Summer is getting close and with it comes the Conclave. This exciting event open to all arrowmen is the gathering of the five lodges in our region from all over Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Conclaves are made up of fun, fellowship, and trainings on leadership as well as how to best fulfill one's role in their lodge. The culmination of the different lodges allows people to share ideas on how they do things in their own lodge allowing for a growth of ideas to best help each other.
The Conclave this year is hosted by Ajapeu Lodge, 33. It will take place at Camp Ockanickon the weekend of June 7-9. You can find more information about this through the Forms Page, and Sign-Up Online.
Spring Service 2 at Resica Falls Scout Reservation
Thanks to everyone who came out to this past Spring Service! It was a true delight for all of the 236 Brothers who came out to help prepare RFSR for the 2013 camping season. With many projects available to not only return the camp to working order but also to improve upon many of the facilities including new signs for campsites as well as new elements for the C.O.P.E. Course. For a full list of the projects and their outcome, check it out on the Service Update Page.
In addition to all of the projects completed, 49 scouts and scouters were inducted while 21 of our brothers sealed their bond. While all of this happens at every service weekend, something very special about the second Spring Service is that this is the event where some members are honored by keeping their Vigil. Others were honored at the General Members Meeting Sunday morning where nominations for the 2014 Executive Officers were opened.
All in all, it was a very productive and fun filled weekend. We look forward to everyone coming out to the Fall Fellowship. Pictures from the Spring Service are available on our Facebook Page as well as the Photos Page.
The 2013 Unami Lodge Vigil Class
The Vigil Honor is the highest recognition a lodge can bestow upon its members for service to the lodge, the Order of the Arrow, Scouting, and the Scout Camp. Dating to 1915 when our founder, Dr. E. Urner Goodman, was inducted as the first Vigil Honor member, hundreds of Unami Lodge brothers have been chosen to keep their Vigil. At the Second Spring Service weekend at Resica Falls Scout Reservation, Unami Lodge inducted eight brothers into the Vigil Honor in recognition of their dedicated and altruistic service. Those inducted were:
|BOBBY BURKHART - Fire Burns Bright|
|ZACH CROSS - Skilled Lightning Messenger|
|DAVID GIBBONS - Thunder Talker|
|SHAUN GIBBONS - Becomes the Spirit|
|KIERON PLEIS - Eagle Strength|
|STEVE PERRONE - Lives the Oath of Service|
|DONN POTTS SR. - Speaks Wisely|
|DALE WEBER - Nourishes Others|
The Vigil Honor Committee would like to express gratitude to all those brothers who helped to make the Vigil process a success. Preparing and executing the Vigil experience for eight new members is a daunting task, and the Vigil brothers of the lodge accomplished it with cheer and enthusiasm. It would not have been possible without you.
Membership Standards Resolution
If you have not yet heard about the membership standards resolution reached, check it out on scouting.org.
8th Annual Community Service Day
What promised to begin with a cold morning as reported by local weather forecasters turned out to be a beautiful day of Scouting Community Service which was lead by the Brotherhood of Unami Lodge. This year, instead of holding our service day in one location, it was held in four communities and all Scouts and Scouters were welcome to attend, not limited to lodge members. We had an attendance total of 84 of which 64 were registered with the lodge. A big "THANK YOU" goes to all who provided cheerful service.
For a full listing of completed projects, visit us on the Service Update Page.Yours in WWW,
Vice Chief of Chapters
Pay Your Dues!
The 2013 dues invoices were mailed on November 30th and everyone except, those recently inducted (Ordeal) at the 2012 Fall Fellowship weekend, should have received them by now. If you did not get one, please contact Lee Faden at email@example.com and we will send another. Members should carefully check the membership information on the dues notice, make corrections/additions as necessary, and return the form to the council office with a $15.00 dues payment. If your dues payment is not received at the council office by January 31st then you are late and a $5.00 late fee will be added to your charge.
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Lodge Rules and Procedures
At the May service weekend at Resica Falls the youth of Unami Lodge voted to tweak and add some additional rules to our Lodge Rules and Procedures. Read all the Lodge Rules and Procedures (Adopted 5/2012)
The Passing Of Steve Ranjo
Steve was always planning what he wanted to see happen next at Resica Falls, and we are thrilled to tell you that one of those projects will happen this spring, and, it will be dedicated in his memory. A gathering place will be built outside of the dining hall that will include an amazing clock tower, a paved path, and a circle of benches. This gathering area will be used by camp leadership to meet with Scoutmasters, Senior Patrol Leaders, and others. We will also install about 8 benches in this area for people to sit down and enjoy a nice day at camp. Donations from Unami Lodge and the Ranjo family are helping to bring this to life, but, I write to you today asking for your help, as we would like to raise an additional $5,000 over the next 30 days.
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A Turtle That Tweets???
Most people already know that Unami Lodge is on Facebook but now its official, Unami Lodge is now on Twitter and YouTube! We hope to add to our already-existing social media and with an aim to establish better communication with our members Unami Lodge has created a Twitter feed. Twitter and Facebook offer our members instant, constant and convenient information in a timely fashion. Unami's YouTube channel will allow us to post service weekend videos, National OA event promo videos & national event restrospective videos. We are always working to find new and effective ways of communicating with our members, young and old, to get the word out to the broadest spectrum of people. To follow us on Twitter, click on the Twitter button on the menu bar above.
Richards Arena Fundraising Support still needed!
We are grateful for the over $90,000 that we have raised so far, but, we still need to work hard to get across the finish line and reach the project goal of $100,000. At the lodge dinner a new set of flaps was made available for sale, built on the concept of an arena ticket. You can order these new flaps by filling out and submitting the form as soon as possible. The form can be found on the forms page above or you can click here. Outright donations are still needed and being accepted and can be directed to Mark Chilutti. Benches and spaces on the Memorial Wall are also available. Please use the Donation Form. Thank you so much to everyone who has made a gift so far.
Calling all Arrowmen!
Are you interested in helping the lodge? Do you want to get involved but don’t know how? We have an answer! Become an OA Representative. You can serve your lodge by passing information from the Lodge to your unit and in the process fulfill the requirement for a leadership position and also get credit for the Participation Award. This is a great was to get involved in the Lodge and it is a vital program to the lodge. To become an OA Rep, just ask your unit leader to give you the form to fill out and then send it to the address on the bottom of the form or give it to your chapter chief. If your unit leader didn't get a form, or if you have any questions or problems, you should contact your chapter chief.
Everyone interested in getting involved in the lodge should contact Lodge Chief, Ben Lambert at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always looking for additional people to help out on our committees, so pick one that interests you and jump on in. We look forward to working with all of you!
Last updated: May 28, 2013