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The History of the Vigil Honor in our Lodge

OA VigilAccording to some of our long-time Vigils and Lodge records, both the Cha-Pa Lodge (#97) of the Southwest Iowa Council and Pohawk Lodge (#445) of the Covered Wagon Council had inducted Vigil Honor members for a number of years prior to the official merger of the two Councils into Mid-America Council in 1965. To the best of our knowledge, 1952 was the first year Vigils were inducted by Cha-Pa Lodge (which was chartered in 1936), whereas Pohawk Lodge (which was chartered in 1950) first selected Vigils in 1956. This history only includes Kit-Ke-Hak-O-Kut; additional information from our predecessor lodges is welcome and will be added.

1965   This was the year of the Council merger. Although Cha-Pa and Pohawk members selected their Vigil candidates separately this year, the Vigil Honor members of the two lodges joined to hold the Vigil inductions at Camp Eagle. After relatively heated, but friendly, disagreements over exact procedures to be followed during the ceremonies, seventeen candidates were inducted on a very frosty weekend by Chief of the Fire, Larry Fiehn. Attendance of Vigil candidates outnumbered the members!

1966   This year was the first in which the candidates were chosen by the infant Kit-Ke-Hak-O-Kut Lodge #97. It also marked a chance for the Brothers from Nebraska to see Camp Wakonda, which proudly served Scouts and Scouters of southwest Iowa for many years. Twelve new candidates were inducted by Chiefs of the Fire, G. Tom Surber and Larry Fiehn. This induction weekend was held in conjunction with the Lodge Fall Conclave, an arrangement which did not work too well and has not been repeated since. The Vigil Chairman was Tom Surber. With Larry Fiehn as Chief of the Fire and a number of other Vigils in attendance, a special induction ceremony was held later in the fall at Camp Cedars for John A. Gibbons. On the way home from the ceremony, John, then 17, apparently fell asleep while driving and was killed in an accident near Valley, Nebraska. Since then, it has been the firm policy that no candidate drives home from his induction ceremony

1967   In ceremonies held at Camp Eagle, Chiefs of the Fire, Mike Lenahan, Leigh Neligh, and Jerry Abels, inducted 18 candidates. This year marked both a first and a last in regard to the Vigils in our Lodge. It was the first year a banquet for Vigils and candidates was held before the ceremonies, and it was the last year candidates were chosen by Vigil members. An amendment to the Lodge rules provided that Chapter representatives under the age of 21 served as the selection committee.

1968   After candidate selections were made by the Chapter representatives, the Vigil ceremonies were conducted at Camp Cedars. Ten new Vigils were inducted by Chief of the Fire, Ed Cooper, who had served as Chief of the Fire many times earlier.

1969   Chiefs of the Fire Tom Surber, Mike Lenahan, and Larry Fiehn inducted 23 new Vigils at Camp Wakonda. This weekend was well remembered by all those who attended, especially the candidates. We had a cold, hard rain, which lasted for the weekend and even some sleet. Roger Hough was the Chairman of Vigil Activities and Mike Lenahan served as Adviser.

1970   At Camp Eagle this year, the Chiefs of the Fire were Vik Wall, Dennis Wilson, and Andy Gentle. Twenty- three new Vigils were inducted. There was no evening banquet prior to the ceremonies, and the main program was held at the breakfast. The Rev. Ed Mehlhaff of Fremont, Goldenrod District Commissioners' staff, was guest speaker. Roger Hough was Chairman and Mike Lenahan coordinated as Adviser.

1971   This year saw a record number of candidates inducted, 29. The ceremonies were held at Camp Cedars. The evening banquet speaker was Samuel I. Berek, Chairman of the Goldenrod District Eagle Board of Review and long-time Scouter. Our Chiefs of the Fire were Mark Erikson, Andy Gentle, John Simon and Randy Johnsen. Roger Hough served his third year as Chairman.

1972   Sixteen new Vigils were inducted into the Honor by Chiefs of the Fire, Randy Johnsen, Mark Erikson, and Dave Winchell. In honor of Roger Hough who was "retiring" after four years as Chairman of Vigil Activities, we returned to Camp Cedars. Several awards were presented to Roger in appreciation of his service.

