Since 1998, Owaneco Lodge has proudly served the Connecticut Yankee Council as a brotherhood of cheerful service. Get to know our past leaders and read our history below.
|Julia Clough||June 2023 – Present|
|Justin Yeager||June 2022 – June 2023|
|Joseph Loffredo||June 2021 – June 2022|
|Stephen Gagne||August 2020 – June 2021|
|Pierce Neunteufel||June 2019 – August 2020|
|Stephen Gagne||June 2018 – June 2019|
|Kenny Wright||June 2017 – June 2018|
|Anthony Slate||June 2016 – June 2017|
|Daniel McCloskey||June 2015 – June 2016|
|Daniel Wivagg||June 2014 – June 2015|
|Neil Patrick Harris||June 2013 – June 2014||Elected Section Chief|
|Jesse Morrow||June 2012 – June 2013|
|Nick Wolf||June 2011 – June 2012|
|Mathew Buono||May 2010 – June 2011|
|Andrew C. McCloskey||June 2009 – May 2010|
|Christopher McCloskey||June 2008 – June 2009||Elected Section Chief (June 2009 – June 2010)|
|Scott Backer||June 2007 – June 2008|
|Andrew Vill||June 2006 – June 2007|
|Charles Johnson||June 2005 – June 2006|
|Drew Sansevero||January 2005 – June 2005|
|Kevin Sylvester||June 2004 – December 2004||Elected Section Chief|
|Robert H. Anstett||June 2003 – June 2004|
|Robert Kravecs||June 2001 – June 2003||Two Terms|
|Damien Becroft||June 2000 – June 2001|
|Eric Boehm||June 1999 – June 2000|
|Garland Jackson||October 1998 – June 1999|
|Jason Van Leeuwen||June 2022 – Present|
|Lloyd Gallup||June 2012 – June 2022|
|Bob Cloutier||May 2010- June 2012|
|Bill Chin||June 2007 – May 2010|
|David Chick, Sr.||June 2005 – June 2007|
|Mark Clark||June 2003 – June 2005|
|Ralph Deer||June 1999 – June 2003|
|William Fromm||October 1998 – June 1999|
When the Connecticut Yankee Council was formed in January 1998, OA members from the two former Council Lodges (Tankiteke 313 and Arcoon 369) formed a lodge steering committee. Members of the committee were:
From Tankiteke Lodge 313: Bill Chin (Lodge Chief), Steve Cruzan (Lodge Vice Chief Administration), Patrick Sasser (Lodge Vice Chief Program), Nick Bohnsack (Training Chairman), Mark Barney (Pequot Chapter Chief), Bruce Malloy (Past Lodge Chief), and Mr. Bill Fromm (Lodge Adviser).
From Arcoon Lodge 369: David Applegate (Lodge Chief), Jim Christensen (Lodge Vice Chief Camp Promotion), Jeff Berkowitz (Past Lodge Vice Chief Camp Promotion), Brian Harwood (Color Guard Chairman), Eric Boehm (Ceremonies Chairman), Chris Morris (Past Lodge Chief), and Mr. Art Lobdell (Staff Adviser).
ix meetings were needed to complete the merger between the two Lodges. At their first meeting on February 14, 1998, basic structure of the Lodge was discussed. At the second meeting on March 22, the committee focused on Committee responsibilities. At the third meeting onMay 4 the committee made plans for a joint June Ordeal and briefly discussed bylaws and Lodge names. On their fourth meeting, on August 14, a name was agreed upon and) the committee decided that there would be one Fellowship instead of two separate ones. Bylaws were also written and finalized. At the fifth meeting on August 23, the committee planned the Fall Fellowship and discussed what events the new Lodge would hold. Their final meeting was held on September 20where the committee made finishing touches to the Fellowship plans.
