This past Saturday the Lodge held its first annual Leadership Training Summit, which was combined with the annual Winter Banquet to make a terrific event with nearly 150 Arrowmen and other guests in attendance. To start the day’s events, we were greeted by our Lodge Chief, Patrick Yim, who was eager to begin the Leadership Training Summit.
Throughout the day, there was a multitude of training sessions taking place. From Ceremonies 101, to OA Trivia, to Cub Scouting & the OA, we had it all. The classes provided great opportunities for members enhance their chapter’s ceremony teams, learn about the Order of the Arrow and it’s mission, and to become more involved with the Lodge through programs such as the Elangomat Program and Coosa Shows. Thank you to all of the youth and adults who taught or assisted with one of these wonderful sessions.
After lunch and a few more classes, the Lodge came together in a general assembly where Lodge Chief Patrick Yim discussed the 2013 Coosa Lodge goals and issued the Chief’s Challenge, Sr. Associate Lodge Adviser Mr. Wayne Jackson talked about Journey to Excellence, and Lodge Adviser Mr. Ed O’Neal gave his Adviser’s Minute.
After a few committee meetings and other preparations, it was time to conclude the day with the 3rd annual Winter Banquet.
The dinner featured a wonderful meal, featuring Distinguished Service Award recipient and former Coosa Lodge Chief James Tarbox as the keynote speaker. The awards ceremony included the presentation of the Founder’s Award by Mr. Robert Carter to the 2013 recipients: 2011-12 Lodge Chief Kyle Dotson and Big O himself, Mr. Olan Sheets. The James E. West Fellowship Award was presented to Kyle Dotson and special previews of the upcoming Spring Pow-Wow and SR-9 Conclave were also shown, with another guest speaker, our Supreme Chief of the Fire, Mr. JT Dabbs.
With a few closing words from Mr. Ed O’Neal and Patrick Yim, we concluded the evening. All in all, it was a fantastic event. Thank you to everyone who participated and to those who made the event possible.
With our first event of 2013 in the books, we’re marching forward to the Spring Pow-wow at Camp Comer on March 15-17. We’ve setup a basic informational page at http://coosa50.org/pow-wow, but we’ll have more information available later this week.