By Morgan Farrell
TTB Little Sees Many Horses
The theme of the 2014 Fall Pow-Wow was "Mic-O-Lympics.” It gave the games an Olympic spin that was enjoyed by all who attended. Throughout Friday and Saturday, there were competitions for all Tribesmen to participate, whether it be the Mic-O-Lympics games, the costume competitions at the Friday night Pow-Wow, or the dance and dance team competitions at the Saturday night Pow-Wow. There were plenty of chances for Tribesmen to take home ribbons and even medals for those that dominated their event.
Tribesmen began showing up around 5 p.m. to register and set up camp. At 8 p.m. the weekend officially began with the Friday night Pow-Wow. There were fancy and traditional costume competitions for all ranks and paint stations. There was also a dance exhibition for all the new Braves to learn how to dance. After the Pow-Wow, all Tribesmen moved to the Handicraft Corral for a cracker barrel to end the night.
Saturday began with an amazing breakfast in the Dining Hall. After breakfast, Tribesmen moved to attend their dance team meetings in various locations on Camp. There they introduced all the new Braves and elected their Warrior's Council representative. Most Tribesmen then enjoyed a free hour before attending their respective rank and paint station meetings. Warriors spent their time learning proper dance technique, Firebuilders were shown how to build a proper fire, Tom-Tom Beaters reviewed drumming and chants, and Runners and Keepers discussed various things. It was a very productive morning.
After lunch in the corral, the games began. The games were spread all over Camp and gave Tribesmen they chance to do everything from hitting home runs to targeting their favorite Chieftain with a water balloon launcher. At the end of the afternoon, the winners of the events were awarded medals. Also occurring throughout the day was the Trader's Midway. Many items were traded including patches, beads, costume parts and knives. It was a very successful afternoon.
The evening began after a wonderful dinner in the Dining Hall before everyone moved to the council ring for the Saturday night Pow-Wow. In between the presentation of ribbons for dance and costume competitions, there were special Pow-Wows led by Tom-Tom Beaters from the various dance teams. Robidoux started off the night with their Pow-Wow. Then we moved on to White Shield, then Maha/Otoe/the Wichita wanderer, and then ended the night with an awesome Pow-Wow from Crossed Arrows/Lone Star. Maha/Otoe/the Wichita wanderer took home Fourth Place, Robidoux took Third, Crossed Arrows/Lone Star took Second, and the White Shield team inched away from the others to take home First.
Directing Medicine Man Walks Tall shared his words of closing and the night ended with a fireworks display for all to enjoy. It was an amazing end to a fantastic weekend on our Reservation.
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This year's Pony Express Council Recognition Dinner took place April 5, 2014 at Grace Evangelical Church in St. Joseph, Mo. The Council Dinner is a time to recognize volunteers across the districts and award the council's highest award, the Silver Beaver, to those deserving recipients.
The evening opened at 5 p.m. with a social hour for guests as well as the Annual Heritage Society Reception. After all the guests arrived, greeted each other, and found their spots for dinner, there was only one thing that seemed logical to do: eat dinner! Dinner was a generous portion of Chicken Parmesan, twice-baked potatoes, green bean casserole and for dessert, peanut butter and fudge parfait.
After dinner, the guests were treated to the evening program portion of the night. The program started with Event Chairman Jim Wheeler introducing the emcee, Clark Hampton. Clark then introduced Scout Executive Alan Franks and Council President Nick Robb. All three gentlemen gave their remarks of wisdom and excitement for Scouting in the Pony Express Council.
The awards quickly got underway with recognition of the newest members of the James E. West Fellowship. These gentlemen had also been given honors at the previously mentioned Heritage Society Reception. Each District was then presented with their Key 3 Journey to Excellence Awards. All districts received high marks and were noted by Franks as being successful in many areas including, “membership growth, financial stewardship, trained quality leaders, and continued focus on program.”
Congratulations to the many volunteers at all levels of the Pony Express Council for your outstanding service to Scouting in 2013!
