Pamola Lodge Rules
ARTICLE I. Name, Affiliation and Totem of the Lodge
The name of this lodge
shall be Pamola Lodge 211, W.W.W., after the legendary Penobscot
Indian spirit of Mount Katahdin, Pamola. The lodge shall be
affiliated with Katahdin Area Council. Shall be under the
supervision of the Council Camping Committee and the
administrative authority of the Supreme Chief of the Fire.
The purpose of this Lodge shall be to promote
Brotherhood, Service, and Scout Camping, and shall be in
accordance with the purposes and principles set forth in the
Order of the Arrow Handbook. This lodge shall cooperate with the
Council to serve Scouting in the Council area.
The Lodge shall have a
patch to be worn on the Scout uniform on the right pocket flap,
which shall include the design of a deer. The totem of this
pocket flap or embroidered neckerchief must be approved by a
majority of all active, voting members present at a meeting of
the general Lodge.
Members of this Lodge shall
wear their Order of the Arrow sashes only at Order of the Arrow
ARTICLE II. Candidate Elections and
The requirements for
elected membership into this Lodge shall be those in the most
recent edition of the Order of the Arrow Handbook.
All Boy Scout and Varsity Scout Units in the
Council shall be allowed one Order of the Arrow election each
calendar year. At the beginning of each year, election
procedures accompanied by a letter from the lodge, will be
mailed to each unit. All elected candidates will receive an
invitation to the induction following their election and, on the
occasion that they missed that one, an invitation to the next
Any candidate, after failing to attend an
induction one year after their elections shall be considered
ineligible for membership into this Lodge unless:
extenuating circumstances resulted in their failing to attend
the two induction (these circumstances shall be considered
"extenuating" at the discretion of the Lodge Executive
(2) the candidate is re-elected by their unit.
Induction procedures of Ordeal Membership
shall be as stated in the Guide to Inductions. The induction fee
of this lodge shall include only enough money to cover the costs
of meals, a sash, a new members packet, and dues until December
31 of the current calendar year.
ARTICLE III. Dues and
The dues of this Lodge
shall be set each year by the Lodge Executive Committee and
approved by the general Lodge membership, and are to be paid
before December 31 of each year.
who do not pay their dues by January 1 shall be considered
inactive. Inactive members will become active by paying their
ARTICLE IV. Brotherhood and Vigil Membership
Completion of Brotherhood Membership shall be
in accordance with the requirements of the current printing of
the Order of the Arrow Handbook. The Lodge shall set-up
Brotherhood Workshop(s) as necessary and shall hold at least one
Brotherhood Ceremony each year.
of the Vigil Honor shall be accordance with the requirements in
the current printing of the Order of the Arrow Guide for
Officers and Advisors.
ARTICLE V. Chapters
This Lodge shall be divided into chapters. Districts or
combinations of districts in the Council shall request
Executive Committee to establish a Chapter in their area.
Each Chapter may draw up its own rules, which
must stay in accordance with all rules set forth in the Order of
the Arrow Handbook and the Pamola Lodge rules, choose its name,
and elect its officers, which shall include a Chief, a Vice-
Chief, as established by its rules, and a Secretary, and carry
on its own program in addition to participating in all general
The Chapters' Advisors shall
be appointed by the Supreme Chief of the Fire. The duties shall
be those outlined in the Order of the Arrow Guide for Officers
No Chapter of this Lodge
shall hold their own Induction, Brotherhood or Vigil Ceremonies
without the consent of the Lodge Executive Committee.
ARTICLE VI. Lodge Officers and Executive Committee
The Officers of this Lodge shall include a:
Lodge Chief, Vice-Chief, Vice-Chief of Communication, and a
Vice-Chief of Finance.
The candidates for lodge officer
positions shall be nominated at the fall induction weekend,
elected between the nomination and the lodge annual meeting, and
installed at the annual meeting.
after the election, the Lodge Chief shall appoint chairpersons
to standing committees set forth by these bylaws. Standing
committees shall be determined on an annual basis by the LEC,
chairs to be appointed by the Lodge Chief and approved by the
LEC. Their duties are those in the Lodge Officer's Manual and OA
Guide for Officers and Advisers. The Chief may also establish ad
hoc committees as necessary.
and chairman must be under 21, years of age, for their entire
term of office.
