Order of the Arrow

2017 Active Arrowmen Award Forms

Brothers, as 2016 comes to a close and 2017 approaches we would like to present the 2017 Active Arrowmen Award forms. These are the most up-to-date forms with revised requirements for 2017. They are attached to this message as well in the Resources tab of the website.

Congratulations to the Arrowmen who earned the Active Arrowman Award in 2016. First-time recipients got a handsome patch to wear on their uniform or a fleece. Second-time recipients received fleece jackets. Those individuals are eligible for the third-year award, a large back patch for the fleece.

Anyone can start earning the Active Arrowman Award at any time. Everyone who would like to be recognized for the award at the 2017 Red & White Banquet must submit their 2017 award form to Lodge Adviser Mr. Joe Wollet no later than Nov. 15, 2017.

Active Arrowman Award – Adult 2016-12-07
Active Arrowman Award – Youth 2016-12-07
First Year Arrowman Award 2016-12-07

Building On a Strong Foundation

By Joe Wollet
Incoming Lodge Adviser

When I was asked a few months ago to become your next Lodge Adviser, I was simultaneously excited and humbled at the prospect.

You see, the Order of the Arrow and Cuyahoga Lodge 17 have been a big part of my life for 47 years.

I was called out and inducted into the OA at Beaumont in July 1969. I still remember the scant food, the night alone (I think it was alongside the filtration pond on the north side of camp) and the day of arduous labor.

For our service project, my fellow candidates and I spent a full day (morning and afternoon) digging out tree stumps by hand in Camp B (the original name for Broadbent). It was hard work for a 13-year-old under a hot July sun.

Fast forward 26 years. I was living in Mobile, AL, where my son had wrapped up his year as a Tiger Cub and was moving into a Wolf den.

Because of him, I got reengaged in Scouting and decided to go for Brotherhood. In 1995, I completed that goal as a member of Woa Cholena Lodge 322 at Camp Maubila near Jackson, AL.

Since then, my primary service has been to my “unit,” whether on a pack, troop, crew, district or council basis.

Two years ago, Lodge Adviser Don Young asked me to help out as Associate Adviser for Communication, a job I’ve enjoyed doing on a number of levels.

First and foremost, it helped me rediscover my passion for our Order, its core mission of cheerful service, and the way its values are expressed through the Obligation and the Admonition.

More importantly, though, it’s given me the opportunity to meet a great number of awesome youth members.

Whenever I hear someone say “these kids today…” my frame of reference is 180 degrees opposed to theirs. It’s “these kids today” who give me great hope for the future of our units, our council, our community, and our nation.

As I move into the adviser’s chair, I look forward to building onto the solid foundation established by Mr. Young and the many dedicated adult leaders who have served previously in this role.

Those who know me know I have a philosophy of small wins. It’s nice to have major victories once in a while, but most often, winning comes in small portions that add up over time.

My goals for our Lodge can be summed up as deepening the bench. I will continue working with our Top 5 youth members to develop their personal leadership skills, to instill in them an ethic of servant leadership, to help them meet their commitments to the Lodge, and to serve them as a mentor.

Through continuous improvement, we must help each other continue building and retaining membership, ramping up Brotherhood conversions, and increasing participation in Lodge events.

If you like the direction our Lodge takes, tell your friends and fellow Scouts or Scouters. If you don’t like the direction we’re taking, tell me.

Reach out to me any time you have a constructive idea or a need. Call or text me at (440) 846-8080. Email me at jwollet@gmail.com.


Elections and Communications Teams Planning Session

Arrowmen helping with or interested in helping with elections as well as Arrowmen interested in helping with lodge communications (website, weekly emails, Teepee Talk, social media, photography, etc) are invited to planning sessions on Saturday, December 10, from 10 am to 2 pm at the Parma Heights branch of the Cuyahoga County Library (6206 Pearl Road, Parma Heights, 44130). The elections session will enable Arrowmen to run elections at units throughout the council, and the communications session will review tools and plans to increase the reach and effectiveness of lodge communications. There is no cost and lunch will be provided.

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.

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