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          Order of the Arrow Fellowship Conferences started in California in 1945 when Canalino Lodge 90 hosted all of the Order of the Arrow Lodges in Region 12 (California, Arizona & Nevada) at Camp Drake in Santa Barbara. The original designation was called Area U. By 1947, Area U had split into northern and southern sections with the southern section becoming known as Section A or Area 12-A. Tamet Lodge was included in Area 12-A which issued its first patch for the 1951 Conference.

Area 12-A  Conferences 1950-55 

    1951 ('50)
Camp Rokili
Host: San Gorgonio Lodge 298
April
  1952
Camp Emerald Bay, Catalina
Host: Tamet Lodge 225
April 4-6
   
         
    Embroidered on twill. Patch design was copied from a pow wow patch issued by host lodge San Gorgonio in 1950. The manufacturer errantly copied  the '50 from the pow wow design but these patches were used for the 1951 Area 12A Conference none-the-less.   Embroidered on no-twill. Attendance
limited due to remote location on Catalina Island. Folklore has it that there were not enough patches made to supply one per delegate at the conference..


  
   



1953
Balboa Park Camp
Host: Ashie Lodge 436
April 10-12
 
  1954
Camp Bill Lane
Host: Spe-Le-Yai Lodge 249
April
 
  1955
Camp Emerson
Host: Tahquitz Lodge 127
April 15-17
 
   

Embroidered on twill. Button loop allowed
for wearing the patch from the pocket
flap during the conference.


 
Embroidered on twill. Button loop allowed
for wearing the patches from the pocket flap during the conference. Spe-Le-Yai Lodge used the same design for the
1959 12-E Conference at Camp Josepho.
 
Embroidered on twill. Delegates were
issued a patch with a cloth loop to allow
for wear from the button of the pocket
flap while at the conference. Patches sold at the trading post did not have the loop.

  The National Order of the Arrow reorganized all Areas around the country at the end of 1955. Area 12-A was divided in two
and the six OA Lodges from scout councils within Los Angeles and Ventura Counties were organized as Area 12-E for 1956.
In 1960, Canalino Lodge 90 from Santa Barbara County joined Area 12-E, which then remained unchanged until 1972
when the Areas were reorganized as sections with new designations.

Area 12-E Thunderbird Black Diamonds  

          A Thunderbird with "W's" in its wings was designed by Area 12-E as an Area Totem. No other Area around the country is
known to have used an Area totem. A special black diamond patch was created and sewn to special neckerchiefs used most
years through 1964 in conjunction with the annual fellowship conference patches.  Thunderbird black diamonds were also available
between 1956 and 1972 as a separate patch for purchase at the Area Conference trading posts. The 1957-58 cut edge Type 2
patch is the only version not known to have been issued separately off the neckerchief while the rolled edge Type 2 and 3
patches of the1960's are not known to have been used as neckerchief patches.

see  >  Area 12-E Neckerchiefs


    1956
CUT Edge - TYPE 1
Squared Corners-Flat Top Head
 
  1957-58
CUT Edge - TYPE 2
Rounded Corners and Head
 
   
                       
   
TYPE 1 CUT EDGE has a HORIZONTALLY STITCHED yellow Thunderbird; SQUARED corners; and a FLAT TOP  head.
 
TYPE 2 CUT EDGE
has a DIAGONALLY STITCHED yellow Thunderbird; ROUNDED corners; and a ROUND  head.
   



1959-Early 1960'S
  ROLLED Edge - TYPE 1
Flat Top Head-Separate Beak

 
  Mid-Late 1960'S
  ROLLED Edge - TYPE 2
Beak Continuous with Head
Horizontal Stitch Red Scroll
 
  1970-72
  ROLLED Edge - TYPE 3
Beak Continuous with Head
Vertical Stitch Red Scroll

 
   

TYPE 1 ROLLED EDGE has a FLAT TOP  head with SEPARATE beak.
  see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE


 
TYPE 2 ROLLED EDGE
has a ROUND
head with CONTINUOUS beak.

HORIZONTAL stitched red scroll.

 
 
TYPE 3 ROLLED EDGE has a ROUND
head
with CONTINUOUS beak.
VERTICAL stitched red scroll.
see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE


Invoices for 1956 Area 12-E patches

Fellowship Conference Patches
 
  Thunderbird Patches
 
     

501 1956 Fellowship patches were ordered
 at a cost of 41 cents each plus tax and delivery.
 
169 Thunderbird patches were ordered
 at a cost of 30 cents each plus tax and delivery.

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Area 12-E  Conferences 1956-72
 

1956
Camp Josepho
Host: Tamet Lodge 225

April 20-22
 
  1957
Firestone Scout Reservation
Host: Siwinis Lodge 252
March 15-17
 
  1958
Paramount Ranch
Host: Walika Lodge 228
April

   

Embroidered on No-twill. Tamet Lodge hosted the first 12-E Conference. Design became inspiration for the "Red Tamet".


