Wahinkto Lodge History
Order of the Arrow
The Order of the Black Arrow
The Order of the Black Arrow
was active at Camp Fawcett in 1928. This was the first Indian group
to be organized in the council. Troop 2, of Brownwood, Texas, who
came to summer there in 1928, brought the concept of this organization
back to their own troop after summer camp and eventually organized a similar
“Tribe of the Black Arrow” in 1930 in the then Pecan Valley Council.
A story appeared in the West
Texas Scout News on September 8, 1937, concerning the revival of the Secret
Order of the Black Arrow at Camp Fawcett during the summer camp held there
in August 8-21, 1937. Only the best campers were elected to the society
and it was one of the highest honors at camp.
The society admitted thirteen
Scouts the first week and six the second week. No reference was made
as to when the group was originally started at Camp Fawcett or if it was
also part of the program at Camp Louis Farr that same summer. We
know that Willie Masters, a patrol leader in Troop 91, Eagle Pass, was
inducted into the Society that summer. He remembers having a cedar
wreath placed over his shoulder during the ceremony.
Kunieh Camp Society
In 1922, Arthur E. Roberts,
Scout Executive and Camp Director of Camp Friedlander of the Cincinnati
Area Council, founded the Tribe of Ku-Ni-Eh. It was founded as a
Brotherhood of Honor Campers who exemplified the Scout Oath and Law.
The Ku-Ni-Eh became almost as popular as the Order of the Arrow and was
used by many other councils because they felt that the Order of the Arrow
wanted too large of a fee to join. The Tribe of Ku-Ni-Eh was used
by the Cincinnati Council until the early 1950’s. In 1951 their
members chose to join forces with the Order of the Arrow and thus became
the Ku-Ni-Eh Lodge #462. It is now Lodge #145, following a merger
into the Dan Beard Council.
Brice Draper organized the
Kunieh Camp Society during summer camp at Camp Connellee in 1929.
The camp was located on the banks of the North Concho River about sixteen
miles northeast of San Angelo. J. T. Henderson, Senior Patrol
Leader of Troop 2, Ralph Logan and John Logan, were tapped out to be
members of the Kunieh Camp Society along with several other Scouts.
Members of the Society were dressed in Indian costume and printed a black
diamond on the candidates' foreheads during the tap out ceremony.
Brice Draper, as Camp Director,
made a talk to the new candidates about the Society and their responsibilities
as honor campers. Then, Henderson and the other candidates, were
required to sleep out overnight apart from the other Scouts of their troop,
keep a fire going all night, and meditate. Upon completion of this
task, they washed themselves to purify themselves early the next morning.
They then went back to their troops but were required to remain on silence
for the rest of the day.
Upon completion of all the
requirements for membership in the Society, a "black diamond" was stamped
on their belt by members of the Kunieh Camp Society. During
the early days of Scouting, each Scout has numerous emblems stamped on
their belt to signify certain accomplishments while at camp. The
black diamond was one of the highest honors that could be displayed on
a Scout’s belt. The society was active through September 1932.
A group was active in the
Heart-O-Texas Council, Waco, and also in the Comanche Trail Council, Brownwood.
In the latter council, the group was organized in 1935 and was active until
For additional information
on the Tribe of Ku-Ni-Eh go to http://www.usscouts.org/usscouts/honorsociety/kunieh.html
and look at the story on the tribe by David Eby.
of the Arrow
Charles "Chuck" Taylor, waterfront
director at Camp Louis Farr, was named Lodge Chief of the newly organized
"Arrow Point Lodge" of the national "Order of the Red Arrow." The
Lodge was organized during summer camp at Camp Louis Farr, June 7-21, 1941.
In visiting with Taylor by
phone, he was able to share with this author several things that he remembers
happening at camp that summer. He was seventeen years old at the
time, was on the City of San Angelo Swim Team, and Eagle Scout in Troop
6 (1937), and had served as Patrol Leader of the Hyenia Patrol. He
had been selected to be in the Order while serving on the camp staff that
summer for his outstanding service to camp and to his troop.
remembers that the professional staff in camp put on the ceremony and that
Paul Ireland used a wand to tap out candidates. They wore no costumes
except their camp uniform. He was elected as the first lodge chief
by the other members. He indicated that some sort of group already
existed prior to that summer. This was probably the Knish Camp Society.
