There are seven elected positions within Tamegonit Lodge. These youth serve as lodge officers for the year and are responsible for carrying out the program and administration of Tamegonit Lodge. The seven lodge officers are the Lodge Chief, four Lodge Vice-Chiefs, Secretary, and Treasurer.
Lodge Officers must be under 21 for their entire term. Lodge Officers are best distinguished by their distinctive headgear at OA weekends.
Tamegonit Lodge Organization Chart
The Lodge Chief - Phillip
Serving as Lodge Chief for Tamegonit Lodge can be one of the most demanding, yet fulfilling, jobs a youth member in Scouting can ever hold. Only a select few are ever elected to this high honor by the Lodge. A Lodge Chief is elected at Fall Fellowship and serves from Winter Banquet to Winter Banquet, training his newly elected successor during the months between his election and the end of his term. A year in the life of a Lodge Chief has both its ups and downs.
The Lodge Chief can be any youth member of Tamegonit Lodge. The Chief is usually a Vigil Honor member but does not have to be. The Lodge Chief is distinguished at Lodge Events by his distinctive bonnet with a single trail of feathers running down his back. This is not so much a means of promoting the chief, as it is a way to distinguish the burden they carry as chief of the lodge. In recent years, the lodge chief has worn the simple Ordeal Arrowhead in place of his coup thong, as a symbol of the Ordeal that every leader faces. Tamegonit Lodge also has an unofficial lodge chief patch that is passed from Lodge Chief to Lodge Chief to be worn on his uniform.
Past Lodge Chiefs are entitled to wear a bonnet, without a trail. Any member of the lodge seen wearing one of these bonnets has served his lodge well. Lodge Chiefs are responsible for maintaining the status of the Lodge. He works with a Lodge Adviser and a Lodge Staff Adviser.
There are four Lodge Vice-Chiefs within Tamegonit Lodge. They each serve as assistants to the Lodge Chief. Each is assigned special tasks from the Lodge Chief. One of the traditional assignments of the Lodge Vice-Chiefs is to award coups, Brown Hawk and White Buffalo awards to members of the Lodge. These are awarded at Induction weekends and Fall Fellowship. Vice-Chiefs are best recognized at Lodge functions by their Native American bonnets with no trailer.
Vice-Chief of Administration - Joe
The Vice-Chief of Administration is primarily responsible for overseeing the lodge operations and lodge committees pertaining to and responsible for recordkeeping, leadership training, historical information, and lodge policies and procedures. Those committees he oversees the Membership Committee and sub-committees, Training Committee and sub-committees, and the Lodge Handbook & Historian Committee. The current Vice-Chief of Administration is Joe.
Vice-Chief of Chapters - Colton
The Vice-Chief of Chapters is primarily responsible for overseeing the Chapter Chiefs and chapter operations throughout the lodge including providing support to help chapters and a means for chapters to share ideas about increased participation in scouting at the unit level and in the Order of the Arrow. He oversees all 14 Chapter Chiefs and Advisers, and the OA Troop Representative and Cub Scout Connections Committees. The current Vice-Chief of Chapters is Colton.
Vice-Chief of Inductions - Kurt
The Vice-Chief of Inductions is primarily responsible for executing successful Induction events for all those newly elected candidates to become Ordeal members and for those Ordeal members wishing to seal their membership in the Order of the Arrow by becoming Brotherhood members. He will oversee the American Indian Activities Chair, Ceremonies, Dance, Runner, Elangomat, Nimat, Chapel, Emergency Preparedness Support Staff, Quartermaster, and Service Projects Committees. He also works in consultation with Reservation Leadership to support the Summer Camp OA Coordinator. The current Vice-Chief of Inductions is Kurt.
Vice-Chief of Program - Blake
The Vice-Chief of Program is primarily responsible for ensuring successful events that build the fellowship and excitement for the Order of the Arrow program for all members of the lodge on an ongoing, year-long basis. He oversees the Section Conclave, Founder’s Award, Vigil, Fall Fellowship, Winter Banquet, OA Mentors, OA High Adventure, Rimrock Trail Crew, NOAC, and National Events Committees. He also oversees other events held at sectional, regional or national levels as announced. The current Vice-Chief of Program is Blake.
Secretary - Wesley
The Secretary is responsible for the communications in our lodge including keeping minutes of the Lodge Executive Committee Meetings; overseeing publication of the Torchbearer, the lodge newsletter; maintaining updated communications on our website and Facebook page; supporting camping and camp promotions to all units; and regularly updating "On the Loose," the lodge's camping locations publication. Lodge Secretaries are distinguished by a hair roach with two feathers. He oversees the Camp Promotions, Newsletter, and Website Committees. The current Secretary is Wesley.
Treasurer - Trey
The Treasurer is in charge of the finances of the lodge. The Treasurer sets forth a budget for approval by the lodge, and regularly monitors the status of lodge funds. The Lodge Treasurer's goal is to constantly balance the cost of services provided to the lodge, while making participation affordable for all. He works to generate funds for the lodge through merchandising and fundraising opportunities. The Treasurer also deals with the National Service Grant and the collection of dues. The Lodge Treasurer is signified by the porcupine quill roach with one feather that they wear on top of their head. He oversees the Fundraising Events and Trading Post Committees. The current Treasurer is Trey.