We kicked off 2016 with a great training summit and banquet!

by Chris Brightwell on February 8, 2016

Our first lodge event of 2016 is in the books! We have officially kicked off our 2016 program year, and things are off to a great start.

More than 150 Coosa Lodge members and guests came together at Camp Sumatanga last weekend for a day of fellowship, training, brainstorming, and great food. We offered one of our most diverse training schedules ever, watched dozens of small breakout meetings happen in the main hall, and recognized some of our best and brightest.

As training gave way to the banquet program, we recognized once again our 2015 Vigil Honor recipients, then we recognized some of our committee award recipients and heard a great keynote address from our SR-9 Section Chief, Patrick Mapp.

We recognized John Mayhall, Mr. Tom McInnis, and Mr. David Murphree with the Founder’s Award.

Our staff adviser, Mr. Joey Kiker, received the James E. West Fellowship Award as we all learned that he would soon be resigning from his role at the Greater Alabama Council to pursue an incredible new opportunity at Church of the Highlands. Joey then challenged each of us to continue delivering on the vision of Dr. Goodman by maintaining a standard of cheerful, unselfish service to others in a time when hatred and selfishness are so abundant throughout the world.

Finally, we saw the debut of the 2015 Coosa Lodge Year in Review video from Coosa Shows. You’ll find that embedded at the end of this post.

As the night concluded, and as we all returned safely to our homes, our collective vision turned toward the 2016 Coosa Lodge Spring Pow-wow, which will be held March 11-13 at Camp Comer. We’ll have an update on that later this week, plus you should start seeing info in your mailboxes very soon.

Thanks to everyone who came to LTS/WB and made it such a great success!

CORRECTION: Funeral Arrangements for Zachary Brewer

by Chris Brightwell on February 3, 2016

Yesterday, I jumbled the dates for visitation and memorial service. Here’s the corrected version:

Visitation is Thursday, February 4th, from 5PM to 7PM at Unity Baptist Church (9319 Brookhaven Ave., Kimberly, AL 35091). A memorial service will be held at Unity Baptist Church on Friday, February 5th, at 11AM. Scouting Family is asked to wear their Scouting Uniform.

I had previously reported these dates as “Thursday, February 5th” and “Friday, February 6th.” Those obviously don’t exist on the 2016 calendar. Sorry for the confusion.

Funeral Arrangements for Zachary Brewer

February 2, 2016

UPDATE: An earlier version of this post incorrectly listed visitation as “Thursday, February 5th” and the memorial as “Friday, February 6th.” It should be Thursday the 4th and Friday the 5th. We have corrected it here. Sorry for the confusion. We have received information on funeral arrangements for Zachary Brewer. Visitation is Thursday, February 4th, […]

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Zachary Brewer, 1999-2016

January 31, 2016

Our dear Brother, Zachary Brewer, passed away late tonight from complications due to asthma. Zachary was 16 years old and lived in Kimberly, Ala., with his parents, Bob and Tamara Brewer. Zachary’s deep love for Scouting and the Order of the Arrow was one of his many hallmarks. He was a constant presence throughout the […]

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10 Days ’til Training Summit and Winter Banquet!

January 27, 2016

We’re just 10 days away from everyone’s favorite doubleheader — the Coosa Lodge Training Summit and Winter Banquet! Join us at Camp Sumatanga on February 6th for a day full of training, fellowship, and more! The cost is just $15 per participant. If you have a 2016 Event Pass, you’re covered! Click here to register […]

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The Lodge Rules Rules Could be Changing, Check Out the Proposal

January 23, 2016

The Lodge Rules are the one document that outlines how everything in the Lodge works. This covers everything from Lodge finances to establishing our Lodge totem. These rules are seldom amended, but over the past couple of months, the LEC has been discussing a change that will be presented to the lodge in two weeks […]

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