Catawba Lodge History
Catawba Lodge History
Past Lodge Chiefs
Past Lodge Advisers
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DSA Award
Founders Award
OA Crenshaw Award
Vigil Honor
Service to the Nest
History of the Golden Arrow
Ceremony Team Awards
Dixie & Conclave Awards
NOAC Awards
 

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The Founders of Catawba Lodge #459:

(From Left to Right):
Fred Van Treece, John Holland, & Gene Grimes


1951...
CATAWBA
Lodge 459 chartered on June 18, 1951 in Area 6B, with Arrowmen John Holland, Gene Grimes, and Fred Van Treece, and was named after the Catawba Indians who lived in this area. First Ordeal held at Camp Steere on Lake Wylie hosted by Itibapishe Iti Hollo Lodge 188.

1952...
Catawba elects first Lodge Chief - Bill Dean.

1953...
Hosted our first Section event: Section 6B's Dixie Fellowship at Camp Steere with NC & SC Lodges. Dixie Fellowship Theme - "Information & Aims & Ideals of the Order of the Arrow", 94 Scouts and adults attended. Dance Team and Indian Games determined the winner of Fellowship.  Dixie Fellowship held April 16 - 18 and had 200 attended.

1954...
John Holland, Gene Grimes, and Jim Van Treece were our first Vigil Honor members. W. Frank Phillips served as Area 6B Adviser.  Catawba sends its first delegation to National OA Conference (NOAC).  Won 1st Golden Arrow at Dixie Fellowship.

1955...
Olvin Alexander (O.A.) Crenshaw, Jr. took Ordeal at Camp Steere.

1956...
Catawba sends delegation to National OA Conference (NOAC).

1958...
Hosts Section 6B's Dixie Fellowship at Camp Steere with NC & SC Lodges.  Dixie Fellowship Theme - "The Truest Arrow for Leadership & Safety" Catawba sends delegation to National OA Conference (NOAC).  Dixie Fellowship held April 25 - 27.

1959...
Won Quest for the Golden Arrow at Dixie Fellowship.

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1960...
Won Quest for the Golden Arrow at Dixie Fellowship.

1961...
Catawba sends delegation to National OA Conference (NOAC).  
Won Quest for the Golden Arrow at Dixie Fellowship.  Catawba retires its first Golden Arrow.

1963...
Catawba sends delegation to National OA Conference (NOAC).  
Hosts Section 6B's Dixie Fellowship at Camp Steere with NC & SC Lodges.  Dixie Fellowship Theme - "Sturdy More Fit Brotherhood of Arrowmen"  Won Quest for the Golden Arrow at Dixie Fellowship.  Dixie Fellowship held April 26 - 28.

1965...
Catawba sends delegation to National OA Conference (NOAC).  
Won Quest for the Golden Arrow at Dixie Fellowship.

1966...
Won Quest for the Golden Arrow at Dixie Fellowship.  First Hornets' Nest backpatch produced; used for the Dance Team.  Don Blackmon served as Area 6B Section Chief.

1967...
Won Quest for the Golden Arrow at Dixie Fellowship.  Catawba retires second Golden Arrow.

1969...
Creation of O.A. Crenshaw Arrowman of the Year Award for Service to the Lodge

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1970...
Hosts Section 6B's Dixie Fellowship at Camp Steere with NC & SC Lodges.  
Won Quest for the Golden Arrow at Dixie Fellowship.  Dixie Fellowship held April 24 - 26.  

1971...
Catawba sends delegation to National OA Conference (NOAC).  
Won Quest for the Golden Arrow at Dixie Fellowship. 

1972...
Won Quest for the Golden Arrow at Dixie Fellowship. Catawba retires 3rd Golden Arrow.

1973...
Dixie Fellowships continue in Section SE-3B formed with four NC Lodges 134,188,459 & 560 and SC Lodges. O.A. Crenshaw served as Section Adviser from 1973 - 1977.  Catawba sends delegation to National OA Conference (NOAC).

1974...
Won Parade of Braves in SE-3B. Held Grimes Memorial Fall Fellowship in memory of Gene Grimes.  OA Indian Summer was held and Bobby Ball attended.

1975...
Catawba sends delegation to National OA Conference (NOAC).  The first individual Dance Awards were created.  Scott Alexander won the 1st Award.

1976...
Hosted Dixie Fellowship at Camp Steere. Dixie Fellowship Theme - "Our Heritage"  Camp Grimes (Mecklenburg Scout Reservation) opened.  Scott Alexander elected as SE-3B Section Secretary.  Craig Bass elected as SE-3B Section Chief.  Won Dixie Group Dance Competition.  Dixie Fellowship held April 23 - 25.

1977...
O.A. Crenshaw, Jr. received OA Distinguished Service Award. Won group Dance at SE-3B Dixie Fellowship. Catawba sends delegation to National OA Conference (NOAC).  Won Quest for the Golden Arrow at Dixie Fellowship.

