Archive ‘Lodge Issues’ Category

Dixie Fellowship Delegation Issues

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Beginning in 2002 Santee has issued some form of delegation memorabilia for the Dixie Fellowship.  The first year the item was an armband designed by Jason Spangler and Julian Fowler.  Each of the armbands were hand numbered and about 116 of them were produced.  The extras were sold off in a lottery format at the event.  Beginning in 2003 the memorabilia became a patch and tied together the lodge’s spirit theme.  Kyle Hughes designed a round basketball patch for our host year with the theme “Home Court Advantage”. In 2004 Kyle followed up with a Santee sleigh to go with the lodge spirit theme of “Christmas in Dixie”.  For the 2005 Dixie he dressed up a disco ball patch as the lodge went with a theme of “Disco Dixie”.  For the 2006 Dixie the ECM picked a color scheme similar to themes from the old days in the lodge.  “Back in the Limelight” was the theme that went down to Georgia and won the Spirit Award for the lodge.  The ECM decided to just take the regular Ordeal flap and have a lime green background inserted on it.  The patch came back as a twill background flap and was accompanied by a surprise matching dangle courtesy of the Key-3.  In 2007 the lodge used a Viking theme titled “What’s in Your Lodge” and the flap issued featured a parakeet with a Viking helmet designed by Jay Carlson.

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Chapter Patches

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Santee Lodge Chapter Patches

R1 - Chicora Chapter


Around 1977 Linwood Wiggins who was the chapter advisor for Chicora Chapter had a patch printed up. It is not clear what approval he had from the lodge but the patches were sold to Chicora members. Judging by the scarcity of these patches today the order must have been for a small number. The design he used was a stock design that was also used on some late 1970s fellowship patches from Muscogee Lodge 221 in Columbia.

For over 20 years no other chapters came out with a patch until Atakwa Chapter had one made for the 60th anniversary of the lodge in 1998. The design was by chapter member Randy Dargan. The executive committee did bless this order and apparently was willing to allow other chapters to make patches but the offer was never taken up. Two hundred of the patches were ordered and they were sold to Atakwa Chapter members during OA Week of 1998 for $3 each.
X1 - Chicora Chapter Chicora chapter ordered patches with approval in 2004.  This patch was paid for by the father of a chapter member and the order of 100 patches were sold to chapter members only not through the lodge store.

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NOAC Issues

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Santee Lodge National Order of the Arrow Conference Patches

X1 - 1992 NOAC

X1 – 1992 NOAC

Since 1992 the lodge has made patches for delegates attending the National Order of the Arrow Conference. The first one was designed by Jason Spangler and is in the shape of an Indian head. The background is orange because the event was being held at the University of Tennessee whose school colors are orange. Two hundred of the “1992 N.O.A.C.” were made. Delegates to the conference were allowed to buy 8 each. All other members of the lodge were allowed to buy one.

X2 - 1994 NOAC

X2 – 1994 NOAC

With the 1994 N.O.A.C. the lodge came out with another delegate patch. Jason Spangler designed this patch which was in the shape of South Carolina and had a rarely used Audobon bird on it. Each delegate to the conference was allowed to purchase 7 “1994 N.O.A.C.” patches. Members of the lodge were allowed to purchase one of these.

X3 - 1994 NOAC

X3 – 1994 NOAC

In 1996 Steven Askins, who had already designed the new lodge flap, turned in a design for the delegation going to NOAC. He stuck with SC shaped design from 1994 but added his touch to the design and used another bird from the Audubon print that had not yet been on a Santee Issue. Following the standard going back to 1992 these patches were made available to all lodge members on a one per person basis. Members of the delegation were allowed to purchase extras. These patches were sold for $5, which was sort of a record high price for a patch in the lodge store. Because of this high price and high quotes for producing the upcoming S13 Brotherhood and S14 Vigil flap the lodge dropped Krelman as its patch company.

X4 - 1998 NOAC

X4 – 1998 NOAC

In 1998 the N.O.A.C. delegate patch was not approved by the lodge at a business meeting as had been the norm. This was typical of the period in the late 1990s and early 2000s when decisions on ordering memorabilia were not brought before the lodge but handled by the ECM.  In this case the lodge advisor at the time had the patches ordered and allowed members of the N.O.A.C. delegation to preorder patches. One delegate preordered fifty of them. The patches were never available for sale to the lodge membership.

X5 - 2000 NOAC

X5 – 2000 NOAC

For the 2000 N.O.A.C the delegate patch was once again ordered by an adviser.  This time all brothers were allowed to purchase a patch but not until fall fellowship when the leftovers from the delegation were in the store. The patch featured the same design used for the spring, workday, and summer patches of that year but with a blue background.

X6 - 2004 NOAC

X6 – 2004 NOAC

The lodge did not send a N.O.A.C. delegation in 2002 but did in 2004 to Iowa.  The patch designed by Kyle Hughes came back very big and featured a row of corn honoring the home of that years N.O.A.C.  Some of these patches were made available to lodge members after the event.

S? - 2006 NOAC Flap

S? – 2006 NOAC Flap

In 2006 the lodge delegation did not arrive in Michigan with a patch. Instead the flap was ordered after the event and featured a button loop on top of the flap as a design element from Kyle Hughes.  These flaps were present at the 2006 Fall but none were sold because of some confusion as to how they should be distributed.  Only one lodge member who had preordered the flaps months before was allowed to pick up his order.  These flaps were first sold at the 2007 Winter Banquet and went three per person.  The remaining flaps were sold at the 2007 Spring Fellowship.