1973   In ceremonies held at Camp Eagle, Chiefs of the Fire, Dave Winchell and Randy Johnsen, inducted 12 new Vigils. Dave Winchell succeeded Roger Hough as Vigil Chairman. Our special guest speaker was Allen J. Beerman, Secretary of State, Nebraska, a former Camp Director at Camp Cedars, and an active Scouter in Comhusker Council at Lincoln, Nebraska.

1974   This year marked a long-overdue return to Camp Wakonda where Chiefs of the Fire, Jack Lie, Scott Erikson and Marty Mullican, inducted 19 of the 20 selected candidates. (Russ Perry was unable to attend the regular ceremony and was inducted later in a special ceremony conducted by Chief Jack Luke.) Our guest speaker was Mr. Al Fasthorse, a tribal representative from Macy, Nebraska. Bill Martin was honored for his many years of service as Vigil Adviser with the presentation of several awards. He was succeeded by Dr. G. Tom Surber. Of special interest was the attendance and induction of Russ Swekosky. Russ had been elected to the Vigil in 1970 but had previously been unable to attend an induction ceremony. This year he drove up from his home in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

1975   Camp Cedars was the location of this year's induction ceremonies. Chiefs of the Fire, Jack Luke and John G. Flanker, inducted 14 new Vigils. Jack Luke again served as Chairman and Dr. Surber continued as Vigil Adviser. A special treat was our speaker, Martin Mockford, a fellow Vigil, who, for a number of years, served as National Secretary of the Order of the Arrow. He wrote the 1961 edition of the Order Handbook and received the Silver Beaver prior to serving 30 years as a professional scouter. The theme for the weekend, taken from the words of Meteu and the Ordeal Ceremony, "May our thoughts and actions rising.

1976   This year the Vigil Banquet and Weekend Ceremonies were held at Camp Eagle, with 18 candidates inducted into the Vigil Honor by Chiefs of the Fire, Jim Richardson, Jr., Larry Chandler, Jr. and Jay Eman. Paul Keifer served as Vigil Activities Chairman and Dr. G. Tom Surber continued his service to the Vigil as Adviser. The banquet speaker was Colonel Billy Pendergrast, member of the Mid-America Council Executive Board and director of the Omaha Riverfront Redevelopment Association.

1977   With Dr. G. Tom Surber serving as Vigil Adviser, 8 candidates were inducted into our Honor. This year was especially significant, as this was the last year the Mid- America Council owned Camp Wakonda near Griswold, Iowa and marked the final year any organized Scouting activity was held there.

1978   At Camp Cedars, the Vigil ceremonies were led by Adviser Greg Guy. Jim Reilly served as Chief of the Fire and inducted 12 candidates into the Vigil Honor.

1979   Ten candidates were inducted this year under the guidance of Chief of the Fire, Sam Spicka. The Vigil activities were ably lead by Chairman Kenneth P. King and Lodge Vigil Adviser Ray Conley. Little Sioux Scout Reservation served as the site for the banquet and ceremonies. A large number of Vigil Honor members attended. William Doughman, who had been elected from our Lodge, was unable to attend the ceremonies and was inducted in the State of Washington. Our banquet speaker was Mr. Bob Mills, Tall Com Area Director for the North-Central Region, BSA and a fellow Vigil Honor member. He presented an insightful and challenging speech.

1980   This year was the first time in three years the ceremonies were held at Camp Eagle. The Vigil Committee, led this year again by Kenneth P. King, adopted a rotating site plan. Each of the Mid-America Council's three major Scout camps will be used as a site for the Vigil Honor ceremonies. David L. Hunt served capably as Chief of the Fire and 10 candidates passed their night of vigilance. We welcomed back this year Bill Martin as Vigil Adviser. Bill assumed this responsibility from the able shoulders of Ray Conley who was transferred from the Council to accept military duties in the Eastem states. Bill, who was inducted into the Vigil honor in 1958, had previously served as Lodge Adviser and Vigil Adviser.

