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13 Lodge Rules


  1. Name and Affiliation of Lodge
    1. The official name of this Lodge of the Order of the Arrow shall be WIATAVA No. 13 W.W.W.
    2. The Lodge shall be affiliated with Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America and shall be under the supervision of the Council Camping and Properties Committee and the administrative authority of the Scout Executive.
    3. The Lodge shall be comprised of Chapters corresponding to the district within the council with the approval of the Scout Executive. Chapters shall come under the supervision of the related district Camping Committee and District Scout Executive(s).

  2. Lodge Insignia
    1. Totem - The totem of this Lodge shall be The Cogged Stone. It shall have thirteen (13) teeth and be gray in color.
    2. Lodge Colors - The Lodge colors shall be canary yellow and steel cobalt blue
    3. Lodge flap patch - The Lodge flap patch shall be of shape and size as to fit the pocket flap of the Official Scout Uniform. It shall be fully embroidered. The patch shall include the Lodge name and number. It may be purchased in any quantity by members of WIATAVA No. 13 W.W.W. upon presentation of their paid-up membership card.
    4. Neckerchief - The standard color for the Lodge neckerchief shall be powder blue. Each member of this Lodge will have the privilege of purchasing one (1) official Lodge neckerChief per life except as noted herein. The neckerChiefs are not to be sold of traded.
    5. Lodge NeckerChief Replacement
      1. If the neckerChief is unserviceable, a member has the privilege of purchasing a new one on the surrender of the old one.
      2. If a neckerChief is lost, a member may petition the Lodge Executive Committee for approval to purchase another.
    6. Order of the Arrow Sashes - Sashes shall be worn only at Order of the arrow functions or when discharging Order of the Arrow responsibilities and then only when identification is required.

  3. Election to Ordeal Membership
    1. The requirements for membership in this Lodge are as stated in current printing of the Order of the Arrow Handbook and the Order of the Arrow Guide for Officer and Advisers. *
    2. Procedure for the Ordeal shall be as staged in the Order of the Arrow Handbook and Administration Guide for the Ordeal. *
    3. The above provisions shall be subject to the latest National revisions and dates of mandatory use.
    4. All elections must clear through the Chapter Unit Elections Committees.

  4. Brotherhood Membership
    1. Completion of Brotherhood membership shall be in accordance with the current printing of the Order of the Arrow Handbook and the Order of the Arrow Guide for Officer and Advisers. *
    2. The above provisions shall be subject to the latest National revisions and dates of mandatory use.
  5. The Vigil Honor
    1. Attainment of the Vigil Honor shall be in accordance with the current printing of the Order of the Arrow Handbook and the Order of the Arrow Guide for Officer and Advisers. *
    2. The above provisions shall be subject to the latest National revisions and dates of mandatory use.
  6. Officers
    1. Lodge Officers - The officers of this Lodge shall be Lodge Chief, Lodge (Executive) Vice Chief, Lodge Secretary and Lodge Treasurer. These elected officers must be under 21 years of age for their entire term of office and elected by the youth membership at a pre-announced Lodge meeting or official Lodge function.
    2. Provision shall be made to include other elected Lodge Vice-Chiefs as deemed necessary by the Lodge, in accordance with the Order of the Arrow Handbook.
      1. This Lodge shall have up to five elected Lodge Vice-Chief positions.
      2. They will be known as Lodge Executive Vice-Chief, Lodge Vice-Chief of Service, Lodge Vice-Chief of Activities, Lodge Vice-Chief of Camp Promotion and Lodge Vice-Chief of Indian Affairs.
    3. Chapter Officers - Chapter officers of this Lodge shall be Chapter Chief, Chapter Executive Vice Chief (The Chapter Executive committee may authorize four (4) additional Vice-Chiefs), Chapter Secretary and Chapter Treasurer. These elected officers must be under 21 years of age for their entire term of office.
  7. Lodge Executive Committee and Board
    1. The Executive Committee shall be composed of the elected Lodge officers, the immediate past Lodge Chief, the Lodge Operating Committee Chairman, the Lodge Adviser, a member of the Camping committee, the Chapter Chief and Adviser of each Chapter, the Scout Executive and the Staff Adviser.
    2. Voting on any subject is not considered valid unless a quorum is present. A quorum shall consist of one more than half of the voting members of the Lodge Executive Committee.
    3. The presiding officer of the Lodge Executive Committee exercises his vote only to break a tie.
    4. The Lodge Executive Board shall be composed of all elected Lodge Officers, appointees, their respective advisers, Immediate Past Chief, and Council Scout Executive.
  8. Voting Privileges
    1. Members of the Order of the Arrow, 21 years of age or over, shall have no vote in any decisions of the Lodge. *
    2. The above provision shall hold in the case of any Chapter.
    3. Lodge Executive Committee voting privileges are not transferable except by the Chapter Chiefs who may send an alternate to exercise the Chapter vote.
    4. Chapter Executive Committee voting privileges shall be extended to all Chapter Officers and to Chapter committee Chairmen at the discretion of the Chapter Officers.
    5. Voting privileges will be revoked when:
      1. An individual's current years dues are not paid.
      2. An individual is not a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
      3. Chapter has not submitted its' members dues by the January Lodge Executive Committee Meeting.
      4. Chapter has not turned in Declaration of Affiliation by the January Lodge Executive Committee Meeting.
      5. Chapter has not turned in budget by the February Lodge Executive Committee Meeting.
      6. Chapter has not turned in roster by the March Lodge Executive Committee Meeting.
      7. Chapter has not turned in Year End Report by the December Lodge Executive Committee Meeting.
      8. Chapter has not turned in Ordeal Report within two (2) Lodge Executive Committee meetings immediately following their respective ordeal.
    6. Voting privileges will be reinstated when all of the above mentioned are handled.

  9. Advisers
    1. The Lodge Adviser and Chapter Adviser shall be appointed by the Scout Executive in consultation with the related council and district camping committee chairmen. *
    2. the Lodge adviser shall appoint three Lodge Associate advisers in consultation with the Council Camping committee and Lodge Staff Adviser.
    3. Each Chapter Adviser shall appoint two Chapter Associate Advisers in consultation with the District Camping Committee and the District Executive.

  10. Appointments
    All appointments such as Lodge Committee Chairmen, Quartermaster, Historian, etc., will be made by the Lodge Chief and must have the approval of the Lodge Executive Committee, with approval of at least three-fourths (3/4) of the voting members present.

  11. Lodge and Chapter Funds *
    All Order of the Arrow funds shall be handled through the council office and go through all normal accounting procedures used by the council.

  12. Property and Equipment
    Ownership of all property and equipment acquired in the name of the Order of the Arrow, either Lodge or Chapter, is vested in WIATAVA No. 13 W.W.W., Orange county Council, Boy Scouts of America.

  13. Amendments
    1. The rules of this Lodge shall be subject to amendment at any regular or special meeting of the Lodge Executive Committee provided such amendment(s) have been submitted in writing at least two (2) months prior to all members of the Lodge Executive committee. A three-fourths (3/4) vote of all voting members of the Lodge Executive committee and the approval of the Scout Executive and the Council Camping and Properties Committee is required for passage.
    2. Any future changes in policies determined by the National Order of the Arrow office of the Council Camping and Properties Committee shall be automatically incorporated into these Lodge Rules.
* These rules may not be changed by the local Lodge.

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