Tsoiotsi Tsogalii Lodge 70 “Fall OA Experience”

On the weekend of November 8 – 10, 2013 Tsoiotsi Tsogalii Lodge 70 held a great fellowship.  The weekend included four major activities:  Stew Fundraiser, an Ordeal, Webelosree, and Museum Dedication.

Tsoiotsi Tsogalii 2013 FallFor over thirty years the current lodge and its predecessor (Tsalagi Lodge 163) has made its version of Brunswick Stew.  On Friday over 1,400 quarts were produced and sold as the lodge’s major fundraiser.  About 50 candidates participated in the lodge’s third Ordeal of the fall.  On Saturday morning over 100 Webelos Scouts and leaders visited Cherokee Scout Reservation to experience Boy Scouting activities hosted by the OA.

On Saturday afternoon a special museum dedication ceremony was held.  The Old North State Council Scout Museum was named for Bill Pergerson.   Bill was a former scoutmaster, lodge advisor, Wood Badge staffer, Vigil honor member, Silver Beaver recipient, and PATCH TRADER!  Bill enjoyed collecting merit badges, patrol medallions, and local OA issues.  He attended numerous trade-o-rees with his fellow lodge members David Pugh and Johnny Somers.

Saturday evening included a special dinner featuring a keynote address from SR-7B Section Chief Kenneth Erickson.  David Pugh (Museum Head Curator and avid patch trader) was honored by the lodge with recognition of a James E. West Fellowship for his leadership in developing the council’s museum.  Later that evening a number of youth and adults enjoyed some patch trading.  Most of the interest was in issues from Tsoiotsi Tsogalii Lodge and its predecessor lodges:  Tali Taktaki #70, Keyauwee #70, Tsalagi #163 and Uwharrie #208.

A beautiful, fully embroidered patch was issued to participants.  It measures 4.5” by 3.25” and features the lodge totem, red-tailed hawk, perched on a pine tree branch.

Submitted by Website Editor Rick Horne
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