1981   With 39 present Vigil Honor members and candidates attending, the Vigil Banquet and Weekend Ceremonies were held at Camp Cedars. For the third year Kenneth P. King served as Vigil Chairman with the capable assistance of Vigil Adviser, Bill Martin, and Deputy Adviser, Mark Mascarello. Chiefs of the Fire Matt, Benton and John Dart, inducted 4 candidates into membership in the Vigil Honor at a secluded and beautiful site on the westem end of Cedars Lake. The ceremonies were especially well done this year with Matt and John putting their "full spirit and sour behind the evening and morning ceremonies. Surprise guest speaker for the evening was Dr. Lyle Morgan II, fellow Vigil, who spoke on the 1981 Mid-America Council Camporall, where he served as Program Chief.

1982   Forty-seven Vigil Honor members and candidates attended this year's ceremonies held at Little Sioux Scout Ranch. Sixteen candidates braved a torrential rainfall which Camp Ranger Lou Sloup said measured 6.5"! Members and candidates together were drenched, but this was perhaps one of the most memorable Vigil weekends the Lodge has had in many years. The evening banquet was truly superb. Butch Bouvier handcrafted special memorabilia for everyone preregistered, and special site preparations were prepared by Butch and Vigil Chairman Jeryl Nelson. Guest speakers were two representatives from Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in Omaha.

1983   Sixteen new members were inducted this year as we once again retumed to Camp Eagle. Chiefs of the Fire, Dan Murphy and Kevin Smith, once again did an excellent job inducting the new members. Jeryl Nelson served as Vigil Activities Chairman. All went well this weekend. This year, however, will long be remembered for the two selection meetings that preceded it in July. Colonel Elmer P. Kohmetscher, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol was the guest speaker. The theme for this year was "Sincerity of Purpose".

1984   With Dave Workman, Jr. as Vigil Activities Chairman and Duane Koss as Vigil Adviser, this year's ceremonies were held at Camp Cedars. Twenty-four candidates were inducted under clear and warm skies. This year we departed from the traditional guest speaker and were instead treated to a movie titled "How the West was Won." It dealt with Indian legends and broken treaties and fit iri well with this year's theme of: "Mindful now of our Traditions". Bill Worm once again served a wonderful banquet meal featuring roast beef. Dan Murphy and Jim Wilwerding served as Chiefs of the Fire.

1985   With ceremonies retuming to Little Sioux Scout Ranch, we observed the 20th Anniversary of the founding of Kit-Ke-Hak-O-Kut Lodge, which was reflected in the theme: "So Together Fast and Firmly". With Doug Gibbons as Vigil Chairman and Larry Fiehn as Vigil Adviser, 16 candidates were selected to become Vigil Brothers. Chiefs of the Fire, Doug Gibbons, Kevin Smith, Jim Wilwerding, Jim Clarke and Larry Fiehn led us ably in all ceremonies this weekend. Dr. H. Neal Sievers and a crew from Goldenrod prepared a delicious banquet with lasagna as the main course.

1986   "More Brightly than the Daylight" was this year's theme, as we inducted 26 candidates at Camp Cedars. Doug Gibbons served again as Vigil Activities Chairman and Larry Fiehn was once again Vigil Adviser. Joe Fields prepared a delicious family style meal of roast beef and Jay Eman prepared totems for all of the candidates. Brian Grantham, Bill Murphy and Dan Murphy served as Chiefs of the Fire.

1987   With Vigil activities returning to beautiful Camp Eagle, we inducted 20 new brothers into the Honor. Warm weather and clear skies graced us for this weekend's activities. "Taking Note of their Devotion" was selected as the theme for the weekend. Bruce Hietbrink served as Vigil Chairman and Doug Heller as Vigil Adviser. Bill Worm and crew prepared a delicious prime rib banquet and Butch Bouvier prepared candidate totems. Brian Grantham, Glenn Hurst and Bill Murphy served as youth Chiefs of the Fire and Sam Spicka and Jim Clarke served as adult Chiefs of the Fire. A change in national policy marked this year, as the last year, an adult would serve as a Chief of the Fire.

1988   This year the Vigil activities centered on the theme "Let Us Catch the Higher Vision," as we welcomed our guest speaker and new Scout Executive, Larry Otto; and listened to his ambitious plans for the Mid-America Council. Lance Hardisty, Bruce Hiethrink and Mitch Sump served as Chiefs of the Fire. Joe Fields and crew served an extraordinary steak dinner. Sam Spicka prepared candidate totems and Butch Bouvier prepared member totems. This years event was held at Little Sioux Scout Ranch and several jokes about the weather abounded, considering the drenching we received the last two times we were here. The weather was beautiful, for October, and warm. However, we did receive a small rain shower as the Saturday evening ceremonies were beginning. Bruce Hietbrink and Doug Heller again served as Vigil Chairman and Adviser, respectively.

