THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF KLAHICAN LODGE #331, B.S.A. ORDER OF THE ARROW WESTERN - LAKES - CENTRAL - COASTAL VOLUME vI____________________________________________________MARCH, 2000 NUMBER 3 The "Nendawen" (Torch Bearer) is the official publication of KLAHICAN LODGE, 331, Order of the Arrow, B.S.A. It is published periodically to share information that is related to Scouting and / or the Order of the Arrow. To Submit articles, artwork, or announcements, call any staff member or advisor. Allow 4-6 weeks for publication. We reserve the right to edit information for space constraints. Send a S.A.S.E. for return of materials to: Roy E.Risley, 130 Queens Court, Wilmington, N.C. 28411 OR FAX your input to: 910/686-3887 OR try our E-Mail Site: firstname.lastname@example.org publications staff needed, immediate openings -call advisor for details Cyber Publicist: Jim Taylor, 686-7060, PUBLICATIONS ADVISOR: Roy E. Risley, 686-9866, ASST. ADVISOR: Bill Miller, 686-1137, LODGE CHIEF: Nathan Finnin- PROFESSIONAL ADVISOR: Patrick Boykin, 395-1100 -LODGE ADVISOR: Jim Strawbridge PUBLICATION DEADLINE: MUST BE RECEIVED by Publications Advisor BY 1st SUNDAY OF THE MONTH PRECEEDING PUBLICATIONS JJJJJJJJJJJJ CALENDAR OF EVENTS JJJJJJJJJJJJ Call Ranger Doyle Owens' Office @ 1-910-866-4489 to coordinate tasks/time/tools March 11 PreCONCLAVE WORK WEEKEND @ Camp Bowers-Bring food, shelter, tools March 18 PreCONCLAVE WORK WEEKEND @ Camp Bowers-Bring food, shelter, tools March 25 PreCONCLAVE WORK WEEKEND @ Camp Bowers-Bring food, shelter, tools April 1 PreCONCLAVE WORK WEEKEND @ Camp Bowers-Bring food, shelter, tools April 8 PreCONCLAVE WORK WEEKEND @ Camp Bowers-Bring food, shelter, tools APRIL 14, 15, 16 CONCLAVE 2000 @ CAMP BOWERS May 5-7 Spring Camporee Weekend May 12-13 Spring Fellowship Weekend May 14th MOTHER"S DAY June 4-10 Week 1 @ Camp Bowers July 29/Aug 3 NOAC in Knoxville,Tn. "Calling all Chapters"- please send your meeting times /dates /locations for the next issue by the 1st Sunday in February (6th) for the February/March edition. Central Chapter meets 1st Thursday of the month @United Methodist Church, Lumberton, at 7 PM Lakes Chapter meets 1st Thursday of the month @ Interim Health Care, Whiteville, at 7 PM Coastal Chapter meets 4th Tuesday of the month @ First Baptist Activity Center, Wilmington, at 7 PM Western Chapter meets 1st Tuesday of the month @ First United Methodist Church-Laurinburg at 7 PM o Contact Chapter Chief Austin Morris-910-276-2503 for details ======================================================================================================== This issue of the Nendawen is dedicated to the PRE-CONCLAVE PREPARATIONS. ALL BROTHERS NEEDED TO HELP ======================================================================================================== message from the SOUTHERN REGION CHIEF Jim Cheatham-SR Chief 2000 Dear Arrow men, As my first official post of the year 2000, I would like to welcome you to the Southern Region email list. Since Dallas, the Section Chiefs from across the country have been working hard in preparation for NOAC 2000. Everyone is working hard to develop a program that every contingent member can enjoy. The Southern Region is going to be well represented at NOAC this year. Jay Widby, Bob Crume, and Devlin Cooper will all be serving as Conference Vice Chiefs under the direction of Carey Mignerey as our National Chief. You are in for a treat when your lodge treks to the University of Tennessee here in the hills of East Tennessee. The region is gearing up for yet another successful year. I am proud to announce that Trevor Kincaid will be serving as Editor for The Voice, and William Highsmith will be the web page coordinator. The One-Day Coordinator will be announced very soon. I have been on the run the past few days. I attended my first Region Board Meeting on Thursday and Friday. I was responsible for the OA report. Saturday I attended Tsali Lodge's Lodge Leader Development Course and Lodge Banquet. Thanks to Jason Laney and the brother of Tsali for inviting me. They look forward to hosting SR-5 with this year's Dixie Fellowship. Next up on my schedule will be the NOAC onsite visit. Lucky for me, I don't have to worry about traveling. As April quickly sneaks up on us, I hope you plan on attending your section conclave (with the exception of you guys in SR-1). If I can be of any service for you, please feel free to contact me. Yours in Service, Jim Cheatham 2000 Southern Region Chief ============================================================================================================ from the SR-7B CHIEF.OUR OWN KEVIN ANDERSON Brothers of Klahican, I know how hard and long you have worked toward making the Cardinal Conclave the best conclave in the Section and I think the greatest in the entire nation! With the conclave rapidly approaching, it may seem that there is more work left to do than there is time. It is important for all brothers to pull together at this time you will find