council was contacted, and over sixty-six of the units held open elections. As a result, the Lodge membership increased from an August 18 membership of 81 to 120 the next day. This was an all time high for the Lodge. Thirty-nine candidates continued work on the camp council ring, and the completion of the camp entrance gate.


1962

Lodge Officers were:

Chief
Vice Chief
Scribe
Corresponding Recorder
Lay Advisor
Staff Advisor

Chuck Brooks
Roby Price
Joe McLean
Sonny Deriso
Mr. Robert Langford
Mr. John Preston/Mr. Jerry Meyer

Griffin
Fayetteville
Griffin
Newnan
Griffin
Thomaston

Annual Lodge dues were $1.25

 The National Order of the Arrow Committee met again at LaSalle Hotel in Chicago. National Secretary Martin Mockford reported that four Lodges had failed to recharter in 1962, the six that failed to recharter a year earlier had rechartered in 1961, seventeen Councils still did not have Order of the Arrow Lodges, and Lodge numbers were up from 548 to 553.

 In a letter to candidates for Ordeal, Chief Chuck Brooks wrote: "Every person inducted into the Order of the Arrow participates in an 'Ordeal' and ceremonies, which are conducted in a serious and dignified manner, true to the Scouting tradition. All the procedures have a deep meaning... the induction is not a hazing or initiation. "

 A Lodge work week was set up for the week of Monday, June 11 through Saturday, June 16. Setting up camp was the rule of order for the week and that's just what was done. Tents were erected, clean-up accomplished and areas for scout craft skills and merit badge instruction prepared. The week, however, was not all work. Various recreational events, such as swimming, were held. By Friday, the camp was prepared, with Ordeal scheduled for the weekend. Friday evening saw the Pre-Ordeal Ceremony, with Saturday completing the Ordeal. Both Brotherhood and Ordeal Ceremonies were held Saturday night.

The following scouts took part in the ceremonies, which climaxed the weekend: 

For the Ordeal          For the Brotherhood
                Allowat Sacima     Sonny Deriso             Chuck Brooks
               
Meteu                     Joe McLean               Roby Price
               
Kitckinet                Van Phillips   
          Jan Davis
               
Nutiket                   Ronald While             Chris Greer

 The cost for the Ordeal was $4.00. The fees covered:
                             
Dues for remainder of year                $ .65

                      Sash                                       $1.00

                             
Lodge Patch                                         $ .50

                             
Handbook                                               $ .65 

                              Food                                                     $1.25

A small, but good dance team was formed. A commendable contribution was made at the Area 6-D Conference, held at Bert Adams Scout Reservation, by presenting the "Legend of Thundering Springs," on opening night. Ini-To was represented by Joe McLean, who was not only in the dance team competition, but also participated in the Parade of Braves. Joe McLean was also in charge of our Lodge's discussion group on "developing a Year Round Lodge Program." Some 20 arrowmen from Ini­-To attended the event held from April 6-8. The Conference patch can be viewed in Appendix C-7, Conclave Patches.

The Fall meeting was held November 23-24 at Camp Thunder. There was a 7:30 PM campfire Friday evening with the call out for 1962 Vigils, followed by the Pre-Ordeal Ceremony. Saturday saw the completion of the Ordeal, a Brotherhood Ceremony at 7:15 PM, and an Ordeal Ceremony at 8:15 PM. Fifty-five Ordeal members were inducted into the Lodge and 14 sealed their membership into the Brotherhood. Total Lodge membership at the year's end was 125. Work on the camp council ring and on the Order of the Arrow ring had progressed. A 5:30 PM supper was served at a cost of $.50. The 6:00 PM business meeting saw the election of new officers, presentation of a service medal to Mr. Robert Langford Lay Advisor for four years. Mr. George Hanson former Lodge Chief 1957-58 and one of the two original youth vigils became the new Lay Advisor.

