lh_materialsSeveral days ago, the Lodge made the first purchases of Longhouse building materials! At right is some of the Western Red Cedar and Yellow Cedar that will be used for indoor fixtures in the new building. With construction beginning soon, we'll be providing frequent updates on progress in the months ahead.

Your continued support makes this project possible. Don't forget that a donor has come forward to match every dollar donated, up to $100,000! Suddenly, your $25 becomes $50! It's that easy. Please give today and take advantage of this generous matching grant.

Click here to donate!

 

noac_web-banner-1The 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) will be one of your most memorable Scouting experiences. NOAC 2012 will be held at Michigan State University from July 29th through August 4, 2012 and is projected to be one of the largest in the Order's history with more than 8,000 Arrowmen in attendance.

The last day to sign up is February 22nd!

NOAC will feature a number of unique events, including national competitions for ceremonies, drum, and dance; evening shows; the OA history museum; and awesome recreation competitions such as soccer, basketball, and ultimate Frisbee.. Highlights such as the Founder's Day festivities including the Foudner's Day Parade, the Grand Hodag, and the inter-Region dodge ball battle are some of the exciting events at NOAC.

Arrowmen can participate in service projects, high adventure opportunities, leadership training, American Indian Activities training, and much more. While enjoying the various activities, Scouts will have a great time meeting new brothers and sharing their experiences with people from around the nation.

The T'Kope Kwiskwis lodge will send a formidable contingent to NOAC 2012 and you won't want to miss out. A week of excitement, yelling, brotherhood, shows, training, airfare, ground transportation and food included all for $995! Sign up now, only a $100 deposit saves YOUR spot in the fun!

Last chance to sign up is February 22nd!

DO NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!

scuba_300x300by the National NOAC Promotions Team

Until now, you've heard a lot about all of the cool things that have happened at NOAC's past: shows, kazoos, dodge ball, and a ton of other exciting activities. Well, we are now excited to tell you about all of the cool things that the section chiefs have been planning for this time around! NOAC gets bigger and better every conference, and 2012 is no different. Over the next few months, each of the committees will share more of their plans on the NOAC Blog at event.oa-bsa.org. But, until then, we thought you would like to know about a few of the new plans. In this issue, learn about scientific breakthrough with Outdoor Adventures, NESA@NOAC, and the world's largest water gun fight.

The Outdoor Adventures committee, which brings awesome events like SCUBA, TOAP, and the Experience to NOAC, is expanding its repertoire this year. In addition to their usual adventurous activities, they will feature a science and engineering activity area. There will be a wide range of experiments to participate in, from launching projectiles to non-Newtonian fluids. The mini-seminars will run in the afternoons and will be led by experienced scientists and engineers, who will be able to answer any questions you may have. Be sure to check them out at Adventure Central!

mt_rainierIt's been six months since ArrowCorps502, and now T'Kope Kwiskwis is proud to announce ArrowCorps 2014! If you missed AC502, or want to do it again, now's your chance. Mark your calendars now and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

In the meantime, the Lodge and other groups within Scouting are planning a variety of activities leading up to the big event. More information on programs taking place this spring and summer will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Ge ready for one of the biggest OA events of the year! The Section W-1N Conclave will be held at Camp Fire Mountain April 20-22. Go to awesome training sessions, participate in crazy fun events, and meet Arrowmen from all over Western Washington and Alaska. Plus, we'll be hosting the Western Region Chief, Joe Barton! Conclave only comes around once a year, and is certainly something you won't want to miss.

For more information, and to register, click here. See you there!

 

model_w_dolls_webThe Lodge has recieved a bid from one potential contractor for the Longhouse-$600,000. Since 2003, the Lodge has raised about $400,000 for the project, which means we are $200,000 short at the moment. With the public comment period ending this weekend, we will most likely have building permits in-hand by mid-February.
$200,000 sounds like a lot, but we have recently recieved exciting news. A donor has stepped in pledged to match every dollar donated from today forward, up to $100,000! That means we're down to only needing $100,000 to complete the project!
A donor has taken the first step towards making this project a reality. Now it's your turn. We're so close to our goal, and you can help us get there.

The following article by Lodge member Evan Skandalis appeared in the December 2011-February 2012 issue of the OA National Bulletin.   

On March 15, 1917 Tsar Nicholas II of Russia was forced to resign from the throne in favor of his younger brother, Michael, passing over his own son Alexie, 13 years old. By 1917 Russia had been at war with Germany for over three years and was facing signs of distress in its military and discontent among its people.

The Russian-Tsarist national anthem, “God Save the Tsar” had as its theme an old Russian folktune that has been used by several composers over the years, most famously in Tschaikovsky’s Marche Slav and 1812 Overture.

The Tsar’s family and retainers were moved by the provisional government under Kerensky from Petrograd to safe-keeping at Tsarskoe-Selo, a royal palace with a military guard. Some weeks later they were moved by a guard of Red Russians to Yekaterinburg, deeper in Russia, where the royal family, servants and, guards were sent to the Ipatiev House. On July 17, 1918 the entire royal family including attending doctors and servants were assassinated by orders from Lenin, now in charge of the Red Russian government.