Tsoiotsi Tsogalii Lodge 70 2014 Fall Fellowship
On the weekend of November 7 – 9 Tsoiotsi Tsogalii Lodge held its Fall Fellowship. About 200 Brothers gathered at Cherokee Scout Reservation for fun, fellowship and to celebrate the lodge’s 20th anniversary.
Friday started early with a small crew preparing the lodge’s annual fundraiser activity. For over 30 years the lodge has made its version of Brunswick Stew. Quarts are sold for $6.00 each and this year over 1,500 quarts were prepared. The lodge was pleased to welcome Section Chief Stephen Frein of Occoneechee Lodge to the event and he was put to work in helping stir the stew. That evening a number of Brothers were seen trading patches during the cracker barrel.
On Saturday the lodge welcomed 200 Webelos Scouts, their parents and leaders to camp for the annual Webelos-ree. From 9:30 to 3:00 the young Scouts were treated to many activities all over camp. They made Indian crafts, beat the drum and tried Indian dancing. There were games and displays in several program areas and they got a look at what it means to be a Boy Scout and attend summer camp. After lunch the Old North State Council dedicated the camp Rifle Range to Ted Williams. Ted recently retired as a longtime professional in the council. He served Section SR-7B as Staff Advisor for many years and in 2012 was presented the OA’s Distinguished Service Award (DSA). Later that afternoon the annual patch auction was held with many local patches going to eager collectors.
During the weekend Brothers were able to purchase the lodge’s recently released 2015 NOAC fundraiser patches. The five, two-piece sets were sold as a group with a limit of 5 sets per member. A fine banquet was held that evening followed by a brief presentation on the 2015 SR-7B Conclave given by the Section Chief. The new Brotherhood ceremony was performed Saturday night for the first time by Tsoiotsi Tsogalii Lodge. A Dutch oven competition provided some tasty desserts to the lodge’s Birthday celebration.
This fun-filled weekend concluded on Sunday morning with everyone looking forward to 2015 and celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow.
Submitted by Website Editor Rick Horne
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