The time of the night to present the coveted Silver Beaver Awards had arrived with much anticipation and excitement. If you're not familiar with how this award is presentations, each recipient is introduced by another distinguished member of their District. The presentation process is the first chance at actually knowing who it is that will receive the award. Before revealing the award recipient's name, the presenter tells of all the service, dedication, and leadership that this person has provided to the Pony Express Council over the years. As this list is quite long in each and every case, we have listed just a few brief notes below with each recipient.
First to receive the honor was Mabel Blanchard of the Crossed Arrows District. Presented by Gaylon Whitmer, Mabel is well known around the Council and Crossed Arrows District through her enthusiastic involvement in the Cub Program. Mabel has also received the District Award of Merit and served in many leadership positions at various levels in the Council. Along side her son Zach, an Eagle Scout, Mabel has enjoyed multiple summers on the Camp Geiger Staff.
Next to the podium was Richard Miller of the Kanza District. Richard proudly presented the Silver Beaver honor to long time Unit and District Leader Paul Becker. Along with his involvement and leadership through Wood Badge and the White Coup Society, Paul has also received the District Award of Merit. Paul became involved in Scouting with his sons, Matt and Andrew, who are both Eagle Scouts, Keepers of the Sacred Bundle, and long time Camp Staff Members.
The third Silver Beaver Recipient of the night was Dave Bengston of the Ma-Has-Kah District. Dave received the District Award of Merit in 2001, and has served as the Friends of Scouting District Chairman. Kevin Bailey had the honor of presenting Dave and proudly telling the crowd, “in the entire time that I've known him, he's worked tirelessly to make a difference in his community, been a friend to all that know him, and has been an advocate for both youth and adults alike.” Well put, Kevin.
Last called to the stage to present a new Silver Beaver Recipient was Ken Baker, Ceremonial Chief Little Pack Rock. Ken was pleased to present his good friend and fellow Chieftain, Darrell R. Jones. After 27 years on the Tribal Council, Medicine Man Short Fire became Chieftain Short Fire in 2013. An Eagle Scout, Tapper, and Silver Coup Recipient, Darrell has also spent time as the Robidoux District Dance Director, Make Talk Now Executive Producer, and currently serves as the Chairman of the Inner Circle Trade Company Merchandising Committee.
Congratulations and thank you to all the new Silver Beaver Recipients for your outstanding dedication, service and leadership to Scouting and the Pony Express Council!
The Pony Express Council's 2013 Eagle Recognition Dinner was held February 22 at Moila Shrine Temple in St. Joseph, Missouri. The purpose of the dinner was to honor those Scouts in the Pony Express Council who received their Eagle Scout Award in 2013. The dinner also honored long time Scouter Gary Combs as the 2013 Eagle Class Honoree.
The evening opened with a social hour as guests arrived to the second-floor banquet hall at the Moila Temple. The room was decorated with Eagle Scout memorabilia, and a projector listed the several sponsors who could not be in attendance for the evening. The 25 attending Eagle Scouts enjoyed conversations about their projects, anticipation for the evening in their honor, and a shared sentiment of relief and pride for their success and accomplishment.
As the 7 o'clock hour grew near, the Eagles, their guests, and attending sponsors found their seats as the show began. The dinner chairman, David Whitmer, called forth the colors, expressed the importance of becoming an Eagle Scout through an entertaining story of his own Eagle Dinner, and then said the two magic words, “Let's Eat!”
After a filling buffet dinner, the new Eagle Scouts were introduced and honored individually by the Pony Express Council Scout Executive, Alan Franks. Franks gave the young men their new duties and responsibilities as Eagle Scouts, reminded them of the many people who helped them along their trail, and congratulated them one more time.
Next, was the moment to honor the 2013 Eagle Class Honoree, Gary Combs. Combs, a Medicine Man in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say and Silver Beaver Recipient, has been involved in just about every level possible in the Pony Express Council for almost 40 years. His son, Kevin, spoke in his honor to the Eagles just before Gary gave his own inspiring words to the young men. Combs' contributions to Scouting were well recognized with a standing ovation as he concluded his address to the audience.
Whitmer concluded the fantastic evening by presenting Combs with a plaque listing the 2013 Eagle Scouts of the Pony Express Council. The Eagles, Combs and Franks gathered together for a photo as the crowd was dismissed and many waited around to shake the hands of the new Eagles and the Eagle Honoree.
