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In Otter News – 2/15/23

Happy February! It has been wonderful to see so many of you at our events this last year. 

First off, I would like to congratulate this year’s recipients of the Founders Award, and all of our Ohlone Lodge Members who received the Vigil Honor. Each of these awards represents a significant commitment to both OA and Scouting as a whole, and we are so grateful for all of their contributions to the Lodge. 

Please take a moment to congratulate the following on their achievements: 


Founders Award: 

Mr. Kris Monsen

Holden Kowitt 

Vigil Honor: 

Dale McCann

Sarah Mester 

Mr. Brent Browning 

Mrs. Celisa Date 


Here are some upcoming events in the Lodge: 

1. Council Dinner/Recognition Evening – February 28: 

If you are interested in attending this event, please sign up on the calendar, and fill out this form so we know you are attending. Be sure to wear your OA sash! Thank you! 


Calendar Link:

^more Information about the event can be found here^

We are also looking for volunteers to help break down all decorations after the dinner, so if you are available, we would really appreciate your help. 


2. Spring Fellowship – March 17 – 19:

We will be having an Escape Room themed Spring Fellowship, (March 17 – 19), at Boulder Creek Scout Reservation. It will be an amazing event filled with puzzles, food, and all your friends in the Lodge. Be sure to be on the lookout for more information regarding this event that will be coming out soon. 

Hope to see you all there! 


3. Spring Ordeal – March 31 – April 2:

The next Ordeal is right around the corner, (March 31 – April 2), and we need your help to make the event as amazing as possible! Here is the link to sign up as a Elangomat (Staff member) for the Ordeal: 

Sign Ups: 

The Ordeal is a great opportunity for you to meet people who are in Lodge and help others on their path of cheerful service. Even if you have never been an Elangomat before, you should still sign up as this is a great learning experience! We will be holding a training/coordination meeting roughly two weeks before the Ordeal, where you will be able to ask any and all of your questions. Once you have signed up make sure to head over to info and add the “Elangomat role” so that you can get the pings from Discord. If you are interested in doing ceremonies, add the “Ordeal Ceremonies” role and head over to the ordeal-ceremonies and ping Kevin (@Kevin Monsen) to let him know. Look forward to seeing you there!


4. Conclave – April 21 – 23: 

Come channel your inner spy at our annual G17S Conclave OOA, License to Serve. This exciting event will bring together Arrowmen from across the Section for a weekend of adventure and fun! Activities will include spy orientation, spy forensics, knife throwing, and much more! Along with this, Arrowmen will have the opportunity to grow as a leader with our fun trainings and meet other Arrowmen from across the Section. Don’t miss out on this chance to hone your spy skills and make new friends. I hope to see you there!

Learn more at:

Register today!


5. Operation Arrow – July 16 – 29: 

Operation Arrow is a great opportunity to experience the 2023 National Jamboree while also providing service with your fellow Arrowmen.The Jamboree will take place July 19-28, 2023 at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.

Get ready to put on your Zesty Blue’s and provide meaningful service in support of the 2023 National Jamboree while having fun and making new memories with your fellow Arrowmen!

If you are interested, you can register at:

Register Today!


6. HELP STILL WANTED – Vice Chief and Chair Positions:

The lodge needs YOUR help! We are looking for Arrowmen to help fill the duties of the vacant Vice Chief of Activation and three other roles we need help in. If you think you would be interested in one of these roles, do not hesitate to reach out to Kevin Monsen on Discord (@Kevin Monsen) or by email at

  a. Chair of Spring Fellowship:

Role: Plans and executes the Spring Fellowship (March 17 -19) with the support of the LEC. This is a great opportunity to create the Fellowship you have always wanted! There are tons of youth and adults ready to support you to make the best fellowship ever!

  b. Chair of Fall Fellowship:

Role: Plans and executes the Fall Fellowship (November 10 -12) with the support of the LEC. This is a great opportunity because you can make an event that you think is fun! There are tons of youth and adults ready to support you to make the best fellowship ever!

 c. Chair of Council Outreach

Help Ohlone Lodge continue its cheerful service to the council! You will help to strengthen the connection between the council and Arrowmen so we can have a strong showing at service events like Memorial Day Flag Planting and Trail to First Class Weekend. 


7. Pay Your Dues! 

This is another reminder to pay your dues for the 2023 year: Dues provide the lodge with the money needed to put on the fun events we all love. The sooner we receive them, the better! 

Reminder: If you paid your dues last November, you paid your 2022 dues. Regardless, you still owe your dues for 2023. Thanks!