He also remembers that there were no books to read from; that they created
a ceremony for the tap out and induction ceremony.
In visiting with C. A. McDonald,
Jr. of San Angelo in 1989, he said that each troop picked out boys for
membership according to the number in their troop at camp for membership.
Everything to do with the Order of the Arrow happened only in camp.
There were no other activities held during the year. The Scouts were
tapped out at the campfire on Thursday night. When they were tapped
out a briar wreath was placed around their neck and they remained at the
campfire until everyone else left.
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They were told to get a blanket
and report back to the flagpole where they were placed on silence and told
they would be "dumped off some place in the wilderness." Each person
received two matches and instructed that they would build a fire and keep
it going all night. A leader led them around to the site through
the thickest brush they could find. They were led over logs, through
the edge of the river, etc. He remembers it being a "long night."
Each wore their briar wreath until they got his fire going and then burned
the wreath. They returned to the flag pole the next morning.
The next day they worked
at the mess hall, cleaning the camp latrine and other special projects.
Most of them got a twig and chewed on the bark all day so that they wouldn't
At the end of the ceremony
that night, they received a card and a felt OA Sash with a red arrow stamped
on it. Emmett D. Cox, Council President, and Henry Ragsdale, Council
Commissioner, were voted as honorary members of the lodge. James M. Young,
who was inducted into the Order of the Arrow in the late 40’s, remembers
that they were also required to select an Indian name during their night
Elected to Membership
Those elected to membership
that summer at Camp Louis Farr were: Wilbur McCannon and C. H. Taylor,
Scoutmaster, Troop 2, San Angelo; Claude R. Stone, Troop 30, Ballinger;
Horace Rees and Joe Ballinger; Scoutmaster Reeves, Troop 59, Fr. Stockton;
J. B. Morris, Scoutmaster, Troop 55, Texon; Scoutmaster Mitchell, Troop
50, McCamey; Max Lowry, Ft. Stockton; C. A. McDonald, Scoutmaster, Troop
32, San Angelo; and Startton Beesley, assistant waterfront director.
The author has been unable
to find records or newspaper stories about the Order of the Arrow being
used at Camp Fawcett during the summer of 1941. However, those elected
to membership into the Order of the Arrow that first summer at Camp Louis
Troop 2, San Angelo - Wilbur
McCannon and C. H. Taylor, Scoutmaster
Troop 30, Ballinger - Claude
Troop 31, McCamey - Scoutmaster
Troop 32, San Angelo - C.
Troop 55, Texon - J. B.
Troop 58, Big Lake - Horace
Rees and Joe Dougherty
Troop 59, Ft. Stockton -
J. F. Reves
Others - Assistant Waterfront
Director Stratton Beesley, A. C. Doyal of Brady and Bill Hampton of Ballinger.
at Camp Fawcett
Sterling Fly, Jr., of Uvalde, believed that the OA was started at Camp
Fawcett in 1941, the same time as it was started at Camp Louis Farr.
A story appeared in a newspaper on July 2, 1943, paper unknown, giving
an account of a week’s camp completed at Camp Fawcett, June 20 - 27, by
Troop 96 of Crystal City and Troop 9096 of Winter Haven. In the story
a mention was made of the Order of the Arrow. The story was telling
about all the various awards that Troop 96 had earned at camp that summer.
The story told of two of
their troop members, Bob Fly and Harold Harkey, who were members of the
Camp’s Junior Staff, “received the second Degree (Brotherhood) in the Order
of the Arrow, the highest camp award” during camp that summer. This
would indicate that the Order was started in 1941, when the two Scouts
would have received the “First Degree,“ (Ordeal) as their names were not
again mentioned when the story went on to state that three other Scouts
in the troop had received the “First Degree” the previous year in 1942.
Scouts Jimmy Mortensen, Bob Baker and Mike Moore were the three Scouts
to receive this honor for their work as Patrol Leaders in their troop.
