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.
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, weâre 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!
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).
The SMK Chapter needs your help October 7th to the 9th, to staff the Orca District Webelos-Ree at Camp Parsons.
Webelos-Ree is a campout where Webelos participate in different activities to complete their requirements for their Arrow of Light Award.
Webelos-Ree not only allows Webelos to get requirements signed off, but it also allows us to show off how cool Boy Scouts are and hopefully help continue their interest in scouting.
If you are a Ceremonialist, please take this invitation into serious consideration, since the OA will host a Potlatch for the Cubs at the event.
Your help in the songs, stories, and dances will be much appreciated.
Also, if you are not interested in participating in a Potlatch, there are still more ways you can help!
Arrowmen are also needed during the weekend by running the stations, and act as Den Guides.
If you are interested in staffing this event, please sign up using this link: Webelos-Ree Sign Up
You'll be doing the Webelos a great service by staffing. Thank you.
It's time to renew your membership in the Order of the Arrow. Membership renewal emails went out last weekend but unfortunately they coincided with an upgrade of the council website. Hopefully, all links are now working and we apologize for any inconveniences you might have experienced.
You will receive an email in the next few days indicating the current state of your membership, please watch your inbox. Remember, for your OA membership to be valid you must also have a current BSA registration.
If you went through your Ordeal this Spring your membership is good through June 2017.
Have you ever wanted to go to Alaska?
Section Conclave is the biggest OA event right behind the National OA Conference. This year, the 5 lodges in our Section will come together for a weekend of fun, fellowship, activities, training and everything else that goes with this major event. The 2016 Section W-1N Conclave is being hosted by Nanuk Lodge at Camp Gorsuch in Chugiak, AK. The Camp is located about 30 miles north of the Anchorage airport. The theme for Conclave 2016 is "The Circle is Now Complete".
The total cost for the weekend is only $45. NEW ARROWMEN who have been inducted to the Order after August 1, 2015 get a $5 discount on your registration! Registration is now open, at https://scoutingevent.com/?conclave16. Don’t forget to sign up for classes! There’s a class schedule on the Conclave registration site.
"the ones who choose you need you."
It is your turn to continue on the path of cheerful service by sealing your membership in the Order of the Arrow at your Brotherhood Ceremony. If you are eligible for this honor, meaning you went through your Ordeal at least 10 months ago, and are current on your dues you are invite to go through your Brotherhood ceremony.
There is only one more Brotherhood ceremony left this school year, it will be 17th of June at 8:15 p.m. at Camp Pigott during Spring Fellowship. You are more then welcome to attend all of Spring Fellowship or just come up for the Brotherhood ceremony.
Hope to see you all wearing Brotherhood sashes soon!
Yours In Brotherhood,
Brotherhood Committee Chair