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2018-2019 Lodge Officer Elections

posted Mar 3, 2018, 10:17 PM by Lodge Adviser

My Brothers!

The 2018-2019 Lodge Officer elections are now underway!  Please submit your nominations for Lodge Officers by April 8, 2018. Voting for the Lodge Officer elections will start April 10, 2018 and be completed by May 1, 2018.  Please fill out the attached word document and follow the instructions contained within it. The document also contains job descriptions for each Lodge Officer position. Further details are below. Good luck to all candidates!

 Important notes:

·      Candidates must be in good standing with 2018 dues paid.

·      Candidates must be at least and Ordeal Member for the positions of Treasurer and Secretary.

·      Candidates must be Brotherhood or Vigil for the positions of Lodge Chief or Vice-Chief.

·      Term of Office: 1 year (June 1st to May 31st)

·     Lodge Officers must reside in the Far East Council during their entire term of office, and remain under 21 years of age for the entire term.

·      Any active youth Arrowman may nominate candidates.

·      Youth Arrowmen may self nominate for office.

·      Unit leaders of candidates will be contacted for concurrence.


Timeline:

·      April 8 – Nominations close at 11:59pm on April 8th.

-       Nomination form, one page candidate statement, and photo are due.

-       Send all materials to both

Mr. Daniel O’Neill adviser@oa803.org

Mr. Rob Davis robert.davis@scouting.org

-       Unit leaders will be contacted after receipt of nominations.

 

·      April 10 - 23 – Chapter “Primaries”

-       Candidates’ information sent to youth members for an electronic vote via GoogleForms.  

o   Only registered dues-paid youth members residing in Far East Council countries can vote.

o   Members must have a valid e-mail address in the Lodge Master (LM) records to vote.

o   Chapter Advisers, Clan Advisers, Lodge and Associate Lodge Adviser, and District Executives can update LM.

-       Chapter primaries close April 23 at 11:59pm.

-       Each Chapter’s Key 3 and the Lodge Key 3 will monitor voting.

-       Each Chapter Chief will be provided with a percent response from the GoogleForm for their Chapter.

 

·      April 24 – 30 - Chapter “Electoral” voting

-       Each chapter gets 10 electoral votes per position (e.g. Chief, Vice-Chief, Secretary, Treasurer).

-       Chapter Chiefs, in consultation with their Clan Chiefs (if any), will agree on their final electoral vote split.  Votes should be divided proportionally between candidates for each position according to the voting percentage in each chapter.

-       Chapter Chiefs will submit their 10 votes via email to the Lodge Adviser, Mr. Daniel O’Neill (adviser@oa803.org) and the Supreme Chief of the Fire, Scout Executive Don Olsen (don.olsen@scouting.org).

-       Each Chapter’s 10 electoral votes are due by 11:59pm, April 30th.

-       A run-off will be held if no candidate receives at least 50% of the electoral votes.

 

·      May 1 – Election results announced! (If no run off)

-       The Arrowman with the most electoral votes for each position will be elected. 

Sapphire Champion Ghost Patch!

posted Feb 10, 2018, 5:22 PM by Lodge Adviser

 
To celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the FEC, the Lodge Executive Committee has produced a collectors patch, the 65th Anniversary Sapphire Champion Patch, a fully sapphire blue metallic ghosted Lodge flap commemorating the 65th Anniversary of Scouting in the Far East Council. The patch costs $65, the order form is attached, each patch comes with a beautiful card stock certificate which is numbered. Only 100 patches were produced, get yours while they last! 

The patch is available only to 2018 dues paid members of Achpateuny Lodge.

"Decide Your Destiny" NOAC 2018

posted Jan 6, 2018, 8:11 PM by Lodge Adviser


The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) is the premier event of the Order of the Arrow, and is Scouting's second-largest national event. Over 8,000 Arrowmen from across our nation will gather for an inspirational and unforgettable experience full of fellowship, training, adventure, and fun! The theme was released at the Annual Planning Meeting in December. Arrowmen will be able to "Decide Your Destiny" in attending NOAC in 2018. 

During NOAC, Arrowmen will participate in a six-day conference which includes top notch training sessions, cool recreational opportunities, evening shows full of theatrics and special effects, and exciting programs.

The 2018 NOAC will be held from July 30 - August 4, 2018 at Indiana State University in Terra haute, Indiana.

The conference fee is $525 and includes housing, food, and program activities. It does not include travel costs. Arrowmen can travel to NOAC with a contingent from our lodge, or as a staff member supporting the thousands of Arrowmen attending in the conference.

Registration for NOAC is ongoing. You MUST email the Lodge Adviser adviser@oa803.org to get signed up!

