Tatanka Anpetu-Wi Lodge Membership Manual
This manual was printed for the membership of the Tatanka-Anpetu-Wi Lodge #94 to help give them a better understanding of the rules and procedures of our lodge. This was published in 2009 by the Lodge Executive Committee of Tatanka-Anpetu-Wi Lodge # 94
The name of the Lodge of the Order of the Arrow shall be Tatanka-Anpetu-Wi Lodge #94. The Lodge shall be affiliated with the Overland Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America, and shall be under the administrative authority of the Council Executive Officer. The Lodge shall be divided into Chapters according to their geographical boundaries of the five districts, Buffalo Bill, Covered Wagon, Pawnee, Pony Express, and Republican Valley. They will function at the discretion of the Lodge Executive Committee.
Obligation of the Order of the Arrow
I do herby promise, on my honor as a scout, that I will always and faithfully observe and preserve the traditions of the Order of the Arrow, Wimachtendienk, Wingolauchsik, Witahemui.
I will always regard the ties of brotherhood in the Order of the Arrow as lasting, and will seek to preserve a cheerful spirit even in the midst of irksome tasks and weighty responsibilities, and will endeavor, so far as in my power lies, to be unselfish in service and devotion to the welfare of others.
The Purposes of the Order of the Arrow
- To recognize those-Scouts and Scouters-who best exemplify the scout oath and law in their daily lives.
- To develop and maintain camping traditions and spirit.
- To promote scout camping.
- To crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others
History of the Order of the Arrow
The order of the Arrow was founded during the summer of 1915 at Treasure Island, the Philadelphia Council Scout Camp. Dr. E. Urner Goodman was camp director and Carroll A. Edison was director of the commissary. These two men working with their staff at Treasure Island originated the ideas that became the basis for this national brotherhood of honored campers of the Boy Scouts of America. Goodman and Edison wanted some definite form of recognition for those scouts in their camp who best exemplified the spirit of the oath and law in their daily lives. Since the Valley of the Delaware was rich in Native American tradition and the site was once a camping ground of the Delaware tribe, it seemed only natural to base this brotherhood on the legends and traditions of the Delaware Indians. Friday, July 16, 1915 was the night of the first ever induction into the Order. And thus began the Order of the Arrow.
History of the Tatanka Anpetu-Wi Lodge
The history of the Tatanka-Anpetu-Wi lodge is one of deep roots in traditions and legends. Legend has it that, “On a summers evening at Camp Quivera near Louisville, Nebraska, during the summer of 1923, a scout came stumbling into the headquarters tent of the great chief. He had traveled fast and carried with him what appeared to be the torn shreds of a ritual. He unfolded the worn and dirty scraps before the chief. He divulged some of the secrets and mysteries concerning an organization of braves back in Pennsylvania. And from these shreds was born the Order of the Golden Sun of the Tribe of the Quivera.”
The Order of the Golden Sun of the Tribe of the Quivera continued until 1953. It was decided, after three ballots at three different events, that it was time to join the nationally recognized organization of the Boy Scouts, the Order of the Arrow. At this time, the three tribes at Grand Island, North Platte, and Lincoln became the Golden Sun Lodge #492. Several Years after becoming affiliated with the Order of the Arrow, Grand Island, North Platte, and Lincoln divided into three separate councils. Lincoln kept the original name, Golden Sun. Grand Island took the Delaware translation of Golden Sun, We-U-Shi #517. Because the original Quivera was divided into three different areas, North Platte took the name of Three Arrows. For over 40 years the tribes remained until 1994 when Three Arrows merged with We-U-Shi and they became the Tatanka Anpetu-Wi (Buffalo Sun) Lodge #94, with their headquarters in Grand Island.