The 2013 Eagle Dinner was a great night. Thanks to all of the donating sponsors, the chairman David Whitmer, and the Special Events Committee for their roles in making this event a success.
Congratulations again to all 59 Eagle Scouts of the Pony Express Council in 2013 and to Gary Combs, the 2013 Eagle Honoree.
Crew 1925 and Inner Circle Trade Company are going to have a Black Friday Sale at Flaming Crow Trading Post on Camp Geiger next Friday, November 28 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. In addition to nearly everything in the store being on sale for at least 10% off retail price, there will be a huge sale on Porky Roaches. There will be examples of 18”, 20”, and 22” roaches for sale. The store will both be selling their available inventory and taking orders for custom roaches to be available before Conclave, if the scheduled shipment of imitation hair arrives on time. The prices on the traditional porky hair roaches will be anywhere from $40 to $75 off of a leading Native American regalia store.
REAL PORKY HAIR
Round in & out........$75.00, competitive retailer list price is $129
15” out.....................$175.00, competitive retailer list price is $250
18” out.....................$265.00, competitive retailer list price is $305
18” in & out..............$300.00, competitive retailer list price is $369
20” in & out..............$325.00, competitive retailer list price is $390
Even more exciting is the Inner Circle Trade Company’s new imitation porky hair roaches. These roaches are made of the top quality imitation porky hair available. The prices shown below are for any in stock roaches.
IMITATION PORKY HAIR
18” out.............$200, $105 less than the retail price of the same-sized real porky roach
18” in & out......$225, $144 less than the retail price of the same-sized real porky roach
20” out.............$225, $105 less than the retail price of the same-sized real porky roach
20” in & out......$255, $135 less than the retail price of the same-sized real porky roach
22” out.............$250, $115 less than the retail price of the same-sized real porky roach
22” in & out......$280, $145 less than the retail price of the same-sized real porky roach
Note, these roaches are priced anywhere from $105 to $145 less than the real hair roaches from the typical supplier.
There will be no sales tax and no shipping charges. All roaches over 18” include a roach stick and the adhesive wrapping bandage. On the custom order roaches, there will be an additional $10, $15, or $20 charge for 18”, 20”, and 22” roaches, respectively.
The Inner Circle Trade Company will be open so everyone will have a chance to take advantage of these great prices. With the supply of both real and imitation porky hair being questionable for the coming season, these prices most likely will not last. So, take a look at what the Inner Circle Trade Company has, and cash in on these unbelievable prices.
By Ben Shackelford, Runner Least Winging Black Hawk
The 2013 Staff Reunion Dinner was held on October 5, 2013 at Camp Geiger with special recognition for the staff of 1965. With over 80 members in attendance, this event was a big success.
The afternoon began with open free shooting and a COPE tower experience. Current and previous staff members had the opportunity to zip line and even try their hand at five stand sporting clays. The evening continued with a friendly social hour before dinner, in which there was a slideshow with pictures of Camp and Camp Staff members throughout the years. All in attendance were treated to an excellent dinner of burgers, corn on the cob, baked potatoes, shrimp, and cheddar biscuits prepared by Brad Derr and his crew.
The Staff was honored to have both Bill Kent and Ken Paden speak about their experiences as members of the 1965 staff. They both had many memorable stories to share. When the evening drew to a close, there were a few final videos with clips of camp through the years. To close out the evening, everyone was given a patch to commemorate the event.
The Inner Circle Trade Company would like to let everybody know that for a short while, we had to shut down our website. On September 12th, we were notified that our site had been compromised and we took proper steps to shut down our site in the best interest of our customers. Our website was immediately cleansed and reloaded.
We realize that Google has flagged our site as having potential malware. We have contacted them to have them re-inspect our site, however, it could take several weeks for them to remove the flag. At this point we are happy to announce that the website is fully operational and is completely safe to use and that no customer information was in danger of being accessed.
We encourage all Tribesmen to check our website and we apologize for any inconveniences this may have caused. We also look forward to seeing everybody at our Grand Opening on October 26th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Almost everything in the store will be marked down to help you get all your costume needs at the best prices. Thanks for your support of the Inner Circle Trade Company.