1989   This years Vigil Banquet was held at Camp Eagle with the theme "Service and Devotion to Others". Lyle Strom, fellow Vigil and Chief Judge of the Federal District Court of Nebraska, gave an inspirational speech to the Vigil members. Mark Rabick and Bruce Hietbrink were the Chiefs of the Fire. After a windy night, 25 candidates were. inducted into the Vigil Honor. Lance Hardisty and Jeryl Nelson were Vigil Honor Chairman and Adviser respectively.

1990   The Vigil Banquet was again held at Camp Eagle, with the theme "Inward to the Heart? Terry Brockman, Council Camping Chairman and the scheduled guest speaker, was unable to attend. John Yost, Jr., Bruce Hietbrink, and Gregg McMullen were the Chiefs of the Fire. After a beautiful and calm night, 20 candidates were inducted into the Vigil Honor. Jim Clarke provided totems for the event. Doug Lang and Mike Lang were Vigil Honor Chairman and Adviser, respectively.

1991   Again, the Vigil Banquet was held at Camp Eagle, but in the spring of 1992. The Halloween ice and snow strom forced cancellation on the originally scheduled date. The theme for Vigil Banquet was "Renewing the Spirit." Guest speaker John C. Young, NC-7 Area Director and fellow Vigil, delivered a very inspirational speech on how Scouting affected his life. After a rainy day, and a semi-clear night, 25 candidates were inducted into the Vigil Honor. Jim Clarke provided the totems for the event. Chad Hardisty was Vigil Chairman and Bill Hardisty was the Adviser.

1992   The Vigil Banquet was held at the Little Sioux Scout Reservation. The theme for the weekend was "I Do Hereby Promise." Chiefs of the Fire, Larry Hogya, Hans Kelpe and Eric Singer, inducted 11 candidates from the class of 1992 into the Vigil Honor. Also, Jon Boomgaarden, an electee from 1991, was inducted. Matt Johnson, who was unable to attend this weekend's event, was inducted in July, 1993. Jim Clarke again provided totems for the new members. Rick Reeve and C. David Hughes were the Vigil Honor Chairman and Adviser, respectively.

1993   At Camp Cedars, on a clear cold fall evening, 15 candidates kept their vigil and were inducted by Chiefs of the Fire, Corey Campbell, Larry Hogya, Rick Painter, Henry Rahlfs, Jr., Chris Shannon and Steve Straub. It may have been the coldest Vigil Weekend in the history of our lodge. Tom Lee, Covered Wagon Reservation Ranger, recorded an overnight low of 22 degrees. John McCollister, the first lodge chief of Kit-Ke-Hak-O-Kut and the last lodge chief of Pohawk, entertained us with his recollections of the merger and Scouting memories. Marty Rasch and crew served wonderful prime rib dinner. Jim Clarke provided totems for the candidates. Larry Hogya was the Vigil Chairman and Don Nagel served as Adviser.

1994   On a pleasant weekend at Camp Eagle, 18 candidates were inducted into the Vigil Honor by Chiefs of the Fire Steve Straub, Matt Scherrer, Josh Kahrs and Mark Kelpe. The theme was "Be Courageous - Be Alert - Be Resolved". Marty Rasch and crew served an excellent meal featuring New York strip steaks. The speaker was Dr. Jay Graves. Steve Straub was the Vigil Chairman and Jim Clarke, the Adviser, also provided the candidate totems. Jeremiah Johnson, who was unable to attend Vigil weekend, was inducted later in the year.

1995   With th6 theme, "On the Path to the Future," we celebrated the 30th Anniversary of Kit-Ke-Hak-O-Kut, Lodge #97 and combined the Vigil Honor Weekend with the Fall Fellowship for the first time since 1966. At Camp Cedars we took part in workshops, saw interesting demonstrations, and had fun with our fellow Arrowmen. We also elected and installed our Lodge officers for 1996. Our 3 Founders' Award recipients were honored. Eleven youth and 10 adults were inducted into the Vigil Honor. Jim Proman, a 50 year veteran Scouter and former Council Commissioner, was our speaker. Matt Scherrer and Brian Hebben were Chiefs of the Fire. Matt Scherrer and Lyle Strom served as Vigil Chairman and Adviser, respectively.

