Blog May Shut Down

Posted in OAImages News,Personal Stuff by John E. Pannell on July 4th, 2014 at 1:48 pm

As you can see I have not used this blog much lately. I want to but never have time to write. I also wonder who’s reading. But there is another major reason that might spell the end of the blog.

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"When you have eliminated the impossible, what ever remains, however improbable must be the truth."
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Bullions for Sale

Posted in Patch Collecting by John E. Pannell on May 21st, 2014 at 4:16 pm

I’ve toyed on and off with the idea of parting with some of my bullions.   I think I have reached the point where I would rather spend my time and money chasing cool looking half-marathon medals.   While these are all offered at set prices, “OBO” (or best offer) also applies.   Many of these pieces are very tough and seldom offered.   The prices reflect this scarcity.   Many of these are items for serious collectors.   Several are key pieces in the collection of a lodge’s issues.

This list will be updated and reposted periodically.  Here we go:

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An Unusual Consolidation

Posted in Scouting News by John E. Pannell on April 17th, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Many may not be aware of a recent BSA Council consolidation that appears to have occurred with little fanfare. The territory of Virigin Islands Council has been absorbed into National Capital Area Council.

The Virigin Islands Council had struggled for years.  Arawak lodge existed only on paper and was non-functioning.  While Puerto Rico Council may have seemed like a better fit based upon geography, it has been said NCAC was better positioned to support Scouting in this US territory.

Amangamek Wipit lodge has already issued two flaps paying tribute to the former Arawak lodge.

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William H Gass

Read On Facebook

Posted in Personal Stuff by John E. Pannell on April 1st, 2014 at 7:14 pm

James Arriola reported earlier today on his Facebook page:

I just heard that at next months National Order of the Arrow Committee meeting they are going to announce a very special raffle. In honor of the OA’s 100th anniversary, one lucky Arrowmen who donates the most money to the OA endowment program will be selected to serve on the National OA Committee for the 100th anniversary year. That person must be at least a Ordeal member. What a great way to support our OA endowment so get your checkbooks ready.

He’s very well connected within the Order of the Arrow, so I have no doubt he’s a reliable source. What do you all think?

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Changes Coming to Bechtel Summit Reserve

Posted in Scouting News by John E. Pannell on April 1st, 2014 at 4:00 am

Later this spring the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will proudly announce several new programs and uses for the Bechtel Summit property in West Virginia. These will be coordinated with several areas of program emphasis within the BSA as well as provide for a significant new revenue stream to the BSA.

It is widely known that the development of the Bechtel Summit in preparation for the 2013 National Jamboree was significantly over budget. Also, revenue at the Jamboree from day visitors was down significantly from past jamborees and fell well short of projections. There is a need to find additional uses for this fine property and additional sources of revenue to cover the unexpected increase in expenses.

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2.5 Weeks and Counting

Posted in OAImages News,Personal Stuff by John E. Pannell on March 22nd, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Internet Outage Continues

Posted in OAImages News by John E. Pannell on March 15th, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Internet Outage

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Site Maintenance

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July 4th, 2014
Blog May Shut Down

As you can see I have not used this blog much lately. I want to but never have time to write. I also wonder who's reading. But there is another major reason that might spell the end of the blog.

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March 22nd, 2014
2.5 Weeks and Counting

UPDATE: Home internet service was finally restored on 25 February. Some mail may have been lost, but all is well going forward, at least for now.

Still no home internet service.

Today was the day that Time Warner was supposed to restore my internet. The appointment was made over a week ago. They knew my line was on the ground. They were supposed to call before coming. They never called.

Turns out they did come to the service call. Without ever coming to my house all the technician did is verify that my line is on the ground. After calling customer no service they verified that is all the tech was ever going to do. When will Internet be restored? Customer no service has no idea but tried to assure me they are working hard on it. I was given the standard story about working hard in my neighborhood and big equipment being needed... yadda, yadda, yadda.

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March 15th, 2014
Internet Outage Continues

The "Great Time Warner Internet Outage of 2014" continues for me at home, as my cable line is still on the ground in my backyard. Time Warner will not be able to have someone out to my place to restring it until March 22nd.

I'll note the electric company was able to restore access in our part of NC, including the restringing of lines, in a fraction of that time. I look forward to the day when I can "fire" the cable company monopoly!

In the mean time, I am unable to much of any work with this site and can only sporadicallycheck OAImages mail, when I'm able to use someone else's internet connection.

I hope this doesn't impact my ability to continue an annual tradition on this site which is rapidly approaching! Read the Full Post

March 10th, 2014
Internet Outage

As a result of the recent ice storm, I have been without internet access since early last Friday morning. Power didn't come back on at home until yesterday (Sunday 3/9) afternoon. Since my cable line is on the ground in my back yard, I expect I will be without internet for several more days.

No email sent to me at any OAImages address has been seen by me since Thursday night. As far as I know, all are still on the server, but I will not receive them until home internet access is restored. Read the Full Post

January 29th, 2014
Logging in to Members Area

Over the past several days I have been deactivating userids for the members area that have long since expired. I had been very lax about keeping up with this and allowed users to keep using that area long past the expiration date of their membership. If you suddenly find yourself unable to log on, the most likely reason is that your membership has expired. You can write me at to confirm.

You can also reactivate your membership at this url:

For all users, the expiration date of your membership subscription is stated in the upper left hand corner of all lodge pages within the members area. If it has expired or is about to do so, please considering renewing. There is a link in the upper right corner of lodge pages, as well as at the bottom of all pages in the members area, to do this.

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May 27th, 2013
Site Maintenance

I have been doing some behind the scenes site maintenance this weekend in an effort to fix a problem that has been vexing me for some time now with the inventory options within the members area.

