Order of the Arrow

 

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2015 Lodge Leadership

Lodge Chief                                   Adam Kokus

Executive Vice Chief                       Nicholas Gindele

Vice Chief of Program                     Adam Hoffman

Vice Chief of Administration            Jake Scott                           

Lodge Secretary                             Bobby Thompson

Lodge Treasurer                             Open                    

Lodge Adviser                                Evan Erickson

Lodge Staff Adviser                        Dan Lindh

 

Chapter Officers Monongahela South
Chapter (Area 1) Chapter Chief                                    Chris Johnston                  Adviser Jim Gallagher

Nischa Nimat Chapter (Area 2)
Chapter Chief                                                             Sam Sesti                        Adviser Chris Sokiera

Mohican Chapter (Area 3)
Chapter Chief                                                             Michael Wojcik                 Adviser Art & Barb Sylvester

Chartiers Creek Chapter (Area 4)
Chapter Chief                                                             Alex Flenniken                   Adviser Craig Zender
 
Nimat Wachtschu Chapter (Area 6)
Chapter Chief                                                             William Blackford              Adviser George Kokus
 
Ahtuhquog Chapter (Area 7)
Chapter Chief                                                             Montgomery Sires             Adviser Brian Westfall

 

2015 Lodge Family Banquet
Allohak Menewi's 4th Annual lodge banquet will be held at Stratigos Banquet Hall in North Huntingdon on Sunday November 8, 2015. Doors will open at 3:00 PM with the dinner to follow at 4:00 PM. Awards presentations and induction of the 2016 Lodge officers will follow after the meal. Cost of the banquet is $20.00 per person. This is a family event and guests are welcome. You will be asked for the number of guests you are bringing when you register. Additional information including menu and awards being presented will be posted as soon as they are available click here to register.

2016 Officer Elections
Elections to be held at the Allohak Menewi Summer Social at Camp Seph Mack on Saturday, August 22, 2015

This is your opportunity to be a part of the leadership of Allohak Menewi Lodge.  Here are the details:

 Lodge officer positions (Elected by Lodge Youth Membership):

  • Lodge Chief –  Youth leader of the Lodge with responsibility for program and adherence to policies.
  • Vice Chief of Administration – Will report directly to the Lodge Chief and support the administrative functions of the Lodge, including Elections, Membership, Training, Communications, and more.
  • Vice Chief of Program – Will report directly to the Lodge Chief and support the lodge’s annual program, including, Inductions, Activities, Service, Section/National Events and more.
  • Executive Vice Chief – Will be the Primary interface with all the chapters.

 Lodge Officer Positions (Appointed by Lodge Chief and Vice Chiefs):

  • Secretary – Maintains minutes of Executive Committee meetings and other Lodge records.
  • Treasurer – responsible for financial matters of the Lodge.

Elected officers will take office on January 1, 2016 and continue through December 31, 2016. 

Chapters are an integral part of the operation and administration of the Lodge.  Chapter Officers will be elected at a later date.

Are you qualified to be an officer?

  • Must be registered with the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Must be a member in good standing of either Allohak Menewi Lodge #57 at the time of the election (Aug. 22, 2015).
  • Must be under 21 years old throughout 2016.
  • Should have prior service in the OA.
  • Must have or be committed to completing NLS training.
  • Must be committed to Scout Oath and Law and the Order’s Obligation.

 How do you get your name on the ballot?

  • Complete a 2015 “Petition to Run for Office” indicating the position for which you intend to run.  State the position you seek, your qualifications and your understanding of the position.  This petition MUST be emailed/ sent or given to Evan Erickson, Allohak Menewi Lodge adviser by Noon on August 16, 2014 
    • Email – evankerickson@yahoo.com
    • Address – 302 Primrose Drive, Sarver, PA  16055
    • Telephone – Home 724.295.0481, Cell 724.799.0640
    • You may be asked to meet with Evan Erickson, Lodge Adviser and Dan Lindh, Lodge Staff Adviser.  Early submissions are suggested and strongly encouraged
    • Discuss this position with your parents and confirm their support of your decision to provide this valuable service to Allohak Menewi Lodge

How do I present my outlook for the new lodge to the voting youth?

  • Talk to those youth members you know and let them know of your decision.
  • Opportunities will be provided at the Summer Social for all candidates to present themselves to the youth members of the lodge, prior to the elections at the Saturday Dinner.  Thus, plan to attend The Lodge Summer Social and encourage other youth to also attend.