Brotherhood Members Inducted
Thirteen members were inducted
into the Brotherhood Honor in 1943 at Camp Louis Farr. This is the
first recorded record that we have of members being inducted into this
honor in addition to Boy Fly and Harold Harkey being inducted at Camp Fawcett
that same summer.
Those inducted at Camp Louis
Don Baldwin, Alfred Carthen,
Wesley Fox, B. J. Hart, Hardin Jones, Rothnal O’Kelly, Bob Sykes, Clilfford
Taylor, Jr., Dick Tucker, Francis Ward, Dwain Dodson, H. S. Guthrie and
Wahinkto is the Blackfoot word
meaning “Arrowpoint.” The lodge totem was the arrowhead, later changed
to the running deer, which is still is today. The Lodge Number 199
identifies the lodge as the 199th lodge to be chartered by the Order of
The first lodge totem was the
arrowhead. Dr. Jack Wright of Big Lake recalls that when he served
as a physician at Camp Louis Farr during the summer of 1942, that each
new arrowman was presented with the lodge totem. It was a white woven
plastic lanyard with a flint arrowhead in it. The totem was worn around
Later, when the running deer
was selected by the lodge as the lodge totem, a new lanyard was designed
and it is still in use today. This lodge totem is a piece of deer
antler treaded on a leather thong and worn around the neck. An overhand
knot is tied on each side of the antler to hold it in place on the thong.
A second antler is added to the thong for the Brotherhood honor.
When a person receives the Vigil Honor, the thongs are each tied into a
simple overhead knot at the end of the thongs. The deer antler is
cut into one inch lengths and a hole is drilled through the center of the
piece so that the leather thong may be threaded through it.
James M. Young, a Vigil member
of the lodge, relates the following story about the first patch.
“About 1950, Jim Strother,
Ray Hall Beck and I developed the design for the first Wahinkto Lodge (patch).
The arrowhead was chosen because of he many arrowheads found in the vicinity
of the Camp Louis Farr dining hall. The patch was to be placed on
a sky blue triangle neckerchief. The neckerchief was to have a one
inch white border. The patch was not adopted for wear on the uniform.”
The patch was a three inch
round patch with a red twill background and had a gold border. Around
the top of the circle were the words “Wahinkto Lodge” with “WWW” around
the bottom of the patch. In the center of the patch was a gold arrowhead
with “199” embroidered in blue. A blue arrow went from left to right
behind the arrowhead at an upward angle.
The first lodge patch, designed
to be worn on the uniform, was very similar to the current patch. The main
difference is that the arrow at the top of the patch pointed to the right
instead of the left when looking at the patch. This was the correct
position of the patch at the time in that an arrowman worn his sash over
his left shoulder until he became a Brotherhood member, when he would transfer
it to the right shoulder. We are not sure when this patch was made
except that it was sometime between 1950 and 1956. At the time the
brown running deer became the totem of the lodge in place of the arrownhead.
In 1957, a second patch was
designed and issued. The arrow was switched to the right in keeping
with the new requirements on the sash. Unfortunately, the name “Wahinkto”
was misspelled and they had to issue yet another patch with the correct
spelling on it. Later, another patch was designed with a white deer
on it just for Brotherhood members.
J. T. Henderson, in the fifties,
designed the lodge neckerchief. He thought it would be unique to
take the lodge name “Wahinkto” and arrange it to look like a deer’s head.
The neckerchief patch is black on red and worn on a white neckerchief.
The current three chapters of
the Wahinkto Lodge and their Indian name are:
Kittan- Great River
Eluwak- Mighty Power
Kwuda- Coming Out
Wahinkto Lodge has hosted several
Section Conclaves over the years. Here are the ones that we have
a record of:
9-D Conference - August 2-4,
1963 at Camp Sol Mayer
9-D Conference - August,
1970 at Camp Sol Mayer
3-B Conclave - August 1-3,
1975 at Angelo State University
3-B Conclave - May 1-3,
1981 at Camp Sol Mayer
Have Served as Section Chiefs
Three arrowmen have served as
Section Chief from the Wahinkto Lodge. Steve Joyce, Vigil member
of San Angelo, served as Section 3-B Chief in 1976 and was responsible
for helping to put together a joint 3-A and 3-B conference held at Baylor
University in Waco August 6-9, 1976. Fifty-one arrowmen from this
lodge participated in the weekend along with over 1,000 arrowmen in the
combined section conference. One of the highlights of the weekend
was the participation of E. Urner Goodman, founder of the Order of the
Arrow, in the activities at Baylor.