the tasks will melt away. Some of you may not know it, but last year SR-7b had the second largest Conclave in the nation! Out of the forty-eight sections across the country, we were second in attendance only to SR-4 in Florida. The catch is that they have thirteen lodges I their section compared to us only having six. The Cardinal Conclave is the envy of the entire country, and it is up to each and every one of us to ensure that we keep it that way! Conclave is a very special time for our section because it strengthens our ties of brotherhood, while at the same time allowing for friendly inter-lodge competition and training. This year, the Council of Chiefs decided to not only improve, but also enlarge the training that will go on during the Conclave. Training is one of the most important reasons we come together here each year, so I beg of you to please take advantage of what is offered! Since the weekend I took over as the Klahican Lodge Chief three years ago, through my term as SR-7b Chief, I have had the great honor of working with the most outstanding adult advisors in our Order! I can in no way begin to thank the likes of Bill French, J. Corpening, Patrick Boykin, Jim Taylor, John Fort and Jim Strawbridge for guiding me in the right direction throughout my years as Chief. These individuals have been instrumental in preparing me to enter the real world, which in essence is what an advisor in the Order of the Arrow does for a young man! I feel greatly indebted to these men for all they have done for me! Lastly, I want to thank my great friend Nathan Finnin for the hard work he has put into this Conclave. It take a great leader to be a Lodge Chief, but being able to handle those duties in addition to those of the Conclave Planning Chairman is truly an amazing feat! Without Nathan's unselfish service to SR-7b over the last two years, none of us would have come so far. Brothers, now is the time that we shall all rise to the occasion. The Spirit Award and Honor Lodge Award are on the line this Conclave. Will Klahican win the Spirit Award again? Will Nayawin Rar take home the Honor Lodge Award again? This is up to you to decide! It is with great pride that I present our Camp Bowers to the Section for this Conclave 2000. I consider it my home away from home. Yours in WWW Kevin Anderson SR7b Chief ============================================================================================================ from the LODGE/CONCLAVE CHIEF .NATHAN FINNIN Dear Brothers, Conclave is finally here! This is the time that we will see our hard work come together. We only host this event once every six years, so it is both an honor and a privilege for our lodge, our Council and our camp. I would like to thank all of the committee chairmen and advisors for the hard work that they have put forward to make this a successful event. It has been both a challenging, and a rewarding experience being the Conclave Chief this year, but without you, none of this would have been possible. Still, there is so much left to do before "show time". Workdays before Conclave are desperately needed!!! Camp Bowers, after suffering one disaster after another, is in need of some final "touch-ups", and we, as Arrowmen need to answer the call of service! Time is running out, and we can't expect the "clean up fairy" to come do it! The First Aid Lodge needs a final clean up, as do the campsites. For those of you who were at the last fellowship, there are still more brush piles that need to be moved. EVERY weekend is a work weekend from now to Conclave!!! Bring your troop, bring your family, you can even bring a friend!!! Please contact the Camp Ranger, Doyle Owens @ 910-866-4489, to arrange plans for workdays (tools, assignments, etc.) Please plan to be at the Lodge sponsored Workday Saturday, March 18. Our Summer Fellowship is coming up, and it is time to elect new officers to lead our lodge. All those who are interested in running need to think long and hard about the responsibilities that come with a leadership position of any capacity. We will also be setting up for Summer Camp, so we need all the helping hands we can get. I would encourage any Arrowman that is interested in having a fun summer to apply for a summer camp-staff position. I would also like to personally invite all of you to attend the weekly Wednesday night campfires, where we will be tapping out new candidates for the next lodge year. As this is the last letter that I will be sending before Conclave, I would like to once again thank all of those who have helped in any way. We are all members of this lodge, and should be proud to be affiliated with such a distinguished group of Scouters. As both Lodge Chief and Conclave Chief, I have found the true meaning of brotherhood, and cheerful service. Thanks again to all of you, and I will see at Camp for Conclave 2000!!! Yours in WWW Nathan Finnin ============================================================================================================ You are Cordially