Read an annual Lodge history below:
Justin Yeager was elected Lodge Chief at the June Induction Weekend. The Lodge hosted Conclave at Camp Sequassen. In July 2022, the Lodge sent a contingent to the National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Joseph Loffredo was elected Lodge Chief for the 2021-2022 term. He selected his term would be centered on the theme “Look Beyond the Expanding Horizon.” He and his team of leaders began working on building the Lodge which resulted in earning high performing status through the Performance Measurement Program, which they achieved by the end of the 2021 year. At the November Council of Chiefs, Marshall Morse was elected Section NE-2A Secretary, which shortly after became Section E-20. Following soon after, the LEC decided they wanted to introduce a new event directed to non-members called the “Grill ‘n Chill.” Owaneco returned to Deer Lake Scout Reservation after five years for our May Induction Weekend.
Owaneco played an integral role in ConnJam, the Council camporee, with the Service Corps and hosting the firstfrisbee tournament. Additionally, his LEC introduced the Eagle Scout Owaneco Lodge flap. Finally, during the 2022 June Induction Weekend Mr. Lloyd Gallup stepped down as Lodge Adviser, and Mr. Jason Van Leeuwen took over as the new Lodge Adviser.
Stephen Gagne was elected Lodge Chief for the 2020-2021 term. The lodge adapted to the sudden changes in the world during the COVID-19 Pandemic by shifting to virtual events and embracing temporary changes to the inductions process to facilitate safety and wellbeing. The Lodge participated in the Council’s Camp Phoenix, their at-home summer camp that reached thousands of Scouts nationwide.
Pierce Neunteufel was elected as the Lodge Chief for the 2019-2020. At the Section Conclave, Christopher Cheslog was elected Chief and Immediate Past Chief Stephen Gagne was elected Section Secretary in June 2019. In 2019, Owaneco Lodge inducted its first two youth female members at the May Ordeal. At the June Induction Weekend, Owaneco elected its first female Lodge Officer with Merlyn Neunteufel serving as Vice Chief of Administration.
Stephen Gagne was elected as the Lodge Chief for the 2018-2019 term in June of 2018. In 2018, the Lodge achieved the Silver level Journey to Excellence. The lodge and council celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 2018. The lodge executive committee decided to create a patch set to help commemorate the year. At each lodge event, a segment was earned to anyone who attended. On the patch for the May Ordeal, there is a fire with only embers on it; for the Winter Banquet, there is a roaring fire. The patch symbolizes the theme for our anniversary: “The embers of our past, the fires of our future.” The council held its council camp-o-ree, ConnJam, in May 2018. On Friday night, the lodge conducted a call-out ceremony for the candidates elected by their units.
Mr. Bill Chin was selected in May 2018 to join the National Order of the Arrow Committee to serve on the Unit, Chapter, and Lodge Support committee and oversee the Inductions and Ceremonial Events group. During NOAC 2018, the lodge strengthened the ties of brotherhood with Paugassett Lodge as they travelled together to and from the conference. At NOAC, Mr. Bill Chin served as the lead adviser of the Inductions and Ceremonial Events committee. The lodge finished in 7th place for the ultimate Frisbee competition and had 4 dancers place in the top-10 for their respective competitions. In September, the Lodge held its final ordeal of the year at Camp Pomperaug. The lodge filmed its newest Owaneco Show “Arrowmen, Ordeals of Future Past,” to go along with the 20th anniversary theme.
The big event for the year, the 20th Anniversary Fall Fellowship, was held in October at Camp Sequassen. Members new and old, including several past lodge chiefs and advisers, all gathered together for the weekend to celebrate our lodge’s founding. Also in attendance to help us celebrate our anniversary activities, was the 2018 National Vice Chief Michael Kipp. In October 2018, Owaneco and Tschitani Lodges held their Joint Lodge Leadership Development weekend at Camp Sequassen. The 2018 Northeast Region Chief Justin St. Louis was in attendance to help with training. To finalize the 20th anniversary year, Owaneco held its Winter Banquet in January 2019 at Costa-Azzurra Restaurant. The Keynote Speaker was Mr. John Boccuzzi Jr., a local entrepreneur and Scouter.
