The Vigil Honor is a high mark of distinction and recognition reserved for those Arrowmen who, by reason of exceptional service, personal effort, and unselfish interest, have made distinguished contributions beyond the immediate responsibilities of their position or office to one or more of the following: the T'Kope Kwiskwis Lodge, the Order of the Arrow, Scouting, or our Council's Camps. Under no circumstances should tenure in Scouting or the Order of the Arrow be considered as reason enough for a Vigil Honor recommendation.
Recommendation letters to the committee must be typed, explain how the member has contributed to one or more of the four areas listed above, and why you think that person deserves the highest recognition that our Order can bestow. All recommendation letters must be turned into the Council's Scout Office by April 23rd 2014. Although it is not required, please include your name and contact information on the recommendation letter so we might contact you if we have any questions or seek further input. If you can please include English suggestions of an appropriate and honorable Vigil name for the nominee so the committee might make better and more enlightened decisions when bestowing names upon the new Vigil class. If you are a Vigil Honor member please note if you would be willing to sponsor the candidate at the time of their Vigil.
In March 2013 the Hyiu Chuck Chapter was given the opportunity to design and carve a totem pole with carver Sam Eng. Working with the lodge, Marty Kenney, chapter carving advisor, came up with a plan to represent our Section W-1N and with this Sam produced a beautiful Haida style design.
The 9-foot pole includes a killer whale on top symbolizing W-1N, and a marmot below for the T’kope KwisKwis lodge. Our pole is being housed in Darcy Neidermeyer’s carport in north Seattle where the chapter hosts weekly carving parties. We invite all Arrowmen of the lodge to join us as we finish up our project.
Along with Ashuk T’salil’s new pole, we hope that this experience will encourage other chapters to take steps at carving their own pole. Every Arrowman in your chapter can help in building a totem pole and it’s a great activity for developing leadership and brotherhood. If you and your chapter are interested in leaving your own legacy in T’kope and scouting, the lodge has many resources that can teach you design and carving skills necessary for a great adventure.
Great news from the ArrowCorps2014 Planning Committee! We are happy to announce that we are extending our early-bird discount to the first 30 registrants. That's right- you can experiance ArrowCorps2014 for just $235, a discount of $15. Spots are quickly filling up, so claim yours today.
ArrowCorps2014 is shaping up to be an extraordinary experiance, thanks to the hard work of our youth and adult organizers. Spend a week on the trail with your friends and meet people from around the country. Learn about how our national public lands came to be and experiance the power and beauty of the Mountain firsthand. Be part of history and leave a lasting legacy in one of the Pacific Northwest's most iconic places. Register for ArrowCorps2014 today- we'll see YOU on the Mountain this summer!
The lodge has had a number of ceremonialists age out or relocate for school recently resulting in a lack of ceremonialists to perform at lodge functions. If any of you want to become a part of the lodge ceremonies program, Lodge ceremonies meetings, hosted by Sunyakwa chapter, are the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Thursdays of the month at Jubilee Reach center (Address: 14200 SE 13th PL Bellevue, WA).
Some reasons you would want to be a ceremonialist include:
1. You get to wear cool Native American regalia
2. You get well known by those in the lodge and it is great if you want to run for a position in the lodge
3. It is an easy way to give back
4. You can become better at speech giving
These are just a few of the reasons why so many people enjoy being on the ceremonies team.
This is just a reminder that election season has kicked off, and you should all begin scheduling your unit elections in the coming weeks. This is a very important time of the year for our lodge and we can’t make it successful without your help! If you are having a hard time getting started here are a few helpful hints to get you on the road to a very successful elections season:
- Make 3 points of contact with unit leaders (email, phone, and if possible face to face contact)
- Organize multiple election teams (so that no one group has to do all of the elections)
- Create a schedule for units to sign up for a spot on the calendar, and make sure to have an election team scheduled to conduct the election
- Make sure to keep accurate records, and submit data to the lodge website as soon as possible after the election
- Work with adult members of your chapter to coordinate carpools to election locations
Yours in Service,
Lodge Chief 2013-2014