 *Author's Note: The reader should understand that, as a young arrowman, I lived in College Park, Ga., and was a member of Egwa-Tawa-Dee Lodge # 129. The fear, that Ini-To struck in a young arrowmen's heart was mainly due to the instructional ability and the organizational skills of Mr. Robert Langford. As an adult arrowman, I admire him more for being able to instill that something extra in his arrowmen. His success as Lay Advisor is most evident to me as I read over the gathered notes of his Officers. The details and completeness of them say something about him.

 A Scoutmaster "Show-n-Do" was conducted at Camp Thunder that weekend. The Order of the Arrow looked at it as an opportunity to demonstrate to the Council wide scouters what our Lodge was about. Scouters were invited by the Lodge to the noon meal on Saturday, for $.50.

 The annual Lodge winter meeting was at Camp Thunder December 8-10. Lodge Chief Chuck Brooks served as Ordeal Master. A Brotherhood ceremony was conducted on Saturday night after the Ordeal ceremony. Cost for this meeting and Ordeal was $5.00 with the breakdown as follows:

               Dues                 $ 1.25
              
Sash                  $ 1.00
              
Handbook        $   .65
              
Flap                     $ .60
              
Misc.                   $ .25
              
Food                  $ 1.25

 The 1962 Vigil Honor Members were:

                Frank Boyd                         Lauchsoheen                       One who makes others happy
               
Chuck Brooks                    Tailachsin                              Faithful Leader
               
Wendell M. Massey         Ulacu Awanta                       Guide of the Young

 The planning meeting for the 1963 NOAC was held December 27-29, at the University of Illinois in Urbana. An agreement with Lutheran Missouri Synod had been reached on changes to the Order of the Arrow Vigil ceremonies. Dick McGee reported that an official invitation had been issued to hold the 50th anniversary NOAC in Philadelphia, using a camp setting for 5,000 in Fairmont Park. The concept was tentatively approved, pending further details and approval by BSA officials. Discussion of the age for officers of the Order of the Arrow was held. The first national policy statement was issued. It stated: "No Lodge, Area, or National Officers of the OA should be elected to office for a term that will last beyond their 21st birthday." The National Chief must be under 21 for his entire term of office. That is from December through NOAC the following summer. Robert B. Ellsperman of Lakewood, Colorado was elected National Order of the Arrow Chief, and Gerald R. McNellers of St. Paul, Minnesota became the first National Order of the Arrow Vice Chief.


1963

Lodge Officers were:

Chief
Vice Chief
Scribe
Recorder
Lay Advisor
Staff Advisor

Walter (Sonny) Deriso
Ralph Willoughby
Chuck Brooks      
Van Phillips
Mr. George Hanson
Mr. Jerry Meyer  

Newnan
Thomaston
Griffin
Hampton
Griffin
Griffin

Lodge dues were $1.25

 A Lodge meeting was conducted on Saturday, March 16, at 2:30 PM at the Civil Defense Center on Highway 41 in Griffin. The main topic of discussion there was the upcoming Area 6-D Conference in Tallahassee. Also discussed was the 1963 NOAC conference. A $5.00 NOAC reservation fee was due by July 1 with the $25.00 balance due by July 15. Our Lodge was allotted spaces for twelve youth and one adult.

 On Apri126-28, twenty arrowmen from Ini- To attended the 6-D Conference held at Silver Lake State Park, near Tallahassee, Florida. 'The events included dance team competition, solo dance competition, Parade of the Braves, and the Quest of the Golden Arrow. This quest consisted of several events including archery, track events, rope climb, "MO" skeet, swimming, tug-o-war, and a one mile cross country race, in which Ini- To took first place. Members of the cross-country team were Tony Johnson, Chuck Brooks, Henry Harrell, and Lewis Brewer. Lewis took first place in the 100-yard dash. Tony Johnson placed third in rope climb competition. Our dance team ranked third in the competition in their interpretation of the Devil Dance. Tommy Brisendine was one of the top contenders in the Parade of Braves costume competition. The costume was one of the best in the 6-D Area. Chuck Brooks defeated Bill Kennedy of Semilachee, by a 9 to 5 margin, for the position of Area Chief. Chuck was the second Ini-To member to attain this office and honor. Wayne Woodard of Immokalee Lodge was elected Area 6-D Vice Chief and Whit Smith of Egwa Tawa Dee was appointed Secretary by Area Chief Chuck Brooks. Those in attendance said it was the best 6.D conference ever. Chuck Brooks of Ini- To was elected Area 6-D Chief for the 1964 term. AI Sistrunk served the 1963 term as Area 6-D Conference Chief. The patch can be viewed in Appendix C-7, Conclave Patches.

