Each year the Area, which
was made up of several lodges, would have a Conference where the arrowmen
from the various lodges would gather together for a weekend. They would
have training, sport events, fellowship and competition in ceremony and
Indian dancing. This was the big activity of the year for most arrowmen.
Area 9-D was composed of Aina Topa Hutsi Lodge #60, Alamo Area Council, San Antonio; Karankawa Lodge #307, Gulf Coast Council, Corpus Christi; Kotso Lodge #330, Chisholm Trail Council, Abilene; Tonkawa Lodge #99, Capitol Area Council, Austin; Wahinkto Lodge #3199, Concho Valley Council, San Angelo; Wewanoma Lodge #272, Rio Grande Valley Council, Harlington; Otena Lodge #295, Comanche Trail Council, Brownwood, and Cuauhtli Lodge #446, American Society of Mexico, Mexico. The Section was formed in 1955 and Otena Lodge hosted their first Area Conference that same year.
The Otena Lodge has hosted several Area Conferences since 1955. Two of these were held at Camp Billy Gibbons, one at Howard Payne University in Brownwood and three at Tarleton State University in Stephenville. A lot of time and effort went into planning one of these events and usually resulted in a re-birth of enthusiasm among the members of the Lodge.
During one of the Area 9-D Conferences at Camp Billy Gibbons, the Austin Arrowmen, not knowing about the dirt road to camp, came to the event in a big chartered Greyhound bus. Everything went well until they came to one of the narrower cattle guards. In attempting to pass through the guard the bus became stuck blocking all traffic to and from camp. The Arrowmen had to unload from the bus and be driven to camp in vehicles that were already there.
ARROWMEN SERVED ON CONFERENCE STAFF
Several of our Arrowmen have served on the Conference Staff over the years. Bryan Healer was elected as Area 9-D Vice-Chief in 1957, Ernie Meyer served on the Area 9-D Conference staff as a Deputy Chief from 1967 - 1970, Stanley W. Walker, Jr., served as Section SC 4-A Chief in 1974, and Frank Griffin served as Area SC-4A Vice-Chief in 1975. Most recently, Jeff Nix served as Vice-Chief in 1990 on the Area IV staff
Several Conferences have
been hosted by Otena Lodge. Here is a list of those Conferences along with
the name of the Conference Chiefs.
AWARDS WON AT AREA AND SECTION CONFERENCES
The Otena Lodge won the Curtis B. Byer Trophy at the Area 9-D Conference in 1957. The trophy was given out at each for winning the most points in Indian dancing. Thirty arrowmen of the Lodge attended the Area Conference which was held at Camp Indian Creek, near Ingram, Texas. James Smith was in charge of the Indian Dances for the Lodge.
The Lodge won several awards
during the Area 9-D Conference held at Indian Creek Scout Reservation on
June 4-6, 1971, located near Ingram, Texas on the Guadalupe River. The
Indian dance team took second place out of 16 entries. Charles Graham of
Breckenridge, lodge chief, took a first place award for old style feather
work, third in old style costuming and fourth in old style dancing.
Thirty-two members of the Lodge traveled to Texas A&I University at Kingsville to participate in the Area IX-D Conference in 1972. Otena Lodge presented the Mountain Clan Dance with 100% Lodge participation. They won third place in the competition.
LODGE WINS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
On April 13-15, 1973, in Plainview, Texas, at Wayland Baptist College, twenty-eight members of the Lodge participated in the new Area SC-4A Conference. Otena won the basketball tournament as well as placing high in several other events.
The Area SC-4A Conference was held at Tarleton State University, August 2-4, 1974, with over 354 Arrowmen in attendance. As host lodge, Otena had 53 Arrowmen present. Otena won the Display Award and placed third in Indian Dance Competition.
Rod Dippel won 2nd place and Chris Huse won 3rd place in Indian Dance Competition held at Camp Grayson in 1985.
VOLLEYBALL WINNERS FIVE YEARS IN A ROW
In recent years the Lodge
has done well in Section IV Conference competition. They won first place
in volleyball from 1990-94. In 1990 they won first place in Brotherhood
ceremony and 2nd place the following year.
They also won 2nd place in
the Ordeal ceremony in 1991 and 3rd place in the Pre-Ordeal ceremony.
In the 1992 Conference Fritz Quast won 2nd place in Senior Traditional
Dancing in 1992.
The host lodge designs the Area patch for their approval the year they host the Conference. Normally the patch will have their Lodge Totem on it somewhere and their name.
The original design for the
1968 Area IX-D Conference was submitted by Tommy Brashier, Vigil member
of the lodge. The patch had the Teepee in the lower center of the patch
with "OTENA" above it and a "W" on each side of the teepee. The Lodge number
"295" was located in the center of the teepee along with the third "W".
The camp name and the lodge Arrowhead totem was in the first patch of the Conference that Otena hosted. In the next three patches, the Lodge name was on the patch. The 1990 patch had only the Lodge number and totem designed into the patch. By the 1997 Conference, the Host Lodge number was in one of the feathers, outlined in red.