Vigil Nominations Now Being Accepted 
Posted: January 7, 2018

It is now that time again to send in your nominations for the Vigil Honor.  Each year Catawba Lodge selects from its membership those that have exemplified the high ideals of the Order.  You must be a Brotherhood member in in good standing for at least 2 years to be nominated.  Forms are now online to download.  All submissions are due by Spring Fellowship.  Any questions, contact Daniel Wood, Vigil Chairman or Larry Banks, Vigil Adviser.

Click here for the form.

Former Catawba Lodge Adviser Passes
Posted: December 20, 2017

Catawba Lodge is sad to announce that one of your lodge brothers and former Lodge Adviser Phil Briggs has passed away.  He passed away peacefully on December 18, 2017 surrounded by close family.  He was a great asset to the lodge and he will be missed.

Click here for the obituary in the Charlotte Observer.

Any questions contact Larry Banks.

Dixie Fellowship Registration Form Now Online
Posted: December 18, 2017

On April 27 - 29, 2018 Catawba Lodge will send a delegation to Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill, SC to attend the Dixie Fellowship.  Registration is now open and the deadline to send in registration is January 16, 2018.  The signup form is now on the Dixie Page.  Any questions, contact Matt Fox.

Carolinas Indian Seminar Registration Now Open
Posted: December 18, 2017

Fellow Arrowmen, it is time for us to start our plans for the Carolinas Indian Seminar! This is a great event, put on by our neighbors Eswau Huppeday Lodge. This is one of the best Native American learning events in the entire nation, so don't miss out. Last year there were approximately 60 different classes to choose from, and there is something for everyone. All dance styles, singing, ceremonies, and ladies styles will be covered in depth.  Even though this is put on by the OA, it is very open and welcome to all, so if you have family members or friends who would be interested, make a date, and bring them for a great time.

January 19-21, 2018
Mitchell Community College 
701 W. Front street Statesville NC

Payment options are as follows:

$38 includes all powwows, classes, meals and a patch. You can sleep in a classroom.

$22 gets you Saturday classes and powwow and patch, but no meals, you can add lunch for $6.

$5 gets in into a powwow after 5pm Fri or Sat night. No classes or food.

Most of the time, we just go up for Saturday. If folks want to go up and stay Friday night, that is ok, but we must have adult leadership that stays also.  Any questions, contact Steve & Ruth Hand.

Catawba Lodge Dues to increase on December 1st
Posted: October 30, 2017

This year, National decided to increase the dues by $5. As a direct response to this decision, Catawba Lodge LEB has increased dues for 2018 by $5 as well, making dues $20 a year. Catawba Lodge is not increasing dues in any way to pocket the money, but as a response to the National change. 

This new policy will take place beginning December 1st, meaning payments up to November 30th will remain the current charge of $15. Payments for the 2018 dues before this email was sent will be honored and you will not be charged anymore than you already have been. Silver Nest Members will also be honored, and no more payment will be asked of them. This means, every brother has the next 32 days to pay their Annual Lodge Dues at the price of $15, before the increase is enforced. 

There are three ways to pay your dues: 
1) By going to the Scout Shop on 7th Street and paying them in person.
2) By going to the following link and paying them online.
3) Attending the Annual Banquet and paying your dues there (note the increase will be effective at Annual Banquet and will cost $20).

If you have any questions, feel free to email either Casey Smith, the Lodge Chief, at, or Craig Orr, the Lodge Adviser, at

Thank you for reading this email and please inform all your other brothers of this new change! We hope to see all of you soon!

Yours in Brotherhood,
Lodge Chief
Casey Smith

NOAC Announcement
Posted: September 6, 2017

The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) is a national event that is hosted at various college campuses across the US. The next NOAC is in 2018.  Catawba lodge is sending a delegation.  If you wish to be a part of it, click here for the form.  PLEASE DO NOT MAIL THIS TO THE SCOUT OFFICE.

If you have any questions about the event, email Eric Sasser.

Catawba Lodge Commemorative Sash Available
Posted: September 6, 2017

Catawba Lodge is offering a special commemorative sash that all Vigil members can order.  Click here to order the sash.  Any questions, contact Larry Banks.

Catawba Lodge Now Available
Posted: November 11, 2017

Catawba Lodge is now offering special Lodge belts.  Below is an example of what it looks like:

There is also a version for Vigil members to get as well.  Below is an example of what that looks like:

If you wish to order a belt, click here for the order form.  Any questions, contact Larry Banks.

Catawba Lodge Important Announcement!!
Posted: November 16, 2017

Whom may attend OA functions

Only currently registered members of the BSA and the OA may attend OA events Only with the approval of the Lodge Key Three, non-OA members may be invited on a case by case basis if their presence is needed in the implementation of a program.  These guests should be identified to the Lodge Key Three for approval before they are allowed to attend.  Non-members should not assume they can participate in future OA events without the required approval as specified above nor should they attend OA ceremonies or participate in OA competitions or other OA events.  Nothing in this lodge policy statement is intended to supersede the special circumstances defined by the National OA Committee that permit non-OA members to attend OA ceremonies and are covered on page 34 of the Order of the Arrow Handbook, 2015 printing or subsequent revisions in officially approved national OA publications.  Events such as the Beaver Weekend in May and the Lodge Banquet in December shall be the only exceptions not requiring pre-approval for non-OA member attendance.  Beaver Weekend will be a Camp Work Day sponsored by the OA that permits non-members to take part in projects around camp that help to prepare the facilities for our Summer Camp program Non-members of the OA may attend the Lodge Banquet only at the invitation of a current OA member in good standing with the Lodge and the BSA.

Catawba Lodge Key 3


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