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Aal-Pa-Tah Lodge 237 70th Anniversary

Posted in Aal-Pa-Tah 237,Florida Lodges by Robert Mathis on February 19th, 2012 at 6:00 am
Aal-Pa-Tah 237:  2012 Uncut Year Set

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 log upon 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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Echockotee Lodge 200: 2012 Winter Fellowship

Posted in Echockotee 200,Florida Lodges by Robert Mathis on February 17th, 2012 at 6:00 am
Echockotee Lodge 2012 Winter Fellowship

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 this series that the Winter Fellowship may be the last lodge weekend event held at Shands for several months.


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Tipisa Lodge (326): “A Renaissance of Brotherhood” Activity Patches 2011-2012

Posted in Florida Lodges,Tipisa 326 by Robert Mathis on January 5th, 2012 at 6:19 am
Tipisa 326:  2011-2012 Year Patch

Tipisa 326: 2011-2012 Year Patch

As is the custom in Tipisa Lodge (326), the incoming Lodge Chief is responsible for the theme for his year’s patches.  The chief for the 2011-2012 year decided that the lodge needed a renewal of the lodge program, almost a re-birth.  And as a fitting theme for his efforts, the lodge’s activity items for his year have the theme of “A Renaissance Of Brotherhood”, featuring adaptations of artwork from the Renaissance period, with Scouting themes.  the year patch, for example, is an adaptation of “The Birth Of Venus”, by Botticelli.

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Echockotee Lodge 200 New Issues for 2011 (more catching up)

Posted in Echockotee 200,Florida Lodges by Robert Mathis on January 4th, 2012 at 4:30 am

Echockotee 200: 70th Anniversary Flap

In 2011, Echockotee Lodge 200 commemorated their 70th anniversary with the issuance of a flap (S-45?), 800 made, and sold unrestricted.  The basic design is based on the 25th anniversary flap (S-5), with a fleur-de-lis embedded in each lower corner; embroidered to match the design.  What stands out with this issue is the “70″ in the middle.  It was embroidered over what is known as “foam injection”, to create a three-dimensional effect.


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Aal-Pa-Tah Lodge 237 Activity Patches 2011 (catching up)

Posted in Aal-Pa-Tah 237,Florida Lodges by Robert Mathis on January 3rd, 2012 at 5:45 am

237 Aal-Pa-Tah: 2011 Year Patch

The Aal-Pa-Tah Lodge 237 activity patch set for 2011 utilized older lodge designs for the weekend itemsfor the “year patch” (a J-type activity patch, used by many lodges in Florida as an additional piece in the year’s themed set).  The year patch utilized the “gator on a log”, that was used as the lodge’s basic flap design from the 1950s to the 1980s.

The five weekend patches all have the same basic design, with changes in color and the name of the weekend activity.  This basic design was first used as a weekend patch in 1959, and again in 1988.

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Echockotee Lodge 200: Activity Patches 2011 (catching up)

Posted in Echockotee 200,Florida Lodges by Robert Mathis on January 1st, 2012 at 5:00 am
Echockotee 200:  2011 Fall Fellowship

Echockotee 200: 2011 Fall Fellowship

As previously reported, the activity patch set theme for Echockotee Lodge 200 for the 2011 year was “Ships Named Florida”.  The year has been completed, with the year’s jacket patch and five weekend pieces (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall Fellowships, and the 2011 Section S-4 Conference), with depictions of the different vessels in the US Navy that has carried the state’s name throughout the years.

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O-Shot-Caw Lodge: 2011 SummitCorps, Indian Summer

Posted in Florida Lodges,O-Shot-Caw 265 by Robert Mathis on December 31st, 2011 at 1:14 am

O-Shot-Caw 265 2011 Summit Corps (SMY border)

For the two national Order of the Arrow events in the summer of 2011, O-Shot-Caw Lodge 265 issued several items, in some very limited quantities.  Slipping under the radar were two flaps made for the contingent to the 2011 Summit Corps event: GMY border (S-137), and SMY border (S-138).  Reportedly, only 50 were made of each flap.

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O-Shot-Caw 265 Breast Cancer Sets Issued

Posted in Florida Lodges,O-Shot-Caw 265 by Robert Mathis on December 29th, 2011 at 7:45 pm
O-Shot-Caw 265 F33?

O-Shot-Caw 265 F33?

In late October, O-Shot-Caw Lodge 265 joined the small number of lodges to issue a patch to raise funds for breast cancer research.  Not just one, but two two-piece sets were created.  Each of the sets features an image of a Seminole woman with early 20th century clothing, with the patchwork details rendered in a photoprinted process.  The flaps each have a PNK felt background.

Only 150 of the “easy” sets were made (F-32, with a WHT border; X-53a, with WHT button loop).  And then there are fifty of the other set (F-33, with a PNK mylar border; X-53b, with a PNK button loop.)



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Echockotee Lodge 200 activity patch series 2011

Posted in Echockotee 200,Florida Lodges by Robert Mathis on February 21st, 2011 at 8:37 pm

For the activity patches for  2011, Echockotee Lodge 200 will be have a theme of “Ships Named Florida”, depicting US Navy ships that bore the name of the state.  The year patch for the series depicts the battleship Florida, part of the fleet from 1911 to 1931.

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Seminole (85) 75th anniversary 1936 – 2011

Posted in Florida Lodges,Kiondashama 85,Seminole 85 by Robert Mathis on February 20th, 2011 at 8:39 pm

2011 marks the 75th anniversay of the Order of the Arrow in Gulf Ridge Council (Tampa, FL), for Seminole Lodge 85 and its predecessor, Kiondashama.  Together, this lodge is the oldest in the state of Florida.

To mark the anniversary, Seminole has issued its flap (S-57).   The design depicts the older and more current versions of the lodge totem, the ibis, as well as the a pine tree, presumed to be the totem of the short-lived Kiondashama.  Also to be issued for the anniversary will be a bullion (available in March).

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