I hope everyone is doing well now that the Summer has wound down and has started into an amazing Autumn. O-Shot-Caw Lodge has kicked off the fall just perfectly and is standing strong, moving ever forward, and setting the pace for cheerful service.
Back in August, O-Shot-Caw Lodge leaders gathered together for our annual Lodge Leadership Development on August 21, 2010. The event was held at Shula's Hotel in Miami Lakes. The leaders arrived early in the morning and were trained throughout most of the day. The food was excellent, the staff professional, and the training was very worthwhile to all who attended.
After LLD, the Lodge helped South Florida Council host a September 11th Remembrance Ceremony on the ninth anniversary of the tragic attacks. The ceremony began with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer was said by Lee Thornton Davis, a member of the Lodge Executive Committee. We then paused for a moment of silence at 8:46 am, the moment 9 years ago when the first plane hit the first twin tower. The rest of the morning was spent singing patriotic songs and thanking the men and women of the fire and police departments for their courage and protection.
On September 24 - 26, 2010, the Lodge gathered for the Fall Ordeal. The Ordeal was held at the Heron Preserve in Markham Park. Paldani definitely cooked some of the best food I have ever had at an Ordeal. It was very good and we were fed well. Hnu-Ra-Con, brought in some real creativity with their slip-n-slide style of dodge ball, I had a ton of fun playing that one. Also, Elgixin held an excellent Interfaith Worship. Overall, the Lodge gave a ton of cheerful service and had a blast.
Well, as great as the fall has been so far, O-Shot-Caw will ascend to new heights as we venture farther into the year. Coming ever so closely is our annual Haunted Forest. The Haunted Forest will be held on October 22-24th, 2010. I encourage all brothers to attend. Why? Because it is so much fun! I have yet to attend a Haunted Forest and not have the time of my life. And the sole purpose of the event is to raise money for the Joseph Aaron Abbot Campership Fund, a fund created to help scouts go to summer camp. The next event that is also rapidly approaching is Section Seminars. It will be held on November 5-7th, 2010 at Sandhill Scout Reservation in Brooksville, Florida. The event is a huge gathering of Order of the Arrow brothers from across Florida. The gathering is for fellowship with others who share an interest in Service, American Indian Activities, Leadership, or Ceremonies.
I look forward to seeing you all at the Haunted Forest and the Section Seminars!
Yours in Brotherhood,
O-Shot-Caw Lodge Chie