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Congratulations to our latest OA members who participated in the recent Ordeal at Camp Strake:

Craig C.
Connor G.
Zachary W.

News - Section and National Events

2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) August 1- 6, 2009 at Indiana University. Please mark your calendars and make plans to attend NOAC ! If you have never been to a NOAC, then you don't know what you are missing! A $100 deposit is required to reserve a spot. The fee has now been set at $825, with final payment due by June 15, 2009. THERE ARE STILL SOME SPOTS OPEN FOR YOUTH OA MEMBERS, SO IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO SIGN UP. PLEASE CONTACT ALAN EL-LAHHAM AT This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ASAP IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.

New OA Fax number

Colonneh Lodge now has a dedicated fax number: 713-865-9150. All OA correspondence should be sent to this number.


NOAC Shakedown Meeting

July 12, 3:00 pm

There is a mandatory contingent shake down meeting on July 12 at the Cockrell Service Center. All contingent members and their parent/guardian are required to be in attendance. At this meeting contingent members will be getting their ID cards, picking up registration packets, meeting with medical staff and adult advisers, and discussing packing, logistics, and transportation, etc. This is a very important meeting for all NOAC contingent members.


PowWow Planning Meetings

PowWow planning meetings are now on the Lodge calendar. Each chapter will need to send a representative to help ensure a successful event.

Aug 9

Fall PowWow Planning Meeting, 1:00pm

Cockrell Service Center

Aug 23

Fall PowWow Planning Meeting, 12:00 – 2:00pm

Cockrell Service Center

Sept 3

Fall PowWow Planning Meeting, 7:00pm

Cockrell Service Center

Sept 17

Fall PowWow Planning Meeting, 7:00pm

Cockrell Service Center

Sept 24

Fall PowWow Planning Meeting, 7:00pm

Cockrell Service Center

Oct 1

Fall PowWow Planning Meeting, 7:00pm

Cockrell Service Center

Oct 13

Fall PowWow Planning Meeting, 7:00pm

Cockrell Service Center

Oct 15

Fall PowWow Planning Meeting, 7:00pm

Cockrell Service Center


OA Lodgemaster

July 19, 5:00 pm, Training at Cockrell Scout Center

National OA has developed a powerful system for managing lodge membership in an easy, yet powerful way. OA LodgeMaster (OALM) allows multiple members of our lodge leadership to access and edit lodge membership information at the same time and it tracks everything from dues, honors, service hours, ceremony experiences, Quality Lodge data (e.g., brotherhood numbers), and more.

OA Lodgemaster (OALM) was rolled out a few weeks ago in Colonneh Lodge. Ron Thomas, who has spent an incredible amount of time working with the developers of OALM to ensure that Colonneh’s administration needs have been addressed, conducted the first of three user trainings a few weeks ago. Every Chapter Adviser and one Associate Chapter Adviser in each Chapter needs to be trained on how to utilize OALM. Training is required before you can obtain a password. www.oalodgemaster.org.

Corrections to errors found in Lodgemaster should be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Vigil Honor Nominations – Important!!!

Due August 6

It is that time of year when we need to nominate our next class of Vigil Honor Candidates. The 2009 Vigil Nomination form can be found at: http://www.colonneh.org/forms/2009vigilnomination.pdf. Use this link to type in the necessary information then you can print it and send the completed nomination form to the address at the bottom of the nomination form. All nomination forms need to be received at the Council Office by Thursday, August 6. It is very important to attach a photograph to the nomination form, and please include a recommended Vigil name and a short explanation for the Vigil name. The explanation will make it easier to do the Cherokee translation. Please forward this to other Colonneh Lodge members so we can get the word out to as many Lodge members as possible.


August LEC

August 23

The August LEC is a very important one. Please recruit several youth and adults from your chapter.

Fall PowWow Planning Meeting (noon-2:00pm)

LEC (2:00pm-4:00pm)

Elections Training (4:00pm-5:00pm)

Chapter/Adviser goals due


Chapter/Adviser Goals

Due August 23

At David Hinds, Chapter Leadership and their Advisers were asked to write goals. These goals are due to our Lodge Chief, Tom Huttenhoff at the August 23 LEC. An update on the progress of these goals will be due on November 1. See the end of the attached document for forms.


Elections Training – Important!!!

August 23, 4:00 pm

A DVD containing the 2009 elections forms and the 2 new election videos will be available for pick up at the Elections Training. Please plan to have your adult and youth election teams attend this very important meeting.


Dues renewal

The Lodge currently has only 2076 dues paid members. Please encourage all of your Arrowman to renew their dues by going to https://www.samhoustonbsa.org/Home/Forms/ColonnehLodgeDues20091/. Membership cards will be mailed soon. Delores McGee is inputting dues paid into Lodgemaster typically within one day.


Why is the Lodge going to start asking for BSA (Scoutnet) ID numbers?

Beginning in 2006, the National Order of the Arrow Office started requiring that Lodges verify that all lodge members are duly registered members of the BSA (as required by National OA regulations). In order to do so, the Lodge must match each name in its database with the appropriate name in SCOUTNET (the National BSA database). The easiest way to do this is by using each person's BSA Person ID as a unique identifier for matching. Your BSA Person ID is a unique number (like a social security number) that identifies you as a member of the BSA. Your BSA Person ID is usually a 7-digit or 9-digit number that is found under your name on your BSA membership card. It may also be obtained from the membership office at SHAC (713-659-8111). So, when you pay your Lodge dues, please include your BSA Person ID in the appropriate blank on the form. Not only will this help our Lodge with its registration obligations, but it will also help ensure that you continue to be an active member of the Order of the Arrow. BSA Person ID numbers will also be added to the Youth and Adult Election forms.


Spring Brotherhood Ceremonies

If your Chapter conducted a Brotherhood ceremony other than at an Ordeal during 2009, please reply with the list of who completed their Brotherhood, the date, and where the ceremony was held.


Winter Leadership Encampment

March 5-7

WLE is a weekend workshop focusing on leadership skills, new member support, retention in Scouting, personal growth, and servant leadership. Sharing of best methods and practices among participating lodges is another principal aim of the Encampment. WLE is hosted by our Section, SR2-3. All Lodge officers, Lodge committee chairs, Chapter officers, and their respective advisers are encouraged to attend. At the conclusion of WLE, participants commit in writing to three key actions related to their position that they will to deliver to the Chapter or Lodge.

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