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turtleSpring Service 1

Thanks to all of you who came out to this past weekend! As you probably expect, we got a lot done to ready the beautiful scout reservation for another year of cub camp and the new merit badge program for older scouts. 300 people joined us this past weekend. 88 candidates joined our order while 44 of our brothers sealed the bond of Broterhood. We look forward for much to come from our newer brothers.

For a recap of the work done this weekend, check out the Service Update Page for a list of the projects from this past weekend. We can't wait to see you up at Resica Falls for the second Spring Service in May! Until then, though, check out the slideshow from this past weekend.

turtleThe 2014 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 will induct thirteen brothers into the Vigil Honor in recognition of their dedicated and altruistic service. Those selected for this honor are:

Paul BowmanJ.R. Brockman
Michael DallatoreBrett Davis
John GerlachThomas Epp
Andrew KisslingDaniel Murphy
Patrick LewisJ. Michael Penzone
Tyler ScardecchioJoanne Strom
Sebastian Weinmann

turtleNE-5B Conclave Updated

The 2014 NE-5B Section Conclave will be held June 6-8, 2014 at Goose Pond Scout Reservation located in Lake Ariel, PA. The cost is $40 for youth arrowman and $45 for adult arrowman. Please join us for a weekend of fun,training, & fellowship with the Lodges from our Section for their annual gathering. For more information or to register please see the registration form or contact: ala_program@UnamiLodge.org.

For those of you who would like to get first dibs on Conclave Merchandise, the Pre-Order Form is now available on our Forms Page!

turtle2014 Annual Lodge Report

Within the past year, Unami Lodge, One has achieved many goals. Each year, lodges across the nation strive for Gold in the Journey to Excellence program; I am proud to say that Unami achieved Gold in the Journey to Excellence program for 2013. I want to ensure Unami Lodge, One Gold in the Journey to Excellence program this year. We have a lot of work cut out for us within the year because our 100th Anniversary is approaching us swiftly. In a mere 10 months, Unami Lodge, One and the Order of the Arrow will begin celebrating its 100th Anniversary.

That is just a brief snippet from this year's Annual Report. For more information check out the 2014 Annual Lodge Report.

turtle2014 Dues Notification

The 2014 Membership cards were mailed on Friday February 28 and you should be receiving your new membership card shortly. If you do not receive your 2014 membership card by March 15th then please contact Lee Faden the Membership Adviser at membership@unamilodge.org to get a new card re-issued.

If you have not yet paid your dues, there is still time left. Join us on our Dues Card Page for more information about how to pay your dues.

turtleSteve Ranjo Memorial Clock tower

Construction for the Steve Ranjo Memorial Clock tower started at the beginning of this past summer and. Now nearing its completion it will serve as a place for scouts and scouters to meet on the parade field to talk, teach, learn, and live. The video from the unveiling of the clock face is available below. We are still looking for donations however to help cover the cost. Donations from Unami Lodge and the Ranjo family are helping to bring this to life, but if you could help us out by donating, that would be greatly appreciated.

For more information or to make a donation click here.

turtleHigh Adventure

The thrill of our High Adventure Bases runs far and wide across America, and nobody in the world is better at sharing those experiences than the Scouts. Nobody.

Nobody offers more exhilarating or a wider variety of high adventure for young people than the Boy Scouts of America. Through high adventure experiences, The Boy Scouts of America leaves lasting memories with youth and fosters development in character and leadership.

Challenge yourself at BSA's High Adventure Bases. From the aquatic adventures of Florida Sea Base to the canoeing or winter camping challenge of Northern Tier, from the backpacking expeditions at Philmont Scout Ranch to the adventure sports programs at The Summit Bechtel Reserve, these experiences will shape you and teach you about yourself.

Will you answer the call?

The Order of the Arrow in the Boy Scouts of America, in its focus on service, offers a High Adventure component containing four different programs at the national level that focus on conservation. These programs occur at the four national high adventure bases that the Boy Scouts own. They are only open to youth aged 14 to 20, with specific ages varying by program, and are available at a substantially lower price than other programs at the base. They each include a period of service and a trek period during which the participants get to plan their own routes and experience the best of the bases.

turtleLegacy Lid

Now that your lodge's rock has been sent off, it's time to move forward with sharing your lodge's history with the rest of the country as we move towards celebrating the Order of the Arrow's 100th Anniversary.

The next step is to ponder the legacy your lodge has left in the Order's first 100 years serving your council and the legacy your lodge wants to make in a new century of service. At last year's NOAC, each lodge was given a Centennial crate to assist lodges in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the OA. In 2013, your lodge's charge is to take the lid to this crate and paint it on one side to reflect your lodge's legacy. Consider incorporating the design for your 100th anniversary NOAC 2015 contingent flap into the lid design.

Your lid should be kept by your lodge and put in a safe place. We will ask you to bring these to NOAC in 2015.

Our lid was designed and painted by John Gerlach. Thanks John for this excellent work.

turtleA 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.

turtleCalling 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.

turtleGet Involved!

Everyone interested in getting involved in the lodge should contact Lodge Chief, Kieron Pleis at chief@unamilodge.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: April 17, 2014

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