The first Lodge Banquet was
held December 22, 1952, at Chisholm's restaurant in Brownwood under the
leadership of Lodge Chief Burts Kennedy. The opening ceremony was led by
Dabney Kennedy with all Arrowmen giving the Obligation. President Thomas
Taylor of Howard Payne College gave the address. Mr. H.O. Wilson presented
a magic show for the main program. Following this program the election
of new officers for 1953 was held. The banquet closed with the OA song
led by Brantley Hudson, a professional Scouter of the Council. The menu
for this first banquet featured a typical Christmas event with turkey and
dressing, creamed potatoes, English peas, combination salad, cranberry
sauce, apple cobbler, tea and coffee.
BANQUETS CONTINUED TO BE HIGHLIGHT EVENT OF OTENA YEAR
We know that the annual Lodge banquets were held for the next thirty-three years, usually in December or January. They were the highlight event of the year with the recognition of achievements for the year and the elections of new officers for the coming year.
Dabney Kennedy in a letter written to the Lodge in 1963, said, "We've come a long way since that first banquet in 1952. Printed programs, Hotel Roof Garden, beautiful dates, -- few will remember those crayon colored programs, Chisholm's old restaurant, and Arrowmen attending stag."
Vigil member Frank Griffin, loaned to Otena Lodge a complete display of all the patches and neckerchiefs of the lodge at the 1996 Lodge Banquet held at the 4-H Center on Lake Brownwood. The displays were returned to Griffin upon the consolidation of the Otena and Kotso Lodge into a new Penateka Lodge on January 1, 2004. Griffin made each of the frames, and for several years, the patch collection was displayed at the Comanche Trail Council office in Brownwood.
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