 An Ordeal was held at Camp Thunder on June 14-15. The cost was $4.50

 On August 2-3, an Ordeal was held for youth and adults tapped out during the summer. The ceremony team consisted of: Allowat Sakima, Sonny Deriso; Metu, Ronald White; Kitckinet, Benjy Brewer; and Nutiket, Chris Greer.

 In August 20-24, Tommy Brisendine, Ini-To Lodge Chief in 1959, received the Distinguished Service Award at NOAC. Tommy was the first from our Lodge to receive this National Order of the Arrow honor, which was started in 1940. Nine other Ini-To Arrowmen attended NOAC with some 3,090 other arrowmen-from across the country attended the Conference held in Champaign, Illinois. The cost of the conference was $30.00 plus $5.00 for transportation. Attending were: Chris Greer, Chuck Brooks, Joe McLean, Sonny Deriso, Lodge Chief, Mr. Terry Avery, John Cecil, Ronald White, Jeff Anderson, Mr. Charles Henderson and Mr. Robert Langford. The theme for the conference was "Catch the Higher Vision". The '63 NOAC closed, as in the past, with Goodman's address to the Order. He suggested arrowmen be crazy about several things as the Order approached 50 years:

            -Be crazy about cheerful service
                -Be crazy about camping
                -Be crazy about our Indian Heritage
                -Be crazy about Brotherhood

"Well, my brothers, we have in our possession another genuine treasure, the scout ideals. The treasure has to be opened up, especially in camps. And perhaps if we do not open it up to those brother scouts and scout units that have not themselves opened it up completely, the sign of the Good Turn done cheerfully, the glow of the campfire, the glory of our Indian heritage and the Warm iridescence of true Brotherhood will show forth to them..." The National Order of the Arrow Committee met just after Goodman's closing. Dick McGee offered the following suggestions for the upcoming 50th Anniversary:

                -A national service project 
                -An achievement project for arrowmen
               
-Conference to emphasize history 
               
-Anniversary week in July for Lodges to carryout observations
               
-Area Conferences with special projects and emphasis on traditions
                -Ceremonies at Treasure Island jointly with Unami Lodge
                -A national service project
                -Conference to emphasize history

This NOAC patch can be viewed in Appendix D-2

Four more Arrowmen received the Vigil Honor November 22:

                Mr. Terry Avery                                Awullsu                                 Good One
               
Mr. J. L. Tarleton                               Wischiki                                Busy One
               
Walter (Sonny) Deriso                     Wechasin                              Happy One


1964

Lodge Officers were:

Chief
Vice Chief
Corresponding Secretary
Recorder/Treasurer
Lay Advisor
Staff Advisor

Ronald White
Van Phillips
Charles Cunard
Butch Lambert
Mr. George Hanson
Mr. Jerry Meyer  

Griffin
Hampton
Griffin
Griffin
Griffin
Griffin

A 6-D Planning Conference was held December 7-8, at Bert Adams.

 A Fellowship workday was held on Saturday, January 25. The 1964 officers were installed. Annual dues were maintained at $1.25. Dues were payable to Butch Lambert Recorder, by March 1, or arrowmen would be dropped from the books. Patches were limited to two per life. This was done to increase their value. One patch was issued upon completion of the Ordeal and the second when the arrowmen became Brotherhood. This ruling went into effect January 1, 1964. A tree-planting project was completed before the meeting. Heavy recruiting, organized by Vice Chief Van Phillips, was done for our Lodge dance team' and both ceremonial teams. This was in preparation for the upcoming Area 6-D Conference, to be held at Bert Adams Scout Reservation.