 
 
Embroidered on twill.
Firestone Scout reservation is a semi-primitive camp located just east of State Route 57 in Tonner Canyon between Diamond Bar and Brea, California.
 
   
Embroidered on twill.  Paramount (Movie) Ranch is located in the Santa Monica Mountains between Malibu and the San Fernando Valley. Known for its outdoor movie sets, it is now owned by the
National Park Service.


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1959
Camp Jospepho
Host: Spe-Le-Yai Lodge 249
April 25-26
 
  1960
San Marcos High School
Host: Canalino Lodge 90
April 22-24
 
  1961
Rosemead High School
Host: Ta Tanka Lodge 488
April 21-23
 
   

Embroidered on twill. This design was first used for the 1954 Area 12-A conference.

 
 
Embroidered on twill.
  Santa Barbara is home to one of the original California Spanish missions and Vandenburg Missile Range.
 
Embroidered on twill.
 "Weld tightly every link" was the theme of the 1961 National OA Conference.
 


                     
1962
Matilliha Jr. High School, Ojai
Host: Topa Topa Lodge 291
April
 
  1963
Loyola University, Los Angeles
Host: Tamet Lodge 225
April 3-5
 
  1964
Firestone Scout Reservation
Host: Siwinis Lodge 252
April 10-12
 
   

Embroidered on twill. Folk lore has it that there were barely enough patches ordered to supply one per participant, with few, if any, extra patches available for sale in the conference trading post.
 
Fully embroidered. Updated version
of Tamet Lodge's 1956 12-E patch.

see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
 
Fully Embroidered. Firestone Scout reservation is a semi-primitive camp located just east of State Route 57 in Tonner Canyon between Diamond Bar and Brea, California.


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    1965
Jubilee Scout Ranch
Host: Walika Lodge 228
April 23-25
 
  1965
National OA Conference Delegate
Bloomington, Indiana
August

   
                      
   
Fully Embroidered. Jubilee Scout Ranch was located in San Bernardino County, near the Los Angeles Countyline along Pearblossom Highway, 28 miles east of Palmdale, and
15 miles west of the Cajon Pass.
 
Embroidered on twill. The OA Lodges of Area 12-E sent a combined delegation of Arrowmen to the 50th Anniversary National OA Conference held in Bloomington, Indiana.
 
   



    1966
San Marcos High School
Host: Canalino Lodge 90
April 15-17
 
  1967
Glendale Civic Center
Host: Spe-Le-Yai Lodge 249
March 31-April 2
 
   
                  
   
   
Fully Embroidered.
 
Fully Embroidered.
   


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1968
Cal State University, Los Angles
Host: Ta Tanka Lodge 488


Participant
  Black Border-White Buffalo
 
  Host Lodge
  White Border-White Buffalo
 
  Lodge Chiefs & Area Officers
  Black Border-Gold Buffalo
 
   

Fully embroidered.
BLACK border, WHITE buffalo



 
 
 Fully embroidered. WHITE border. Issued to Ta Tanka Lodge host committee.
NOTE: Most of the white bordered patches have stitching defects suggesting they were originally unbordered manufacturer rejects that the lodge had bordered for it members.
 
Fully embroidered.
BLACK border with GOLD MYLAR
buffalo. Awarded to Lodge chiefs and
area officers.
 



1969
Nordhoff High School, Ojai
Host: Topa Topa Lodge 291
April 11-13

    Participant
  White Outer Ring
 
  Lodge Chiefs & Area Officers
  Dark Yellow Outer Ring
 
   
                      
   
Fully embroidered. WHITE outer ring.
see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
 
 Fully Embroidered.
DARK YELLOW outer ring.
Given to Lodge chiefs & area officers.

   


1970
Pacific Missile Range, Point Mugu
Host: Tamet Lodge 225
April 3-5
 
Participant
Purple Border
  Lodge Chiefs & Area Officers
Gold Mylar Border
  Indian Competition Winners
Red Border
   

Fully embroidered. PURPLE rolled edge. Designed by Jeff Morley.
see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
 
Fully embroidered. GOLD MYLAR
rolled edge. Given to Tamet Lodge officers,
advisers & committee Arrowmen as well as other Lodge chiefs and area officers.
 
Fully embroidered. RED rolled edge.
Awarded to 1st, 2nd & 3rd place
 finishers in Indian competitions.
 


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                                                           1971
                                                                   El Camino College, Torrance
                                                                   Host: Siwinis Lodge 252
                                                                  April 16-18

1970
Wide Game Segment
  Participants
Green Border
  Lodge Chiefs & Area Officers
Red Border





Participants earned this segment for successful completion of a "wide game" organized at the conference. The segment was meant for wear underneath the conference patch.
   