Kenny Wright was elected as the Lodge Chief for the 2017-2018 term in June of 2017. In 2017, the lodge achieved the Silver level Journey to Excellence. In May 2017, Michael R. Card was selected to join the National Order of the Arrow Committee to serve on the Technology committee. At the Section NE-2A Conclave in June, Christopher Cheslog was elected Section Secretary. During the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, the Order of the Arrow staffed Operation Arrow to help with all of the Jamboree’s program areas. William B. Chin served as the lead adviser to the OA Service Corps and Michael R. Card served as the deputy adviser of the OA Service Corps. During the 2017 National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, members of Owaneco Lodge hiked to the OA Summit Circle to learn more about the history of the Order of the Arrow. In December 2017, Owaneco and Tschitani Lodges held a joint Lodge Leadership Development weekend at Webster Scout Reservation.
Anthony Slate was elected as the Lodge Chief for the 2016-2017 term in June of 2016. In 2016 the lodge obtained Silver level Journey to Excellence. In June 2016, Owaneco Lodge served as the service lodge for the Section NE-2A Conclave. There were over 300 brothers in attendance from the Section. During the Conclave, we piloted Cubclave, a one-day OA experience for Cub Scouts. After a five-year term, William B. Chin stepped down as Section NE-2A Adviser at the conclusion of the Conclave. In April 2016, the National Order of the Arrow Committee announced that Neil P. Harris received the Josh Sain Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was established in 1998 to honor the spirit and the memory of Josh Sain, a former national vice chief of the Order of the Arrow. This scholarship is provided to immediate past national officers and immediate past section chiefs based on exceptional service and scholastic achievement. At the Fall Fellowship, the lodge held a cardboard boat race to go along with the theme of the weekend, Arrowmen of the Caribbean.
Daniel McCloskey was elected as the Lodge Chief for the 2015-2016 term in June of 2015. In 2015, the lodge committed to sending 84 members and 17 staff members to the National Order of the Arrow Conference, the largest contingent in lodge yet. The Northeast Region also announced that ArrowTour would be visiting Camp Sequassen in June 2015. During the early months of 2015, nine members were selected to receive the Order of the Arrow’s Centurion Award, a centennial-only award created to recognize the hometown heroes of each lodge who have left a lasting impact through their service in the Order’s first 100 years. Michael R. Card, William B. Chin, Ralph J. Deer, John “Chris” Fagan, Charles A. Figlar, Neil P. Harris, Robert A. Kravecs, III, Christopher J. McCloskey, and Patrick L. Sullivan were announced as the Centurion Award recipients at the June Ordeal. All of these brothers were chosen because of the unique legacy they each left on Owaneco, and their contributions to the formation of our lodge and towards the fulfillment of our purpose.
Daniel Wivagg was elected Lodge Chief for the 2014-2015 term in June of 2014. At the Section Conclave in August, immediate past chief Neil Patrick Harris was elected Section Chief. Heading into the centennial year, Daniel chose the words of Allowat Sakima as his theme to guide the lodge: “Preserving the Tradition of Cheerful Service.” The lodge achieved Gold level Journey to Excellence for the third straight year in 2014. At the annual Winter Banquet, Jason Van Leeuwen and Mr. Lloyd Gallup received the Founder’s award. Neil Patrick Harris and Mr. Wade Anderson were presented with the James E. West Award for their contributions to the lodge program. Alex Howland, John Markowski, and Mr. Roger Poggio received the Ralph Deer Memorial Service Award. Once again, Owaneco presented a high adventure scholarship and two academic scholarships at the banquet. In 2015, Owaneco committed to sending 84 members to NOAC, the biggest contingent ever from our lodge, in addition to 17 staff members. The ArrowTour program also announced that an ArrowTour bus would be visiting Camp Sequassen in June of that year. During the early months of 2015, nine members were selected to receive the Order of the Arrow’s Centurion Award, a centennial-only award created to recognize the hometown heroes of each lodge who have left a lasting impact through their service in the Order’s first 100 years. Michael Card, Bill Chin, Ralph Deer, John “Chris” Fagan, Chuck Figlar, Neil Harris, Robert Kravecs, Christopher McCloskey, and Patrick Sullivan were announced as the Centurion Award recipients at the June Ordeal. All of these brothers were chosen because of the unique legacy they each left on Owaneco, and their contributions to the formation of our lodge and towards the fulfillment of our purpose are outlined in our Lodge History book.
