Otetiana/Finger Lakes Councils Merger Update

updateI had previously written about the merger between Otetiana and Finger Lakes Councils.

Rob Cunningham sends along some information about the upcoming changes for the councils

A new name is being considered for the council (Otetiana / Finger Lakes)- “Seneca Waterways Council”,

and their related lodges.

and one of the most popular proposed names for the new lodge is “Ghost Deer Lodge,” pertaining to the rare white deer that live around Seneca Lake.  A closed doors youth meeting of the two lodges is being held at Camp Cutler in three weeks to work on lodge merger details, the results of which will be voted on by the respective LEC’s sometime thereafter.

Rob also advises on the final Ty-Ohni Lodge #95 events and pr0posed patch issues.

The final Ty-Ohni Lodge Fellowship Weekend will be held Oct. 2-4th at Camp Cutler.  The theme is “Last Call” and the patch will feature Dr. Arthur Parker, relative of Eli Parker and Mary Jemison and Director of the Rochester Museum in the 1930’s.

When Lodge 95 was being formed, a group of members asked him what he thought an appropriate name for the new lodge would be, and he suggested the name “Ty-Ohni.”

The final Ty-Ohni lodge event will be the annual banquet, to be held in January, 2010.  A merger 2-piece flap set has been proposed, featuring a wolf and turtle on the bottom half looking upwards to a white deer which will be featured on the flap.

Looks like the merger is progressing, more details when available.


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6 thoughts on “Otetiana/Finger Lakes Councils Merger Update

  1. I always wondered about those deer…..I think it is due to them inhabiting the old NIKE missile site there…. Or it could be due to the Coast Guard’s LORAN C transmitter on the site…. 🙂

    Greg P.
    From the land of Crayola

  2. We had a few of the deer pass through Hovey when the fence went down for a bit. They are white deer with brown eyes and are not albinos. This is caused by a recessive gene in the deer. This is the first time I hear of the “ghost deer lodge” I know “white deer lodge” was mentioned to our NOAC contingent. O well I guess the kids will hash everything out in September.

  3. Dear Bill,

    This sounds better than when my lodge (Amo’Chk’ 339) merged. It seems they are doing things that should have been done when mine merged. Perhaps they are looking at the suppression of Cayuga County/Tahgajute and are striving to avoid that.

  4. umm, yeah we were trying to avoid the taking over part. Basicly it came down to ok you can vote to merge peacefully now and on your terms or in 6 months we are forcing you to merge and that may not be on your terms. It was a hard decision….

  5. From the ganeodiyo lodge chief-
    “As of the start of the year our totem will be the Ghost Deer, and our name will be some version of that name, either Ghost Deer, or White Deer, in either Lenni Lenappe or an Iroqouis Language will be our name. One of our earliest objectives will be to build a new lodge room, “The Rack”, at Babcock Hovey, a point the combined merger of committee agreed would be the best course of action.”

    Ganeodiyo has a final Fall fellowship in October and might be having a goodbye diner in NOV or DEC.

    The first combined lodge function with former Ganeodiyo and Ty-Ohni will be the family banquet in Jan according tot he Lodge advisor as the two lodges will be merged as of Jan 1st 2010

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