1978…
"Dusty" Sparks serves as Section Adviser from 1978 – 1982.  Joe Springs elected as SE-3B Section Vice-Chief of Indian Affairs.

1979..
Catawba Lodge constructed Indian Village at Camp Grimes.  Catawba sends delegation to National OA Conference (NOAC).  Hosted Section SE-3B Indian Seminar.

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1980...
30th Anniversary celebrated during Fall Fellowship at Camp Steere.  
Won Quest for the Golden Arrow at Dixie Fellowship.

1981...
Craig Bass and "Dusty" Sparks, Jr., received OA Distinguished Service Award.  Catawba sends delegation to National OA Conference (NOAC).  Won Quest for the Golden Arrow at Dixie Fellowship.

1982...
David Moody elected Section Chief, 3-B.   Catawba won Tug-O-War tie breaker against Tslagi. Leaves Area 3B & Dixie Fellowship and joins SE-7 & Old North State Conclave. Section SE-7 formed from three SE-3B Lodges (Itibapishe Iti Hollo 188, Catawba 459, & Eswau Huppeday 560) and eight SE-3A Lodges (Tali Taktaki 70, Occoneechee 104, Croatan 117, Wahissa 118, Tslagi 163, Uwharrie 208, Nayawin Rar 296 & Klahican 331.)... David Moody selected as National Conference Vice-Chief of Training. Ed Sheffler elected SE-7 Section Secretary. Phil Briggs Lodge Adviser 1984 – 1987. "Dusty' Sparks, Jr. appointed to the National OA Committee.  Won Quest for the Golden Arrow at Dixie Fellowship.  Lodge retires 4th Golden Arrow Award for winning "Quest Events & Displays" three years in a row.  Catawba is the only lodge to retire 4 Golden Arrow awards in the history of the Dixie Fellowship.

1983...
Sent contingency to NOAC

1984...
Catawba Lodge's Indian Village at Camp Grimes burned down.

1985...
Hosted our 1st Section SE-7 event. Old North State Conclave at Camp Grimes. "Meeting The Challenge". Brian Denton elected Section Secretary.
 35th Anniversary of the Lodge celebrated at Fall Fellowship at Camp Steere.  Dusty Sparks serves as lead adviser on the National level for the OA Philmont Trek.  Catawba sends delegation to the first OA Trail Crew at Philmont Scout Ranch.

1986...
David Moody received OA Distinguished Service Award.  Catawba sends delegation to National OA COnference (NOAC).

1987...
Last year Fall Fellowship is held at Camp Steere, with the theme "One Last Time". Introduced first Cheerful Service Flap.  Catawba sends delegation the National Pow Wow

1988...
Catawba sends delegation to NOAC. "Dusty" Sparks, Jr., NOAC lead adviser, public relations. ’87–88’ NOAC VC – Recognitions.

1989...
Introduced Life Memberships.  Catawba Lodge started chapters based upon council districts.  
Had arrowmmen serve on OA Service Corps at National Scout Jamboree.

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1990 ...
"Dusty" Sparks, Jr., NOAC lead adviser, ceremonies and events. Jason Pentecost from Catawba Lodge elected as SE-7's Section Chief.  Catawba sends delegation to National OA Conference (NOAC).

1991...
1st Catawba Lodge Invitational for ceremony and dance – held during Fall Fellowship. Celebrated 40th Anniversary of the Lodge at Fall Fellowship held at Clear Creek Scout Camp.

1992...
Catawba sends delegation to NOAC.  Tali Tak Taki & Uwharrie 208 merged to form Keyauwee 70 in 1992.

1994...
We lost lodges due to mergers.  Keyauwee Lodge merged with Tsalagi Lodge to form Tsoiotsi Tsogali Lodge 70.  We were joined by four VA lodges (Nawakwa 3, Blue Heron 349, Kecoughtan 463, & Chanco 483) and adopted new name "Cardinal Conclave" because of the NC & VA state bird.  Tsoiotsi Tsogali Lodge 70 hosts SR-7's first Conclave "A New Dawning' ...Buddy Brewer elected SR-7's Section Vice-Chief of Inductions ...Catawba sends delegation to NOAC. Ceremonial Award Winners: Buddy Brewer: 1st - Allowat Sakima, Darryl Brown: 5th-Meteu, Ben Blackman: 1st –Nutiket, Jonathan Brown: 3rd-Kichkinet, and team: Finalists-Brotherhood.

1995...
Nayawin Rar Lodge 296, celebrating its 50th anniversary, SR-7's 2nd gathering. ... Ben Blackman elected SR-7's Section Secretary. Larry Banks becomes the first Arrowman, nationwide, to receive the Founders Award as both a youth (1985) and an adult (1995).