Neil Patrick Harris was elected Lodge Chief for the 2013-2014 term in June of 2013. Quickly after the election, he announced that the theme for his term will be, “Strengthen the ties of Brotherhood.” His goals for the year encompassed many of the aspects of the Order including giving service back to the Council in the form of a Major Camp Service Project at Camp Sequassen, and increasing participation, strengthening the bonds between one another. At the 2013 annual Section NE-2A Conclave in June 2013, Neil Patrick Harris was elected Section Vice Chief, and Samuel Guerra was elected Section Secretary. The lodge had four of its members serve on the Project 2013 Order of the Arrow Staff at the National Scout Jamboree in addition to 15 more serving in a variety of staff roles and over 125 members experience the Jamboree as participants. The Lodge celebrated its 15th anniversary at the annual Fall Fellowship in October. In December at the Winter Banquet, Sean Nulty and Ms. Carolyn Jagielski were presented with the Founder’s Award. Andrew McCloskey and Mr. William Chin were presented with the James E. West Award. Stephen Rogalski, Jason Savisky, Mr. Michael Kennedy, and Mr. Timothy McCloskey were presented the Ralph Deer Memorial Service Award. For the first time, two brothers were presented with the newly created Owaneco Outstanding Arrowmen Scholarship. Also debuting at this Banquet was the Owaneco Lodge High Adventure Scholarship which was presented to two arrowmen. In 2013, Owaneco Lodge received the Gold JTE Award for the second consecutive year. In February the lodge sent a contingent of 16 arrowmen to the Section NE-2A Project LEAP (Lodge Excellence Assistant Program) which was the largest of any lodge in the Section. In April and May, the lodge worked on completing our Major Camp Service Project which was the constructing of 32 brand new docks for the Camp Sequassen waterfront. The lodge provided funding for the entire project and over 50 brothers helped work on the project. Over the course of three workdays, all 32 docks were completely finished and ready for camp.
At the June Ordeal of 2012, Jesse Morrow was elected Lodge Chief and Mr. Lloyd Gallup took over the reigns as Lodge Advisor. That summer, a contingent of 34 Owaneco Lodge members attended the 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference at Michigan State University as participants accompanied by 11 more members on staff. The trip was quite exciting with many accomplishments attained by Owaneco members, including Alex Jagielski and Jesse Morrow placing nationally in American Indian Dance competitions. Even more impressive was the Owaneco team which was crowned as the National Tug-of-War Champions! Mr. Michael Card and Mr. Bill Chin both received the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of their extensive work on the national level in the Order of the Arrow. Their remarkable achievements also reflect the growing strength of Owaneco Lodge and its service towards others. The 2012 year was concluded with successful fall events and an outstanding Winter Banquet with guest speaker Captain Greg Popora who related the tenets of Scouting to the training, discipline, and experience of Navy SEALs. The awards committee presented the Founder’s Award to Neil Patrick Harris and Mr. William Ference, III. The recipients of the Ralph Deer Memorial Service Award were Bob Brown, Morgan McMahon, Mr. Michael Kraus, and Mrs. Caroline Jagielski. The awards committee along with the ECM decided in December to change the James E. West recipients to the two Cub Scouts who passed away in the Sandy Hook tragedy, Benjamin Wheeler and Chase Kowalski. At the Winter Banquet the Lodge also celebrated its success in reaching the Gold Level of the newly instated Lodge Journey to Excellence program. The lodge held two efficient ordeals in May and June of 2013, and sent a contingent to the Section NE-2A Conclave at Camp Strang. At this point the lodge started working on its more long term goals, and recruited for Project 2013 at the upcoming National Scout Jamboree.
