Upcoming Chapter Meetings

The following message comes from our Chapter Adviser, Wade Graves:

Greetings everyone

We will be having two meetings of our OA Chapter in the next few weeks. Please put these dates on your calendar and plan to attend —

1. The first will be this Sunday, September 21 — agenda chapter officer nominations, Brotherhood conversion, National OA Conference

2. The second will be Sunday, October 5 — agenda chapter officer elections, James Ray Ordeal, Ceremony team practice

Both meetings will take place at our usual spot — Grayson College Center for Workplace Learning, Seminar Room A, starting at 2pm.

Young men who will be under age 21 are eligible to apply for a chapter officer position at the September 21 meeting.  If you are interested but won’t be able to attend, please call me or send an email at the address below.

Elected 2015 Officer Positions will be:
Chapter Chief
Chapter Vice Chief — Service (Service Projects & Activities)
Chapter Vice Chief — Inductions (Ordeals & Brotherhoods)
Chapter Vice Chief — Native American (Ceremonies and Dance)
Chapter Vice Chief — Administration (Records, minutes, membership)
Chapter Vice Chief — Communications and Technology (Web, email, Facebook)

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!


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Veterans request assistance

If anyone can meet me at Fairview Cemetery in Denison this Saturday morning at 8:30am, please let Wade know (wade.graves@gmail.com). Everyone is welcome to come help!

We have received an urgent request from a local veterans group for assistance putting out flags on the graves of veterans in Fairview Cemetery in Denison. This is one of 8 cemeteries in the Sherman/Denison area they will be putting flags on this Saturday & has the largest number of veterans interred (veterans from Civil War through Desert Storm). The small numbers of veterans available coupled with the high volume of veterans buried in this cemetery has overwhelmed their internal resources. Depending upon how many people respond, we may be asked to assist with a cemetery between Sherman and Denison also.

The ground at the cemetery is dry and tough to dig so please bring a large screwdriver or something else that can be used to easily make holes 3/8″ in diameter. We also suggest bringing some water with you. It’s supposed to be hot and humid out there Saturday morning.

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November Chapter Meeting

At the November meeting, we missed those who are members of the Howe and Sherman Marching Bands. These two bands have, through their hard work and dedication, made it to the state level marching band competition. We would like to congratulate you on the making it to state and wish you luck at the UIL State Marching Band Competition!

We have a few upcoming events:

LLDC – Leadership Training will be on November 9th at Richland College. Register for LLDC now at http://miki.org/index.php/lldc-leadership-training. The cost is $5 and the registration deadline is November 8th. If you plan on going, you can meet at Waples Memorial United Methodist Church by 6:30am to get a ride down. If you plan to ride from Waples to LLDC, please contact Wade Graves at wade.graves@gmail.com so he can have a head count.

Bridge Project at Beautiful Camp James Ray will be on November 16th. We will be building two bridges. If you would like to help, meet at the Fry Center by 9:00am. If you are able, please bring battery operated tools, such as screw guns, and saws.

We hope to see you at the December Chapter Meeting on December 1st at 2:00pm!

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2013 Texoma Valley District Dinner

Make your reservations NOW for the annual Texoma Valley District Dinner scheduled for Friday, January 25, 2013 at the Center for Workplace Learning on the main campus of Grayson College.

EagleScoutThis year’s dinner will honor the Eagle Scout Class of 2012, along with the adult volunteers who make scouting possible in Bryan and Grayson counties.

Tickets are $15 per person – and the deadline to register is Friday, January 18.  Reservations will be taken at Roundtable on January 10, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, or at the Bobby Lyle-Billy Gamble Scouting Center, 5600 US Highway 75 South in Fairview.

The registration form can be found on the Texoma Valley District website at www.texomavalley.org under Events.  For more information please contact Cynthia Perez at cyn1266@msn.com or Connie Deckard at cjdeckard@aol.com.

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2012 Section Conclave


You are invited to a FUN Action Packed weekend April 20-22 for Conclave!  Scouts your age from Amarillo, Wichita Falls, Fort Worth, Waco to Tyler and Shreveport are meeting at Tarleton State University for games, shows, activities, competition, food, patch trading, and fellowship.  It is the most fun you can have in a weekend!  The activities this weekend are like your district camporee to the EXTREME!


Tarleton State University is just a couple of hours Southwest of Dallas on US 377.  This is not their first Section Conclave!  They host Scouting events throughout the year.  They are huge Scout Supporters!  Bring your own tent and camp this weekend in a secured site on campus.  We will use their Dining Hall and other buildings for program and gyms and sports fields for games.  And the fun is just building!!  SOOOO Close! Tarleton State is just two hours from Dallas. Just three hours from Denison and Athens.  Load up the vans and buses and head on down! Don’t miss this great event!


Registering for Conclave is easy and the earlier you register the better the price!  Early registration starts February 13th for just $35 per person!  Regular registration is $45 per person is from March 3rd – 30th.  Late Registration is March 31st – April 13th at $60.  Walk-in registration is from April 14th through the event for $75 per person.  Register at www.sr2-3n.org/conclave/conclave-registration.  Your fee pays for all activities and events, food and materials.  Mark your calendar TODAY and get in early.


The program is packed with activities and games and shows.  Get your learning on with Native American arts and crags, dance and ceremonies!  Conclave is the place for NOAC quality judging and competition in Dance and Ceremonies.  Find out how to best use your talents with your chapter and lodge, get a team together for Lodgeball, Basketball, Volleyball and other games!  Party the night away with a Native American Pow- Wow and the Hootenanny!!  Fun Fellowship Fantastic time!  At Conclave we will spread the word via our Facebook page, texting and emailing and the traditional paper newspaper.  Keep up with all the plans before and activities during conclave through www.mikanakawa.org and Facebook on Mikanakawa 101.  We will keep you up to date on new and exciting programs for conclave, remind you about registration fee deadlines ($35 now!).  Special events will include a scavenger hunt, Ice Cream Social, OA Museum, Trading Post, and Native American Story Telling.  The Dining Hall has several different options on menu for Lunch and Dinner – all you can eat!  And don’t forget those patches.  The Section’s Conclave patch is included in your registration, but you can also purchase our own Special Commemorative 75th Anniversary Patch.  Six special edition arrowheads were commissioned for our anniversary year.  The Conclave Arrowhead is the third one in the series.  They will be sold for $5 each and proceeds from the sale will be applied toward our lodge’s NOAC expenses.


For more information on conclave please contact our Conclave Lead Adam Koestner at Skinner85@mindspring.com or our Conclave Adviser Joe Hayes at joeh47@hotmail.com.

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