Roy Weatherbee sends along an image of what might be the earliest memorabilia issued for what we would now call a conclave. Prior to the Area Designations which matched the Region Alignment, the Order of the Arrow was broken up into various Areas which had Letter designations. Roy sends along an image and some information for the 1941 Area C Fellowship Conference or Fellowship Meeting hosted by Chappegat Lodge #15 at their Camp Siwanoy.
The neckerchief refers to this as an Fellowship Conference, while the program calls it a Fellowship Meeting. The program does not contain an official list of Area C lodges, but the below lodges are mentioned in the program. I do not know if this represents a complete list.
Here’s a summary of the info I’ve been able to collect:
1941 Area C Conference/Meeting
Host Lodge: Chappegat Lodge (15)
Location: Camp Siwanoy, Wingdale, NY
Dates: Saturday, August 30 – Monday, September 1 ,1941 (Labor Day weekend)
Lodges mentioned as participating (in the program):
- Chappegat (15, NY)
- Shu-Shu-Gah (24, NY)
- Lekau (77, NJ)
- Sanhican (2, NJ)
- Ranachqua (4, NY)
- Minquin (86, NJ)
- Man-a-hattin (82, NY)
- Cowaw (9, NJ)
This is the oldest Conclave/Conference item I have in my collection. The next oldest is a leather neckerchief slide from 1948 (Area A). I have no idea what else may exist for those very early (pre-1948) meetings, though it is clear they were being held.
Does anyone else have any information on pre-1949 lettered Area meeting where NYS OA Lodges attended or hosted?
“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.” –Thomas Paine