 The Election Process:

  • All Petitions to Run for Office must be provided by Noon on Saturday, August 16, 2014.
  • The slate of candidates will be:
    • displayed at the Lodge Summer Social
    • emailed through existing contact lists
    • Ballots will be provided to all youth eligible to vote.  You must be a member in good standing of either Allohak Menewi Lodge #75 at the time of the election (Aug. 15, 2014).
    • If you have not paid your 2014 dues when preparing to vote, an opportunity to pay dues will be available at the Lodge Summer Social.
    • Results will be announced Saturday Evening at the Lodge Summer Social.

FROM THE CHIEF
Dear Scoutmaster,

During the 2013 Lodge year, it was decided to phase out Order of the Arrow elections at Laurel Highlands Council summer camps. Instead, we will shift our focus towards conducting Home Troop Elections, OA elections held at your unit meeting prior to the start of the summer. While these elections at camp are likely something that you are used to, we have identified numerous reasons to phase them out – largely the strain that it puts on the Summer Camp staff. By removing this additional duty from the Summer Camp staff, and putting it rightly on the Lodge, we enable the staff to gain time back that will go towards planning, preparation, paperwork, and additional time to work directly with Scouts attending camp. In addition, the 2015 Lodge year is extremely significant to the Order as a whole – as it is our Centennial year. The Order of the Arrow was founded in 1915, and to commemorate this anniversary Lodges all across the nation are taking steps to further the missions of the Order. One way that our Lodge is going to play a more active role in Scouting in our Council is to strive to visit each unit yearly. This goal lines up perfectly with the new need to conduct OA elections at unit meetings. With this visitation, a representative of the Lodge will come to a scheduled meeting – scheduled between your unit and the Lodge. This representative will offer a short presentation on the Order and its opportunities for camping and service, as well as fellowship and high adventure. Afterwards, he will conduct your unit’s election – ensuring that not only are proper election policies followed, but also answering questions and clearing up confusion that many Lodges have about eligibility of Scouts. The representative will be a resource for the Troop during the election, and will aid the Troop by informing the youth Scouts of the opportunity to become an OA unit representative, growing them into a resource within your unit. Finally, the lodge’s representative will offer the unit with a camping promotion to build enthusiasm for Summer Camp and answer questions that younger scouts may have about camp. Furthermore, we understand that it often occurs that a unit or Scouts do not attend a Summer Camp in our Council, and therefore we will be working to expand opportunities to conduct callouts at other events – such as district camporees. More details on that will be released when they are finalized.

I thank you for your understanding in this matter, and look forward to working with you, and your unit, to grow the Lodge, the Order, and the Scouting program.

Yours in Service,

Adam Kokus
Allohak Menewi Lodge Chief


2015 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL (DUES)

It is that time of year again. It’s time to renew your membership with the Order of the Arrow. Remember that if you do not pay your dues, you are not an active member and as such are not entitled to wear the OA flap on your uniform or wear the OA sash. In addition, you cannot attend one of the many events we have throughout the year without first paying you dues. SO, why not go online to lodge57.org and select the ANNUAL LODGE MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL link and complete you renewal. Dues are only $12 for the year up until March 1 at which time they are $15.

One word of caution. Many Troops take advantage of the OA roster that is given to the Troops at recharter time to pay their annual dues. If your Troop does that, please make sure you haven't already been paid for before you register and pay online. It will save some money headaches.

CLICK HERE TO PAY YOUR DUES FOR 2015

NEW CANDIDATE INFORMATION


Congratulations, you have been elected by your fellow Scouts as a candidate for membership in the Order of the Arrow. Your fellow Scouts must think highly of you. They have chosen you to be inducted into Scouting’s National Honor Society. It is truly an honor to be chosen for membership in the Order. You are about to embark on an incredible journey. You are eligible for Ordeal membership. The Ordeal is an important part of the membership process. The purpose of the Order and the symbols of the Ordeal will be explained to you at the Ordeal. You must arrive at the Ordeal prior to 7:00 PM that Friday evening, but please do not arrive before 5:30 PM.  Be sure to bring a copy of your health form.  The Ordeal will conclude no later than 10:00 AM on Sunday morning. You need to stay through the entire event to complete your Ordeal so please plan accordingly.

The cost for the weekend covers the cost of your sash, a current Allohak Menewi Lodge flap, an OA handbook, weekend food, and your membership dues for the remainder of this year. Following your induction you will have the opportunity to purchase lodge items.