"Wimachiendienk" , a Leni Lenapi word meaning brotherhood, was the original name of the Order
of the Arrow and the first "W" of the OA's acronym: W.W.W.
 
GREEN rolled edge on twill.
see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
 
RED rolled edge on twill.
Special V.I.P. patch for Lodge chiefs
and area officers.



1972
Birmingham High School, Van Nuys
Host: Walika Lodge 228

April 7-9


    Participants
Solid Embroidered
  Lodge Chiefs & Area Officers & Neckerchiefs
On No-Twill
   
         
   
Fully embroidered patches were available to participants.
A loop allowed the patch to be worn from the button on the
 pocket flap. Deer & Arrow came in multiple shades of brown,
a manufacturing artifact having no special significance.
see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
 
Embroidered on white no-twill. This version of the patch
was used as a neckerchief patch but was also awarded
 to Lodge Chiefs and Area officers with a button loop so
they could be worn from the pocket at the conference.
see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
   

NOTE: the 1972 Area 12-E patches were not manufactured on Swiss embroidery looms.
There are small differences that can be seen in each patch and a wide range of brown colors used.

1972 was the last Area Conference for Area 12-E and Tamet Lodge. The Order of the Arrow Regional system
was reorganized again in 1973 when the twelve B.S.A.regions were combined into six.
Malibu Lodge 566 attended its first Area Conference in 1973 as part of a new Section called W4A.

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    IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
   


Thunderbirds

    1956
CUT Edge - TYPE 1
Squared Corners-Flat Top Head

 
  1957-58
CUT Edge - TYPE 2
Rounded Corners and Head
 

   
         
   
TYPE 1 CUT EDGE has a HORIZONTALLY STITCHED yellow Thunderbird; SQUARED corners; and a FLAT TOP  head.
 
TYPE 2 CUT EDGE has a DIAGONALLY STITCHED yellow Thunderbird; ROUNDED corners; and a ROUND  head.
   


 
1959-Early 1960'S
  ROLLED Edge - TYPE 1
Flat Top Head-Separate Beak


    ROLLED Edge
TYPE 1A

 
  ROLLED Edge
TYPE 1B


   
         
   
TYPE 1A has LARGE EYE, THIN BEAK & YELLOW flat rolled edge.
 
TYPE 1B
has SMALL EYE, THICK BEAK & DARK YELLOW rolled edge.
   


 
Mid-Late 1960'S
  ROLLED Edge - TYPE 2
Beak Continuous with Head
Horizontal Stitch Red Scroll


   
  1970-72
  ROLLED Edge - TYPE 3
Beak Continuous with Head
Vertical Stitch Red Scroll

TYPE 3A

 
  1970-72
  ROLLED Edge - TYPE 3
Beak Continuous with Head
Vertical Stitch Red Scroll

TYPE 3B
 

             
 
 

Rolled Edge TYPE 2 has a beak that is CONTINUOUS with head & HORIZONTALLY stitched red scroll
   
 
Rolled Edge TYPE 3A has a beak that is CONTINUOUS with head & VERTICALLY stitched red scroll.
4mm wide neck.
 
Rolled Edge TYPE 3A has a beak that is CONTINUOUS with head & VERTICALLY stitched red scroll.
5mm wide neck.


 
Fellowship Conferences

1963
TYPE A
 
  1963
TYPE B
 
  1969
TYPE A

 
    1969
TYPE B

 
 
          
 

TYPE A
has a REGULAR
rolled edge.
 
TYPE B
has a FLAT
rolled edge.
 
TYPE A
has a PURPLE
mountain.
 
TYPE B
has a DARK PURPLE
mountain.


  
1970
TYPE A
 
  1970
TYPE B
 
  1971
TYPE A
 
  1971
TYPE B
 
           
 

TYPE A has a DARK PURPLE
rolled edge that is SAME
COLOR as the lettering &
palms.
 
TYPE B
has a BRIGHT PURPLE
rolled edge that is LIGHTER
than the lettering & palms.
 
 
TYPE A
is embroidered on DARK ORANGE twill.
 
 
 
TYPE B is embroidered on LIGHT ORANGE twill.
 
 


 
1972
  
Both the fully embroidered and twill versions of the 1972 12-E patches were manufactured with a wide range of brown colors in the deer and arrow. For collecting purposes, the three color types shown below represent the major color variations seen in the fully embroidered and twill patches, although on close inspection, many sub variations could be noted .
 
TYPE A
 
  TYPE B
 
  TYPE C
 
   

TYPE A
has a TAN deer & arrow.
 
TYPE B has a BROWN deer & arrow.
 
TYPE C has a RED-BROWN deer & arrow




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