1996...
Catawba Lodge bestows Vigil Honor on Nancy Siddens, our 1st female Vigil. Her Indian name is interpreted as " Brother we call Mother". Bob Kearley elected SR-7's Section Secretary. Catawba sends delegation to NOAC. Buddy Brewer earns top Vigil Award, the Ceremonial Medal of Honor. Buddy Brewer, Ben Blackman, Jonathan and Darryl Brown team - Top Brotherhood Award, the Ceremonial medal of Honor. The team of Chirag Lakhani, Jared Horton, Jonathan Alley and Ryan Kehoe earned Ceremonial Award of Merit for Pre-Ordeal. Matt Bogan, Aaron Hoffman entered Fancy Dance and Sean Gantt entered Grass Dance Competitions.

1997...
Catawba Lodge 459 hosts last SR-7 Cardinal Conclave "Our Spirits Will Soar As One" at Clear Creek Scout Camp before joining SR-5. Has a record attendance of 1500. ... SR-7 splits and NC Lodges Tsali 134, Itibapishe Iti Hollo 188, Catawba 459, Eswau Huppeday 560 join with GA Bob White 87 & SC Lodges Santee 116, Atta Kulla Kulla 185, Muscogee 221, Unali'yi 236, & Skyuka 270 to form SR-5. Frank Crenshaw retires after 10 years as Lodge Adviser and is replaced by Max Cooper.  
Had arrowmmen serve on OA Service Corps at National Scout Jamboree.

1998...
Back to Dixie Fellowship as new SR-5 gathers. Hosted by Eswau Huppeday Lodge 560 at Camp Bud Schiele. Ricky Cardenas elected as Section Secretary. Made excellent showing in Awards received. ... Delegation of 25 + 19 Klahican bused to NOAC @ Iowa State for NOAC. Ben Blackman received Honor Award for Vigil ceremony. The team of Ryan Kehoe, Jared Horton, Jonathan Alley, Chirag Lakhani received Honor Award for Brotherhood Ceremony. Chris Thompson placed 6th in Fancy Dance and Sean Gantt placed 11th in Grass Dance.  Dixie Fellowship Awards -- 3rd Place Newsletter, 3rd Place Lodge Display, 1st Place Brotherhood Ceremony, 1st Place Totem Pole.

1999...
Dixie Fellowship Awards -- 1st Place Totem Pole.  Catawba sends delegation to National Leadership Summit in Colorado Springs, CO.

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2000...
Lodge sends a delegation to NOAC held at University of Tennessee. Ryan Yamada elected as Section Vice-Chief. Max Cooper steps down as Lodge Adviser and is replaced by Bill Kennedy.  Dixie Fellowship Awards -- 2nd Place Newsletter, 2nd Place Where to Go Camping Guide, 1st Place Website, 2nd Place Pre-Ordeal, 2nd Place Brotherhood, 1st Place Totem Pole

2001...
50th Anniversary celebrated at Fall Fellowship at Clear Creek Scout Camp, special patch and re-dedication ceremony to honor event.  Dixie Fellowship Awards -- 3rd Place Where to Go Camping Guide, 2nd Place Website, 3rd Place Training, 1st Place Individual Dance, 2nd Place Pre-Ordeal, 1st Place Brotherhood, 1st Place Totem Pole.  
Had arrowmmen serve on OA Service Corps at National Scout Jamboree.

2002...
Started construction on new ceremonial ring at Clear Creek Scout Camp. A commemorative seven-patch North Carolina Lighthouse set was issued as a fundraising effort for the construction.  
Catawba sends delegation to National OA Conference (NOAC).  Dixie Fellowship Awards -- Section Honor Lodge, 3rd Place Planbook, 3rd Place Lodge Display, 3rd Place Where to Go Camping Guide, 2nd Place Website, WON Quest for the Golden Arrow, 2nd Place Pre-Ordeal, 2nd Place Brotherhood, 2nd Place Totem Pole

2003...
The Lodge wins the Norman Allston Spirit Award at the Dixie Fellowship for the first time in its history. Constructs the Heritage Arts Center at Camp Grimes 
with a $5000 Service Grant from the Order of the Arrow. Dixie Fellowship Awards -- Spirit Award, 3rd Place Planbook, 1st Place Website, 2nd Place Pre-Ordeal, 2nd Place Brotherhood, 1st Place Totem Pole.  Catawba sends delegation to Indian Summer.

2004...
Catawba host Dixie Fellowship "Find the Flame, Light the Fire" at Clear Creek Scout Camp. Over 1200 arrowmen attend. Frank Sturges elected as Section Chief.  
Catawba sends delegation to National OA Conference (NOAC).  Dixie Fellowship Awards -- 1st Place Newsletter, 3rd Place Website, 3rd Place Pre-Ordeal, 3rd Place Brotherhood, 1st Place Totem Pole.