 The National Order of the Arrow Committee met in February at the Sheraton Jefferson Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri. Dick McGee reported on the 50th Anniversary celebration, on activities, and suggested participation of individual, Lodge, area and national levels. The recommendations were approved in principle, with specific activities to be decided later. Ray Petits suggested the "Guide for Ceremonial Teams". Also suggested was that BSA National prepare the manuscript for publication and distribution at the 1%5 conference. E. Umer Goodman marveled over the growth of the Order, from the small beginning in 1915 to over 500,000 inducted in 520 Lodges. Mockford stated that only seven councils did not have Lodges, and three were expected to charter in 1965. Membership had jumped to 220,858 in 1964, an increase of more than 7,000, with approximately 62,000 new members during the year. Membership ratio was: 54% Boy Scouts; 24% Explorers; and 23% Scouters.

 In an April 8 letter to arrowmen, Lay Advisor, Mr. George Hanson gave the details on cost and transportation to the conclave. Twenty delegates represented our Lodge at the 6-D Conference at Bert Adams Scout Reservation, outside Covington, Georgia. In attendance was Order of the Arrow Founder, E. Umer Goodman. Cost for the statewide meeting was $6.50 for the weekend of April 24-26. Chuck Brooks was the 6-D atief for the year. Chuck was responsible for the attendance of E. Urner Goodman through his issuance of the invitation to that distinguished gentleman. Ini- To was in charge of the Following: The discussion group on camp promotions, the workshop on beadwork and the dance team competition on Saturday night. The Lodge quota was set at 40 arrowmen. The patch can be viewed in Appendix C-7, Conclave Patches.

 The fall meeting of the Lodge was held November 20-21. Cost of the Ordeal was $4.00, which covered a sash, handbook, Lodge patch, one year dues and meals. The Pre-Ordeal ceremony began the weekend on Friday evening with the conclusion of the Ordeal on Saturday. Brothedlood and Ordeal ceremonies were held on Saturday night. Ceremonial teams were as follows:

                                                                Ordeal                                    Brotherhood
               
Allowat Sakima                    John Cecil                               Charles Cunard
               
Meteu                                    Wesley McPetecs                 Ronald White
               
Nutiket                                   Jim Powers                             McLean Tippins
               
Kitchkinet                             Benjy Brewer                          Dwayne Conkle

There was a Vigil Call Out that evening in which our Lodge honored three of our members:

                Charles Cunard                   Tgauchsin                             Friendly One
                Jimmy Massey                    Wulelendam                          Joyful One
                Murphy Massey                 Lilchpin                                 Diligent One

During 1964, the National Committee worked toward the 50th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow. Founder, E. Umer Goodman was said to be joyous on the growth of the Order of the Arrow over 50 years, with a national count of over 520 Lodges and membership of over 220,858. Only seven councils nationally did not have Order of the Arrow Lodges.

The National Committee had also drawn up requirements for an individual recognition award to be earned and worn on the upper portion of the sash, by members under the age of 21. It had five requirements and was in honor of the upcoming 50th anniversary.

 The National Order of the Arrow Committee met December 28-30 at Indiana University. The National Conference Chief was Michael S. Costello from Evansville, Indiana, and National Vice Chief was Earl C. Davis from Eureka, California.


1965

Lodge Officers were:

Chief
Vice Chief
Secretary
Treasurer
Lay Advisor
Staff Advisor

Jim Powers
Ronald White
John Cecil
Ben Brewer
Mr. W. Terry Avery
Mr. Jerry Meyers

Griffin
Griffin
Griffin
Griffin
Griffin
Griffin

An Order of the Arrow workday was held Saturday. February 27. Participants cleared trees at Camp Thunder for additional campsites.

Lodge dues were held at $1.25 per year.

 Waguli Lodge #318 hosted the 6-D Conference's 50th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow at Camp Sidney Dew April 23-25. A $6.50 fee was charged for the event. In attendance, for the second year in a row, was Founder, Mr. E. Umer Goodman. Bill Kennedy, from neighboring Egwa Tawa Dee #129 Lodge, served ~ Conference Chief. An example of the Conference patch can be viewed at Appendix C-7, Conclave Patches.