Lance Lunsford also served
as Section Chief for South Central Region Section 1 in 1995 and 1996.
Both Section Conclaves were held at Sam Houston State University in August.
In the beginning of Wahinkto
Lodge a Lodge Chief was named for each week of summer camp. The only
activities of the lodge were the induction of new members at the end of
each week of summer camp so there was no need for a year-round lodge chief.
There is no known record
of the first lodge chiefs of Wahinkto Lodge. In 1951, when the lodge
went to year-round lodge chiefs, their names were recorded on the annual
Order of the Arrow Lodge Charter and became a matter of record. During
1986, the lodge changed its term of office from January 1 through December
31 of each year to September 1 through August 30th. Thus, you will
find, starting with Russell Massey, that their term of office overlapped
two years even though they served only for a twelve month term. The
lodge went back to the first of the year starting in 1993.
1941 - Camp Louis Farr -
Charles “Chuck” Taylor
1942 - Unknown
1943 - Camp Louis Farr -
Wesley Fox (1st week)
Clifford Taylor, Jr. (2nd week)
1944 - Unknown
1945 - Unknown
1946 - Unknown
1947 - Unknown
1948 - Unknown
1949 - Camp Louis Farr -
Camp Fawcett - Homer Gathings
1950 - Unknown
1951 - Ronald Kelso, Brady
1952 - Ronald Kelso, Brady
1953 - Johnny Sheedy, III,
1954 - Lionel Galvan, Crystal
1955 - Michael Kennedy,
1956 - Wayne Anderson, Del
1957 - Wayne Anderson, Del
1958 - Gordon McGonsgill,
1959 - Gordon McGonsgill,
1960 - Dick Wyatt, San Angelo
1961 - Jim Runge, Christoval
1962 - Jim Runge, Christoval
1963 - John Pipkin, San
1964 - Keith Winslow, Menard
1965 - Randy Holdridge,
1966 - Roland Lee Iredale,
1967 - John Bob Cody, San
1968 - Claude Townsend,
1969 - David Perry, San
1970 - Terry Younggren,
1971 - Barry Heath, San
1972 - Barry Heath, San
1973 - John Kamensky, San
1974 - Edward J. Trust,
1975 - Edward Heath, San
1976 - Steve Evans, Mertzon
1977 - Tom Steckbeck, San
1978 - Peter Mikel, San
1979 - Peter Mikel, San
1980 - Alex Kedziora, San
1981 - Tony Chambless, San
1982 - Frankie Sablan, San
1983 - Frankie Sablan, San
1984 - Wes Harrell, San
1985 - James Berger, San
1986 - Robert Kronenberg,
1986 - 87 - Russell Massey,
1987 - 88 - Monty Gibson,
1988 - 89 - Robert J. Brown,
1989 - 90 - Christopher
J. Looney, Uvalde
1990 - 91 - William F. Harlow,
San Angelo (1/2 year) & Daryl Box, San Angelo (1/2 year)
1991 - Danny Casillas, Del
1992 - Danny Casillas, Del
1993 - David O’Neill, San
1994 - David O’Neill, San
1995 - Donnie Lunsford.
