News & Events
Since the last edition of the Patchwork, the O-Shot-Caw Lodge has been busy doing many great things. The Lodge continued our legacy at Section Conference and selected new Leadership at Summer Ordeal.
O-Shot-Caw had an incredible attendance at the 2011 Section S4 Conference held at Tanah-Keeta Scout Reservation near Jupiter, FL. This is where we made our presence known as we filled the camp with our cheers and spirit. We put all our effort into the competitions. When Sunday morning rolled around O-Shot-Caw was awarded for the second time in a row, the Best All Around Lodge trophy along with the Spirit Award. Such a finish is only fit for a great lodge. After the awards, Frank Gamez ran for Section Chief and won. Also, Alan Randall ran for Section Secretary and won. Congratulations to the two of them!
The Summer Ordeal was held at Vista View Park at the beginning of June. Our main project was to build picnic tables for the imminent opening of Camp Elmore (Seminole).
Congratulations to all new Brothers whom were inducted at this Ordeal, I'm proud of how you worked diligently to serve cheerfully. On Sunday, the Lodge chose five youth leaders to serve as the 2011-2012 Lodge Officers. They are myself as Lodge Chief, Kyle Senzig as First Vice, Ryan Rodriguez as Second Vice, Matthew Braun as Secretary, and Joseph Anderson as Treasurer.
The future brings some awesome events. The first is the LEC on August 18th, then Lodge Leadership Development, or LLD, two days later. The LLD will be held at the West Broward Masonic Lodge in Pembroke Pines on August 20th, where those seeking leadership in O-Shot-Caw Lodge can sharpen their leadership skills.
I am so proud to serve one more year as your Lodge Chief. My brothers, O-Shot-Caw has continued its legacy as the Best All-Around Lodge. We will be having a great year this year.
Yours in Brotherhood,
O-Shot-Caw Lodge Chief
The weekend of June 3rd through the 5th was truly one to remember. The O-Shot-Caw Lodge hosted its Summer Ordeal at Vista View Park. At this Ordeal, about 50 new Ordeal Candidates were inducted into our Lodge and 14 existing members sealed their ties in Brotherhood. The Ceremonies Team did an outstanding job this weekend performing all the necessary. This Ordeal wouldn’t have been as great as it was without the unique and unusual Seminole Style cooking by the Hnu-Ra-Con Chapter. Their menu was inspired by the Seminole Indians and included swamp cabbage and quail eggs.
Everybody showed up Friday night, cheerfully looking forward to the day of service that lay ahead. Many service projects were done, such as the building of picnic tables for the reopened Camp Elmore and also garbage that was left on the side of the road outside of Vista View was cleaned up. Sunday morning held what all other Summer Ordeals held, the announcement of the Best All Around Chapter and Lodge Elections. This years Best All Around Chapter is Paldani. After the business meeting, the Lodge Elections began. Everyone who was registered for the event were allowed to vote and I’m sure everybody will agree that this will be another outstanding year for O-Shot-Caw Lodge, with Jonathan Y. serving a second term as our Lodge Chief, Kyle S. was elected the First Vice Chief, Ryan R. received the position of the Second Vice Chief, Matthew B. is our new Secretary, and Joey A. is the Lodge’s Treasurer. Congratulations to our 2011-2012 Lodge Officers!
I hope you all had a wonderful, fun, and safe Holiday season. It has been a successful year and O-Shot-Caw is looking to 2011 without fear. The Lodge has been right on track continuing down the path of cheerful service. We recently held or attended some successful events like Haunted Forest, Section Seminars, and the Scout Show.
On October 23, 2010, at Markham Park, O-Shot-Caw Lodge held our annual Haunted Forest, one of the largest service events in scouting. Over the course of a day, Arrowmen put together a massive display to entertain Cub Scouts and families across South Florida. The 2010 Haunted Forest was extremely successful due to all of the hard work and dedication from the Brothers of O-Shot-Caw Lodge. Our Lodge raised an astonishing $20,000 to support the Joseph Aaron Abbott Campership Fund which helps to make it possible for Scouts with financial needs to attend summer camp.
Following the Haunted Forest, O-Shot-Caw Lodge attended the Section S4 Seminars. It was a chilly weekend, but still lots of fun. The weekend was hosted by Timuquan Lodge and they did an excellent job running the event.
In December our Lodge volunteered to help with the South Florida Council Scout Show. O-Shot-Caw had an Indian Village display where young scouts got the opportunity to learn more about the Drum Team, Dance Team, and the Order of the Arrow.
It is that time of year to pay your annual dues. Please log on to o-shot-caw.org and make your payment. Just around the corner are many exciting events. I can't wait to see you all out there!
It is my pleasure to announce that O-Shot-Caw Lodge #265 is a National Quality Lodge for 2010. This is an outstanding achievement for our Lodge, it is something we aim for because it is the vision the Order of the Arrow has for Brotherhood, Cheerfulness, and Service.
It has been an extraordinary year for us. I have enjoyed serving as your Chief and I look forward to serving you in 2011.
Yours in Brotherhood,
O-Shot-Caw Lodge Chief
All lodge members need to complete udpated Medical Forms and turn them in to Alex Holinko as soon as possible.
You can download the form from the National Website HERE. Be sure to follow the directions from the National Office to include whatever your upcoming activites are: Indian Summer, Summit Corps, etc.
As you all know, the O-Shot-Caw Lodge has been home to some of the finest youth Section leaders for quite some time now. At this year’s Section Conference, the O-Shot-Caw Lodge became home to even more Section S-4 youth leaders in addition to one adult Section leader. Glenn Gomez of the Paldani Chapter was named the new Section Associate Advisor at this year’s Section Conference, the first Associate Advisor ever from O-Shot-Caw.
Becoming the Associate Section Advisor wasn’t all just fun and games. Mr. Gomez became an adult leader in the Order of the Arrow by becoming the Associate Advisor of the Paldani Chapter and then moving on to the Advisor. Over the years in O-Shot-Caw, Mr. Gomez has been the adult Contingent Leader at National, and Section wide events – Arrowcorps5 in 2008, FourCorps in 2010, and this summer’s upcoming event: Indian Summer.
In addition to being the Paldani Chapter Advisor and the Adult leader for various events, Mr. Gomez has also held the position of Associate Advisor to the Ceremonies Team, Advisor to the Dance Team, and the Advisor of the Publications Committee. Within his troop – 492 – Mr. Gomez has served as Scoutmaster, and Life to Eagle Advisor. He now serves as the Unit’s Charter Representative and of course Associate Advisor of Section S-4.
The Publications Committee and Staff on behalf of the entire O-Shot-Caw Lodge, would like to congratulate Mr. Gomez on all of his accomplishments and thank him for his constant dedication and servitude to the Order of the Arrow, Section S-4, and the O-Shot-Caw Lodge.