Nick Wolf was elected Lodge Chief in June 2011. A week later, at the 2011 Conclave, Owaneco Lodge’s very own Dan Gallup was elected as Section Vice-Chief and Neil Patrick Harris was elected as Section Secretary. In addition, former Owaneco Lodge Adviser Mr. Bill Chin was appointed to be the new Section NE-2A Section Adviser. In the summer 2011, 22 members (9 youth/9 adults/4 staff) attended Indian Summer in North Carolina. In addition, 9 members (5 youth/4 adults) took part in Summit Corps, a work project that help construct the sight of the future National Jamboree site in West Virginia known as The Summit. Nicks main focus as Lodge Chief are to create a more youth driven open lodge, Increase ordeal member retention through meaningful experiences from fellowship to program, Boost attendance at all Owaneco Events and ECM’s, Increase Communication through email, social media, the website, and the newsletter, Have all information on owaneco.org updated with the latest from Owaneco Lodge, Increase Promotion of Lodge, Section, National and Council events at the chapter and Lodge level, Run a successful Find-out Fair at each Ordeal and most importantly, Have FUN!!! At the 2011 Winter Banquet, the lodge presented two James E. Wests fellowship awards to Nicolas Cloutier and Nick Wolf for all their work with the Owaneco Shows professional quality videos they produced. In addition, Andrew McCloskey and Wade Anderson were honored with the Founders Award for their continued support and dedication to the lodge. This banquet was also the first one to introduce the Ralph Deer Memorial Service Award which was presented to Neil Patrick Harris, Nicholas Razzaia, and “Uncle” Chuck Figlar.
In May of 2010, Mat Buono was elected Lodge Chief as well as a new adviser came along. Mr. Bob Cloutier, previously the membership committee adviser, took the adviser position of Owaneco Lodge. Shortly after, Owaneco hosted Section NE-2A as they hosted the 2010 Conclave at Camp Sequassen. This year, they explored new boundaries and held an Owaneco first; an Ordeal at Camp Pomperaug in Union, CT. Owaneco also sent their third contingent to a National Jamboree this year. At the 2010 Winter Banquet, Mr. Tom O’Brien was presented with the Founder’s Award for his dedicated services to Scatacook District, the Ceremonies Team, Trading Post and Brotherhood Committee. In addition, Mr. Lloyd Gallup was presented with the James E. West award for his leadership as the 2010 Conclave Adviser.
Andrew McCloskey was elected as Lodge Chief in June of 2009. Andrew’s goals included supporting and promoting OA High Adventure and preparing to host the 2010 Section NE-2A Conclave. In June at the Section Conclave, Christopher McCloskey was elected to the position of Section Chief. In the summer of 2009, 58 members (31 youth/20 adults/7 staff) attended the National Order of the Arrow Conference at Indiana University. At the Winter Banquet Mat Bouno was awarded the James E. West while Christopher McCloskey was awarded the Founders Award.
