Talidandaganu’ #293 Lodge History
Talidandaganu’ Lodge, as it is known today, was chartered in February 1957, but it was preceded by both another OA lodge and a local honor campers society. Five councils in Tennessee, including ours, formed the honor campers society known as “The Tribe of Chickamauga” around 1926. Then in 1939 the council, known as Chattanooga Area Council, began inquires about forming an Order of the Arrow lodge. The council’s application for a charter, possibly delayed by World War II, was approved on May 1, 1945.
The first lodge was named Chickamauga, which means “river of death,” and was taken from the band of renegade Cherokee Indians by that name, led by Chief Dragging Canoe. The totem for this lodge was a beaver. Chickamauga Lodge was basically inactive and disbanded in 1947.
In the fall of 1956, new interest in the Order of the Arrow caused local scouts to petition the National Council in New Jersey for another OA charter. The name “Tali-danda-ganu‘ ” was proposed with an eagle in flight as the totem. In Cherokee, Tali-danda-ganu’ means “two looking at each other,” referring to Lookout Mountain and Signal Mountain, which face each other, This application was approved on February 4, 1957. Scout Ron Stulce then sent a letter on February 18, 1957, to all Scouts in the council who met the requirements for membership, asking them to contact the council office if they were interested.
On June 28-29, 1957, twenty charter members of Talidandaganu’ Lodge were inducted at Camp Cherokee in an ordeal ceremony performed by members of Pellissippi Lodge 230 from Knoxville.
The first Brotherhood ceremony was held in July of 1958, performed again by a team from Pellissippi Lodge of the Great Smoky Mountains Council. Eleven Talidandaganu’ members were inducted into the brotherhood at that time.
In 1963, the lodge’s first Vigil Honor ceremony was held to present Tommy Chamberlain and Ron Stulce with the Vigil Honor. Later that same year, the Vigil was presented to James T. Pierce
Our lodge members conducted the second Ordeal ceremony at Camp Cherokee on November 8-9, 1957 with nine new members being inducted.
Then on July 18-19, 1958, another 25 new members were inducted during the lodge’s third Ordeal ceremony.
The second Brotherhood ceremony on October 11, 1958 saw eight members sealing their membership in the order. The fourth Ordeal ceremony inducted 35 new members and the fifth, held in September 1960 at Camp Tsatanugi, added another nineteen.
At the Spring Ordeal in June of 1989, our lodge inducted its first female member, Jo Ann McKinney. At the Fall Ordeal in October 1995, she became the first female member of our lodge to be awarded the Vigil Honor.
Talidandaganu’ Lodge has had active dance and ceremonial teams at various times throughout the years. At the Area V-D conclave in 1972 at Boxwell Scout Reservation, Middle Tennessee Council, a newly formed Talidandaganu’ Lodge dance team performed the Hopi Snake Dance using live snakes. It was a very impressive presentation and created quite a stir. The judges were set to award our team first place when it was pointed out that the snake dance is a religious ceremony and therefore not allowed for competition.
In 1988 the lodge ceremonial team competed at the National Order of the Arrow Conference in Colorado. The team received the award for fourth place overall in the nation. The team consisted of Teddy Shelton as Allowat Sakima (2nd place individually), Brad Pope as Meteu (3rd place individually), Billy Durkin as Kichkinet (1st place individually) and Brian Glover as Nutiket.
In 2007 the Lodge celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a reunion held at Chester Frost Park. Members from every decade, including three charter members, were in attendance. The keynote address was given by the National Vice-Chief.