 A 50th Anniversary award, in the form of a special emblem to be worn on the Order of the Arrow Sash, was provided for each Arrowman who fulfilled the requirements listed below during 1965, and had his work certified by his unit leader and approved by his Lodge or Chapter Advisor. The award was limited to members under 21 years of age. The emblem was to be worn 1/2" above the upper brotherhood bar or 1/2" above the arrowhead on the Ordeal sash. This award can be viewed in Appendix G-1, under National Awards.

 Requirements:      

1. Maintain active interest in your own unit and in the Order of the Arrow; be properly registered with your unit and   have your Order of the Arrow dues paid.

2. Attend at least one long-term camp or super activity with your unit (6 days and nights for Boy  Scouts; 5 days and nights for Explorers).

3. Participate in at least one council approved Order of the Arrow service project and give 6 or more hours of cheerful service.  

4. Advance one rank in Scouting, i.e., First Class to Star, Star to Life, Life to Eagle, Eagle to one Eagle Palm. Explorers participate in the unit's specialty or activity program. Explorers may, if they wish, earn five or more merit badges.

5. Recruit, train, and follow through to see that one new boy becomes a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, or an Explorer. (This requirement must be certified by the new boy's unit leader.)  

  Each Lodge that accomplished the following requirements was presented with a 50th Anniversary Award plaque:

1.  The Lodge charter was renewed on or before January 31, 1965.

2.  The Lodge will hold a fellowship meeting sometime during the year with attendance of 50 percent or more of its youth membership. This meeting could be held on a chapter basis if desired. The meeting could be in the form of a reunion at camp, a special camp out, a Lodge banquet, or a service project. During this meeting, the Lodge will hold a special observance of the 50th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow. (Suggestions for such a ceremony can be found elsewhere in this bulletin.)

3. The Lodge will make a significant improvement at the council camp, such as construction of a chapel, campfire area, rifle range, waterfront improvement, suitable conservation project, or any other service project that is needed by the council and approved by the council camping and activities committee.

4. The Lodge will have delegates in attendance at the 50th Anniversary area fellowship training conference if such a conference is held in the service area.

During 1965, Hiawassee Lodge #333 merged into Chattahoochee Lodge #204. This brought the 6-D Conference area from 10 Lodges to 9 Lodges.

On June 12, some 400 arrowmen from various parts of the nation assembled at Treasure Island, Pa. The purpose was to dedicate a plaque to commemorate the Orders 50 years of service at the site of the first Ordeal ceremony. The dedication took place during the 3-A Conference, that was held June 11-13.

On August 13-14, the Ordeal was held at a cost of $4.50 per candidate. On Saturday, August 14, a Brotherhood ceremony was held after the Ordeal ceremony was over. Cost of the Brotherhood was $1.00 for the new sash, plus the cost of the new patch, $.60. If you wanted to eat dinner that night, the cost was $0.50.

Some 4,237 arrowmen assembled for the 1965 NOAC held at Indiana University. The cost was $32.00. On Friday, August 27, Founder E. Umer Goodman attended the NOAC and ended' his address saying, "You were selected as pacesetters in cheerful service." "The secret of a happy life is cheerful service," he continued, "and arrowmen must carry the Order through the next fifty years. A tradition of the Order upon which I want to comment is the tradition of the 'worth of the individual'. Every one of us counts." Goodman spoke of a poem by Robert Lewis Stevenson "Where Go The Boats". The poem spoke of boats set out on a river by children and where they would come to shore. The answer was in the final stanza:  

 

"Away down the river

A hundred miles or more

Other little children

Will bring my boats to shore. "

In conclusion, Goodman stated, "And you, my brothers, will bring my boats to shore. God bless you." The patch can be viewed in Appendix D-2, NOAC Patches.

The second Ordeal of the year was December 14-15. Cost was $4.50 to cover dues, Lodge patch, sash, handbook, and Ordeal food. Saturday supper was an additional $0.75 to other arrowmen in attendance. The Ordeal Master was Jim Powers. Lodge Officer elections took place on Saturday morning.

No Vigil Honors were awarded in 1965.