In June of 2008, Christopher McCloskey was elected Lodge Chief. With the Lodge’s 10th Anniversary in mind, Chris selected the theme “Looking to the Past, Preparing the Future” for the year. Chris’ goals included building strength among the Lodge Committees, writing a Lodge Plan Book, improving the Unit Elections process, and celebrating the Lodge’s 10th Anniversary. In the summer, Owaneco Lodge participated in ArrowCorps5. Owaneco Lodge was recognized as an ArrowCorps5 Trailblazer by sending a total of 32 participants to the program. Our contingent was among top ten contingent sizes nationally. The Lodge sent a contingent of 31 members (19 youth/9 adults/2 staff) to the project at Bridger-Teton National Forest. Lodge members also participated in the Manti-La Sal National Forest project (1 staff) and Mark Twain National Forest (1 participant). At the Section Conclave, Christopher McCloskey was elected t serve as Section Vice Chief. After the Section realignment, he was appointed to the position of Acting Section Chief to fill the vacant position. In October, the Lodge celebrated its 10th Anniversary at a large Fellowship at Deer Lake. A new an online event registration system was added to the Lodge webpage. At the annual Winter Banquet, Mr. Robert Cloutier was presented with the Founder’s Award for his dedicated service as Membership Adviser. Christopher McCloskey was presented with the James E. West Award for his leadership as the ArrowCorps5 Contingent Coordinator. Owaneco Lodge also earned the National Quality Lodge Award for 2008. In May of 2009, the Lodge coordinated two major program areas in support of the Council’s ConnJam event. The Dance Team organized an Indian Village and the Lodge organized a show called “The Echo Project.” The Echo Project was an original production that highlighted important events from Scouting’s past and challenged participants to write the next chapters in Scouting’s future.
In June of 2007, Scott Backer was elected Lodge Chief. On the adult side, Mr. Bill Chin was appointed as Lodge Adviser. “Be, Know, Do” was chosen by Scott to guide the Lodge during his term. Scott’s term focused on inter-chapter activities and preparing for the Lodge’s 10th Anniversary. During Scott’s term, the Lodge supported the Council’s can tab collection effort to support Habitat for Humanity. A redesigned Lodge webpage was launched and an online Unit Elections system was created to allow Troops to schedule elections. In the summer of 2007, the Lodge sent a small, yet enthusiastic contingent to the National Conservation and Leadership Summit. The contingent was comprised of 5 youth, 2 adults and 2 staff. At the Section Conclave, Chris McCloskey was elected to the position of Section Secretary. At the 2007 Winter Banquet, Zachariah Silver and Mr. Chuck Figlar were presented the Founder’s Award. Mr. David Chick Sr. was presented the James E. West award for his service as Lodge Adviser. Owaneco Lodge achieved the National Quality Lodge Award for 2007.
Andrew Vill was elected Lodge Chief in June of 2006 and chose the theme “We Are the Present, They Are the Future.” Andrew’s goals were to improve Executive Committee accountability and improve the quality of Lodge events. During Andrew’s term, the Lodge started an annual Spring Picnic to serve as a fellowship activity and a kick-off for the Ordeal season. In the summer of 2006, the Lodge sent a contingent to NOAC. Held in East Lansing Michigan on the campus of Michigan State University, 42 brothers and 5 staff members attended the largest national conference in OA history. The Lodge’s Ultimate Frisbee team defended its title and repeated as National Champions. At the 2006 Winter Banquet, Ryan Murphy and Mr. Robert Emerson were presented the Founder’s Award. Mr. David Lewis was presented the James E. West Award for his continual service to the Dance Team and Achewon Chapter. The Lodge was awarded the 2006 National Service Grant for the refurbishment of the Hoyt Training Cabin.
In June of 2005, Charles Johnson was elected Lodge Chief and Mr. David Chick was appointed Lodge Adviser. Charlie and Mr. Chick worked to strengthen the Lodge Executive Committee and improve service to the council camps. In 2005, Owaneco introduced an Officer’s Retreat weekend to its program to better build the team of Lodge officers. In the summer, the Lodge sent its second contingent to the National Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill. On the Section level, Kevin Sylvester was re-elected Section Chief for a second term. At the 2005 Winter Banquet, Ed Wolf Jr. and Mr. Bill Chin were presented with the Founder’s Award. Mr. Chris Fagan, for his years of service as Dance Team Adviser, was given the James E. West Award. Again, the Lodge earned National Quality Lodge in 2005. In the spring of 2006, the Lodge also supported help service the Council’s Extravaganza event, strengthening Council and Lodge relations.
