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History of the O-Shot-Caw Lodge

Take a look at the impressive accomplishments of O-Shot-Caw Lodge 265!

 

South Florida Council of Miami, Florida has had two “Order of the Arrow” Lodges.

 

On June 20,1944, our local lodge was chartered by the National Lodge, Order of the Arrow, WWW under the name Ala-Paw-Tah Lodge 265. Unfortunately, very little is known about our early lodge. No minutes, patches, neckerchiefs or insignia have been found. On September 8, 1949 our Scout Executive disbanded the lodge seemingly for excessive adult involvement.

For six years, we had no OA lodge. Former OA brothers moving to Miami lobbied for a new lodge here. Finally in April 1955, Tom Gato, Camp director of Camp Snapper Creek was instructed to visit the Area Meet (Section Conference) and report back to Scout Executive McFarland. The report had a positive effect and Mr. McFarland approved a new lodge. On June 28, 1955 the National Office chartered O-Shot-Caw Lodge 265. On August 5, 1955, 22 candidates gathered at Camp Snapper Creek for their first Ordeal. The Aal-Pa-Tah Lodge 237 ceremonies team came down to induct our first candidates.

By 1956 we had grown to over 125 brothers and our first 3 vigils were inducted at the National Order of the Arrow Conference. Richard Galeano, Joseph Galeano and Harold Hollis were these first vigils.

The Galiano brothers were Indian hobbyists and encouraged the lodge to become active in Group Indian Dance - a tradition that continues until today.

O-Shot-Caw 265 has won first place in Section Group Dance in the following years: 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, and 2007. This is a total of 28 times on a Section level. O-Shot-Caw has won first place in National Team Dance in 1961, 1963, 1969, 1986, and 1990. In recent history, O-Shot-Caw has placed second in the National Team Dance competition in 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2002 and 2006.

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We are not just a dancing lodge, however. We have won the coveted title of Best All Around Lodge in our Section for a total of thirteen times: 1973, 1985, 1986, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010. Notice that nine of those victories are consecutive.

At the 2000 National Order of the Arrow Conference, the NOAC Special Events Committee established the “NOAC Spirit Award”. The award is a glass acrylic flame with the NOAC patch engraved on it. Lodges that demonstrate, spirit, teamwork, and leadership for a common goal are considered for this award. O-Shot-Caw was a recipient of the NOAC spirit award at both the 2000 and 2002 National Conference.

O-Shot-Caw Lodge has received two nationally recognized lodge awards since our founding. In 1969, O-Shot-Caw Lodge was one of the first recipients of the “E. Urner Goodman Camping Award E. Urner Goodman Camping Award.” Its purpose is to encourage and challenge Order of the Arrow members and lodges to increase their effectiveness in promoting and increasing Scout camping in each council.

National Service AwardIn the summers of 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and now 2016, O-Shot-Caw became a recipient of the coveted National Service Award. The National Service Award was established to recognize lodges in each region that have performed outstanding service, both in a qualitative and a quantitative sense, to their council.

In 1959, just 4 years after our reorganization, we hosted the Section Conference. Art Tate, our chief from 1956-58, and later a decorated Vietnam Veteran, recalls his fondest memory of that conference, its theme. “A man who can lead 10 others is better than the man who can do the work of 10”.

We hosted the Section Conferences in 1959, 1963, 1971, 1979, 1987, 1996, 2005 and in 2016. In 1975 we hosted the first Section Seminars training event held with the Council of Chiefs. We have hosted the section seminars again in 1977, 1978, 1985, & 1995.

We have an honorable record of service to the Order of the Arrow beyond our lodge, with 1 brother serving as a National Officer and 26 brothers serving as Section Officers, including 9 Section Chiefs.

 

O-Shot-Caw Lodge National Officers
Alex Gomez - Southern Region Chief - 2007
Section Officers from O-Shot-Caw Lodge:
Jim Rogan
Historian - 1957
Tom Davis
Treasurer - 1959
Doug Kirk
Vice Chief - 1961
Bill Partridge
Treasurer - 1962
Tom Watts
Chief - 1963
Rick Louden
Treasurer - 1963
Dan Newall
Vice Chief - 1965
Buddy Marker
Historian - 1967
Wes Griffin
Vice Chief - 1968
Don Graham
Treasurer - 1970
Larry Cook
Treasurer - 1971
Larry Cook
Vice Chief - 1972
Mark Wilson
Treasurer - 1974
Mark Wilson
Treasurer - 1974
Bill Cowles
Chief - 1975
Tim Caster
Vice Chief - 1977
Barry Ekle
Chief - 1979
Gary Nolan
Vice Chief - 1985
Mike Weinthal
Vice Chief - 1986
Phil Engelmann
Chief - 1986
Jorge Mederos
Historian - 1986
Jason Wolz
Vice Chief - 1994
Jason Wolz
Chief - 1995
George Michna
Vice Chief - 1995
Devang Desai
Chief - 1996
Alexander Rubin
Treasurer - 1997
Alex Gomez
Vice Chief - 2005
Alex Gomez
Chief - 2006
Geoffrey Landau
Chief - 2006
Geoffrey Landau
Chief - 2007
Jamie Nelson
Secretary - 2007
Frank Gamez
Secretary - 2010
Frank Gamez
Chief - 2011
Allan Randall
Secretary - 2011


