Catawba Lodge

Mecklenburg County Council

Fall Fellowship - Belk Scout Camp / September 30 - October 2, 2022

Update posted 9.28.22

Hello All,

Based on the most recent National Weather Service announcement and the fact that Mecklenburg County is now under a TROPICAL STORM WARNING, the Fall Fellowship is now a SATURDAY ONLY event (NO OVERNIGHT CAMPING).

Fall Fellowship will begin @ 8:00 am on Saturday and end @ 10:00 pm. Again, ALL activities will take place in the DINING HALL of Belk Scout Camp.

We will still hold our Indian Village assembly, Silent Auctions, Catawba Carnival (Qwest competitions), Lodge and Chapter elections, and evening Patch Auctions. Once again, ALL ACTIVITIES will take place in the dining hall. We are not publishing a formal schedule, so we can maintain flexibility to our attendees and Lodge officer efforts.

Additionally, our Catawba Cook Team will serve lunch, dinner and a monster Cracker Barrel on Saturday.

We have CANCELLED ceremonies for Vigil and Brotherhood. Each of these will be scheduled in the future.

Thank you all for your support, flexibility and willingness to serve our OA youth this weekend!!


William Newman

Catawba Lodge Chief

Eric Sasser

Crew 1465, Crew Committee

Etowah District, Unit Commissioner

Catawba Lodge, Membership Adviser

Catawba Lodge, Cornerstone Conclave Adviser

Cell: 704.254.6897

Crenshaw Family Arrowman of the Year Award

The O. A. (Olvin Alexander) Crenshaw and Family Arrowman of the Year Award is given to one adult and one or more youth per year for outstanding service to the Lodge. All members of the Lodge may make nominations for the Arrowman of the year Award. The youth recipient is voted on by adults and the adult recipient is voted on by youth. It is voted on at the October Executive Committee Meeting. These Awards are presented at the Lodge's annual banquet in December.

Nominations are due no later that the 6 pm on the Saturday of Fall Fellowship for consideration and presented at the Annual Banquet or e-mail to Mr. Banks @


Founder's Award

Introduced at the 1981 National Order of the Arrow Conference, the Founder's Award was created to honor and recognize those Arrowmen who have given outstanding service to the lodge. The award is reserved for an Arrowmen who demonstrates to fellow Arrowmen that he or she memorializes in his or her everyday life the spirit of achievement as described by founder E. Urner Goodman and cofounder Carroll A. Edson. The Award is a handsome bronze medallion bearing the likenesses of E. Urner Goodman and cofounder Carroll A. Edson, with wooden base and brass plate suitable for engraving. Also available is a special Founder's Award arrow ribbon, with a gold colored arrow suspended from a red ribbon. Lodges may petition the National Order of the Arrow Committee to present up to four awards annually, based on lodge membership. If the lodge presents more than one award, one must be to a youth under the age of 21.

Nominations are due no later that the 6 pm on the Saturday of Fall Fellowship for consideration and presented at the Annual Banquet or e-mail to Mr. Banks @


Service to the Nest Award

The Witahemui Ohshixay Award (Service to the Nest Award) will be awarded to arrowmen in Catawba Lodge for exemplary levels of long term service to the Lodge and the Order of the Arrow. Any arrowman that meets the requirements will be awarded the award. Each recipient will be recognized at the Annual Banquet.

    • This award is used to recognize those arrowmen who have shown exemplary levels of long term service to the lodge and our organization as a whole. Any arrowman that meets the requirements listed below will be recognized at the annual banquet for their dedication and service. All recipients will be affirmed by the Lodge Advisor and Staff Advisor.


    • Over 15 years of current and continuous service and membership to Catawba lodge

    • Has served in a position of leadership in Catawba Lodge, affirmed by the Lodge Adviser and Lodge Staff Adviser, for a majority of years of service.

    • Is suggested to have been a Founders Award Recipient and a Vigil Honor member.