1966

Lodge Officers were:

Chief
Vice Chief
Rec. Secretary
Corresponding Secretary
Lay Advisor
Staff Advisor

Randy McCrary                
Jim Powers
Brent Jorgeson
David Mixon
Mr. W. Terry Avery
Mr. Jerry Meyer

Thomaston
Griffin
Thomaston
Thomaston
Griffin
Griffin

Secretary Martin Mockford wrote in a January 1966 memo to his boss Russ Turner that during his seven years on the job the Order of the Arrow and grown from 144,000 to 225,000. The 50th Anniversary award had been awarded to 26,576 arrowmen.

The Area 6-D Conference was held at Camp McKenzie, April 22-24, and was hosted by Chattahoochee Lodge #204. Although 30 spaces were allocated, only 17 youth and 7 adults attended the conference at $5.00 each. The first 6-D Conference neckerchief was issued at this conference. Bill Kennedy of Egwa Tawa Dee Lodge #129 served as Conference Chief for a second year. Ini-To held a group discussion of "Membership in the Lodge". Paul Cureton was the 1966 Area 6-D Secretary. The Conference patch can be viewed on Appendix C-7, Conclave Patches.

The National Order of the Arrow Committee met May 21, 1966, at the Statler Hilton Hotel in Dallas, Texas. A new listing showed 17,000 vigil cards had been processed through the BSA IBM department. The List produced an lphabetical listing of members inducted by name and Lodge. Robert F. Szczys (Stish), of Bottrnean, North Dakota was elected National Conference Chief, and Mark Samios, of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, was elected National Vice Chief.

In June, the announcement came that Mr. Tommy Fletcher would be the new Staff Advisor. Mr. Fletcher would serve as the Butts, Fayette, and Henry District Executive. Mr. Fletcher had been active in the Council as a volunteer since 1959. Mr. Charles Henderson also came on board at this time as the District Executive to the Pine Mountain District.

The Fall Ordeal was held the weekend of September 9-10. More youth were in attendance at this Ordeal than ever before. Work consisted of cutting down and removing trees affected by the Pine Bark Beetle. Other arrowmen cleaned the gym and mortared up rocks in the council ring wall.

The winter Ordeal and business meeting were held December 2-3. In addition to normal Lodge business and the lection of the 1967 Lodge officers, the lodge moved to form chapters. Mr. Terry Avery announced his leaving the Lodge as Lay Advisor due to business in St. Louis, Missouri and his upcoming marriage. For his leadership to the Lodge, Mr. Avery was presented with a plaque. Regarding his planned mid-March wedding, he was warned to beware the ides of March. Randy McCrary was presented the Lodge Chief's Medal.

The new Chapter Chiefs announced were:

Jim Powers                 Spalding
Mike Gatlin                 Pine Mountain
Charlie Newman         Coweta.

Five arrowmen received the Vigil Honor:

Newton Crouch, Jr.                     Awullsittamuwi        Obedient One
Mr. Charles Henderson, Jr.        Achowelendam        Deep Thinker
Randy McCrary                           Nachgundin              Agreeable One
Jim Powers                                   Klamachpin               Quiet One
Andrew Ford                               Tgauschin                 Good Natured One

An Area 6-D Planning Conference was held on Saturday, December 10, 1966, at the Holiday Inn at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia, to organize the April 1967 Conference. Ini-To was allotted 22 spaces and was in charge of the Rope Throw. Cost was $6.00 with a $3.00 reservation fee due March 16, 1967.


1967

Lodge Officers were:

Chief
Vice Chief
Rec. Secretary
Corr. Secretary
Lay Advisor
Staff Advisor

Brent Jorgeson
Jim Powers
Newton Crouch Jr.
Ralph Jones
Mr. W. Terry Avery
Mr. Tommy Fletcher (D)

Thomaston
Griffin
Griffin
Thomaston
Newnan
Brooks

An Order of the Arrow Lodge practice day for the upcoming 6-D Conference was held, February 27. In order to devote as much time as possible to practice, arrowmen were asked to bring sack lunches.