DSA Three of our Brothers have served or are serving as National OA Committee Men - Thomas Tatham, Ron Bell and Alex Gomez. Ten have received the Order's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award: Thomas Tatham (1988), Phil Engelman (1988), Ron Bell (1988), John Rotruck (1996), Devang Desai (1998), Robert Kuntsman (2002), Paul Anderson (2004), Stan Hoff (2004), Geoff Landau (2009), Alex Gomez (2009), Jason Wolz (2012) and Barry J.F. Ekle (2015). Twice we have had national conference vice chiefs: Jason Wolz, conference vice chief of Indian Events at the 1995 Philmont Retreat and again in 1996 at NOAC with Devang Desai serving as conference vice chief of Indian Events.

In 1975 we formed a joint contingent with Echockotee Lodge 200 of Jacksonville to attend NOAC and in 1985 we formed a joint contingent with Osceola 564 for the OA Philmont Trek.

We are justifiably proud of our service to the Section, but service to our Council is our greatest pride. In 1992, following the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, O-Shot-Caw launched a program of Brothers helping Brothers to rebuild the troops destroyed by the hurricane and we mounted a monumental effort to restore the two South Florida camps heavily damaged by this storm: Camp Everglades and Camp Seminole. Thousands of man-hours were donated to scouting by the O-Shot-Caw lodge.

Following a tragic accident and the loss of a brother’s life in 1991 we established the Joseph Aaron Abbot Campership fund to aid Scouts in need to go to summer camp. Yearly our Haunted Forest and now the Scout Youth Expo have donated thousands of dollars to this cause. So far over $106,500.00 has been raised and distributed to our fellow Scouts.

In 1999, O-Shot-Caw noticed a problem with Brotherhood retention among lodges around the nation. In response to this problem, O-Shot-Caw Lodge created the First Year Arrowman Program. The First Year Arrowman Program has been such a success that it was featured in the National Lodge Program Resource Book, and the National Bulletin. Moreover, dozens of lodges around he nation have contacted our Lodge Executive Committee for more information on the First Year Arrowman Program.

For O-Shot-Caw Lodge, we “find the greater beauty in the life of cheerful service”. Brotherhood, Cheerfulness, Service!

 

O-Shot-Caw Lodge Chiefs
Clell Coleman
1955-1955
Joe Galeano
1955-1956
Art Tate
1956-1957
Art Tate
1957-1958
Phillip Barnett
1958-1959
Aaron Todd
1959-1960
Doug Kirk
1960-1961
Bill Partridge
1961-1962
Rick Louden
1962-1963
Bruce Minger
1963-1964
Bob Rowe
1964-1965
Ed Partridge
1965-1966
Ron Bell
1966-1967
Charles Marker
1967-1968
Wes Griffin
1968-19
Chris Lane
1969-1970
John Howard
1970-1971
David Blackard
1971-1972
Bill Cowles
1972-1973
Bill Cowles
1973-1974
Joseph Spoto
1974-1975
Tim Caster
1975-1976
James P. Durden
1976-1977
James E. Keener
1977-1978
Steve Servais
1978-1979
Jorge Rodreguez
1979-1980
Mark Janofsky
1980-1981
Mark Manley
1981-1982
Gary Nolan
1982-1983
Phil Engelmann
1983-1984
Phil Engelmann
1984-1985
Phil Engelmann
1985-1986
Mike Adams
1986-1987
Marc Stewart
1987-1988
Marc Stewart
1988-1989
Chris Miller
1989-1990
Chris Miller
1990-1991
Rick Duley
1991-1992
Devang Desai
1992-1993
Devang Desai
1993-1994
Devang Desai
1994-1995
Tony Licuidine
1995-1996
Bobby Kunstman
1996-1997
Ivan Lopez
1997-1998
Ivan Lopez
1998-1999
Sean McKnight
1999-2000
Josh Levenson
2000-2001
Josh Levenson
2001-2002
Josh Levenson
2002-2003
Brian Polino
2003-2004
Brian Polino
2004-2005
Geoffrey Landau
2005-2007
Chaz Pinna
2007
Michael Worley
2007-2008
Mark Jelincic
2008-2009
Brad Schmidt
2009-2010
Jonathan Yost
2010-2012
Matt C.
2013-2015
Mike B.
2015-2016

Wyatt E.

2016-2017