1996 - Wayne Graham, San
1997 - Rickey Medina, San
1998 - Louis Torres,
1999 - Roger Lopez
2000 - Luke L. Burnett,
2001 - Eric Albert
2002 - Jason M. White, San
2003 - Adrian Garcia, Del
2004 - Adrian Garcia, Del
2005 - Matt Bignall, San
Angelo (1/2 year) & Peter Perez, San Angelo (1/2 year)
2006 - Peter Perez, San
2007 - Bryan Sablan, San
2008 - Humberto Torres Jr.,
2009 - Dustin Foradory,
2010 - Dylan DeLaRosa, San
2011 - Kyle Sharp, San Angelo
2012 - Bob Torres, Uvalde
2013 - Jason Walker
Lodge Advisers are the unsung
heroes of the Wahinkto Lodge. They are responsible, as volunteers,
to see that the lodge stayed in the hands of the youth. But they
are also responsible to see that the lodge functions according to the rules
of the Order of the Arrow. Here is a list of the known advisers:
1948 - 49 - Vernon Bucher,
Joe Lindle, Leonard Lee (Sponsors of Farr tribe)
1948 - 49 - Homer Gathings,
Elmer Fawcett (sponsors of Fawcett tribe)
1960 - 61 - G. Howard Briggs
1962 - 70 - Robert C. “Bob”
1971 - 75 - Thomas Rainey
1975 - 76 - Lawrence “Bub”
1976 - 80 - Ray Kedziora
1981 - 82 - Richard Benton
1983 - 84 - Victor Meza,
1985 - 88 - Lace E. “Gene”
1989 - 90 - Roy Douglass
and Robert Kennedy (co-advisers)
1990 - Robert Kennedy
1991 - Edward Stewart
1992 - Lloyd Deaton
1993 - 1995 - Jim Nennich
1996 - 1998 - Gary Shrum
1999 - Jimmy “Butch” Simpson
2000 - 2001 - Mike Robertson
2002 - 2006 - Jerry White
2007 - Tom McKeel
2007 - 2010 - Bo Strickland
2011- 2012 - Dan Walker
The Vigil Honor is the highest
honor that the Order of the Arrow can bestow upon its members for service
above self to their lodge and local council. The first person to
receive the Vigil Honor in the Order of the Arrow was its founder
E. Urner Goodman, who received this honor in 1915.
The list of names contain the date that the application was submitted
to the Order of the Arrow and not the year they were inducted.
1945 - J. B. Morris, Joseph
O. Galbraith, A. H. Bird
1950 - Vernon Bucher
1958 - Marvin Ratliff, Jr.
1959 - J. C. Benson, Bobby
Broadway, Jackie Jones, Carl B. Nicholas, Jim Runge, Jimmy Stewart, George
Tucker, Harold S. Whiteside, Earl G. Wisdom, Dick Wyatt, Milton R. Wratt,
Gilbert H. Wyman, James M. Young
1960 - Paul Hendrix, Lloyd
Deaton, Michael Deaton
1961 - Julius Graw, Bobby
Neal, John H. Pearson, John Pipkin, Edward E. Qualls, Truett McClung
1962 - Ronnie E. Martin,
Carl B. Nicholas, Charles E. Oswalt, III., Gary Spring, Keith Winslow
1963 - Sandy Bartlett, J.
T. Henderson, Randy Holdridge, Tommy Meier
1964 - Bobby Elliott, William
E. Huddleston, Robert C. Warner
1965 - Barry Haenish, Steward
Hawkins, Jr., David Horner, Roland L. Iredale
1966 - John Bob Cody, David
Hall, Joe Ray Jones
1967 - Gary Alien, Kirk
Hawkins, Richard L. Iredale, David Perry, Scott Slaughter, Homer A. Smith,
Claude R. Townsend
1968 - Ronnie Allen, Bill
Carlson, John K.Finegan, Clouis Hansen, Vincent C. Hobbs, Andy Johnson,
1969 - Tommy F. McSwain,
Dow E. Palmer,Terry Younggren
1970 - Elton T. Calk, Jr.,
Robert H. Haines, Peter Juve
1971 - Richard Benton, Lace
E. Hinnard, Barry Health, Peter Maldonado, Russell Tidwell, Edward J. Trust
1972 - Edward Heath, James
B. Heath, Gary Sohn
1973 - Perry Jewell, Steve
Joyce, Jesse McAnally, Dean Paret, Cyril A. Trust, Sr.