2017 Founder's Award Recipients

posted Jan 2, 2018, 10:19 PM by Lodge Adviser


The Founder’s Award was created in 1981 by the National Order of the Arrow Committee to honor and recognize those Arrowmen who have given outstanding service to the lodge.  The award is reserved for a member who demonstrates to his fellow Arrowmen that he memorializes in his everyday life the spirit of achievement as described by the Order’s founders, Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson.  While the Vigil Honor is a high mark of distinction, the Founder’s Award is used to recognize those Arrowmen, youth and adult, who have impacted the Lodge in a positive and lasting way. This is a rare and distinguished honor presented to recognize the spirit of our Founders that is visible in worthy Arrowmen.


Congratulations to this year's Founders Award recipients!


Youth Recipient

Surya Sriram


Surya's extreme dedication and never ending motivation to exceed his assigned responsibilities as Lodge Vice Chief have set him apart from other Arrowmen. He has stepped up to lead the first ever Section Conclave hosted by Achpateuny Lodge in Tokyo, Japan. This willingness to serve his fellow Scouts from the Asia and Pacific Region has drawn the attention of the Lodge, as members rally behind his leadership to prepare for an amazing Section Conclave. Additionally, he has revamped the OA Troop Representative program, resulting in greater communications throughout the Lodge. He truly embodies the spirit of Cheerful Service. 


Adult Recipient

Darrin Nicholson


Mr. Darrin Nicholson most definitely far exceeds his duties and responsibilities as a BSA professional. He simply does not stop giving of his time and energy to fully ensure that the young men of Achapteuny Lodge receive only the best experiences, allowing them to grow by following the Scouting trail. The many and varied occasions that he has stepped in to ensure the success of Achpateuny Lodge culminated in a National Leadership Seminar held in Japan, when he took the reins as Lodge Staff Adviser only days prior to the start. Without his attention to detail and herculean effort, the event would not have been a success for the 32 attendees from the Asia Pacific Region. He truly embodies the spirit of Cheerful Service.


Announcing the 2018 Vigil Candidates!

posted Jan 2, 2018, 10:11 PM by Lodge Adviser


The Vigil Honor is a high mark of distinction and recognition reserved for those Brothers who, by reason of exceptional service, personal effort, and unselfish interest, have made distinguished contributions beyond the immediate responsibilities of their position or office to one or more of the following: their lodge, the Order of the Arrow, Scouting or their Scout camp. Congratulations to this year's Vigil Class!  


Youth Vigils

Leland Glenn Jones

Kriston John Halloran

Allen Ellet

Adam Maston

Alexander Sullivan

Ryo Nakamura


Adult Vigils

Dave Nichols

Doug Hymas

Bryan Scott Hammer

Paul Gasperson


Watch for news about their Vigils in the coming months!

Thank you to all Arrowmen who took the time to nominate candidates this year and to the Vigil Selection Committee for their hard work in choosing the best candidates for this prestigious honor.

FEC 65th Anniversary Patches and Lodge T-shirt Flyer

posted Nov 27, 2017, 4:51 AM by Lodge Adviser


2018 is the 65th Anniversary of the Far East Council. Achpateuny Lodge has teamed up with the FEC to create commemorative patches for sale at the normal Lodge Flap and Council Service Patch prices! Also, our LODGE T-SHIRTS have arrived! 

(Lodge Flap available now, CSP will be available shortly, but is able to be ordered) 

ORDER FORM IS ATTACHED BELOW

2018 Section W6P Conclave in JAPAN!

posted Nov 23, 2017, 10:22 PM by Lodge Adviser


2018 W6P Section Conclave
April 20-22, 2018

Tama Hills Recreation Center, Tokyo, Japan
Hosted by Achpateuny Lodge


Participants and Staff are needed to make this a great event!!!!!



2017 Founder's Award Nominations

posted Aug 26, 2017, 9:49 PM by Lodge Adviser



Fellow Lodge Members,

The Founder’s Award was created in 1981 by the National Order of the Arrow Committee to honor and recognize those Arrowmen who have given outstanding service to their lodge.  The award is reserved for a member who demonstrates to his fellow Arrowmen that he memorializes in his everyday life the spirit of achievement as described by the Order’s founders, Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson.  

While the Vigil Honor is a high mark of distinction, the Founder’s Award is used to recognize those Arrowmen, youth and adult, who have impacted the Lodge in a positive and lasting way. This is a rare and distinguished honor presented to recognize the spirit of our Founders visible in worthy Arrowmen.

Nominations are given for exceptional and long-term service to Achpateuny Lodge. There can only be TWO Founder's Awards presented per year in Achpateuny Lodge.

