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.
It's official! The Lodge still exists! At the January Lodge Officer'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.
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.
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.
If 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!
By Reidar Kelstrup, Service Vice Chief
From July 30th-August 3rd 2016, around 4,000 Arrowmen descended upon Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana to discuss the future 100 years of the Order of the Arrow. The purpose of this event was to bring youth leaders and key adults from across the nation to learn, grow and be inspired to be the driving force behind the Order’s second century by focusing on membership, program and innovation at the local level, which will subsequently empower delegates to return home and be powerful agents of change.
Each lodge was allowed a maximum contingent of three youth and two adults. T’Kope Kwiskwis Lodge took a total of four: Lodge Service Vice-Chief Reidar Kelstrup (myself), Lodge Service Advisor Dwight Thompson, Lodge Inductions Vice-Chief Jacob Thornton, and Lodge Secretary Advisor Helen Young. All attendees were organized into crews of about 14 with whom we attended classes, ate the first couple of meals, and roomed. No two members of the same lodge were in the same crew in order to encourage discussions with different perspectives from all over the country. In my own crew, Crew 36, we had a staff crew leader from Houston Texas, an Arrowman from Ohio, an Arrowman from Kentucky, my roommate who was lodge chief of the lodge in Northern Wisconsin, an Arrowman from a lodge in Pennsylvania (with about 4,000 members and which holds 8 ordeals a year) formed five years ago in its council’s 15th merger, and more each with unique and valuable perspectives and ways of doing things.
Every day we attended classes all geared toward either getting us discussing ideas with our fellow crew members, or teaching us new tools and ways to think outside the box to address issues we may not have even realized we have. One overarching model they used was the model of Leader X, a leader who will take in as much information as possible from all sources and come to the best decision on how to move forward and overcome a problem. The Leader X model was limited in the grand scope of leadership (maybe Decider X would have been a better title), but it was a good tool to carry across the message that there are innumerable perspectives and more than one way to skin a cat. We may like the saying: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, but the message of NEXT was just because it ain’t broke doesn’t mean there ain’t a better way of doing it. Our contingent tried meeting at least once each day to discuss things, and were there whole laundry lists of ideas about new perspectives and different practices at each meeting.