LODGE CELEBRATES ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY
The Lodge celebrated its
25th Anniversary during 1970. A special weekend campout was held by the
Lodge on the weekend of May 23-24 at Camp Billy Gibbons to celebrate that
anniversary. Everyone brought their own food and camping equipment to the
event. They had a water carnival and Pow-Wow on Saturday and a sunrise
"Inspirational Service" early Sunday morning. The weekend ran from noon
Saturday until 10 AM on Sunday.
25TH ANNUAL BANQUET
The 25th Anniversary banquet
of the lodge was held in Richardson Hall of Howard Payne College, December
8, 1970, under the leadership of Ernie Meyer, Lodge Chief. Mr. B.
Edward Luckett, Sr. of Fort Worth, and member of the National Committee
of the Order of the Arrow, was present. The new officers and the new Vigil
honor members were recognized. The highlight of the evening was the presentation
of a history of the Order and of Otena Lodge that had been gathered by
The Lodge also received
the following special handwritten letter from E. Urner Goodman
in honor of their 25th
My Brothers of Otena Lodge,
Since the early days of the Order of the Arrow, I have been called before
to give the closing challenge at our National Conferences. I count
it a high privilege; but with some respects, I count it an even greater
privilege to challenge a local lodge, like yours, for that is where things
Every one of
you, I assume was elected to our Order because he was considered a PACE
SETTER in cheerful service by his fellow Scouts of Explorer. As our
Ordeal ceremony reminded you, there was the expectation that you would
keep right on with your dedication to service for the common good.
Now, in the
Order we have always felt that an Arrowman's first duty was in service
to his own Troop or Post - to make that unit great in its program and its
loyalty to our Scout ideals.
to that lies his duty to his own Lodge, where, working together, Arrowmen
can undertake truly famous projects. An example of such service,
let me suggest the
plan for promoting better and
more Scout camping in the Council, with the new Camping Award as your goal.
The Order will never have done it's full job in our country until every
Scout troop and Explorer Post has the right kind of program for Scouting
out of doors. We look toward the day when no American boy, who knocks at
the Scouting's door, expecting high adventure, will be disappointed by
what he finds in his troop.
let every Arrowman begin to plan now for a lifetime of cheerful service
to fellow man. In our first half century, we have seen many outstanding
examples of what Arrowmen can do with their lives. But, you don't
need to fly to the moon, as at least two our our members have done, to
make your life count. Mindful of your duty to God and Country, try to discover
for field of service you were born and when you have found it, prepare
to give your best to it.
Yours in Brotherhood,
E. Urner Goodman
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