In June of 2004, Kevin Sylvester was elected to serve as Lodge Chief. Kevin chose the phrase “Continue Faithfully to Serve” for the theme of the year. In the summer of 2004, Owaneco sent its largest contingent to NOAC at Iowa State University in Ames, IA comprised of 25 youth, 20 adults, 3 youth staffers, and 4 adult staffers. Owaneco’s Quinnipiac Dancers placed third nationally in the Group Dance Competition. Several members competed in the individual dance competitions. Daniel Fagan placed in the top ten nationally in the Fancy Dance competition allowing him to dance at the NOAC Native American show. The singing team composed of Tyler White, Russell Olsen, Daniel Velazquez, and David Pabis placed second in the nation in the Northern Style Drum Competition. Owaneco Lodge also took first place in the National Ultimate Frisbee competition. The ceremonies team comprised of Kevin Sylvester, Charles Johnson, Sean Murphy, and David Chick, Jr. were awarded National “Honor” status for their performance in the Pre-Ordeal ceremony. In August, Owaneco attended the 2004 Section Conclave where Kevin Sylvester was elected to serve as Section Chief and John Chick was charged to serve as Section Vice-Chief. Kevin resigned as Lodge Chief, in accordance with the Field Operations Guide, and Drew Sansevero was chosen to serve the remainder of the term. At the 2004 Winter Banquet, the Founder’s Award was presented to Kevin Sylvester and Mr. Robert Anstett. The James E. West Fellowship Award was presented to Edward Wolf Jr. for improving Lodge and Section communications. The 2004 year concluded by improving chapter involvement, service to the community, and assisting the Council as they prepared for the National Jamboree. The Lodge was honored again as a National Quality Lodge Award in 2004.
Robert Anstett was elected as Lodge Chief at the June 2003 Lodge Business Meeting. Robert’s leadership redeveloped Owaneco and brought the organization “Onward and Upward” as the Lodge celebrated the 5th Anniversary. At the June 2003 Ordeal, Mr. Ralph Deer retired as Lodge Adviser after 4 years of service in that position. Mr. Mark Clark was announced as his replacement. In the summer of 2003, a contingent of 6 youth, 5 adults, and 2 youth staff traveled to North Carolina for Indian Summer. Also in the Summer of 2003, Owaneco implemented its “OA Day” program at Camp Sequassen resident camp. This program increased Brotherhood conversion and raised significant funds for both the Lodge and camp. Shortly after, Owaneco dazzled Section NE-2C as they hosted a “Lights, Camera, Conclave” weekend. Michael Card served as Conclave Coordinator and brought Owaneco together to provide unprecedented program, activities, and shows to the Section. At the conclave, Bob Kravecs, III was elected to serve as the 2003-2004 Section Chief and Kevin Sylvester was elected as Section Secretary. The Lodge also organized a work party to pain the Council office. At the 2003 Winter Banquet, the Founder’s Award was present to Dr. Robert Kravecs, Jr. and Michael Card. Brian Golrick and Kevin Sylvester were presented with the James E. West Fellowship Award for implementing the OA Day program at Camp Sequassen. Robert’s term as Lodge Chief proved to be successful as he brought the Lodge closer with the Council. Owaneco Lodge again earned the National Quality Lodge Award for 2003
In June of 2002, Bob Kravecs, III was re-elected as Lodge Chief, making him the Lodge’s first multiple term Lodge Chief. The theme, “For He Who Serves His Fellows is of All His Fellows Greatest,” was selected as the theme for the year. The Lodge focused on building the Chapter and Lodge program, increasing Brotherhood conversion, and giving financial support to the Council. In the summer of 2002, a contingent of 13 youth, 5 adults, 4 youth staff, and 3 adult staff members went to the campus of Indiana University for the National Order of the Arrow Conference. Several awards and recognitions were presented at the Winter Banquet. James E. West Fellowships were given to Michael Card for his work on the lodge website and Mr. Robert Cloutier for revamping the membership committee. The Founders’ Award was also bestowed upon Bob Kravecs, III and Mr. Ralph Deer for their exceptional service. The Lodge also attained Honor Lodge status for the first time in its short history.