1974 - Tommy Heath, Robert
J. Kamensky, Jack McCarley, Frank Perkins, Robert Singer
1975 - Craig Bessent, Wilson
Hill, Jr., Ronnie McAnally, J. B. Ward, Lewis H. White
1976 - None
1977 - Ray Kedziora, Thomas
1978 - John Campbell, Bill
Dillahunty, Alex Kedziora, Rodney D. Kuhlmann, Peter Mikel, Tom Steckbeck,
1979 - None
1980 - Will Allison, John
D. Eberhardt, Victor Meza, Sr., Abe H. Ramirez, Karl A. Wiedenfeld
1981 - Walter Campbell,
Brad L. Newton
1982 - Tony Chambless, Victor
Meza, Jr., Frankie Sablan, Ken Sablan
1983 - K. Wynn Alston, Russell
Cooke, Sammy Sablan
1984 - James Berger, Armando
DeLeon, Mike Fanning, Chris A. Johnson, Timothy F. Johnson, Roy Moore,
Gene Wilton, Jr
1985 - John A. Herrera,
James Kimbrel, Robert Kronenberg, Aaron Miles, Randy A. Schreiber, Terry
1986 - Weldon L. Blackard,
Mike Gillenwaer, Russell E. Massey, Bill Ruth
1987 - Robert Fierro, Jr.,
Monty Gibson, Paul Hendricks, John R. Massey, Jonathan Turnbow, Wes Wolfe,
1988 - Chris Looney, Alex
Mata, J. M. "Bill" Rowley, Gary Schreiber, Dan Stim
1989 - Jason Aley, Robert
J. Brown, Danny Casillas, Brent Smith, Jeffrey Williams
1990 - Lane Hughes, Robert
Kennedy, James Nennich, Jason Williams
1991 - Ramon R. Castro,
Jr., Benny L. Dougherty, Harry T. Eckert, Darin L. Smith, Grant H.
1992 - Drew Hubbard, Daryl
Box, Ramon Castro, Sr., Edward Goebel, Federico Medina, Jr.
1993 - David O’Neill, Maxie
Peabody, Billy R. Sellman, Roberts S. Williams, Jr., Terry M. Younggren
1994 - Americo Isreal Garcia,
Orlando Flores, Mike Wallace, Albert “Willie” Williams
1995 - A. Carl Cummins Evve
Kuykendall, Donnie Lee Lunsford, Maria Medina
1996 - Andy Brooks, Richard
W. Graham, Raymond J. Leftwich, Federico Medina, III, William Mechler,
Jimmy E. “Butch” Simpson, Jr.
1997 - Robert M. Burnett,
Richard G. O’Neill, Louis Torres, Jim Lay, Sam Elk Shimp, II., Gary
1998 - Robby Archer, Ruby
Deaton, Ted Hogan, Jay Medina, Chris Shrum
1999 - Luke Burnett, Don
Cheek, Elwin Hahn, Bradley Jones, Brian Simpson
2000 - Jonathan Kilgore,
Brian Sturm, Mark Wyatt
2001 - Steven Daniels, Jason
White, Ron Gabriel, Jerry White
2002 - None
2003 - Adrian J. Garcia,
Matthew J. Huro, Cody R. Scott, Matthew S. Vercher
2004 - Nathan Calk, Andrew
Garcia, Bill Karmany, Jakob McKeel, Mike Mitchell
2005 - Tom McKeel, Kyle
2007-Anthony Kieffer, Peter
Perez, Mathew Smart
Barry Hendler, Connor McKeel, Humberto Torres, Sr.
2009-Patricio Ramos, Humberto
Torres, Jr.., Eric T. Wheeler, Dustin Foradory, Lawson Kemp
2010 Holland Cogdell, Rene
Mancha, David Cogdell, Laura Foradory
2011-Brandy Williams, Kyle
2012 -Harold Sharp, Murray
Kachel, Michael Steal, Bob Torres
The Founder’s Award was created
by the Order of the Arrow to honor and recognize those Arrowmen who have
given outstanding service to the Lodge. The bronze medallion bearing
the likeness of E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson is reserved for an
Arrowman who demonstrates to his fellow Arrowman that he memorializes in
his everyday life the spirit of achievement as described by our founder.
The award was first presented
to David O’Neill and Lloyd Deaton on October 17, 1994.
1999 -Robert Burnett
2004 - Jerry White and Adrian
2005 - Peter Perez
2006 - Bryan Sablan and
Humberto Torres Sr.