2010 welcomed the 100th Anniversary of Scouting in Chattanooga.
|Tom Ainsworth||Bill Goins||John Jenkins||Paul Rouse|
|Byron Baker||Tommy Green||John Newell||Sid Shelton|
|Dean Biskey||Neal Grove||Jim Noel*||Tom Simmons|
|Cliff Bowers, Jr.||Jesse Gunn*||George Norris||Ron Stulce|
|Pierce Corden||Robert Hines||Butch Quarles||John Wilson|
|1997||Mike Payne||2003||Ron Stulce||2008||Doug Wrinn|
|1998||Tom Miller, Sr.||2004||Kevin Martin||2009||Howard Bartlett|
|1999||John R. Hawkins Sr.||2005||Mike Flores||2009||Ryan Faulkner|
|2000||Mike Reynolds||2005||Tyler Gray||2010||Warren Diegel|
|2001||Harvey Raper||2006||Mary Richardson||2011||Josh Williams|
|2001||John Thomas, Jr.||2007||Larry Richardson||2011||Dennis Williams|
|2002||Bob Crawford||2008||Nick Diegel||2012||Logan Bailey|
Distinguished Service Award
|Charles Hoyt Hunt*|
|John E. Thomas, Jr.*
|57-58||Byron Baker||76-77||Craig Troxler||96-98||Brian Smith|
|58-59||Tommy Ainsworth||77-78||Stuart Goza||99-00||Matt Murphy|
|59-60||John Jenkins||78-79||Gene Reece||01||John Thomas|
|60-61||Craig Tennant||79-80||Everette Ingram||02||Tyler Gray|
|61-62||Bob Hines||80-81||Adam Quirk||03||Colin Rymer|
|62-63||Ron Stulce||81-82||Chris Alexander||04||Josh French|
|63-64||Stanley Workman||82-83||Greg Roberson||05||Trey Watkins|
|64-65||Stan Roberts||83-84||Kendall Kaylor||06-07||Nick Diegel|
|65-66||Fred Yattoni||85||Brad Pope||08||Ted Hope|
|66-67||Bill Workman||86||Teddy Shelton||09||Sam Steadman|
|67-68||Eddie Pruett||87||Michael Harris||10-12||Josh Williams|
|68-69||Sandy Smith||88||Gregory Harris||13||Logan Bailey|
|69-70||Jim Holt||89||Brian Glover||14-16||Nathan Goza|
|70-71||Dave Leitner||90||Steve Barham||17-18||Joel Hunt|
|71||Phil Ledbetter*||91||Kevin Martin||19||Joseph Johnson|
|71-73||Russell Hill||92||Ian Pearson|
|73-74||Mike Flynn||93||Ken Mahon|
|74-75||Rick Pierson||94||Bryan Martin|
|75-76||David Worland||95||Adam Russell|
|1||1957-||Victor Harris||12||1989-1993||Tom Miller|
|2||Frank Vensent||13||1993-1995||Bob Crawford|
|3||- 1970||Mike Williams||14||1995-1996||Les Hall|
|4||1971 - 1973||Bill Godsey||15||1997-2004||Ray LeCroix|
|5||1973 - 1975||Paul Rouse||16||2004-2007||Mary Richardson|
|6||1975||Griff Martin*||17||2008-2010||Tim Steadman|
|7||1975-||Bill Sisk*||18||2011-2013||Tommy Rogers|
|8||- 1980||Bill Sherman||19||2013-2015||Warren Diegel|
|9||1980-1983||Richard Holmes||20||2016-2018||Amanda Smith|
|10||1984-1989||Frank Robinson||21||2019-Present||Jed Swiecichowski|
Service Beyond the Lodge
|Dave Worland||Section Chief SE-IIA 1976; Southeast Region Chief 1976-78|
|Bill Ketron*||Section Advisor; Southeast Region OA Chairman 1986-91|
|Alan Cooper*||Section Chief; Southeast Region Chief 1980-1982|
|Teddy Shelton||SE-6 Section Chief; Southeast Region Chief 1989-90|
|Kevin Martin||SR-6 Section Chief 1993|
|John (JT) Thomas||SR-6S Section Chief 2003-2004|
|Joel Hunt||SR-6 Section Vice-Chief 2018|
|1965||V-D||Patton Hotel with events on Lookout Mountain|