2015 marked the Centennial Anniversary of the Order of the Arrow, making both an exciting and busy year for all members of the Order of the Arrow, but especially for us here in the Heart of America Council. In addition to our usual annual events, the Central Region ArrowTour visit in June, the National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) in August, and the Centennial Celebration Fall Fellowship in September allowed Tamegonit Lodge’s Arrowmen many opportunities to reflect, connect, and discover the possibilities ahead in Scouting and beyond. The following points are the among the best highlights from a very memorable year.
The Central Region Arrow Tour
- On June 20, the Theodore Naish Scout Reservation was fortunate enough to be selected to host one of the traveling National OA displays called ArrowTour, which reflected on the OA’s historic past, and looked to the organization’s bright future.
- Held on the Michigan State campus in East Lansing, Michigan, this historic NOAC had a record attendance of over 15,000 participants. Tamegonit’s contingent consisted of 160 youth and adults, and nearly 20 additional members of our Lodge served on staff.
- Tamegonit Lodge stood out among all other Lodges, and brought home numerous awards and recognitions:
- 1st place in 400 x 400 relays
- 3rd place in the Soccer Tournament
- 4 of 6 Dance Team members received recognition in the individual dance semi-finals
- Four dancers won ribbons in the Individual Dance Attire Competition
- The Ceremony Team received a total of thirteen National Honor Team medals in all events: two Pre-Ordeal Ceremony teams, one Brotherhood Ceremony Team, and one Vigil Ceremonialist
- The Ceremony Team also won the National Champions award for the Southern Plains Ceremonial Costume Competition
- The Lodge conducted seven Induction events this year, including Ordeal and Brotherhood Ceremonies at Rotary Camp and a second annual Fall Induction at Camp Bartle. Over the course of these Inductions, 906 new members were inducted, and 542 members sealed their Brotherhood, increasing our large membership to 4541 members.
- Tamegonit Lodge received Silver recognition it the Lodge Journey to Excellence program.
- 47 of our Brothers were selected to be recognized with the Vigil Honor.
- 47 of our Brothers, both past and present, were recognized with the one-time National Centurion Award, which recognizes those members who made significant impacts on the OA program over the last one hundred years.
- We provided over 25,000 hours of service to the council and the local community.
Overall, it has been an excellent year, and I would like to personally thank you for making it so. Without your continued participation, we have no one to serve and no one to continue our legacy.
Yours in Service,
2015 Lodge Chief