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Brotherhood Workshop: FEB 17
February LEC: FEB 27
Spring Fellowship: MAR 26-28
February 1, 2021
Last month an email was sent out to all our members letting us know of some leadership changes in our Lodge.  We would like to take this edition of the Spark to thank Mr. Via for his cheerful service to our Lodge.  We wish him the best of luck in all his future doings and hope that he will not be a stranger to our events.  We would also like to use this edition of the Spark to welcome Mr. Pittman as our new Lodge Advisor. We are looking forward to getting to know him and work with him to make our Lodge amazing!
I would like to thank Michael de los Santos for the opportunity to serve Ania Topa Hutsi for the past four and a half years. It has been a pleasure, a blessing and a considerable amount of fun. I have been able to work with five great young men serving the lodge as chiefs along with their individual staffs and committees…Zeb Knapp, Job Keith, Luke Keith, Bobby Snow and Delmar (DJ) Garza. WOW…That was a lot of fun!!
I would also like to thank each person who has been a part of the adult lodge leadership team. Your support and dedication to the youth of our Order is very much appreciated by myself. THANK YOU!
Always remember…
stir the pot with a smile on your face
3P’s…positive peer pressure
PMA…positive mental attitude
Robert Via
Walagapi Kihdege, Image Catcher
Greetings everyone, it is my pleasure to serve as Lodge Advisor in support of our Lodge and Chapter officers spanning the entire Alamo Area Council across 13 of Texas’ counties from Kerrville to Seguin to Poth and D’hanis. Here is a brief introduction to me, my experiences in Scouting, and some thoughts about Boy Scouts of America and the Order of the Arrow.
Most recently I have served as the Scoutmaster and Committee Chair for Troop 809 which is one of the largest Troops in the United States with roughly 200 registered Scouts and around 100 registered adult volunteers.  It absolutely took time to get used to supporting a Boy Scout Troop so large but with so many active Scouts and Adults it really is a phenomenal organization with structure, process, and deep tradition.
I started my Scouting career in the 1980’s in Troop 93 from Alice, Texas.  Alice is a small South Texas town and at the time most of the boys in town were involved in Scouting from one of two Troops in town.  Thankfully we had very involved adult leaders and we camped monthly and during my time made it to all of Scouting’s High Adventure Bases and the 1989 National Jamboree.  I earned Eagle Scout and was active with the Karankawa Lodge, was on the Brotherhood ceremonies team, and have countless fond memories of serving on the Aquatics staff at Camp Karankawa.
Professionally I work for Esri, a mapping and location analytics software company supporting our Agriculture and Forestry industries.  In my daily professional interactions, I recognize the importance and value Scouting provides young leaders.  Our youth have a fantastic opportunity to learn how to be leaders, how to effectively communicate, how to manage failure, how to be measured and assessed, and how to persevere to complete a challenging task.  I work with several folks that are Eagle Scouts or were involved in Scouting and I can tell you without pause Scouting has helped them professionally.
As we reflect on the challenges we face with the global pandemic, publicity concerns with Boy Scouts of America, and the challenges in limited personal interaction, I believe now is the time organizations like Order of the Arrow can rise above all others and show the World what our program is about. Our fundamental values of servant leadership and cheerful service can support and uplift our communities by providing foundational skills supporting the next generation of leaders for or communities, corporations, and government.
I look forward to supporting our Lodge Chief and youth leaders to do our best and to do our duty in support of all we stand for as Scouts and active participants in Scouting’s National Honor Society, the Order of the Arrow.
Yours in Scouting,
Adam Pittman
Lodge officers will be visiting each of the chapters in upcoming chapter meetings, so come on out to your chapter meeting and meet us.

Please email to tell us your chapter's next meeting time so we can attend.
Vigil Call-out Postponed

The Vigil call-out and induction has been postponed until the October fellowship.  All nominations that were not selected for the 2020 class of vigils will be active for this coming year's nomination process.


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