The spring edition of the Order of the Arrow National Bulletin announced a $32.00 per delegate fee for NOAC. A quota system was announced with seven delegates from the smallest Lodges up to seventy delegates from the largest Lodges.

Mr. Tallman O. Riggins died. He had served as caretaker of Camp Thunder from 1949 until 1967. Mr. Corie Glanton became caretaker.

Immokalee Lodge #353 served as host of the 6-D Conference held at Camp Osborne outside Albany, Georgia. The cost was $6.00. Randy McCrary served as the Area 6-D Secretary. Twenty-two slots for the April 21 - 23 conference were allocated to our Lodge. Ini-To did Scrap Book Lodge Competition and rope throw. Bob Kinsaul, of Lodge #239, was Area 6-D Chief. Gordon Reyher, from Immokalee Lodge #353, was Area 6-D Vice Chief. The patch can be viewed in Appendix C-7, Conclave Patches.

Saturday, April 29, was a Lodge service day to Camp Thunder. Arrowmen were asked to bring post hole diggers and a strong back. Lunch was provided by the Council.

An Ordeal' was held the of April 25-26 with a candidate fee of $5.00.

The 52nd NOAC was attended by 401 Lodges with the theme being "With Hearts and Wills United".

It was held at the University of Nebraska from August 28 through September 1. Delegates numbering 4,158 attended the conference. In his 52 years in the Order, Goodman closed the 1967 NOAC by urging Arrowmen present to "find that high purpose for which you were born and then dedicate yourself to it--­and may God help you in your quest." National Secretary Martin Mockford reported that national membership was approximately 245,000. The patch can be viewed in Appendix D-2, NOAC Patches.

A November 1967 Calling Out was held, and three Ini-To members were selected to the Vigil Honor.   They were:

                  Mr. Ira Harris                  Witawematpanni      One Who Aids
                 
Ralph Jones                    Wischiki                    Busy One
                 
Brent Jorgeson               Gunaquot                  Tall One

The winter Ordeal and business meeting were held December 8-9. Fees for the candidate were $5.00, which covered the sash, book, flap, food, and one year's dues. Those arrowmen wishing to seal their membership in the Order could do so at a cost of $5.00. Arrowmen attending were charged $4.00 for meals and dues. The weekend saw 42 arrowmen in attendance, seven inducted into the Order, and nine sealed their membership to Brotherhood.


1968

Lodge Officers were:

Chief
Vice Chief
Rec. Secretary
Corr. Secretary
Lay Advisor
Staff Advisor

Ralph Jones
Charlie Newman
Randy Piland
Bill Jones
Mr. Ira Harris
Mr. Tommy Fletcher (D)

Griffin
Newnan
Griffin
Griffin
Fayetteville
Brooks

Order of the Arrow membership had grown to 259,000 in 1968.

The Lodge held a pre-conference practice day March 16, to better prepare for the Apri16-D Conference. A $1.00 fee for meals was charged.

From April 19 - 20, Semilachee Lodge #239 hosted the 6-D Conference at Wallwood Scout Reservation near Tallahassee, Florida. The conference fee was $5.50. Bill Boone was the Area Chief. In attendance was Order of the Arrow founder, E. Urner Goodman and the National Order of the Arrow Secretary, Mr. Martin Mockford. The Lodge committed to the purchase of 24 conference neckerchiefs. Eighteen youths and two adults represented Ini-To. The patch can be viewed in Appendix C-7, Conclave Patches.

A Spring Ordeal was held June 21-22. A $5.00 candidate fee was charged, which covered the handbook, sash, lodge flap, food, and one year's dues. Arrowmen in attendance were charged $2.50 for food and dues.

A second Ordeal was held August 9-10. Fees were the same as the earlier Ordeal, with the exception of a $4.00 Brotherhood fee.

In December the Order of the Arrow National Committee met. Thomas E. Fielder from Paducah, Kentucky was National Conference Chief and Philip L. Chabot from Bel Air, Maryland as National Vice Chief. National Secretary Martin Mockford left the position after nearly ten years (February 1959 to October 1968), and was replaced by David J. Boshea.