Please provide as much information about the nominee as possible.  In this way the Awards Selection Committee can make a fair assessment of the contributions of the nominee to the Lodge. 

To be eligible for the Founder’s Award an Arrowman must:

1.              Be registered in the Far East Council, BSA.

2.              Be a member in good standing of Achpateuny Lodge #803 (2017 dues paid).

In order for a nomination to be accepted it must:

1.              Be submitted on the current Google Forms link below or on the Founder’s Award Nomination Form.

2.              Be received no later than November 1, 2017.


Please use the below Google Forms link to submit your nominations:


https://goo.gl/forms/0dJlVZpYzMSwiWLh2

You can also fill out the attached document electronically and email it to the Lodge Adviser, Mr. Daniel O'Neill at adviser@oa803.org

Past recipients of the Achpateuny Lodge Founder's Award can be found under the History Section of the Lodge Website.

2017 Vigil Honor Nominations

posted Aug 26, 2017, 9:40 PM by Lodge Adviser   [ updated Aug 26, 2017, 9:42 PM ]

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Vigil Honor.  The nomination deadline is midnight December 1, 2017.

Vigil Honor members are selected by a committee comprised of Vigil-ineligible youth members from across the council.  Most of these youth members probably don’t know your nominee so please elaborate on as much of your nominee's OA and Scouting-related information and activities as possible.

You may nominate multiple candidates but please remember that the Vigil Honor is meant for only the most active and deserving Brotherhood members who have demonstrated the OA principles of Brotherhood, Cheerfulness, and Service.

Access the online nomination form at Google Forms here: https://goo.gl/forms/XJRTXLZ2Wc4ExLvI2

Please report problems with the online form to the Lodge Adviser at adviser@oa803.org.

The attached 2017 Vigil Eligible List are the current Arrowmen eligible to be nominated for the Vigil Honor based on the below eligibility criteria of a member in good standing with Achpateuny Lodge #803 and a Brotherhood member for at least two years. If it turns out the nominee's registration is not with Achpateuny Lodge in the Far East Council we can not accept the nomination. 

Members who are unable to access the online form can use the attached nomination form.  Nomination forms should be sent to nominations@oa803.org.

If you do not receive notification that your nomination has been received via Google Forms or email within 72 hours of submission please contact adviser@oa803.org.

 

Vigil Honor nominations

The Vigil Honor is a high mark of distinction and recognition reserved for those Brothers who, by reason of exceptional service, personal effort, and unselfish interest, have made distinguished contributions beyond the immediate responsibilities of their position or office to one or more of the following: their lodge, the Order of the Arrow, Scouting or their Scout camp. Under no circumstances should tenure in Scouting or the Order of the Arrow be considered as reason enough for a Vigil Honor recommendation. 

The Vigil Honor dates back to 1915 when our Founder, Dr. E. Urner Goodman, became the first Vigil Honor member.  The Vigil Honor is a recognition of one’s commitment to servant leadership.  Alertness to the needs of others is the mark of the Vigil Honor. 

Please provide as much information about the nominee as possible.  In this way the Vigil Selection Committee can make a fair assessment of the contributions of the nominee to the Lodge, the OA, Scouting, or their Scout Camp. 

To be eligible for the Vigil Honor an Arrowman must:

1.              Be registered in the Far East Council, BSA.

2.              Be a member in good standing of Achpateuny Lodge #803.

3.              Be a Brotherhood member for at least two years.


In order for a nomination to be accepted it must:

1.              Be submitted on the current Vigil Honor Nomination form or via Google Forms (link above).

2.              Be received no later than midnight December 1, 2017.


Are YOU Ready for NOAC 2018?!

posted Aug 12, 2017, 10:14 PM by Lodge Adviser



The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) is the premier event of the Order of the Arrow, and is Scouting's second-largest national event. Over 10,000 Arrowmen from across our nation gather for an inspirational and unforgettable experience full of fellowship, training, adventure, and fun!


During NOAC, Arrowmen will participate in a six-day conference which includes top notch training sessions, cool recreational opportunities, evening shows full of theatrics and special effects, and exciting programs.

The 2018 NOAC will be held from July 30 - August 4, 2018 at Indiana State University in Terra haute, Indiana.

The conference fee is $525 and includes housing, food, and program activities. It does not include travel costs. Arrowmen can travel to NOAC with a contingent from our lodge, or as a staff member supporting the thousands of Arrowmen attending in the conference.

In the coming months you will find everything you need to know about NOAC 2018: how to go, what exciting opportunities await you, and the plans for the conference.  Watch the Lodge Website and follow us on Facebook to stay up to date with information and announcements.

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