Okiciyapi Annual Dinner
The annual Chapter Dinner on December 13
was a great hit. The food was wonderful, the door prizes were great, and
many prestigious awards were given out, including:
• Dancer of the
• Ceremony Members
of the Year- Brian Hander, Justin Talley, Justin Knight, and
• New Ordeal
Member of the Year- Eric Brentzel
Representative of the Year-Henry Petrash
• Elangomat of the
Year- Daniel Montgomery and John Schmoker
• Spirit of
• Spirit of
• Spirit of Uncas-Toby Dunlap
• Spirit of
• Founder’s Award-
• Arrowman of the
• Charles K. Pool
Award- Robert Claborn
• Rea A. Nunallee
Award- Erika Claborn
• Spirit of the
• M.E. Dobbins
Award- Wade Graves
• Robert Levacy
Award- Duane Compton
Jared Roberts gave his final comments as
Chapter Chief and handed over the reins to Adron Douglas, the 2004 Chapter
Chief, and the new officers were sworn in. The evening closed with the
calling of Vigil candidates Jared Roberts and Bobby Littlefield. Henry
Petrash and Erika Claborn did an excellent job preparing for the special
Congratulations to the award recipients
for a job well done. Let’s hope you continue the good work this coming
year. And make sure you sign up for the 2004 Dinner as it promises to be
just as special.
2004 Camp Promotion Plan Overview
Circle Ten has unveiled its Camp Promotion
Plan for 2004. It is an energetic workplan, designed to have each
district actively promote Circle Ten camping programs within its
district. The plan's title is, "Face to Face." This title supports the
theme of communication and customer service. Mikanakawa Lodge has an
important role in this new plan, and it is a direct link to our OA
purpose--to promote camping traditions. The council encourages each
district to work with its OA chapter to promote Circle Ten Council camps
at Roundtables, Camporees, OA Unit Elections, Courts of Honor, Blue and
Gold Banquets, Webelos Woods Weekends, and at any other Scouting
opportunities, for both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.
District Camping Chairmen have been
challenged to contact their OA Chapter Chief and Adviser to offer
assistance to this effort. How about if we take the first step to contact
our District Camping Chairman? Let's let him know what we are already
doing with Camp Promotions at Unit Elections and offer further service.
Together, we can make 2004 another
successful year of Camp Promotions in Circle Ten Council!
the Mikanakawa contingent to the bi-annual National Order of the Arrow
Conference at Iowa State University will have a BLAST next summer!
On the way
to Ames, Iowa; while we’re at NOAC; and on the way back, we will have
great opportunities for fun, fellowship, fun, learning, and fun.
bus will leave on July 29 and return on August 6, 2004. Fee for the event
is $475, including food, transportation, lodging, and registration. Your
$100 deposit is due immediately, so fill out the form on
www.miki.org/pdf/ 2004NOACregistration.pdf to reserve your place.
Unit Elections Time!
Unit Elections are here! We need as many
Arrowmen as possible to help out with them because the elections are our
way of gaining members and sharing the fun of service. If you are already
helping, thank you for your service. If you would like to sign up, please
contact Austin Fluke as soon as possible.
A number of Unit Elections still need
Arrowmen to conduct them. Please try not to sign up for your own troop
because we don’t want anyone to influence the vote. Once you have signed
up for one, please pick up the Unit Elections bag with all the proper
forms and videos.
Plan on showing up at the assigned troop
meeting about 30 minutes early so you can talk to the Scoutmaster about
the people who are eligible for election. If the troop has a TV and VCR,
you can show the Unit Election and Camp Promotions videos. If they don’t,
use the provided script for the election and talk about the three Circle
The following list contains all Texoma
Valley Unit Elections in February and March:
February 2 – Troop 605
February 2 – Troop 66
February 3 – Troop 42
February 10 – Troop 12
March 2 – Troop 38
March 22 – Troop 3
Troop 45 – any Tuesday in
Training, held on January 10, was a great success for all the Arrowmen who
attended. It was all about ways to get involved with the OA and have lots
of fun while doing it.
Adron Douglas, Toby Dunlap, Mark Henry, Patrick Littlefield, Jared
Roberts, and Henry Petrash presented many different topics in which they
are considered “experts.” Toby Dunlap taught many different Scout Skills
that members can take back to their Troops to build character and
leadership skills. Mark Henry and Henry Petrash talked about the Native
American side of the OA and mentioned how fun it was to take part in
ceremony and dance competitions. Everyone who attended became trained in
Unit Elections courtesy of Patrick Littlefield and the Unit Elections
video. If you get a chance to talk to these guys, make sure you thank
them for a job well done.
presentations, however, weren’t the only things happening during the day.
Food of course was an important part of the day and pizza and donuts never
disappointed. After we cleaned up the place, we all headed down to Eddie
Deen’s Ranch in downtown Dallas to take part in the Lodge Banquet (see
presentations given at Chapter Training were called “some of the best,” by
everyone who was there because they were informative and fun. I hope many
of you plan on attending next year’s training and Lodge Dinner to help
strengthen your role in the OA and have tons of fun.
