silverbeaveraward02At the Council Executive Board Meeting on December 15, the 2012 Silver Beaver class was formally announced. Among the distinguised honorees are two of T'Kope Kwiskwis's Lodge Advisers, Jason Stewart and Rob Rosamond.

The Silver Beaver Award is given to Scouters for exceptional service to youth. The awards will be presented at the Chief Seattle Council's Recognition Night on March 28 at the 5th Avenue Theatre. The event will also feature a mystery guest speaker.

As well as recognising the recipiants of the award, the Lodge will also provide a service corps to ensure the event will run smoothly. More details on the service corps will be released soon.

the_lodge_wants_you2The Lodge is holding a competition to design our NOAC patches for our 2012! Throughout the month chapters will promote the competition and collect designs from members. The Lodge will then collect submissions at the December LEC and vote on a final design. The selected design will be featured on patches, shirts, and other NOAC memorabilia. Don't miss out on your chance to design a piece of Lodge history!

On a related note, don't forget to register for our Lodge NOAC contingent. $100 is all it takes to reserve your spot. As Allowat Sakima reminds you, the ones who chose you need you. As Lord Kitchener reminds you, the Lodge needs you for NOAC. Sign up today!

Attention chapters!

This year, chapter budgets will reset on January 1st 2012. This means that chapters need to use as much of their chapter budgets as possible before then. This is free money that the lodge sets aside for chapters. The money does not carry over to the next year, it disappears! Use it or lose it. We’ll also be approving our Lodge budget at the December LEC so be sure your chief or a representative is there to vote.

Jeff A.

Lodge Treasurer


mwdec1101For anyone who has been down to the Chief Seattle Council Office in Seattle may have seen the huge fireplace in the downstairs meeting room. The art that adorns the fireplace is of a typical box or chest front done in the Northern Formline. What is not well known is that there is a connection between the lodge and this piece of art.

The scout office was built in the beginning of the 1960's and according to the Seattle Times in an article dated January 15, 1961 by Ivan Jones the T'Kope Kwiskwis lodge donated the piece to the council as a gift for the new building.

As for the art itself; many people have noticed that the work is done in tile and not in the more traditional medium of wood. The trailblazing artists who created it were applying formline to modern materials. This group was called Klee Wyk, and there is an opportunity for you to learn more about these artists at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. The museum has a temporary exhibit: Klee Wyk: Artists on the Nisqually Flats (1953-1961) that runs through January 30, 2012. According to the WSHM website,

mwdec1102A great milestone in the rebuilding of the longhouse was achieved this past week as Snohomish County accepted the permits for the new building. We now await final approval so that we can begin construction in 2012.

The large public notice of pending land use action sign, being held here by members of the Longhouse Committee, including the Lodge Chief Ian B, made an appearance at the lodge officers meeting on December 7th 2011. The signs will grace both Camp Pigott and Camp Brinkley entrances beginning Thursday as a clear symbol that the project is moving forward.

Unselfish leadership and service have brought us close to our financial goal to start construction this spring. Your timely contribution and support can assure restoration of our solemn place of friendship. Please join us now in this extraordinary opportunity and consider a tax deductible donation to the Longhouse fund. Your gift will help secure and sustain this treasured resource that Scouts of today and tomorrow can share with experience like no other.

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nls_2011This past weekend, 4 Arrowmen from T'Kope Kwiskwis participated in the National Leadership Seminar conducted by the Western Region OA. Held in Milwaukie, OR, the National Leadership Seminar, or NLS, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for OA leaders to participate in a full weekend of exceptional training.  Arrowmen learned vital leadership skills that will help our Lodge grow for years to come. We also had 2 advisers participate in the National Leadership Adviser Training Seminar, or NLATS, over the same weekend. Additionally, our Lodge was represented by four leaders serving on staff at this prestigious event.

NLS participants included: Ian B, Torin B, Willie B, and Breydon P

NLATS participants included: Beth Carter and Mike Gaylord

Staff included: Toby Capps, Ken Hayashi, Rob Rosamond, and Del Loder

The photo above shows our entire contingent along with National Chief Jonathan Hillis. Our Lodge and chapters will truly benefit from their commitment to leadership development and developing a quality program for our oganization.

dew_it_awardThis past weekend, T'Kope Kwiskwis held its annual Fall Rally at Camp Brinkley. Over 65 Lodge members came to be trained for upcoming unit elections and spend a weekend of fellowship with their Brothers. The highlight of the weekend came when the chapters battled it out for the first ever Dew-It Award, which was won by Siam Chetwoot. Our Section Chief, Caleb Hou, also came by to promote the upcoming Conclave at Fire Mountain. We even had a Brotherhood ceremony where 6 Arrowmen sealed their membership! This great event is just another example of the our Lodge's commitment to to brotherhood and cheerfullness!