Writing a history of Otena
Lodge can be an exciting journey into the past. In the course of researching
for this book one finds himself coming across the names of many people
who helped make Otena the great lodge it was. There were several Arrowmen
who influenced the Lodge more than others. We list them here with appropriate
remarks about their contribution to the lodge knowing that there had to
be others we did not know about.
CLIFFORD LAKE POUNCY - A
Scoutmaster of Troop 2, Brownwood, who took to the idea of establishing
the Tribe of the Black Arrow in 1933. Later, as Scout Executive, he approved
the organization of the Kunieh Society in 1935. He was an active participant
in both groups.
GAITHA BROWNING - A Boy
Scout who was Chief of the Tribe of the Black Arrow and later convinced
C.L. Pouncy to organize the Kunieh Society upon his return from serving
on the Camp Staff at Waco in 1935. He presented many programs on Indian
lore over the years and was responsible for the interest this lodge had
in this area. He served briefly as lodge adviser in 1971.
DABNEY KENNEDY - A scout
who served as Lodge Chief, Lodge Secretary, Vice Chief, Junior Lodge Adviser
and Lodge Adviser between 1952 and 1964. During this period of time he
designed the first Otena Lodge Patch, designed and was prime mover for
the building of the OA Gee lodge at Camp Billy Gibbons and later served
as OA Section Adviser and as a member of the National OA Committee.
NEAL PEPPER - Neal Pepper
served as Adviser for the Lodge for over 15 years. Prior to that time he
served on the Medicine Council and was considered by many to be the "Grand
Old Man" of Otena. He served for 35 years as Scoutmaster of Troop 22 of
Brownwood until his death in 1992.
Original publication date
1995 – Frank T. Hilton - Editor
Revised and updated 2003
– Chris Firth, Hilda K. Griffin and Frank T. Hilton – Co-Editors
Revised and updated 2006
- Frank T. Hilton - Editor
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