The 2001-2002 Lodge year saw the election of Bob Kravecs, III as Owaneco’s forth Lodge Chief. The phrase, “Catch the Higher Vision,” was chosen as the theme for the year. The Lodge focused on increasing active membership and improving Lodge events. In addition the Lodge Officers worked to strengthen the core committees of the Lodge. The Lodge sent its first contingent to a National Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill
In the 2000-2001 Lodge year, Damien Becroft was selected to serve as Lodge Chief at the June Ordeal. In the summer of 2000, the Lodge went to its first National Order of the Arrow Conference at the University of Tennessee. The Lodge sent a spirited contingent of 16 youth, 6 adults, and 3 youth staff members to the Conference. The Ceremonies Team comprised of Mike McCann, Bob Kravecs, Michael Card, and Rob Emerson was awarded National “Honor” status for their performance in the Pre-Ordeal Ceremony. Bill Chin was also awarded “Honor” status for his performance in the Vigil Honor Ceremony. Later in the year, the Lodge donated $7,500 for the construction of new latrines at Camp Sequassen. The Executive Committee also decided to switch the Fall Fellowship and May Ordeal weekends. This switch was made in order to give Ordeal candidates more time to prepare for their Ordeal weekend after their Call Out ceremony during the Spring Camporees. The Lodge’s first Spring Fellowship weekend was held in May of 2001.
The 1999-2000 Lodge year began with the election of Eric Boehm to the position of Lodge Chief at the 1999 June Ordeal. Mr. Ralph Deer also succeededMr. Bill Fromm as the Lodge Adviser. The Lodge continued to sharpen and make changes to the Lodge program. At the Section NE-3A Conclave, Bill Chin was elected as the Section Vice Chief. The Lodge sent two youths and an adult to the first ever National Leadership Summit at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Lodge Chiefs and other youth officers from all across the country met to discuss and plan the National Order of the Arrow program. Bill Chin also attended the event and represented the Section. During the year, seven Chapters became six when Pequot (Nutmeg) and Saganaw (Saganaw) combined to form the new Chief Pomperaug Chapter (Pomperaug District). It was also during the 1999 year that Owaneco Lodge achieved “Honor Lodge” for the first time in its short history.
The 1998 Fall Fellowship “In the Morning of a New Day” would serve to be the first event as one Lodge. During the weekend, members of both Lodges enjoyed food, fun, games, fellowship, and brotherhood. On Sunday October 4, 1998, Owaneco Lodge 313 was born. This historic event took place during the first Lodge meeting where the Lodge membership approved the Lodge Name, Number, and Bylaws. The first group of Lodge Officers were also elected at that time. Garland Jackson was elected Lodge Chief. Chapters remained the same within the Lodge to make a total of seven: Achewon (Sleeping Giant District), Keewayden (Lighthouse District), Ockenuck (Wepawaug Valley District), Pequot (Nutmeg District), Powahay (Powahay District), Saganaw (Saganaw District), and Scatacook (Scatacook District).
During the Lodge’s first year the Executive Committee worked to mold the new Lodge program. Several changes were made by the Lodge’s Executive Committee to combine the traditions of Tankiteke and Arcoon and adapt a new Lodge program. It was also during 1998 when Ockenuck Chapter re-named itself to the Arcoon Chapter. On the Section level, Jeff Berkowitz was elected as the Section NE-3A Vice Chief and Adam Fromm was elected as the Section Secretary. Jeff later finished the year as the Section Chief when the position became vacant.