Some members, especially more active ones , were having difficulties with large number of duplicate records being added to their inventory. No data was lost or changed, just records would be duplicated a large number of times. This would quickly result users' inability to add or change their inventory. I made some changes to how that data is being stored on the server that may have solved that problem.

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SR-7B Patch News

May 6th, 2012
2012 SR-7B Vigil Rededication Patch

2012 SR-7B Vigil Rededication Patch

Greg Grimes and Rick Horne both told me about the patch pictured here. It was given out at the Vigil Rededication ceremony during the recent 2012 SR-7B Conclave. We have had some discussion amongst our selves over whether this should be considered a lodge or section issue. Some of the points that came up in our discussion were:

-- Tsoiotsi Tsogalii was host/service lodge for this event. It is customary for the host lodge to give a gift or trinket to those who attend the Vigil rededication at conclave;

-- The patch a red tail hawk feather which is an important part of the local customs regarding the Vigil Honor in this lodge but does not use the lodge's name;

-- The patch was only available to Vigil Honor brothers and given to members of other lodges. However it is not uncommon either for a lodge to restrict its patches to only some of its members or to give its patches to brothers from other lodges.

I have not yet heard the answer to the question that would settle this: Who ordered, produced and paid for this patch? If it were the lodge, then in my opinion, this should be cataloged as an issue of Tsoiotsi Tsogalii lodge. If the section had responsibility for producing this, then it should be considered a section issue. Please feel free to comment and and discuss. Read the Full Post on

April 30th, 2012
Lodge 331: 2012 SR-7B Conclave

Klahican 331 S77?

Klahican lodge, along with Wahissa, bucked the trend in SR-7B and only issued one piece for the 2012 Conclave. I'm not exactly sure but the lodge seems to have had some sort of prison theme this year. Perhaps someone could comment and fill me in on the details. Thanks to Greg Grimes and Bob Walton for sending me images of this flap.

The listing data are as follows:

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April 29th, 2012
Lodge 296: 2012 SR-7B Conclave Issues
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April 28th, 2012
Lodge 117: 2012 SR-7B Conclave Issues
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April 27th, 2012
Lodge 104: 2012 SR-7B Conclave Issues
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April 26th, 2012
Lodge 70: 2012 Conclave Issues
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SR-5 Patch News

May 15th, 2012
Lodge 236: 2012 Dixie Fellowship Issues

Unali'yi 236 S72?

I'm almost through with the lodge issues from the Dixie Fellowship. I have some other new issues to highlight once I get through them.

Unali'yi lodge issued three flaps for last month's Dixie Fellowship. The delegate flap is a mostly white monochrome version of the lodge's standard flap design, with a red mylar border. The other two flaps harken back to the earlier days of video games with their "8 Bit Buck" design. Once again, thanks to Greg Grimes for these images.

Listing data for these are as follows:

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May 13th, 2012
Lodge 270: 2012 Dixie Flap

Skyuka 270 S50?

Skyuka lodge issued a single flap for the recent Dixie Fellowship. The flap depicts a "badass" theme, the "OA Team". Thanks to Greg Grimes again for this image. The design for this flap is rather simple and traditional for Skyuka lodge. The words WWW, 2012 Dixie Fellowship, Camp John J. Barnhardt are embroidered in black on the black background and may be a bit hard to see in this image.

There were also several new chapter items that appeared at the Dixie Fellowship. I will post separately about them.

The listing data are as follows:

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May 11th, 2012
Lodge 221: 2012 Dixie Fellowship Issues
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May 10th, 2012
Lodge 188: Finally, The Lodge Totem on a Flap!
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May 8th, 2012
Lodge 185: 2012 Dixie Fellowship
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May 7th, 2012
Lodge 134: 2012 Dixie Fellowship
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From Our Contributors

February 19th, 2012
Aal-Pa-Tah Lodge 237 70th Anniversary

by Robert Mathis

Aal-Pa-Tah 237:  2012 Uncut Year Set

Aal-Pa-Tah Lodge 237 is commemorating its 70th anniversary in 2012, with its activity patch set for the year. At the recent Palm Beach Trade-O-Ree, a complete set of activity patches and the anniversary flap were sold in auction to one impatient collector who could not wait all year to obtain the full set one piece at a time. Each of the weekend pieces of the year's activities are one letter of the word "GATOR", as well as a segment of an alligator. Once the full set is assembled, the word is spelled and the alligator is complete. The year patch is the logupon which the gator lays, fitting like a jigsaw puzzle with the feet of the gator. There will also be an "uncut" set available, with all of the pieces together as one patch.

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February 17th, 2012
Echockotee Lodge 200: 2012 Winter Fellowship

by Robert Mathis

Echockotee Lodge 2012 Winter Fellowship

The 2012 Winter Fellowship for Echockotee Lodge 200 was the first weekend of their annual series of activity patch theme, "Camp Shands Structures". Camp Shands is where Echockotee has been holding its weekend activities since 1968. The Winter Fellowship patch depicts the "tree houses", a coveted site at Shands where campers sleep in small cabins set about 12 feet off the ground. The name and date of the event have been embedded into the design, in the lower right corner. Other patches in the series will depict the camp chapel, council ring, climbing tower, a cabin, and the camp water tower.

The irony to thisseries that the Winter Fellowship may be the last lodgeweekend event held at Shands for several months.


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January 5th, 2012
Tipisa Lodge (326): "A Renaissance of Brotherhood" Activity Patches 2011-2012
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January 4th, 2012
Echockotee Lodge 200 New Issues for 2011 (more catching up)
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January 3rd, 2012
Aal-Pa-Tah Lodge 237 Activity Patches 2011 (catching up)
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January 1st, 2012
Echockotee Lodge 200: Activity Patches 2011 (catching up)
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