Order of the Arrow

Fall 2016 Teepee Talk

The Fall Edition of the Teepee Talk is now available.

Looking for Committee Chairman and Advisers

Brothers, another year is fast approaching like a flock of field crows flying black across the sun. I am looking for Youth and Adult leaders to lead committees. This year I have cut the committees in half so the committee system is actually being used efficiently. Please take a look at the leadership page for openings and contact me if you would like to take the lead or even just to be on the committee. Hope to hear from you soon.
Quentin Kaminski
Lodge Chief

Red & White Banquet

Our Lodge’s annual recognition dinner, the Red & White Banquet, is set for the evening of Wednesday, December 7th at St. Therese Church in Garfield Hts. Sign-up information will be available soon.

Active Arrowman Award

Don’t forget to submit your Active Arrowman Award forms by Nov. 15. Members who joined in 2016 should complete the First Year Arrowman form. Youths and adults who have been in the Lodge a longer time should use the Active Arrowman Award form, Youth or Adult version. Remember, to introduce the award, you can earn it retroactively for 2015 as well as 2016. Awards submitted by Nov. 15 will be given at the Red & White Banquet on Dec. 7.

2017 Lodge Dues

Arrowmen can renew their membership by sending in annual Lodge dues. Dues have remained $15 and are due November 1, 2016. Please complete a dues form and return it to the Greater Cleveland Council office or pay your dues online.

Top 5 Leader Elections Set For August 20th

Top 5

Four of the Lodge’s 2015-2016 Top 5 leaders attended the Section C-4A Conclave May 13-15 at Seven Ranges.

The Lodge’s youth members will elect new leaders for the 2016—2017 Scouting year on Aug. 20 at Beaumont Scout Reservation.

Elected positions are:

  • Lodge Chief
  • Vice Chief of Program
  • Vice Chief of Membership
  • Vice Chief of Communication
  • Vice Chief of Finance

In addition to elected officers, other youth leaders will be appointed to head Lodge committees.

To be considered for a top leadership position, members should be active in the Lodge, able to commit themselves to performing the duties of their office, and pledge to uphold the principles of Scouting and the Order.

To hold an office, a youth members must be 20 years of age or younger for the full one-year term of office.

Dues-paid members in good standing who are 20 years of age or younger may vote for Lodge officers.

Adult members are invited to participate in the Lodge by becoming advisers to youth leaders. Qualified and interested adults are needed to work with youths on numerous Lodge committees.

If you are interested in running for an elected position, serving on a committee or advising a committee, see Lodge Chief Greg Kondas, Lodge Adviser Mr. Don Young, or incoming Lodge Adviser Mr. Joe Wollet.

New youth leaders and adult advisers should plan to attend the Lodge’s Annual Lodge Planning Session (ALPS), scheduled for Sept. 16-18 at Beaumont.


Four selected for Vigil Honor Class of 2016


Vigil Honor chairman Michael Schloemer, right, congratulates Ricky Richardson and Adam Bator on completing their Vigils.

Cuyahoga Lodge 17’s Vigil Honor selection committee has chosen four Brotherhood members for its class of 2016.

Adam Bator and Ricky Richardson were picked as the youth members to be honored. Lodge Adviser Don Young and Associate Adviser Joe Wollet were selected as the adult recipients.

Staff Adviser Carl Boyles and Vigil Honor chairman Michael Schloemer conducted the 2016 callout at the summer camp closing  campfire on July 15.

Ricky has enlisted in the United States Navy and reported for basic training in early August, and Adam leaves for Canisius College immediately after the August Luau Fellowship, so the Lodge made arrangements for them to complete their Vigils the following weekend.

Mr. Young and Mr. Wollet are scheduled to do their Vigils during the August Fellowship weekend.

Reflections on an Amazing Journey

By Don Young
Lodge Adviser

In 2004, I did my Ordeal at Beaumont Scout Reservation as an adult. I will admit my Ordeal experience was not pleasant and I would become one of the dreaded ‘sash and dash’ Arrowmen.

It would be nine years before I put my sash on again. I was asked to become the Lodge Adviser for Cuyahoga Lodge 17 in the fall of 2013. I was introduced at the winter banquet that year and given a great opportunity to help this lodge get back on its feet.

Thirty-six people attended that year, but more importantly only six were youth members of the lodge.

I had three goals I wanted to focus on during my tenure as Lodge Adviser.

The first was to not only increase new membership, but to retain it. At Spring Ordeal this year, we had a record number of Ordeal candidates and eight others who sealed their membership by attaining Brotherhood.

We have established communication practices with candidates who have been elected but who have not completed their Ordeal, as well as a distribution list of Arrowmen who are eligible for Brotherhood.

My second goal was to return the lodge to being run by the youth members of the Top 5. They would be responsible for planning and running the Top 5 meetings, monthly lodge meetings, and lodge activities.

I think they have done a very good job at doing just that and I think the themes, program, and attendance reflect that.

Lastly, I wanted to improve communication with members of the lodge, youth and adult Ordeal candidates, and units within the Greater Cleveland Council.

Our communications team has done an amazing job with Teepee Talk in not only making it informative, but publishing it on a regular basis.

Our Lodge Chief has begun using text messages to communicate important dates to the members of the lodge.

And finally, our Vice Chief of Communication has begun an overhaul of the lodge website that we hope to unveil soon.

