As the Order of the Arrow ramps up its centennial celebration, the core leadership of Coosa Lodge has been looking for a way to embrace our deep, rich history.
After much deliberation, the leadership of Coosa Lodge petitioned the National Order of the Arrow Committee for special permission to recharter as “Coosa Fifty” for the remainder of 2015. Today, we’re excited to announce that our request has been granted!
Effective immediately, and for the remainder of 2015, Coosa Lodge shall be known as “Coosa Fifty” and our totem has been changed from the red shouldered hawk to the thunderbird. This new name and totem are meant to recognize and celebrate our history as one of the oldest Order of the Arrow lodges in the south.
Cherokee Lodge was first chartered in 1930. They were assigned the number 50 and selected the thunderbird as their totem. On January 1, 2000, after 70 years of cheerful service, Cherokee Lodge #50 merged with Achunanchi Lodge #135 (est. 1938) and Kaskanampo Lodge #310 (est. 1945) to form Coosa Lodge #50.
When asked what he thought of this unique celebration, current Coosa Lodge Chief Will Tidwell remarked, “This is a great way to commemorate our history.” John Mayhall (Immediate Past Lodge Chief) and Ed O’Neal (Lodge Adviser) would only yell “War Eagle!”
Staff Adviser Joey Kiker declined to comment.
UPDATE 4/2: This was our annual April Fool’s Joke! Thanks for laughing with us. Stay tuned for info on some upcoming NOAC fundraiser releases, including our heritage flap set.
Are you registered for Conclave? It’s not too late! Join us at Camp Sidney Dew as we come together with the rest of the lodges in Section SR-9 for a weekend of fun, food, and fellowship. Click here for more information on the 2015 SR-9 Section Conclave.