Mikanakawa Lodge Awards Banquet
The 2003 Mikanakawa Lodge Awards Banquet
was held at Eddie Deen’s Ranch in downtown Dallas on January 10.
Here are some of the things that went on:
the Year in Review, a two-part Scouting rendition of Star Wars,
our Brothers receiving awards for their cheerful service,
an excellent barbecue meal,
Mr. Deen perform magic tricks, and of course,
Littlefield and Jared Roberts were recognized as the Lodge's Vigil
candidates were announced after the meal.
The combined Southern Region Section 3A
and 3B Conclave will be held at Camp James Ray from April 30-May 2, 2004.
I hope that the evening of April 30 will
find you at Camp James Ray having fun with people from many different
lodges in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and all over Texas. Mikanakawa is,
obviously, the host lodge this time around, and we need lots of people to
come out and support the lodge so we can have the biggest number of
Brothers in attendance. There's sure to be plenty of sports, games,
Indian Lore classes, great food, and lots of people from all over the
Section to trade patches with.
you may know that the Boy Scout program’s membership is down by an
astonishing 20% from as little as 5 years ago. Circle Ten Council is
not one who escaped this sharp decline as it has 17% fewer members, also
affecting Mikanakawa Lodge.
become such a problem that current Lodge Chief Brandon Ledbetter has
reissued last year’s Lodge Chief’s Challenge. The challenge is for
every lodge member to identify, invite, and hopefully, recruit one new
boy into his Boy Scout Troop or Varsity Team. If he does this, the
Arrowman will receive a special award.
Arrowman recruited just one person, the Council’s membership would
actually increase from the level set around 5 years ago. Remember,
recruiting just one person helps the Lodge and Council in a very big
Notes from our officers
Chapter Chief –
Brothers, I am excited about this new year
of Scouting. I would like to start by saying it is going to be an
incredible year; we are taking the chapter in a different direction than
we have before. New goals to be met and hard working officers. We, as a
Chapter would like to increase our membership and attend more ordeals and
other Lodge events. With your help, we can achieve our goals.
Progress on my 2004
chapter attendance--I plan to do this by having more well planned
meetings, with more interesting topics that interest the arrowmen of our
communications--As of now, we have the means of getting the word out to
all the arrowmen of the valley of what we're doing, but it is not being
used to its full potential. For example, we have an excellent website and
a nice newsletter, but they aren't being utilized like they could be.
participation -- I think that we can do much better this year. We need to
have almost all of the Chapter at Conclave because it is in our own
backyard. Not just Conclave but other events such as Ordeals, Fall
Fellowship, James Ray Bash and Lodge Banquet. Good planning and
communications will help keep everybody posted on what our chapter is
doing and how they can get involved.
These are just a few of the broader goals
I would like to achieve over the next year and I think that with the help
of all arrowmen in the area and the other incoming chapter officers we can
make this chapter one of the best in the Lodge. Thank you
If it is not a problem can you add the
attached form in the newsletter?
Brotherhood Warrior – Ricky Self
Warrior – Jared Roberts
Vice Chief of Service – Mark Henry
Recording Secretary –
Brothers, for those who don’t know me very
well, here is some information about Patrick Littlefield:
member of the year 2001
drumline, guitar, tennis, Scouts
Progress on my 2004
elections for all those desiring them
Unit Elections status report to the Lodge before April 5, 2004
with records throughout the year
Annual Report and complete it
Corresponding Secretary, it is my job to provide communication between the
Chapter and its Arrowmen. I do this by sending out newsletters with event
updates and reviews and forms and also by keeping the Okiciyapi Chapter
website updated. I know you will be able to attend some of the events
talked about in the newsletters and I hope to see you there.
Progress on my 2004
three Thunderbird newsletters printed and distributed to Chapter
Clip in every Mikanakawan
of the District’s units for camp promotion presentations
new, or revise 5 out-of-date entries in the Lodge’s Where to Go Camping
Okiciyapi Chapter Web Site updated with events and forms
Elangomat--Yes, You Are a Friend
Elangomat Training Guide
Elangomat is the most important part of the Ordeal. He plays a large role
in the quality of the Ordeal and the type of experience gained by the
candidates. To be an effective Elangomat, one must first know the meaning
of Elangomat. In the Lenne Lenape language, the word means “friend,” and
a friend is exactly what the Elangomat needs to be.
can be an example, a guide, and a teacher. The Elangomat needs to be all
of these, and possibly more. The Elangomat is the first person that the
candidate really gets to know who is an Arrowman, so it is crucial that
the Elangomat makes a strong first impression. He can do this by being in
full uniform, already at the fellowship site when the candidates arrive
and ready to go to the Pre-Ordeal ceremony. Enthusiasm and a friendly
smile always helps. The Elangomat is an example to the candidates by
teaching by example, by working side by side, and maintaining silence
whenever possible. Some other qualities that an Elangomat should have are
patience, common sense, knowledge of the Ordeal and principles, and the
ability to counsel when it might be necessary. Most of all remember, NO
HAZING! This includes heckling or condescending remarks, and trying to
scare the candidates about the Ordeal.
the Elangomats are the ones that make the difference and help determine
whether or not a candidate becomes active in the OA.