1996   On a clear weekend at Camp Cedars, we again combined the Fall Fellowship and the Vigil Honor weekend. Under the theme, "Not for me, but for my brother," we participated in workshops, elected and installed our new lodge officers and honored our 3 Founders' Award recipients. Eighteen Arrowmen, including 9 youth members, were inducted into the Vigil Honor. Robbie Elliott was inducted later in the year. Omaha Mayor Hal Daub, an Eagle Scout, was our speaker. Brian Hebben and Matt Scherrer were Chiefs of the Fire. Arnold Martin and Mike Hansen were the respective Vigil Adviser and Chairman.

1997   With the theme, A New Generation: Building on a Higher Vision," the combined Fall Fellowship and Vigil Weekend featured workshops, lodge officer elections and installations and recognition of 3 new Founders' Award recipients. In addition to induction of 21 new Vigil members, also inducted were new Ordeal and Brotherhood members. Duane Long, Geoff Kline and Craig Gochenour were Chiefs of the Fire. Mark F. Dreiling and Mike Hansen served as the respective Vigil Chairman and Adviser.

1998   On a cold Saturday with rain mixed with snow, we again held a our combined Fall Fellowship and Vigil Weekend. With a theme of "Pathways to Service," we inducted 23 Vigil candidates. Tim and Adam Witthauer had been inducted one week earlier. Again, we also inducted Brotherhood members, conducted workshops and elected lodge officers and honored 3 new Founders' Award recipients. Dan Hunt, Goldenrod district chairman and former lodge chief was our guest speaker. Craig Gochenour, Sam Gahm and John Gruber were Chiefs of the Fire. Brian Hoffman and Duane Long served as Vigil Chairman and Adviser. Jim Clarke again provided totems for the new Vigils.

1999   For the combined Fall Fellowship and Vigil Weekend, the weather was warmer than in 1998 and sunny. The theme for the event was "Leading in the Spirit of Service." Though 21 Vigil candidates were selected, one declined and two could not attend the Vigil. These two did the Vigil during summer camp, 2000. As in previous years, Brotherhood members were also inducted, training sessions, competitions and lodge elections were held. Chiefs of the Fire were Patrick Dowse, John Gruber, Steve Lanni, Jr. and Jake Robertson. Site coordinators were Charles Kriegler, Tim Robertson and Bill Suiter. The Vigil Chairman was Craig Gochenour and the Vigil Adviser was Joe Scherrer. The banquet speaker this year was Judge Lyle Strom, who gave a very inspirational speech about character. Jim Clarke provided totems for the new Vigils as usual.

2000   With good weather, the combined Fall Fellowship and Vigil Weekend was held at Camp Cedars. The theme for the event was "Where Two Rivers Converge." This theme was chosen in commemoration of the merger of Kit-Ke-Hak0-Kut and Miniconjou lodges. There were 26 candidates selected for the Vigil honor, but Scott Peterson withdrew for health reason and completed the vigil later. Chiefs of the Fire were Patrick Dowse, Jake Robertson and Mark Rodgers. Site coordinators were Craig Gochenour, Matt Scherrer, Charles Knegler and William Pickle/John Gruber. Jim Clarke provided totems for the new Vigils as he had in past years.

2001   For the first time in years, the Fall Fellowship and Vigil Weekend were held separately, the Vigil Weekend at Little Sioux Scout Reservation. The theme for the event was "The Symbol of Him Who Leads," a phrase taken from the Vigil ceremony. The weather was pleasant but cool for the entire weekend. The banquet was held in the newly remodeled Administration building, which was snug because of the very good turn The speaker for the banquet was Lodge Adviser, Jim Kirby. Totems were provided by Harvey Marx. In all, 34 candidates were selected for the honor, but Craig Sullivan, Dean Atonson, Kyle Ellerbeck and Thomas Kasper did not complete the vigil during the weekend. All four did so at Ia later time.. Nick Contryman, Craig Gochenour, John Grgber, Jake Robertson and Matt Scherrer served as Chiefs of the Fire. Site coordinators were: Lloyd Jerome, Randy Kemes, John Gruber, Dave Tewes and Duane Long.