2008 - Humberto Torres,
Jr. and Butch E Simpson
2011 - Murry Melvin
Kachel, Robert Torres
in Service Award
recognition of the Order of the Arrow's heritage of service, the National
Order of the Arrow Committee created a new three-year Leadership in Service
Program which was announced at the 2004 NOAC. The Order strives to strengthen
Scouting's foundation of service by further fostering in Arrowmen the ethic
of servant leadership.
promoting and rewarding service that benefits the Boy Scouts of America's
outdoor program, and the communities in which Scouts reside, the Order
will be acting to support Scouting at the most important level. Requirements
for the award can be met during the calendar years of 2005, 2006, and 2007.
"Leadership in Service Award" was first presented for 2005 at the HEB Winter
Fellowship Camp in January 2006. Those receiving the award were:
- Raymond Affleck, Chris Calk, Nathan Calk, Jared Ducote, Jeremy
Graue, Matt Huro, Chris Johnson, David Kemp, Lawson Kemp, Tom McKeel, Peter
Perez, Matthew Smart, Humberto Torres, Jr., Humberto Torres, Sr., &
- Lawson Kemp, Connor McKeel, Tom McKeel, Peter Perez, Pat Ramos,
Bryan Sablan, Steve Silvia, Humberto Torres, Jr., Humberto Torres Sr.,
& Marcus Zamorra
- Chris Calk, Nathan Calk, Dustin Foradory, Laura Foradory, David
Kemp, Lawson Kemp, Connor McKeel, Tom McKeel, Peter Perez, Pat Ramos, Maria
Ramos, Bryan Sablan, George Silva, Steve Silva, Mat Smart, Humberto Torres
Sr., Huberto Torres Jr., Jason White, Jerry White, & Mark Zamorra
Edward J. Trust, Lodge Chief
of Wahinkto Lodge in 1974, was presented the Distinguished Service Award
during ceremonies at the National Order of the Arrow Conference held at
For Collins, Colorado in August 1979. Trust, an Eagle Scout, graduated
from Angelo State University and was serving as a 1st Lt. In the United
States Air Force, stationed in Denver. Colorado. While in Concho Valley
Council, he was active on both a Section and National level in the Order
of the Arrow, serving mostly on the Shows Committee.
The national OA Committee
presents the Distinguished Service Award to those Arrowmen who had rendered
outstanding service to the Order on a section, area, regional or national
level. It is given primarily for dedicated service to the Order and
Scouting over a period of years. It is the only award in Scouting
that is presented to youth members, adult volunteers and professional Scouters.
The Award was present to
Frank T. Hilton, in 1983 Program Director. It was presented for him
having served as OA Section Staff Adviser in Sections 9-B, 3-B and IV for
many years. He served as Lodge Staff Adviser for the Tonkawa Lodge
and Tejas Lodge prior to moving to Concho Valley Council in 1974,
In this Lodge, he served as Staff Adviser for the Wahinkto Lodge from 1974
through 1987, and again from 1989 through 1990. Upon becoming the
Scout Executive in Comanche Trail Council, Brownwood, he served as Staff
Adviser of the Otena Lodge from 1991 until his retirement from professional
Scouting in January 1997.
B. Dyer Award
The Wahinkto Lodge had tied
with Karankawa Lodge for the Curtis B. Dyer Award in 1968, but on May 3,
1981, Sammy Sablan, Frankie Sablan, Wes Harrell and Mike Fanning brought
home the Award, having earned it outright. The lodge worn it two
more times, the last time during competition held at the OA Section IV
Conclave at Shepherd AFB in Wichita Falls, Texas, and retired the trophy.
This was the year the Section changed. During this time in
the lodge history, the youth were very interested in Indian dancing and
in Section Conclave competition.
E. West Award
The James E. West Award was
established by the Boy Scouts of America to recognize a special financial
Scouting in the form of
a $1,000 donation to the Council Endowment Fund. The award is named after
the first Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America. Wahinkto
Lodge honored its first Arrowman at their 2007 lodge banquet for his unselfish
devotion to the welfare of others through their special service, special
achievement and their long standing commitment to the Order of the Arrow
by sponsoring a James E. West Award in his name.
2006 - Jerry White
2010 - Kyle Sharp
2011 - Wynn Alston
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