OA Induction Weekend
Mon, 27 Jun 1994 10:38:28 EDT
I just returned from the first Induction Weekend of Mantowagan Lodge
#14(recently merged). Of the Lodges that merged to form Mantowagan, one had
women, and the other had none. Therefore, some of our Brothers had a new
experience this weekend. We inducted four women into the Order this weekend.
The four women we inducted included a Coucil Vice-President and a new member
of the Council Executive Staff. These new Brothers seemed to really enjoy the
experience of the Ordeal, and were especially grateful that they were not
given special treatment.
At a work project review meeting on Friday night, someone made the
suggestion that the women, who were a single clan under a female
Elangomat(I'll explain why later), be assigned to work in the dining
hall cleaning up and setting tables. I strongly objected to this and
others agreed with me. The women ended up building tent platforms and
completing the job ahead of schedule.
The reason we had the women in their own Clan, is that we have run
into a problem in the past where the males on a work project will not
allow the women to do any "real work." This year's female Elangomat had
complained about receiving this treatment on her Ordeal, and we
wanted to avoid anything of this sort happening again.
The weekend was a great success. A few major projects were undertaken along
with the usual camp setup. The Lodge built a new rifle range shelter, did
some road repair work, set up all of the tents in camp, built a LOT of new
tent platforms, inducted 32 new Ordeal members, 7 new Brotherhood members,
and tapped out the first six Vigil Honor members of Mantowagan Lodge. I am
thrilled to be able to say that I was chosen as one of those six and will
undergo my Vigil on July 9th. It's a little tough getting used to being
called "candidate" again, but I'm sure I'll get through it.
Jim Miller, Jr, - Eagle Scout '88
Exploring Training Chairman
Advisor, Post 348
Vigil Candidate, Mantowagan Lodge #14
Hudson Liberty Coucil
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