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Tamet Lodge - Events & Dinners 1942-59  

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Earliest Meetings

          Tamet Lodge dinners and events began within the very first year of operation. After the 1942 summer camping season closed,  Order of the Arrow dinner meetings were scheduled at Camp Josepho. The two-day events were held to conduct Arrow business, elect officers and mix with the Camp Josepho Staff. Letters promoting the 2nd and 3rd Tamet dinner meetings are known to exist today.



Second  Meeting
February 27-28, 1943
Camp Josepho
 

Third Meeting
June 12-13, 1943
Camp Josepho
 




       




          The Crescent Bay Council truck picked up Arrowmen from different locations around West LA and Scout Headquarter in Santa Monica. Dinner was served at 6 PM in the lodge followed by a business meeting, songs and stunts. A special Call-Out for Joel Stearns was held for "associate" membership", most likely the only time in Tamet Lodge history were a "call-out" was held for one scout. Joel went on to become 9th Tamet Chief in 1948. Sunday there was breakfast followed by Joel's initiation in the "Kiva", a small room that was built into the hill behind the lodge.
          Signed: John Ehrlichman, Chief Tamet Lodge


          This meeting got off to an earlier start on Saturday as more activities were planned for the day. Arrowmen got to meet new additions to the Camp Josepho staff and talk about the coming summer camp season. The services of Mrs. Hamilton, summer camp cook, were secured for Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast and lunch. Reference is made to "no more Erhlichman pancakes". The first Tamet Lodge work projects are started on the campfire circle and camp church.
          Signed: Dick Rice, Chief Tamet Lodge



The Tamet Lodge newsletter called the Tom-Tom was started in the Fall of 1943. Along with informing the membership
of Arrow business, the Tom-Tom served to promote Order of the Arrow dinners, meetings and events.

 
 

Election Banquet
February, 1950
Camp Josepho


         In 1949, Tamet Lodge reorganized its chapter structure from camp chapters at Josepho, Wolverton and Emerald Bay to chapters aligned with the districts of the Council. This realignment became necessary when summer camping at Camp Josepho ended after the 1948 season. There had been three camp chapters and Lodge records show there were originally only three district chapters, each comprising two of the Council's districts.:
  1. Beverly Hills-Culver Palms
  2. Sunset-Venice
  3.  Westwood-Wilshire
      This arrangement lasted only two years. In 1951, Tamet lodge expanded to six chapters, one in each of the Council's six districts.
        NOTE: Crescent Bay's 7th district, Sunset, appeared to combine it's OA efforts with Wilshire District.
        NOTE: In the late 1940's and early 1950's, Tamet Lodge did not have an office of Vice-Chief. The position of Ritual Chief was considered second in command of the Lodge.
    
          
1950 Election Ballot
 

Election Banquet
  February 24, 1951
Camp Josepho




1951 Election Ballot
 

1951 Door Prize Game Sheet
 




         


           As had been the custom, a slate of officers was submitted to the Lodge members for adoption at the 1951 election banquet. This particular ballot has hand-written notes reflecting that the Lodge Chief and Ritual Chief were to receive necklaces. 1951 was the first year that six chapter chiefs were elected, one for each of the Council's districts.
           Part of the entertainment at the election dinner, imcluded a game whereby signatures were collected on a grid  and kept for door prizes. This sheet of signatures was collected by Lodge adviser, Proctor Weir, and contains the autographs of six Tamet Lodge Chiefs including what is believed to be the only known signatures of Joel Stearns and Arthur "Bud" Slinde.  
 
 
 


 
Final Ordeal & Meeting

September 21-22, 1951
Camp Josepho


         Prior to 1955, honor campers "Called Out" into the Order of the Arrow at Crescent Bay Council camps were not considered full members of Tamet Lodge until they had completed a "Final Ordeal" at Camp Josepho. The 1951 Final Ordeal marked the introduction of a new system of Chapters set up by districts instead of camps. The weekend program also served as a template for many of the Tamet Lodge events that followed including the Tamet Pow-Wow's and Tamet Tokala's of the 1960's and 70's.
         The program began at 2:00 PM where OA candidates were put to work around camp by Ranger Paul Wiess Sr. Other Arrow members had their choice of swimming, athletics, or classes on Arrow costume making and Arrow dancing. Before dinner, all in attendance dressed in full uniform and assembled at the flag pole in the parade ground for a formal color ceremony.
          A buffet dinner was served in the Lodge. Entertainment of songs and stunts was lead by Tamet Lodge founder Jack Davies, followed by business reports and introductions of special guests and the very first district chapter Chiefs. Lodge Chiefs in attendance were honored by Lodge adviser, Proctor Wier.
          Sunday included meetings for the newly formed district chapters and committee meetings for the Lodge.

         
1951 Program
 



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Spring Banquet
June11, 1954
Camp Josepho


Reversible reply card for RS.V.P. to June Banquet.
NOTE: unusual Postal Service card with two different stamp prints with additional value overstamp.
         

 

"Wakan"-Gale Williams Benefit   
December 1, 1956
Barnum Hall, Santa Monica High School


          Gale Williams was Chief of Santa Monica Chapter in 1954-55. and was tragically paralyzed in a car accident. Tamet Lodge organized a huge Indian Dance show including Iron Eyes Cody and the Indian dance teams of Spe-Le-Yai Lodge no.249 of Verdugo Hills Council in Burbank/Glendale and Kodayapi Chapter of Siwinis Lodge no. 252 from Inglewood, CA. All of the proceeds from the event went to Gale and his family to help defray medical costs.
 


Round-Up Article
December, 1956 p.2

 


Event Announcement

 


          

               


 
1956 Benefit Program
 





 

     


          The event was organized by Tamet Lodge members
 Dr.Clay Kniss and Don Wycoff. In addition to his active involvement on the Tamet Lodge ritual team, Dr. Kniss ran a private dance team called the Ista Maza Dancers. It was made up of non-scout and non-OA members including his daughter.




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Banqet (sp)
September 14, 1957
Camp Josepho

 


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pages 2-3
 


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Banquet  
  February 15, 1958
Camp Josepho

 


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Program also contains four pages of officer candidate bios.      see  >  1958 February Banquet ticket

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Vigil Dinner & Meeting
  October 17, 1959
Brands Restaurant, Culver City, CA




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