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Totem Pole Service Project
Sunday, 08 January 2017 16:20

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

Annual Recognition Banquet
Tuesday, 08 November 2016 13:25

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.

Fall Rally THIS Weekend!!
Tuesday, 08 November 2016 12:28


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!

National Public Lands Day
Friday, 07 October 2016 13:02

By Reidar Kelstrup, Service Vice Chief

Klahowya Brothers,

For the past two months, you have all been subject to my incessant badgering about National Public Lands Day; therefore, it is only right that I inform you as to how it went.

We conducted two service projects on September 24th, one from 9:00-12:00 at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles, and another from 10:00-1:00 at the Newhalem Campground of North Cascades National Park. This was a wonderful opportunity to fulfill our obligation to cheerful service and give back to the National Park Service who has so faithfully preserved America's natural treasures for exactly 100 years.

In North Cascades, we cleaned out fire pits and picked up trash in loop A of the campsite (upholding the park's reputation as having the cleanest campsites in Washington State), and in Olympic, we deconstructed a ruined amphitheater by tearing out old benches, made new benches to replace the old and torn down ones, and helped clear brush encroaching on the trails and drainage systems. Members of the WTA and other organizations were also present at Olympic National Park and helped with the projects. Park rangers in both parks were very impressed with the cheerful service, and would be glad to work with us again.

On top of this, both parks were presented with thank you gifts for their service in the form of lodge neckerchiefs affixed to boards signed by all arrowmen in attendance. This too was received very well.

Unfortunately, only four of our brothers (Jacob G, Patrick Rendt, Logan G, and Aaron Tate) turned out to serve at Olympic National Park and only myself turned out for North Cascades. It is my sincerest hope that we make stronger our commitment to service in the future. I will be working with the chapters nearest to these parks to conduct service projects for them over the coming year.

I must give a heartfelt thanks to Patrick Rendt and Jacob G for leading the Olympic operation, my advisor Dwight Thompson for his guidance, and the volunteer coordinators at both parks--Jason Bordelon for North Cascades and Heather Stephens at Olympic--for their work and generosity.


Reidar Kelstrup

Service Vice-Chief

T'Kope Kwiskwis Lodge

2016 Conclave
Friday, 07 October 2016 13:01

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!

NEXT: A New Century
Friday, 07 October 2016 13:00

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.

Fall Rally
Friday, 07 October 2016 12:46

By Jacob Thornton, Vice Chief of Inductions


Are you looking for fun? Adventure! Fellowship!? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Fall Rally may be for you!

From November 11th - 13th, the T'€™Kope Kwiskwis Lodge is hosting their annual Fall Rally up at Camp Pigott! For 48 straight hours we shall be hosting classes, games, and feasts to celebrate how absolutely awesome we are!

Looking to learn something new? Ceremonies is hosting classes about Native American art and languages! Looking to develop leadership? Activities is hosting classes about how to improve the quality of Chapter activities! And if you're looking for competition, we’re also hosting the first T'Kope Kwiskwis Chapter Olympics! Bring your Chapter and bring your spirit, and you might get rewarded with something special in the end!

So don'€™t hesitate! Go sign up for Fall Rally right now on the Chief Seattle Council website, and join us in November for the greatest party of the autumn!

Welcome to the 2016-2017 Lodge Year
Thursday, 08 September 2016 09:56

It is my pleasure as Secretary of the T’Kope Kwiskwis Lodge to welcome you all to another great year of brotherhood, cheerfulness, and service. I would like to take a moment to introduce to you our 2016-2017 T’Kope Kwiskwis Lodge Officers.


From left to right: Tegan Y. (Treasurer), Jacob Thornton (Vice Chief of Inductions), David Hazen (Secretary), Murphy Bush (Lodge Chief), Alexander B. (Vice Chief of Activities), and Reidar Kelstrup (Vice Chief of Service).

National Public Lands Day
Thursday, 08 September 2016 09:51

npld logoJoin us this National Public Lands Day--September 24th--for a day of brotherhood, cheerfulness, and service. For 100 years the National Park Service has been faithfully preserving America's greatest treasures for our enjoyment, and now it is our time to give back. Help us serve those who have so well served us in one of two places.

Olympic National Park
We will meet from 9:00 to noon at the Port Angeles Visitor Center 3002 Mount Angeles Road, Port Angeles, WA 98362. There, we will help with three projects.
1. Pulling weeds and spreading mulch.
2. Ripping up old log seats and possibly installing new ones in outdoor amphitheaters.
3. Pulling more weeds and possibly doing some demolition at another area of the Visitor Center.
Tools will be provided, but bring your own gloves and (just in case) rain gear. The volunteer coordinator has asked me for a head and vehicle count. Chapter Chiefs please get a tally of how many in your chapter are going and in how many vehicles and get it to me as soon as possible.

North Cascades National Park
We will be cleaning up the Newhalem Campground and possibly doing some trail cleaning in the area. This is a heavy use area with a lot of damage from last year's fires, so our efforts are greatly appreciated. The campground is a 10-minute walk from the North Cascades National Park Visitor Center. Details on what the park would like us to bring and what times they want us to arrive and leave are pending (I will disseminate them as soon as I get them). Unless told otherwise, we will work from 9:00-3:00 (with a lunch break). I suggest bringing gloves, a lunch, shovels, rakes, hedge trimmers, hefty trash bags, and maybe a few wheelbarrows. (This might be overkill, but hey a scout is prepared. Again, I will let you know as soon as I do what the park will provide and what we need to bring.)

Reidar K.

Service Vice Chief

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