The Chief of the Fire and
Deputy Supreme Chief of Fire shall be appointed by Supreme Chief
of the Fire.
The Executive Committee of
this Lodge shall consist of Lodge Officers, all Lodge Committee
Chairman, Chapter Chiefs, the most recent past Lodge Chief, all
duly appointed Chapter advisors, Chief of the Fire, Deputy
Supreme Chief of the Fire and the Supreme Chief of the Fire. No
Lodge member shall hold two positions on the Lodge Executive
Committee. A quorum shall consist of at least four voting
members and at least one Advisor. All meetings of the Executive
Committee will be called by the Lodge Chief and notification
will go out to all Lodge members unless in the case of emergency
session. The Committee shall meet at least six (6) times per
Arrangements will be made by the
Lodge Chief or the Executive Committee to conduct a training
session for all new officers as soon as possible after their
Because this is a boy run
organization, members of this Lodge over 21, years of age, will
not be allowed to vote at any Lodge meeting.
It is the responsibility of all Executive Committee members of
this Lodge to:
(1) attend the officers' training sessions;
(2) carry out their job as described to them at the officers
training session and;
(3) to attend all meetings of the
general Lodge and of the Executive Committee.
If at any time
an officer or other appointed Executive Committee Member fails
in any one or more of these responsibilities without a
legitimate excuse, they may be removed from office by a
two-thirds (2/3) vote of all voting members present at an
Executive Committee meeting. The legitimacy of an excuse will be
determined by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of all voting members
present at the next Executive Committee meeting at which the
officer in question is present.
In case of
any vacancy on the Executive Committee due to removal from
office or resignation or by any other means, the vacancy may be
filled, until the next general meeting of the Lodge, by
appointment of the Lodge Chief with a two-thirds (2/3) vote of
the Lodge Executive Committee.
Section 10. Voting members of
the Lodge Executive Committee consist of the Lodge Chief,
Vice-Chief, Vice-Chief of Communications, Vice-Chief of Finance,
Chapter Chiefs, and the Committee Chairs
All Order of the Arrow funds will
be handled by the council office and subject to all accounting
procedures used by the council. All approved bills/invoices will
be paid by the council office from the Lodge account.
ARTICLE VIII. Lodge Activities
the Lodge shall actively participate in the Section Conclave, at
least two inductions, one Brotherhood Ceremony, one annual
banquet, and one Indian Affairs workshop as necessary. The time
and place of these activities are to be set and the membership
to be notified at least one month prior to the activity. The
Lodge will participate in the National Order of the Arrow
Conference, Lodge Leader Development Conference and any other
national and regional activities as available.
Each meeting of the Lodge should open with or include the
Obligation of our Order and close with the Song of our Order.
The Lodge Vice-Chief of Communications or
designee shall publish a quarter-annual newsletter, The DEERPAD
on the Lodge website, The DeerPage. Of these publications, at
least two of the four newsletters will be sent to all Lodge
members, Supreme Chief of the Fire, and the District Executives.
The Lodge Vice-Chief of Communications or designee shall
maintain the Pamola Lodge website, The DeerPage, and ensure that
it is current.
Minutes of the meeting of
the Lodge Executive Committee shall be published on the Lodge
Website, The DeerPage, within 10 business days of the meeting.
All meetings of the Lodge Executive Committee
and of the general Lodge are to be run by parliamentary
procedure or other method approved by the membership in
attendance, i.e. talking stick.
ARTICLE IX. Regalia
All Lodge regalia shall be accurate
representations of Native American Tribes of Maine (Wabanaki).
ARTICLE X. National Compliances
procedures carried on by this Lodge not mentioned here will be
in compliance with those recommend by the National Council,
Order of the Arrow.
ARTICLE XI. Amending These Rules
Any proposed rule change must be published in
The Deerpad, or on the DeerPage and sent to the membership prior
to the meeting of the General Lodge. After publication, these
rules may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of
voting members present the general Lodge meeting.
These bylaws go into
effect as soon as they are accepted by a majority vote of the
Lodge Executive Committee and are valid until a meeting of the
general Lodge at which time they may be ratified by a
three-quarter (3/4) majority vote of all those voting members
br>Updated September 12, 1992, June 1,
1997, September 16, 2001 and June 2011