- 1994-1995 Barry McFarland
- 1995-1996 Seth McFarland
- 1996-1997 Eric Franz
- 1997-1998 Steve Griffin
- 1998-1999 Adam Larson
- 1999-2001 Justin Noble
- 2001-2002 Nathan Hayden
- 2002-2003 Matt Allbright
- 2003-2005 Drew Behn
- 2006-2007 Chris Beaty
- 2007-2008 Jonathan Christner
- 2008-2009 Eric Bolton
- 2009-2010 Grant Eddy
- 2010-2012 Seth Hald
- 2012-2013 Jordon Rapp
- 2013-2014 Ryan Earl
- 2014-2016 Ryan Darveau
- 2016-2018 John Brockmeier
- 2018-2019 Matthew Dahlke
Founder’s Award Recipients
- Daniel Osborn and Max McFarland (We-U-Shi)
Eric Schievelbein and Jon Forney (3 Arrows)
- Eric Franz and Dave Osborn
- Mike Vonderohe and Ron Vonderohe
- Seth McFarland and Wayne Fuller
- Stephen Griffin and Arthur Peters
- Adam Larsen and Steven Schurr
- Justin Noble and David “Doc” Fleischmann
- Matthew Paris and Elaine Schurr
- Drew Cooney and Clarence Notlensmeier
- Matthew Allbright and Roger Freeman
- Chris Bolton and Tim Bolton
- Drew Behn and Randall Beaty
- Christopher Beaty and Willis Behn
- Cameron Jackowiak and Mark Mowry
- Eric Bolton and Tyson Coble
- Seth Hald and David Steinkruger
- William Nabity and Michael Lawson
Vigil Honor Recipients
- Todd Fagott, Wayne Fuller, Shawn Mizer, Richard Rabe
- Chris Clark, Roger Freeman, Eric Franz, Seth McFarland, Arthur Peters, Dan Osborn, Dave Osborn, Mike Vonderohe
- Cary Clark, Travis Fuller, Steph Griffin, Warren Harms, Clarence Noltensmeier, Dennis Scott, Joseph Solomon
- Dennis McCarty, Andrew Prochaska, Matthew Sidlo, Mike Sidlo, Jarod “Jay” Schurr
- Dee Griffin, Charles “Nick” Nichols, Jimmy Sagehorn, Ethan Rowley, Chris Visser
- Adam Larsen, Michael Mitivier, Justin Noble, Chuck Prochaska, Brandon Spore
- Matthew Albright, Allen “Bubba” Noble, Matthew Paris, Alex Rahe, Tom Solomon, Elaine Schurr
- David Killion, Mark Mowry, Fred F. “Butch” Tustin, Freddie A. Tustin
- Chris Bolton, Drew Cooney, David “Doc” Fleischmann, Nathan Hayden, Jimmy L. Hough, Dan Mowry, Lee Solomon
- Daniel Becker, Drew Behn, David Harvey, Jeff Hinkle, Ron Johnson, Kevin Royle, Tom Tye, Vito Wagner
- Quinten Daily, Ken Harvey, Aaron Plond, Matthew Wilkinson
- Willis Behn, Tim Bolton, Steven Hansen, Garret Larsen, John McBride, Adam Miller
- Chris Beaty, Randy Beaty, Eric Bolton, Tyson Coble, Erik Karre, Collin Rees
- Joseph Armstrong, Nathan Donner, Brent Potthoff, Cody Royle
- Jonathan Christner, Thomas Delka, Adam Hock
- Cameron Jackowiak, Michael Lawson
- Matthew Allibone, David Crook
- Michael Cox, Seth Hald, David Steinkruger, Arthur Kolbet, Jr.
- Ryan Darveau, William Nabity, Aaron Hemberger
- Christopher Lawson
- John Brockmeier, Adam Eddy, Kevin Russell
- Jacob Gardner, Scott Darveau
The Order of the Arrow is one of the few organizations in which the members are elected by nonmembers. Each unit elects Scouts that they feel are ready to become part of the Order of the Arrow. A trained election team, who briefly explains what the Scouts are voting for, must administer this election. The Scouts must be aware that this election is not a popularity contest. To hold an election at least 50% of the active registered unit must be present. If this requirement is not met, the election must be rescheduled. If at least 50% are present, a Scout must receive at least 50% of the total votes to be elected.
Eligibility: For a youth to be eligible they must meet the requirements in accordance with the National Order of the Arrow policy in the latest edition of the Order of the Arrow handbook. Presently these requirements are; a scout must be first class, have 15 days and nights of camping including one long term Boy Scout camp with in a two year period, and be approved by the Scoutmaster.
An adult cannot be elected into the Order of the Arrow; they can only be nominated for approval. A committee appointed by the Lodge Executive Committee will review the adult nominations. Adult nomination forms are to be filled out by the unit’s Committee Chairman, also with approval of the Scoutmaster. An adult is anyone over the age of 21. A unit can only nominate one adult for every fifty registered youth.
