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Hey guys, this is your Lodge Vice Chief of Activities, Alexander B. I have the distinct pleasure this year of serving as a full time staffer at Camp Sheppard this winter, and I have to say it's been an absolute blast. We are running a great program this year, from all of the merit badges we offer to the super cool Ninja Course we have, and of course our amazing tubing hills. I encourage you all to sign your troop up to come next winter, and if you are interested in staffing, we still have a couple of weekends left to come up and help, and of course, staff applications are always available for next weekend. If you do want to come up, please let Reidar Kelstrup, our Lodge Vice Chief of Service(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or your Chapter Chief know so we know to expect you. I hope to see you all next season!

We would like to welcome Matt Strother as a new Associate Lodge Adviser. Matt will serve as the adviser to Reidar K., our current Service Vice Chief. We sincerely thank Dwight Thompson for his service to the lodge as Associate Lodge Adviser and look forward to his continued involvement in the lodge and Scouting. T'Kope Kwiskwis is very fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers.
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Douglas Withers
Lodge Adviser

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It'€™s official! The Lodge still exists! At the January Lodge Officer'ƒ€™s Meeting Lodge Chief Murphy Bush presented the certificate stating not only are we chartered, but also, because of our thousands of hours of service to the council, our careful budgeting, and our numerous members, we received Bronze level for Journey to Excellence, meaning we are eligible to apply for and receive service grants, allowing for even more cheerful service down the road.

Thank you to everyone who made it possible by paying your dues, giving cheerful service, and helping to induct new members into our great lodge. We couldn't have done it without you.

Pictured from left to right: Reidar Kelstrup, Tegan Y., Jacob Thornton, Murphy Bush, David Hazen, Alexander B.

Photo Credit: Doug Withers

On December 31st, members from our lodge braved the frigid morning to travel to our Longhouse to begin the work of restoring several of our lodge totem poles. Through the decades these totem poles have been battered by the pacific northwest weather and will require months of work to restore back to their original state. They’ll be stored in the canoe shed so next time you’re visiting the longhouse for an OA event, go check them out! Otherwise, big thank you to everyone who came that weekend and gave service.Pole1 Pole2

On a dark and stormy night in October over 100 Arrowmen, family and friends gathered at the Annual Order of the Arrow Recognition Banquet.


Trent A., 2015-16 Lodge Chief, inducted the new officers and was thanked by Torin Bergsma for his service. Nathan Lee, the stand in Keynote Speaker, gave an inspirational speech on his life as an Arrowman. After inductions and service recognition by the respective vice-chiefs the 2016 Vigil Honor class was recognized.

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Then the moment when we tried to guess who was being described as the James E. West Fellowship and the Founder’s Awards were presented.


Please join me in congratulating:


Austin Springman – James E. West Fellowship Award
Nathan Lee and Bob Meneghini – Founders Award

 

The Founder's Award was created in 1981 by the National Order of the Arrow Committee to honor and recognize those Arrowmen who have given outstanding service to their lodge. The award is reserved for an Arrowman who demonstrates to his fellow Arrowmen that he memorializes in his everyday life the spirit of achievement as described by OA's founders E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson.

While the Vigil Honor is a high mark of distinction, the Founders Award is used to recognize those Arrowmen, youth and adult, who have impacted the Lodge in a positive and lasting way. This is a rare and distinguished honor, to recognize the spirit of our Founders in another.

Brothers!

conclave2010a001If you are looking to get trained in conducting Unit Elections (which you need if you want to host Unit Elections for Troops) or get your Brotherhood Honor, you should look at coming down to Fall Rally!

On Friday, November 11th, Fall Rally is hosting both Unit Elections Training and a Brotherhood Ceremony for all those Arrowmen looking to get either or both done! They will be hosted in the Camp Pigott Dining Hall, so arrive by 7:30 pm for the Unit Elections Training, and by 9 pm for the Brotherhood Ceremony.

And for all you folks across the water who can't make 7:30 for the Unit Elections Training, don't worry! We have another one Saturday morning to make sure that you get trained!

You don't need to be registered to take either the training, or participate in the Brotherhood Ceremony. Both are open to drop-ins. Register online if you plan to enjoy the other joys of Fall Rally!

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Written by Murphy B

T'Kope Kwiskwis Lodge Chief

In the very recent past some members of our lodge made the journey to Alaska for the 2016 Conclave! This annual event brings together the five lodges of Section W-1N for a weekend of training, brotherhood and fellowship. From this event, our very own Levi C was elected as Section Vice-Chief, one of the three section officers elected each year! As one of the three section officers, Levi will begin to plan out the 2017 Conclave, which will be hosted by our lodge at Camp Pigott!