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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