No Vigil Honors were bestowed in 1968.


1969

Lodge Officers were:

Chief
Vice Chief
Rec. Secretary
Corr. Secretary
Lay Advisor
Staff Advisor

Steve Howard
Randy Piland
Victor Lee Kitchens
Bill Smith
Mr. Ira Harris
Mr. Tommy Fletcher (D

Experiment
Griffin
Griffin
Griffin
Fayetteville
Brooks

Lodge dues in 1969 were $1.25 per year. Brotherhood requirements now required all new Ordeal members be given a copy of the Brotherhood questions. Also, the Brotherhood candidate was required to submit a written statement regarding his rededication to the principle of cheerful service to his fellowman. The quota of Vigil honors related to elections changed to a ratio of 1:50.

 National Secretary David Boshea reported that, in May 1967, there were 211,000 arrowmen in the Order in 471 Lodges. There were only three Lodges nationwide that earned the National Standard Lodge (NSL) accomplishment. This was largely due to the 50% Brotherhood requirement. The "Where to go Camping" requirement seemed to be a major stumbling block for many Lodges. Only 181 Lodges completed that requirement.

No Area 6-D Conference was held in 1969. A planning and training meeting was held at Jekyll Island, Georgia. Bill Jones, of Ini-To, served as the Area Chief. Dave Boshea, National Order of the Arrow Executive Secretary, attended along with representation from some Florida Lodges. The Conference patch can be viewed on the back of this book. Look again!

The 1969 NOAC was held in Bloomington, Indiana, home of the University of Indiana, with 4421 arrowmen in attendance. The conference ran from Saturday, August 23, through Tuesday, August 26. Mr. E. Urner Goodman was on hand for the 1969 conference. The first Order of the Arrow Training Manual appeared at the 1969 NOAC. The patch can be viewed in Appendix D-2, NOAC Patches.

Order of the Arrow Chairman George Feil announced the establishment of the E. Urner Goodman Camp Award. "Each lodge shall strive to:

-         Serve the nation through participation, involvement, and creation of local lodge programs and provide opportunities to serve the inner-city and underprivileged;  

-         Promote, support, and achieve the goals of the "Boypower-Arrowpower" program;

-          Increase the number of Arrowmen voluntarily sealing the bond in the Order by attaining Brotherhood membership;

-         Promote leadership and participation among young members;

-         Hold an annual lodge and chapter officers 1 training conference and attempt" to have 100 percent trained leaders;

-         Complete significant improvements in every council camp;

-         Do its share to achieve representation of every lodge in our 56th anniversary conference in 1971;

-         Promote professional Scouting as a career;

-         Maintain a camping promotion committee for the purpose of helping to carry out the council camping program plan, emphasizing camping promotion through close cooperation with council and district camping committees, providing an up-to-date "Where to Go Camping" booklet, and highlighting the responsibility of each individual Arrowman to lead his own unit to camp and earn its National Camping Award."

The Caretakers cabin burned at Camp Thunder in the fall of 1969. The cabin had been still in use, and was in good condition. It was located in the general area across the dirt road from the well, located to the front right side of the present dinning hall.

The F-3 patch incorporating the chapter totems was issued in 1969. 

Seven Vigil Honor candidates were recognized at the December 5, calling out:       

Mr. Jerry Ayer                        Takachsin              Leader
                Mr. Ray V. Howard                Wetochwink         One Who is a Father
               
Bill Jones                                 Chaos                     Elder Brother
               
Mr. Rudolph R. Lucas           Wischimuiu           One Who Flies
               
Charles Newman                    Wischixin               Active One
               
Randy "Rat" Piland                Damaskus             Muskrat
               
Dwain Smith                            Awullsu                 Pretty One

 A 6-D planning conference was held, December 15, 1969, at Callaway Gardens for the upcoming April Conference. Tom Trotter served as the Area Chief. A $6.50 deposit was due to the host lodge by, April 10, to hold the available slots. Note this was the first year the entire fee was due up front. Ini-To was allotted 50 spaces.


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The Flint River Council

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

Scouts and Scouters in the Flint River Council.

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