As many may already know the five councils that comprise “Greater New York Councils” have decided to merge into one. As a result, the five OA lodges (Ranachqua 4, Shu-Shu-Gah 24, Suanhacky 49, Man-A-Hattin 82 and Aquehongian 112) will also merge. The following message from Colin Pinnavaia, lodge adviser designate was recently passed along to me:
“…After considering the results of the online opinion poll conducted in December 2012, the members of the transition team voted to name the Greater New York Councils Order of the Arrow Lodge, Kintecoying Lodge #4 on January 6, 2013. Kintecoying is translated as “Crossroads of Nations”. What we now call Astor Place used to be named Kintecoying or, “Crossroads of Nations,” and was a powwow point for the Lenape tribes of Manhattan. At this spot, where the branches of the trails converged, the Lenapes traded with each other, exchanged news, and held spiritual ceremonies and tribal councils to settle disputes. The Crossroads of Nations also speaks to NYC’s role as the “Capital of the World” and a “Melting Pot” of peoples from many lands around the world.
Although the National OA organization has stopped using lodge numbers to identify lodges, the team felt that the tenure of service to the Order from our council is unique. In order to acknowledge the 93 years of Order of the Arrow history in New York City, the team has decided to retain the use of the lodge number 4.
The peregrine falcon has been selected as the lodge totem. A native bird to New York City, the peregrine falcon is a symbol of strength. Peregrine falcons are among the world’s most common birds of prey and live on all continents except Antarctica. They prefer wide-open spaces, and thrive near coasts where shorebirds are common, but they can be found everywhere from tundra to deserts. Peregrines are also found living on the bridges and skyscrapers of our city. Having been put on the endangered species list in the 1970s the peregrine falcon is making a strong comeback with population numbers on the rise worldwide…”
There will be a contest to design the lodge’s flap. The design will be unveiled and its artist recognized at a lodge event in April.
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