2002   Once again the Fall Fellowship and Vigil Weekend were held separately, the Vigil Weekend at Lithe Sioux Scout Reservation, The theme for the event was "The Answer Is Within". The weather once again was pleasant for the weekend. The guest speaker was Kenneth P. King, Associate Professor at Northern University. Kenny was a long time Camp Cedars Staff Member. There were 29 candidates, two of which declined the Vigil Honor. Chiefs of the Fire were Jake Robertson, Ian McDonald, Brad Milacek, Adam Nurton, and Jeremiah Taylor. Site Coordinators included Jason Winters, Scott Koebel, Craig Gochenour, and Matt Scherrer. Totems were provided by Harvey Marx and Jim Clarke.

2003   This years Vigil Weekend was held at Little Sioux Scout Reservation. The theme was "Be Ye Steadfast' The weather was a cold, snowy, and blustery late November weekend. The guest speaker was Doug Heller, Section Adviser. There were 33 Vigil Candidates, one of which declined the Vigil Honor. Chiefs of the Fire included Jake Robertson, Ian McDonald, Brad Milacek, Adam Nurton, Jeremiah Taylor, Robert Mumgaard, Scott Rodgers, D.J. Hubbard, and Evan Lima. Site Coordinators were Wes Agar, Doug Carlson, Jim Kirby, Charles Kiiegler, Tom Lima, Walter Nurton, Vince Cummings Sr., Harvey Mark, and David Workman. Jim Clarke served as Vigil Adviser and Josh Oehlerking served as Vigil Chairman. Mike Brown and crew prepared an excellent meal. Once again, Jim Clarke and Harvey Marx provided totems for the new Vigil members.

2004   Once again, Vigil Weekend was held at Little Sioux Scout Reservation. The theme was "Be Courageous, Be Alert, Be Resolved". The weather was crisp, but clear with no precipitation and a light breeze. The guest speaker was Dr. Don Nagel, past Lodge Adviser and scouter extrordinaire. This year we had 22 Vigil Candidates and 21 completed their Vigils over the weekend. Chiefs of the Fire were Tom Byrne, Evan Lima, Josh Oehlerking, Jake Robertson, Scott Rodgers, and Jeremiah Taylor. Site Coordinators were Dan Boucher, Tom Lima, Dave Markley, Harvey Marx, Tim Robertson, and Kay Rodgers. Deb Gochenour and her crew did an excellent job of preparing our meals. Tom Lima and Evan Lima served as Adviser and Chair, respectively. As usual, Jim Clarke provided totems for the new Vigil Members and the Chiefs of the Fire.

2005   For the first time in several years, Vigil Weekend combined with Fall Fellowship was held at Camp Cedars. What started as a rainy, cold day, gave way to a clear, crisp night. This years theme was "Those Who Chose You Need You' Due to the length of the dinner program for Fall Fellowship, we dispensed with a guest speaker for this year. There were 25 Vigil Candidates and 24 completed their Vigil during the weekend. Chiefs of the Fire were Matt Boucher, Josh Brooks, Tom Byrne, Marty Nachman, Jake Olsen, Ross Olsen, and Scott Rodgers. Site Coordinators were Dan Boucher, Chris Brooks, Bob Christiansen, Dave Olsen, Tim Robertson, Kay Rodgers, Evan Wilke, and Jason Winters. Once again, Jim Clarke provided totems for the new Vigil Members and Chiefs of the Fire. David "Otter" Ross and Harvey Marx with Sandy "Mom" Roth's assistance provided us with excellent meals. Tom Lima served as Vigil Adviser and Evan Lima served as Vigil Chairman.

2006   Once again Vigil Weekend was combined with Fall Fellowship and held at Camp Cedars. This year's theme was "Thus Do You Appear To Others On The Path Of Cheerful Service". Though 25 Vigil candidates were selected, two declined and one could not attend the Fall Fellowship / Vigil Weekend, so completed his Vigil on a cold night fl November at a Lewis & Clark weekend at Camp Wakonda. Chiefs of the Fire were Josh Brooks, Evan Lima, Jake Olsen, Ross Olsen, Bob Sims and Colin Smalley. Alex James served as Chief of the Fire in November. Site Coordinators were Chris Brooks, Tim Sims and Rod Van Horn. Jim Clarke provided totems for the new Vigil Members and Chiefs of the Fire. Bob Christiansen served as Vigil Adviser and Josh Brooks served as Vigil Chairman.