Each unit is entitled to one election a year. If a unit desires an election, their O.A. Troop/Team Representative should contact their Chapter Chief for arrangements. If a unit does not have an O.A. Representative the Scoutmaster, or an Assistant Scoutmaster, should contact the Chapter Chief.
Levels of Membership
Candidate:Once elected, or approved, a ScoutScouter is considered a candidate. Candidate can go through the Call-out procedure held at summer camp on Friday evenings. They are taken before the mighty chieftains who give them a burden, and challenge them to further themselves in the Order.
Ordeal:Ordeal is the first level of membership in the Order. To become a member, a candidate must go through an ordeal so they can be tested on all points of loyalty and fidelity, which our brotherhood is founded upon. They spend a night under the stars, cheerfully participate in a day of service, bound in silence, and live on scant food so they can turn their thoughts inward.
Brotherhood:To become a Brotherhood member, an Ordeal member must wait at least 10 months. Brotherhood membership is earned only by the ordeal member himself or herself. They will be reviewed on their knowledge of the Obligation, song, history of the Order, as well as other things. Once a member has become a Brotherhood, his her membership is completely sealed in the order.
Vigil:Vigil membership is the highest honor a member can receive in the Order of the Arrow. The only requirement is that a member has been a Brotherhood for at least two years. Vigil members are chosen by a committee appointed by the Lodge Chief. Members are chosen for their service to the Order, and to Scouting in general. The number of Vigil honors the lodge can give is limited to the size of the lodge.
Mission of the Lodge
The mission of the lodge is to achieve the purposes of the Order of the Arrow as an integral part of the Boy Scouts of America in the council through positive youth leadership under the guidance of selected capable adults.
Officer Duties and Responsibilities
- Responsible for Lodge conformance to Order of the Arrow policies and principles in all activities.
- Works closely with Staff Adviser and Lodge Adviser in planning the Lodge’s activities.
- Is chairman of the Lodge Executive Committee and presides over all Lodge meetings.
- Prepares for planning and conducting Lodge programs and activities.
- Prepares an agenda prior to each LEC meeting and reviews the agenda with the Lodge Adviser.
- Appoints Vigil selection committee and chairman.
- Delegates duties to fellow Lodge officers and committee chairman and follow up with them.
- Is the Lodge’s representative on the Section Council of Chiefs.
- Youth member on the Council Camping Committee and Council Executive Board.
Vice Chief of Program:
- Shall become the Lodge Chief in the case that the Chief is unable to perform his duties as stated above.
- Annually updates the Lodge’s “Where to Go Camping” book.
- Plans all of the Lodge’s programs and events, or delegates that responsibility.
- In charge of Lodge Training.
- Attends to Lodge Conference affairs.
- Presides over the Lodge Service Committee.
- Keeps an accurate written record of all Lodge activities including meetings and distributes copies within 15 days.
- Maintains an official copy of all Lodge rule, policies, customs, traditions, and ceremonies.
- Recommends amendments to the Lodge rules as required.
- Publishes all Lodge publications including the Lodge Membership Manual which is to be updated annually. Acts as editor of the Lodge newsletter, Buffalo Tracks, published at least four times annually.
- Prepares any other special correspondence as directed by the Lodge Chief.
- Prepares and present written financial report when requested by the Lodge Chief and at LEC meetings.
- Maintains and updates a membership roster in LodgeMaster, and actively promotes payment of dues.
- Develops and maintains a Lodge budget with the approval of the LEC at the beginning of each fiscal year.
Vice Chief of Inductions:
- Insures that elections are properly completed within guidelines of the National Order of the Arrow.
- Coordinates elections at the Lodge level, making sure that all Troops have been contacted for an opportunity to hold elections.
- Responsible for organizing elections teams to carry out the elections.
- Responsible for implementing the extended Elangomat program.
- Manages the induction sequence from election to Brotherhood.
- Supervises the Ceremony Chief.
- Represents his Chapter on the LEC.
- Plans and presides over all Chapter meetings.
- Plans all Chapter events or delegates that responsibility.
- Responsible for unit elections in his Chapter.
- Youth member of the District Camping Committee.
- Reports directly to Inductions Chief.