2005...
Construction completed on the new ceremony ring at Clear Creek Scout Camp. The ring was dedicated at Spring Fellowship. Dustin Counts elected as 
Section Chief.  Dixie Fellowship Awards -- 3rd Place Newsletter, 3rd Place Planbook, 3rd Place Website, 2nd Place Training, 3rd Place Quest for the Golden Arrow, 1st Place Totem Pole.  Had arrowmmen serve on OA Service Corps at National Scout Jamboree.

2006...
Catawba Lodge, as represented by Greylan Counts, wins the NOAC mascot championship. LLDC sticky-bun eating competition established. Frank Sturges elected as Section Vice-Chief. Dustin Counts is the first arrowman in Catawba Lodge to be elected to a national office as Southern Region Chief.  Dixie Fellowship Awards -- 2nd Place Planbook, 2nd Place Quest for the Golden Arrow, 1st Place Totem Pole

2007...
Clear Creek Scout Camp is renamed to Belk Scout Camp in honor of John Belk and his many contributions to Scouting and Mecklenburg County Council.  Dixie Fellowship Awards -- Section Honor Lodge, 1st Place Totem Pole.  Catawba sends delegation and staff to National Conservation & Leadership Summit (NCLS)

2008...
Mark Turner steps up in the role as MCC Scout Executive after Leroy Mayne retires.  Bill Kennedy steps down as Lodge Adviser and is replaced by Jeff Worboys.  Dixie Fellowship Awards -- 2nd Place Totem Pole  Catawba sends contingent to participate in Arrow Corp 5.

2009...
Catawba Lodge places well at Dixie Fellowship. Paul Horton places 1st for Allowat Sakima. Lodge Website tied for 2nd Place. Lodge Won the Norman Allston Spirit Award.  
Catawba sends delegation to National OA Conference (NOAC).  Dixie Fellowship Awards -- 3rd Place Training, 3rd Place Brotherhood

2010...
Dixie Fellowship Awards -- Section Honor Lodge, 2nd Place Newsletter, 3rd Place Quest for the Golden Arrow, 2nd Pre-Ordeal, 1st Place Totem Pole.  Had arrowmmen serve on OA Service Corps at National Scout Jamboree.

2011...
Tanner McFeeters elected as SR-5 Section Secretary at Dixie Fellowship.  Dixie Fellowship Awards -- 1st Place Lodge Display, 1st Place Brotherhood, 1st Place Totem Pole.  Catawba sends delegation to Indian Summer and Summit Corps.

2012...
Tanner McFeeters elected as SR-5 Section Chief at Dixie Fellowship.  Catawba Lodge sent delegation to NOAC held at Michigan State University.  Bryan Emery placed 2nd Nationally for Chicken Dance.  Paul Horton receives Honor Recognition for Vigil Ceremony. Jeff Worboys steps down as Lodge Adviser and is replaced by Darin Reynolds.  Built the Leadership Development Center (LDC) and helped to raise money to built Lodge Room to store lodge regalia.  Dixie Fellowship Awards -- 3rd Place Website, 1st Lodge Display, 1st Place Where to Go Camping Guide, 3rd Place Brotherhood, 1st Place Totem Pole

2013...
Sean Fox and TJ Everhart are OA Staff at 2013 National Jamboree, Catawba Earns Gold Journey to Excellence.  Finished new ceremony ring at Camp Grimes and storage/regalia room.  Dixie Fellowship Awards -- 1st Place Lodge Display, 3rd Place Where to Go Camping Guide, 2nd Place Training, Pre-Ordeal Honor Team, 2nd Overall Pre-Ordeal, 1st Place Totem Pole.  Catawba sends delegation to OA Summit Corps.

2014...
Dallas Whittington placed in charge of Administration at Dixie 2014, Taylor Morgan placed in charge of Program activities at Dixie 2014.  Added the Dance Arbor at Belk Scout Camp.  Dixie Fellowship Awards -- 3rd Place Newsletter, 3rd Place Website, 1st Place Lodge Display, 2nd Place Where to Go Camping Guide, 2nd Place Pre-Ordeal, 1st Place Brotherhood, 1st Place Totem Pole

2015...

Catawba Lodge hosting Dixie Fellowship at Belk Scout Camp during the 100th Anniversary of the Order of the Arrow.  Catawba sends delegation to National OA Conference (NOAC).  Darin Reynolds steps down as Lodge Adviser and is replaced by Craig Orr. Dixie Fellowship Awards -- Section Honor Lodge, 3rd Place Planbook, 3rd Place Website, 2nd Place Lodge Display, 2nd Place Where to Go Camping Guide, 2nd Place Overall Quest Events, 1st Place Brotherhood, 1st Place Pre-Ordeal, 2nd Place Totem Pole Carving

2016...


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