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Summaries and photos from lodge events

August 2016 Lodge Events

This past month Section SR-9 lodges held three events. Check out the event articles and photos below from Alibamu, Ini-To, and Withlacoochee Lodges.

Alibamu Lodge Pilgrimage Ordeal
by Will Reeder

Alibamu had a fun filled Ordeal August 19-21. There was plenty of time for brotherhood and fellowship in addition to plenty of time for service. We made progress on our new sand volleyball court that is scheduled to be completed this fall. After inducting several new members and sealing other members in the ties of Brotherhood on Saturday, we ended the evening with a cracker barrel and a corn hole tournament. After many attempted to take the title of champion, it was brother Lucas Lynn and former SR-9 Secretary, Matt Harris, who ended with the coveted title! After a short rest Saturday night, we finished up a great weekend with a devotional and a lodge meeting. We would like to recognize and thank our section chief Patrick Mapp and Coosa Lodge’s Vice-Chief of Fellowship Daniel Beitel for attending our Ordeal! It really meant a lot to us. We had a great time and we are looking forward to what lies ahead for Alibamu and the rest of SR-9.

The newest members of Alibamu Lodge after being inducted in August 2016.

The newest members of Alibamu Lodge after being inducted in August 2016.

Alibamu Lodge is building a new volleyball court at their camp.

Alibamu Lodge is building a new volleyball court at their camp.

Ini-To Lodge Summer Ordeal
by Daniel Kirkland

The Ini-To Lodge Summer Ordeal was a huge success. We had fifteen new members inducted and fourteen seal their brotherhood. The project was very meaningful to our camp. Camp Thunder now has a wonderful entrance complete with rock paths, mulch, and bushes. After the ordeal ceremony the new inductees participated in capture the flag with other members of the lodge. Other members patch traded in the dining hall. New member orientation took place before vespers on Sunday morning. New member orientation and vespers were conducted by Will Harper. We are excited for our upcoming Fall Fellowship.

New Ordeal members from Ini-To Lodge wearing their brand new sashes.

New Ordeal members from Ini-To Lodge wearing their brand new sashes.

Withlacoochee Lodge Summer Fellowship
by Saul Crumpton

We recently wrapped up our Summer Fellowship event. It was a grand time, with many activities such as service, leadership development, and fellowship. Arrowmen had the opportunity to participate in small service projects like building a new GaGa pit for the camp. They were able to utilize the new pit to get to know one another better, as well as develop their knowledge of ceremony performance and putting on unit elections thanks to our LLD presenters. The cherry on top for the event was the guest visitors we had from Waguli Lodge that put on a few informational seminars to help bolster our efforts in developing a lodge drum and dance team. Special thanks to Dallas Adams and Chris DeHart for traveling down and helping us out.

Annual Withlacoochee Lodge Photo

Annual Withlacoochee Lodge Photo

Withlacoochee Lodge Brotherhood Ceremony Team

Withlacoochee Lodge Brotherhood Ceremony Team

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July 2016 Lodge Events

This past month Section SR-9 lodges held two events. Check out the event articles and photos below from Aracoma and Waguli Lodges.

Aracoma Lodge Ordeal Weekend
by Matthew Levan

The Aracoma Lodge Ordeal weekend was a huge success! Out of the thirty-five candidates called out, we had thirty-two complete their ordeal. During the weekend we enjoyed various activities such as playing frisbee, patch trading, and hunting Pokemon. Our work projects included taking down tents from summer camp, clearing brush and debris, pressure washing picnic benches, and pulling weeds. The ceremony committee gave great performances in the pre-Ordeal ceremony and the Ordeal ceremony. We were very pleased with the event, and cannot wait for our fall fellowship.

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Aracoma Lodge Ceremony

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Aracoma Lodge Ordeal Candidates

Waguli Lodge Ordeal Weekend
by Samuel Pankey

I would first like to say this Ordeal weekend we accomplished much more than we previously expected. Everyone worked diligently and to their best ability to make sure we finished what needed to be done. Our new candidates awoke bright and early from their ground cloths. After a hearty breakfast we split up everyone into clans and began work. Whether it was picking up brush from the side of the roads, replacing the boards on our picnic tables, painting, staining, or organizing the pole barn; everyone completed projects they would find memorable for years to follow. There was also significant work done on the founders’ ceremonial ring. With drainage work and new steps this ordeal has put us two steps closer to its completion. This project is not only worth remembering for candidates, but will make a lasting impact on the lodge for generations to come. We would like to give our most cheerful welcome to all thirty-eight of our new brothers. In addition, we have seventeen new brotherhood members that will continue to add to the cheerful spirit our lodge possesses.

Waguli Lodge Ordeal Inductees

Waguli Lodge Ordeal Inductees

Waguli Lodge Ordeal Project

Waguli Lodge Ordeal Project