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The Dixie Fellowship is the Order of the Arrow conclave for 11 lodges that stretch along a center line across the North Carolina / South Carolina border. In the west it reaches Asheville, NC (Tsali 134) and dips down into eastern Georgia with Augusta (Bob White 87) and Savannah (Tomo Chi Chi 119). The name was first coined for the event in 1952 and this annual gathering has been held every year except 1969 when no conclaves were held across the country. Through different alignments the Dixie has contained as many as 14 different lodges in multiple configurations over time. Since the early 2000s the current makeup of 11 lodges has held firm. The memorabilia issued by the Dixie is highly collectible and has a history that dates back to the 1947 Area Z patch. The modern Dixie includes a variety of items including member lodges producing memorabilia promoting their spirit theme for the weekend.
For more than three decades Hank Birdsong has been experimenting with making patch history books for Scouting memorabilia collectors. In this first installment of a new chat format for Boy Scout collectors Hank and I talk about that story using Google+ Hangout. Hank grew up in Wahissa Lodge 118 of the Old Hickory Council and …Read More
The November Council of Chiefs meeting has come and gone which means that plans are really finalized for the 2014 Dixie Fellowship to be held at Camp Coker and hosted by Santee Lodge 116. For memorabilia collectors this Dixie is going to be pretty typical as far as the items that will be issued. It …Read More
One of the pieces of memorabilia that Dixie Fellowship collectors have been picking up for almost fifty years now is a coffee mug. You might be surprised to know that Dixie mugs actually can claim a longer run that the more popular neckerchiefs. It all started in 1965 when Santee Lodge 116 hosted the Dixie …Read More
There are many collectors who have attempted to put together a patch collection for the Dixie Fellowship. Far fewer is the number that have tackled trying to get all the official neckerchiefs issued for the Dixie. You can take the patch collection back to 1947 if you want to go deep into the era of …Read More