Important Information and what you will need to bring the with you for the weekend:

SAFETY CHECK: There will be a safety check of candidates prior to heading out to begin the Ordeal.  Any scout deemed unprepared to begin the ordeal will be given the opportunity find the necessary resources (borrow from friends or current arrowmen) to complete the Ordeal.  If resources cannot be acquired the candidate will have to sit out until the next scheduled Ordeal.

For Friday night (YOU WILL BE SLEEPING OUTSIDE UNDER THE STARS)

Sleeping Bag

Ground Cloth or Tarp

Warm Clothes

Extra Blankets (cold weather only)

Flashlight

Water bottle

Rain Gear

Boots

For Saturday

Work Clothes

Boots or appropriate work shoes

Work Gloves

Water Bottle

Sunscreen (?)

Rain Gear

Shower Gear

Tent

Field Uniform (Class A)

If you have any special health concerns, please give us the specifics of your needs when you register. For adults who may be attending the Ordeal, any power tools that you may need, such as drills, saws, etc., will be provided for you if you will need to use them.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Evan Erickson, OA Lodge Advisor, by emailing him at evankerickson@yahoo.com . You may also call Mollie Gray at Flag Plaza at (412) 325-7913.. 

We look forward to serving and welcoming you into the Order of the Arrow, Allohak Menewi Lodge 57.

Order of the arrow troop Representative

The Order of the Arrow Troop Representative is a youth serving his troop as the primary liaison to the troop’s lodge or chapter. He meets the unit’s needs by providing a communication and programmatic link to and from all Arrowmen, Scouts who are not presently members of the Order, and adult leaders. These efforts are meant to assist the unit and its members in achieving the mission of the Boy Scouts of America, and at the same time fulfilling the lodge’s role in the Strategic Plan of the Order of the Arrow of being an integral part of the council. By setting a good example, he will enhance the image of the Order as a service arm to his unit.

Click here to Read more about OA troop Representative's

Register as your OA troop representative here

ADVISERS CORNER

The following links are here to help you “advise” the youth that run the lodge.

Adviser's Guide to Advising a Chapter Chief

Adviser's Guide to Advising Advisers

Adviser's Guide to Advising Elangomats

Adviser's Guide to Advising Ordeal Administration

Adviser's Guide to Advising the Activities Chairman

Adviser's Guide to Advising the Camping Promotion Chairman

Adviser's Guide to Advising the Ceremonial Function

Adviser's Guide to Advising the Dance Team

Adviser's Guide to Advising the Lodge Chief

Adviser's Guide to Advising the Lodge Secretary

Adviser's Guide to Advising the Lodge Treasurer

Adviser's Guide to Advising the Publications Chairman

Adviser's Guide to Advising the Service Committee

Adviser's Guide to Advising the Unit Election Function

OA High Adventure


Do you need an escape from that 9-5 job, summer classes or the monotony of staring out of your bedroom window longing for something new? If your answer is yes, the Order of the Arrow has the answer for you. Each summer, the Order of the Arrow offers a myriad of different High Adventure opportunities to meet your summer needs whether its wetting your appetite by going for a plunge in the Atlantic Ocean with the Ocean Adventure at the Florida Sea Base; maybe hiking is your passion, what better place to go than the Philmont Scout Ranch where you can hike the same trails as your Scoutmaster or Scouting ancestors as a part of your Trail Crew experience. Have you ever given thought about what the Native Americans and early explorers did to be avid traders, maybe the OA Voyage at Northern Tier is for your calling. Whatever your summer aspirations may be, these National High Adventure bases have put together a multitude of options for you. Along with your one week trek completely designed by you, each Arrowmen will be afforded the opportunity to leave their mark in history by helping to shore up portage trails, backpacking trails or coral reefs. Aside from providing a good deed to each of these high adventure bases, every participant will have the opportunity to work closely with Arrowmen from across the country, who have a similar interest in the future of both the program and the adventure base. You may be thinking that this is a daunting task but it is an experience unlike any other afforded to you in scouting in that it takes you out of your world, and places you with people who want to do something different. It’s not everyday that you can tell your friends that you climbed into Cypher’s Mine, watched the Northern Lights from a canoe or went scuba diving in the Florida Keys. These programs help to insure that the future of scouting has a place to live, work and interact. This summer, try something new or do something you thoroughly enjoy, but do something with the Order of the Arrow High adventure opportunities. For more information about these High Adventure programs, please visit Adventure.oa-bsa.org or Contact Joe Elwell  at joelwell@verizon.net   Your destiny awaits you…

OA Links

 Jumpstart for New Arrowmen  - http://www.jumpstart.oa-bsa.org/