The lodge has reestablished its presence within the Greater Cleveland Council. Our summer camp callout is amazing and the OA ice cream social is a popular event.

We have a Cub Scout program that recognizes kids for their attendance at summer camp. We have been invited to participate in Cub Scout Arrow of Light and bridging ceremonies.

The programs we deliver at Ordeal and Fellowship weekends are getting better every time. The lodge has put on Den Chief training at BPI the last two years to service the needs of units in our council.

Lodge members have served on staff for events at Beaumont Scout Reservation, Section Conclave, ALTC, NOAC, district camporees, and summer camp.

The patches that have been designed for lodge events have spurred sales in the OA trading post.

Last summer, we took a contingent of 20 youths to NOAC at Michigan State University.

Attendance at the winter banquet (now called the Red & White Banquet) has increased from 36 to 95 to 150 in the last two years. Our goal for the upcoming banquet this December is 200.
Looking forward to the next 100 years of the Order of the Arrow, I think the future is bright for Cuyahoga Lodge 17 and the OA.

Changes are on the horizon that could greatly expand our lodge in terms of membership and territory.

The focus of the youth Top 5 will continue to be seeking to add and maintain new members, enhance our communications with lodge members and the units that we represent, and increase our presence in the Greater Cleveland Council.

The Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s national honor society, will continue to be a place where youth and adult members can expand their leadership responsibilities, have opportunities to serve others in our council, attend BSA High Adventure through the OA, and have fellowship with the other members of the lodge.

I am very proud of where the lodge is right now, but I am just as confident that the best is yet to come.

This month, the lodge will be electing new leaders for the coming year, as well as looking for youths and adults who would like to be involved in helping set the direction for the lodge.
Why not get out front and help lead us to even better things?

Members Enjoy 007 Ranges Conclave

Cuyahoga 17 members join other conclave attendees performing an old Neil Diamond anthem, “Sweet Caroline,” during the opening show.

Arrowmen from six lodges in eastern Ohio and northern West Virginia gathered at Seven Ranges Scout Reservation May 13—15 for the annual Section C-4A Conclave.

Cuyahoga Lodge 17 sent 13 youth and seven adult members for a fun-filled “007 Ranges” spy-themed weekend.

The weekend activities included a covert spy challenge, an assassin game, rock wall climbing, shooting sports, Ga Ga Ball, patch trading, card games, and much more.

Multiple training sessions were offered focusing on inductions, social media, patch design, OA history, and technology.

A highlight of the weekend was a keynote talk by National Chief Hunter Jones, an Eagle Scout from the Middle Tennessee Council.

Hunter also chatted with members about his duties as national chief and what it’s like to balance Scouting with his college studies.

The Cuyahoga delegation bested other lodges in an escape room challenge, winning in 18 minutes.

Led by Chief Greg Kondas, Cuyahoga Lodge sent Adam Bator, Joey Bonacci, Sam Borick, Alex Choi, Chris Choi, Aaron Doerner, Joey Fletcher, Matt Gantzer, Quentin Kaminski, Gavin Lever, Joe Miklosovic and Kyle Schloemer.

Adults in attendance were Pete Daymon, Jeffrey Gifford, Bob Jensen, John Kochis, Michael Umstead, Norm Wells and Joe Wollet.

Outgoing Section Chief Michael Schloemer ran the elections for new section officers.

JJ Conklin of Portage Lodge is the new section chief, Ben Pycraft of Portage Lodge is the section vice chief, and Josh Squirrell of Sipp-O Lodge is the new section secretary.

Plans are underway for the 2017 Conclave, to be held next May 19-21 at Manatoc Scout Reservation.

Indiana Gathering Sets Course for Order’s Second Century

Crew 60

Jack Hess, left, president of the Longs Peak Council in Greeley, CO, and a member of the national Order of the Arrow committee, leads a debriefing of adult Arrowmen in Crew 60 following the final training session of NEXT at Indiana University.

More than 1,400 Arrowmen from around the country gathered at Indiana University July 30-Aug. 3 to chart the course for the Order of the Arrow’s second century.

While last year’s National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) celebrated our Order’s first hundred years, the NEXT: A New Century Conference was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for attendees to talk about what’s next.

A major theme of the conference was innovation, with training sessions designed to empower Arrowmen to become “Leader X,” someone with skills to facilitate decisions through a three-phase process:

  • Explore — brainstorm areas for improvement, called pain points.
  • Dream — think outside the box to derive innovative ways to solve problems.
  • Discover — build consensus on a path forward.

Greg Fraley, a well-known creativity and innovation consultant, inspired attendees with a TED Talk challenging Arrowmen to develop new ways of thinking, like marrying peanut butter and chocolate.

Drew Mitchell, founder of Rent Like a Champion, explained how a small idea in college became a career and a major business with national exposure, including an appearance on Shark Tank.

Speaking of Shark Tank, NEXT had its own challenge, called The NEXT Factor, in which lodges competed for $500 prizes. Northeast Ohio’s Wapashui Lodge was one of the finalists.

Using the tools learned during NEXT, Arrowmen were encouraged to lead change within their lodges.

In addition, the national OA committee has multiple areas of focus for improvement, including leadership development, sustainable membership, brand and identity, reaching our audience, and stewardship.

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