    • Has impacted the youth of Catawba Lodge in a positive way


    • Over 4 years of current and continuous service and membership to Catawba Lodge

    • Is suggested to be a Vigil Honor member

    • Has served in a position of leadership in Catawba Lodge (LEB and/or Chapter) for at least 4 years


Catawba Point Information

Updated: 6.13.22

Catawba Point is going to be a new meditation garden on the property of Camp Grimes near the new Belk Dining Hall. It will consist of a Flagpole, Totem Poles from our 2015 Dixie Fellowship incorporated with local plants and flowers. But your help is needed to make this dream come true. Through the purchase of commemorative bricks and commermorative jacket patches, you can help see this plan to fruition. Help honor a loved one such as an Eagle Scout, Silver Beaver Recipient, Woodbadge Participant/Staff Member, or someone special who has passed.

Thank you for your support in this endeavor, it is greatly appreciated!

Please click on the following links for Commemorative BRICKS and JACKET PATCH orders:




April 22-24, 2022 Camp John Barnhardt, New London, NC

Catawba Lodge Brothers:

We had a tremendous experience at this year's Cornerstone Conclave @ Camp John J. Barnhardt!!

For the first time in many years, we won the Conclave Spirit Award!!! Congratulations to all of our Arrowmen for their efforts. A special thanks to Hannah T. and William N., our youth contingent leader and Lodge Chief for their hard work!!

Check out the pictures from the weekend here.

The following are some additional awards we achieved during the Conclave:

Lodge Display - 3rd place

Totem Pole (hand carve) - 1st place

Fire Building - 1st place

Chariot Race - 2nd place

Mountain Bike - 1st place

Cross Country Run - 2nd place

Ceremony - PRE-ORDEAL

Ike H. - good

Ben B. - fair

Aiden L. - excellent

Adam S. - good


Aiden L. - good

Ben B. - good

Ike H. - good

Adam S. - good

Looking forward in seeing everyone @ NOAC!!!

Other Lodge News

Chapter Election Results

Congratulations to the following Arrowmen and their officer elections within the Apache, Etowah and Sehwatu Chapters:

Apache Chapter:

Chapter Chief - Parker Davis

Vice Chapter Chief - Emily Madewell

Chapter Secretary - Andrew Derderian

Chapter QM - Alexander Rehrig

Etowah Chapter:

Chapter Chief - Holden Bagley

Vice Chapter Chief - Skye Kehoe

Chapter Secretary - Isabel Joyce

Chapter Quartermaster - Rachel Kauffman

Chapter Spirit Chair - Hannah Todd

Sehwatu Chapter:

Chapter Chief - Philip Malcom

Vice Chapter Chief - Nick Daniels

Secretary - Seth Bernier

Lodge Election Results

The following are our New Lodge officers for 2021-22. Many of our previous officers ran again for the 2021-22 year!!!

Lodge Chief - William Newman

Vice Chief of Program - Chase Hensley

Vice Chief of Inductions - Jonathan Sielsky

Vice Chief of Indian Affairs - Aidan Lynch

Vice Chief of Administration - Aeden McAteer

Lodge Quartermaster - Louis Maillet

Thank you for your continued service to the Lodge!!

Lodge Calendar and Events Update

Good Day Catawba Lodge 459!

I hope everyone is well. While this year has been a great challenge for all, I appreciate everyone's flexibility throughout the year with our calendar.

Yours In Brotherhood,

William Newman

Catawba Lodge Chief

What's New!

Catawba Lodge has launched a revamped web site that is geared toward supporting desktops, tablets and phones.

The banner at the top of the site will show breaking items of interest.

Reminders of events and activities will be posted in the slideshow and some slides will have links to the details.

A handy agenda style calendar is posted below that quickly shows upcoming events and it is scrollable to look further out.

Additional work will continue toward cleanup of old data and some new features so you will see more changes.

If additional information is needed please contact us @

Email Key Three:

Chief: William Newman

Adviser: Al Nedrich

Staff Adviser: Brian Sweeney

Flash cards

Page Revised: 9/10/2022