- Insures all ceremonies are properly conducted within the guidelines of the National Order of the Arrow regulations.
- Cares for all Lodge ceremony and dance equipment.
- Responsible for organizing Ceremony teams for Lodge functions, and any other time when he is asked by the LEC.
The Adult Role
The adult role is an important one. Anyone 21 years or older is considered an adult. Although an adult does not have a vote in the Lodge’s decisions, they are entitled and expected to voice their opinion if they have questions or doubts about a matter being voted on. Adults can advise. They can help the lodge in any way they can. The adults experience is valued by youth. The Lodge Adviser will serve on the Council Camping Committee, and Chapter Advisers will serve on their respective District Camping Committees.
Lodge Calendar of Events
- Lodge Lock-In
- Spring Fellowship
- Camp Work Days
- Summer Camp Call-Outs
- National Order of the Arrow Conference (every third year)
- Fall Fellowship
- Officer Elections
- Section Conclave
- Lodge Leadership Development Course
- Lodge Banquet
- National Leadership Seminar
- National Lodge Advisers’ Training Seminar
Tatanka Anpetu-Wi Lodge # 94 Bylaws
- Name and Lodge Number: The name of this Lodge of the Order of the Arrow shall be Tatanka Anpetu-Wi. Its name shall be W.W.W. #94. (January 1, 1994)
- Affiliation: The Lodge shall be affiliated with the Overland Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America, and shall be under the supervision of the Council Camping Committee and administrative authority of the Council Executive Office. (January 1, 1994)
- Symbol: The symbols of this Lodge shall be that of the “Buffalo Sun.” (January 1, 1994)
- Geographical Divisions: This Lodge shall be divided into five chapters in accordance with the five districts of the Overland Trails Council. (January 1,1994)
- Officers: The Officers of this Lodge shall be; Lodge Chief, Vice Chief, Program Chief, Treasurer, Secretary, Training Chief, Ceremony Chief, Buffalo Bill Chapter Chief, Covered Wagon Chapter Chief, Pawnee Chapter Chief, Pony Express Chapter Chief, and Republican Valley Chapter Chief. The officers will follow the updated structure of the Lodge and follow their respective duties and responsibilities. (October 1, 2000)
- Officer Amendment: The Officers of this Lodge shall be; Lodge Chief, Vice Chief, Treasurer / Secretary, Ceremony Chief, Buffalo Bill Chapter Chief, Covered Wagon Chapter Chief, Pawnee Chapter Chief, Pony Express Chapter Chief, and Republican Valley Chapter Chief. The officers will follow the updated structure of the Lodge and follow their respective duties and responsibilities. (Amended on August 26, 2007)
- Officer Amendment: The Officers of this Lodge shall be; Lodge Chief, Vice Chief of Program, Vice Chief of Inductions, Treasurer / Secretary, Ceremony Chief, Buffalo Bill Chapter Chief, Covered Wagon Chapter Chief, Pawnee Chapter Chief, Pony Express Chapter Chief, and Republican Valley Chapter Chief. The officers will follow the updated structure of the lodge and follow their respective duties and responsibilities. (Amended on April 25, 2009)
- Officer Amendment: The Officers of this Lodge shall be: Lodge Chief, Lodge Vice Chief, Program Chief, Inductions Chief, Treasurer / Secretary, Buffalo Bill Chapter Chief, Covered Wagon Chapter Chief, Pawnee Chapter Chief, Pony Express Chapter Chief, and Republican Valley Chapter Chief. The officers will follow the updated structure of the lodge and follow their respective duties and responsibilities. (Amended on December 11, 2011)
- Term of Office: It has been decided that the term of office will be one year, and will begin at the “Passing of the Bonnet” ceremony at Fall Fellowship and will end at the next “Passing of the Bonnet” ceremony. (January 1, 1994)
- Balanced Budget: It has been decided by the LEC that each year the lodge must operate with a balanced budget, presented by the Treasurer each year at the Lodge Leadership Development Course. (January 1, 1994)
Amendments to the Laws
These rules shall be subject to amendment at any regular or special meeting of the Lodge provided the amendments have been submitted in writing to the Executive Committee at least one month prior to such a meeting and that due notice has been sent to all active members at least ten days prior to such a meeting. A two-thirds vote of the members present shall be required.