Here’s a letter we recently received from the Lodge Adviser for Waguli Lodge (Northwest Georgia Council), thanking us, and more specifically Yuchi Chapter, for helping them get out of a serious bind:
I would like to take the time to share a huge thank you for the Coosa ceremony team that came to our lodge Summer Ordeal the past week. Greg Crenshaw and [the Yuchi Chapter Ceremony – Alex Pope; Ben Crenshaw; Cole Thornton & Will Tidwell] team shared the weekend with us and it was a real treat. As you might be aware we have had difficulty growing our team as college took our last team away to various parts of the state for school. We were left in quite a bind and needed some help. I placed a phone call and within a very short amount of time that call for help was answered.
When Greg arrived they were completely self-sufficient and needed no support from us. They provided our new candidates and our older brothers with quite a performance. Due to their hard work, dedication, and willingness to share their knowledge we were able to recruit a new team of Ordeal members to become our Ceremony Team. Their willingness to help a fellow brother in need will never be forgotten. You should all count yourselves very fortunate to have youth and adults who are so willing to go the extra mile. They should all be commended for their efforts.
Chris A. DeHart
Waguli Lodge Adviser
While this highlights the type of cheerful servant leadership that is celebrated throughout the Order of the Arrow, it also underscores the need to maintain ceremony teams (and other lodge infrastructures) across a wide range of ages and abilities.
With older, more experienced teams constantly recruiting and training newer, younger teams, we’re sure to maintain all of our capabilities as our more experienced teams turn 21 or leave for college. This is true, not only for ceremonies, but also from drum & dance, shows, the service corps, and every other critical aspect of our lodge’s program.
Great Job, Yuchi Chapter, and thank you for so spectacularly representing Coosa Lodge.