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Armbands and Neckerchiefs

Saturday, October 24, 2009

One of the first issues of the lodge was not a patch or a neckerchief. By 1957 members of the lodge were wearing a service armband when they were out representing the lodge at service projects in the community. Early issues of the Santee Arrowmen confirm that the armbands were worn at least 3 events in 1957: May 3-4 for the Council Camporee, Oct 11-13 for a Camporee at Shaw Air Base and Nov 23 as ushers at the USC vs. UNC football game in Columbia.  It is not known how these armbands were given out or when they stopped being used.

Following the success of the “Service Arrowhead” in 1993, the lodge continued the program in 1994 by issuing a first ever lodge neckerchief. Designed by Lee Galloway the neckerchief was black with red trim. A pie shaped patch was sewn onto the bottom of it. Although it cost eight dollars to buy the neckerchief, like the service arrowhead before it, got a lot of brothers to come up to camp and do service projects. A total of 200 of these “Service Neckerchiefs” were made and all were earned in 1994.

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Rounds and Jacket Patches

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Santee Lodge Rounds and Jacket Patches

R1 - Bicentennial Similar to the 1973 Fall Fellowship patch (35th anniversary A2) the patch for the 1976 Summer Fellowship falls under the “if it looks like a duck” rule. Many Scout councils and lodges issued memorabilia to commemorate America’s bicentennial in 1976. The summer fellowship patch that year was Santee’s effort to celebrate the event. Since the fellowship patch did not say fellowship and was a round patch it looked more like a lodge issue…”if it looks like a duck”. Therefore, national collectors consider this fellowship patch as the R1.
J1 - Twill Jacket Patch


In 1977 the lodge issued a 6 inch round twill jacket patch. The design for this patch was by Greg Vaught. Like most all Santee patches it has the traditional symbolism in its design. There was no restriction placed on the purchase of these patches. This run of patches was sold out by 1981.
J2 - Black Arrow Jacket Patch


In 1986 the lodge issued a 5 inch round embroidered jacket patch. The patch followed the design of the contemporary flap in the mid 1980s and had an Audubon parakeet. It was the only patch to feature a black arrow for the bird to perch on. It was also sold openly and was designed by Sam McCown. The back-patches sold out in 1987.
J3 - 60th Anniversary Jacket Patch


The third Santee jacket patch came out for the 60th anniversary in 1998.  The patches were designed by Marshall Smith and copied the now familiar design for the Santee J’s.  The patches cost $8 in the lodge store and were sold on open sale.  The final batch was sold at the 2000 Spring Fellowship.

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Santee Arrowheads

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The lodge has issued other memorabilia besides the lodge flaps that members wear. Among these other forms of memorabilia are arrowheads, back-patches, delegation patches, anniversary patches, neckerchiefs, and Dixie patches.  With few exceptions all of these patches contain the parakeet, lodge colors, and “WWW”.

Santee Lodge Arrowhead Shaped Patches

A1 - Felt Arrowhead

A1 – Felt Arrowhead

The first lodge emblem did not come out until 1955. This patch is in the shape of an arrowhead and is commonly called the “arrowhead”. Prior to this time members only had their white sashes and dangle pin to distinguish them as brothers in the order of the arrow. The “arrowhead” was ordered to have a lodge emblem to wear while hosting the 1955 Dixie Fellowship at Camp Coker. This event was a meeting of all the lodges in the surrounding areas where special competitions and events would occur. Ed Fowler, who was the professional in charge of the lodge at the time, helped with the design and ordered the patches. It featured a parakeet from Audubon’s painting sitting on a red arrow with word “Santee” across the bottom. The arrowhead was made of black felt with embroidery. The patches were sold for 50 cents and worn on the right breast pocket.

A2 - 35th Anniversary

A2 – 35th Anniversary

The second lodge arrowhead falls under the “if it looks like a duck” rule of patches. For a couple of years the lodge had issued fellowship neckerchiefs for events. However, the neckerchiefs ran out at the 1973 Summer Fellowship and many of the brothers wanted to have fellowship patches instead of neckerchiefs. Members of the executive committee approved a design for a patch for the 1973 Fall Fellowship. However, the design did not include the word “fellowship”. Since it says “35th anniversary” the collecting community has always viewed this patch as a lodge issue for the 35th anniversary of the lodge instead of a fellowship patch. So “if it looks like a duck” it is a duck or in this case the A2.

A3 - 50th Anniversary

A3 – 50th Anniversary

The lodge celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 1988. To commemorate this event the lodge produced a replica of the original arrowhead from 1955. The “50th Arrowhead” is identical except it has the inscription “1938-88” to mark it as an anniversary patch. It also has a red loop which the original arrowhead did not have. The lodge made 700 of these and the patch was designed by Jason Collins and Phil Whittle.  The patches were sold 3 per person at the 1988 Summer Fellowship.

A4 - Service Arrowhead

A4 – Service Arrowhead


In 1993 the lodge executive committee came up with a program to promote attendance at the lodge workday and chapters to sponsor their own service projects. The program stated that if an Arrowmen gave 6 hours of service at Camp Coker they would be entitled to purchase a special 55th anniversary arrowhead patch. However, cheerful service performed during the lodge’s regularly scheduled fellowships did not count. Most of the chapters did hold chapter workdays at Coker and 230 of the special “Service Arrowheads” were earned. This arrowhead patch was designed by Andrew Myers.

A5 - 60th Anniversary

A5 – 60th Anniversary


Along with creating a new jacket patch and lodge t-shirt the 60th anniversary of the lodge in 1998 also saw a new felt arrowhead. The new arrowhead was first available at Winter Banquet in January of 1998. At first the patches were sold on a limited basis. However, later they were put on open sale. The price of the patches went up and down according to who was behind the window of the lodge store. One fellowship they were sold for $2 while later the price was raised to $4. The patches sold out at the 1998 Fall Fellowship.

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