invited. Nicholas Hancock BROTHERS, You are cordially invited to attend and participate in the 1st Annual Craven County Intertribal Powwow May 5-7, at the Craven County Fairground, three miles east of New Bern, N.C. on Hwy. 70 East. This is a non-competitive powwow for dancers. We are giving $3000 total in dancer day money drawings throughout the three days. Dancers must register to be eligible for the drawings, but there is NO registration fee charged. We are having a drum contest with $1000 total awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Drums must register to participate, but there is NO registration fee charged. Registered dancers and drum singers will be fed each day by the Craven County Fair Association, Inc. The Powwow personnel lineup is: MC: John Blackfeather Jefferies (Occaneechi) Host Drum: Estayapi Wambli (Eagle Scout) from Louisville, Ky. Arena Director: Tyrone Grayhorse (Tuscarora) Head Male Dancer: Cody Jacobs (Lumbee) Head Female Dancer: Dawn Jones (Oglala Lakota) Powwow Director: Deborah Wayne (Lenape), 252-244-0357 or email@example.com Free camping at the Powwow location. Water and inside toilets, but no showers. Host motel: Days Inn, New Bern, N.C., 252-636-0773 I hope you can be with us. Nicholas Hancock ========================================================================================================= western chapter! BROTHERS OF KLAHICAN LODGE, I am pleased to announce that the Western Chapter is reorganizing under new leadership. With the support of our members the Western Chapter will once again become an active part of the Klahican Lodge. Current officers include: Austin Morris, Chapter Chief Stuart Harrel, Vice-Chief David Harling, temporary Chapter Advisor The Western Chapter will be holding an organizational meeting to elect additional officers, schedule meeting times, dates, places, discuss program ideas and any other issues that need to be addressed. The first meeting will take place in Laurinburg, at the First United Methodist Church on Main Street, at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, April 4. Members of the Western Chapter should receive a mailing regarding this meeting, and I encourage everyone to attend. Our first regular chapter meeting will be in May. If you have any questions, contact me by phone at 910-276-2503, or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org In WWW Austin Morris Chief, Western Chapter ========================================================================================================= How to Make a Good Arrow Bill Parker As I was getting ready for bed one evening, I happened to look over at the chair where my OA sash had been laid. For some reason, I focused on the arrow. I had recently purchased a book on how to make authentic Native American bows and arrows. I had never realized that the making of arrows was so involved. The book revealed that there were actually two processes involved in the making of quality arrows. The first process involved the selection and gathering of materials for the arrow. Many shafts appeared to be acceptable at first glance. Upon closer examination, they were passed up. Only the best materials were selected. The second process involved the actual skills and techniques used to make the arrow. As I looked at my sash, I realized the similarities between the making of a quality arrow and our Order. The warrior spent much time in selecting only the best materials. Each of you was selected by your peers because they thought you to be among the "best materials". Making a good arrow takes time, skills and work. So, too, the making of an OA brother takes time. The process of arrow making requires scraping, straightening, and tempering. The Scout Oath, Scout Law, Cheerful Service and the acquisition of Scouting skills scrape, straighten and temper the young person. The arrow was very important. It was used to provide food, shelter, and protection for the warrior. The quality of the young warrior's life depended on the quality of his arrows. Sometimes his very life depended on them. They were not readily cast aside and were often retrieved and used over and over again. The arrow had to be strong, straight and true. You too, my brothers are called to be strong, straight, and true. Strong physically, in your character, and in your spirituality. Straight in your thinking, actions, and dealings with others. True to your calling, your God, your country, and yourselves. You were selected by fellow scouts as examples of all that is good in Scouting. You have been shaped and formed by the teachings of your leaders and the experiences you have had in Scouting. Just as a good arrow spends its life in service, you are called to spend your life in cheerful service. During the upcoming Conclave, take time to look around you, meet as many new "arrowmen" as you can, and realize that we have all been created by a Master Creator who only creates the best. Also realize that, like the arrow, we were created to serve and not just rest in the quiver.