2007   A record 36 candidates were selected, but due to scheduling, only 33 candidates completed their Vigil under clear crisp skies at Little Sioux Scout Ranch. The theme was "Many Lodges Now One with Hearts and Wills United'. Former Lodge Chief Dan Hunt gave an inspirational speech to the Vigil members. Mike Brown provided wonderful meals. Seven Vigil Chiefs; Nathan Zwick, Jeff Hobza, Jason Witty, Dustin VanHom, Jake Olsen, Ross Olsen and Evan Lima served six Vigil ceremony sites, coordinated by: Dale Bonge, Tim Robertson , Kay Rodgers, David Olsen, John Shores and Eric Meyer. Jim Clarke provided name translations as well as Totems for the Candidates recognizing the 70th anniversary of Lodge 97. Alex James served as Vigil Chairman and Joseph James served as Vigil Adviser,

2008   Clear skies received the Lodge back at Camp Eagle as 26 Candidates, of the 32 elected, kept their Vigil. An Arrow Driven Skyward was the theme, with Judge Strom speaking of Character. Once again Mike Brown outdid himself providing wonderful meals. Five Vigil Chiefs: Mark Borytsky Jr, Drew Bonge, Dustin VanHom, Jake Olsen, and Ross Olsen served five Vigil ceremony sites, coordinated by: Dale Bonge, Tim Robertson, Evan Wilke, Jim Jourdan, George Dunlop, John Shores, Jeff English and Jason Winters. Jim Clarke provided the name translations and Totems for the Candidates, as well as, celebrating his own 50th Vigil Anniversary. Alex James served as Vigil Chairman while Joseph James and Zack Sinsheimer served as Co-Vigil Advisers.

2009   Crisp, beautiful, and a little wet weather received the Lodge back at Little Sioux Scout Ranch for a record as 35 of the 37 selected candidates, kept their Vigil. The keynote speaker, Chris Jones provided words of wisdom at this year's Vigil Weekend, at which An Arrow Through the Timber was the theme. Mike Brown provided the exquisite feast for this year's weekend. Six Vigil Chiefs: Drew Bonge, Mark Borytsky Jr, Jake Olsen, Ross Olsen, Dustin VanHom, and John Yates served the six Vigil ceremony sites, coordinated by: Vince Cummings Jr, Joe James, Jim Jourdon, Brandon Raddish, Tim Robertson, Rod VanHom, and Evan Wilke. Jim Clarke provided the name translations as well as the Totems for the Candidates. Jordan Wyatt served as Vigil Chairman while Zack Sinsheimer served Vigil Adviser.

2010   Ominous skies were present throughout the weekend's activities, but remained peaceful for the 30 of 32 selected candidates who kept their Vigil. This year's theme was "It Begins with a Spark." Steve McCollister, the 2010 Area 5 President, delivered the keynote address and Sandy "Mom" Roth provided outstanding meals for the weekend. Drew Bonge, Leo Bravo, Zach Dunlop, Seth Johnson, and Jesse Rothgeb served as the five Vigil Chiefs for the Vigil ceremony sites. The sites were coordinated by: Dale Bonge, Vince Cummings Jr, Joe James, Jim Jourdon, Brandon Raddish, and Erik Moore. The name translations and Totems for the Candidates were provided by Jim Clarke. Jordan Wyatt served as Vigil Chairman and Zack Sinsheimer served as Vigil Adviser.

2011   A beautiful weekend matched only be wonderful candidates for the Vigil, including new Supreme Chief of the Fire, Eric Magendantz. 25 of the 32 Vigil Candidates attended. Over 125 Vigil Brothers attend the banquet at Camp Eagle. Vigil Banquet included many dignitaries, including John McCollister, first lodge chief of Kit-Ke-Hak-O-Kut. Fredrich J Cruse, Vigil Honor member and Trustee from the Nampa-Tsi Lodge #216, delivered the keynote address, with Mike Brown and his crew providing an excellent meal. Doug Heller and Jacob Kamphaus were the Vigil advisor and chairman respectively.


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