Letter from the Lodge Adviser
Takoda Lodge Arrowmen,
It has been a pleasure to serve all of you and the Order of the Arrow as the Takoda Lodge Adviser for the past three years within our Council. Last Fall I was promoted at work, which has changed my availability to continue to serve all of you to the best of my ability in this role. Additionally, my wife, Katie, and I are expecting our first child in October which will also bring an exciting change to our lives. In March, because of these life changes, I approached Scout Executive Alex Tyms and OA Professional Staff Adviser Nick Rose to discuss a transitional timeline for a new Lodge Adviser. The Lodge Adviser position is an appointed position by the Scout Executive that is reviewed/renewed annually by the Scout Executive.
For those that have not heard yet, the new Takoda Lodge Adviser will be John Gunyon. John has served on various Council Committees and Wood Badge staffs over the years. Most recently John has served as our Council Advancement Committee Chairman and coordinates the Council’s Wood Badge Association. John has many more accolades, and I have full confidence that he will continue to lead with a positive vision for the Order of the Arrow.
John and I have had several transition meetings together and will continue to have regular transition meetings throughout the Fall. I am sure that many of you have already met John during summer camp at Ed Bryant Scout Reservation in which he assisted the youth OA leaders or during one of the District Informational meetings that were held at the end of July and early August. I will officially pass the torch of Lodge Adviser to John at our upcoming Fall Conference at Camp Indian Trails (Aug. 18-20, 2017).
I would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone that has supported my vision as Lodge Adviser and helped to make Takoda Lodge succeed and become better every day. Additionally, I would like to specifically thank the Lodge Officers and other youth leaders, and my various adult advisers. I could not have done it without all of your leadership, assistance, and support!
It is important for all of us to remember the mission and purpose of the Order of the Arrow as we continue to move forward…
The mission of the Order of the Arrow is to fulfill its purpose as an integral part of
the Boy Scouts of America through positive youth leadership under the guidance
of selected capable adults.
As Scouting’s National Honor Society, our purpose is to:
- Recognize those who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily
lives and through that recognition cause others to conduct themselves in a
way that warrants similar recognition.
- Promote camping, responsible outdoor adventure, and environmental
stewardship as essential components of every Scout’s experience, in the unit,
year-round, and in summer camp.
- Develop leaders with the willingness, character, spirit and ability to advance
the activities of their units, our Brotherhood, Scouting, and ultimately our
- Crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in
cheerful service to others.
The Order of the Arrow holds a special place in my life and I will continue to be involved, just in some different capacities.
Yours In WWW,
Takoda Lodge Adviser
Glacier’s Edge Council, B.S.A.
Fall Conference - August 18-20 at Camp Indian Trails
The youth leadership are hard at work finalizing their conference agenda (with some new games and activities for Saturday afternoon in the mix)! Lots of things happening.
Ordeal and Brotherhood Inductions
Scouts who were elected into the OA:
Come to Fall Conference and go through your Ordeal Ceremony and experience the Order of the Arrow.
Ordeal members: seal your Brotherhood at Fall Conference
Special note to newly inducted Ordeal members: come to Fall Conference and be part of the fellowship and elections. Learn more about the Order.
Boating Beach Project
Takoda Lodge received matching funds from National OA to build structures for the new Glass Pond at Camp Indian Trails. This is a great project for lasting service and memories.
Annual elections for the Lodge Executive Committee (Lodge Chief, Vice Chief, Secretary, Treasurer) will take place on Saturday afternoon in Allen Hall. All youth are eligible to run and vote.
All registration is online...
To register for the Fall Conference go here (August 18-20, 2017)
Takoda Lodge History
The Lodge is continuing to work on our Lodge History Book! If you are interested in helping to document today's activities for future generations - we need you!
Check out the Takoda Lodge History Book below and contact the Lodge History Committee Adviser, Mike Kleckner, with any information you might have! Thank you!
Smoke Signals from the Chief
For three years I have been so proud to be elected to serve as your Lodge Chief. I was able to play a role in the turn of the century of service that this order is known for. I have seen so many people go through their ordeal and learn of all the amazing things that the Order of the Arrow has to offer. I got to work with Cub Scouts during their Arrow of Light ceremonies. I became a ceremonialist, a drummer, a dancer, and I got to know all of you. I even gave out Lodge Flaps and explained what Takoda Lodge is to Scouts from around the globe!
I couldn't have done it without you. For three years I have had amazing Scouts and Scouters behind me making sure that we kept improving. I would like to thank you for the support you have given me over the years.
It's no secret that there are going to be some changes in our Lodge. You will have a new Lodge Chief and Lodge Adviser this next year (see “Letter from the Adviser” that Eugene wrote). Our Lodge has several goals to meet this Fall and needs to work on camp promotions. The structure of the Lodge is changing and will be discussed at Fall Conference in detail (and later throughout the Fall as well). I want to assure you that all of these challenges and changes are do-able and beneficial. I have worked this summer with John Gunyon, who will be our next Lodge Adviser, and Eugene, my LEC, and I are very excited in what he will bring to the table.
I challenge you all to push to improve ourselves and to work together to achieve these goals and implement these new changes. I need you to support our new Lodge Chief and Adviser. You don't need to be an LEC member to be active in our Lodge and our goals. I need you all to give the support you have given me these past three years so we can rise from the ashes and become a better Takoda Lodge than we have ever been!
Your Brother in WWW,
Anthony Malisch, Takoda Lodge Chief
Renew Your Annual Dues for 2017!
It's time to renew your commitment to Takoda Lodge. Your dues help the Lodge to provide service to our youth, troops and council. Dues are calendar year (Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2017), and can be paid at either Scout Office or ONLINE.
You could also consider becoming a Phoenix Member. For one fee, you can pay for your dues & Lodge events (2017 Winter Banquet, 2017 Spring & Fall Conferences, 2017 Spring & Fall Work Days), and contribute to the Lodge capital development fund for the council’s camps. Phoenix members will also be mailed a specially designed patch. Membership is non-transferable.