History of Kuskitannee Lodge

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History of Kuskitannee Lodge
Kuskitannee Lodge is the result of the consolidation of two lodges, Unalachtigo 168, founded in 1939, and Packanke 419, founded in 1949. They merged in 1973 when Lawrence County Council and Pioneer Trails Council consolidated. The number 168 was retained partly because Lodge 168 was the older lodge. Thus Kuskitannee was formed from Unalachtigo 168 and Packanke 419.

Unalachtigo Lodge 168

Butler-Armstrong Area Council

Pioneer Trails Council

Totem: Eastern Wild Turkey


Packanke Lodge 419

Lawrence County Council

Totem: Indian Chief


Kuskitannee Lodge 168

Moraine Trails Council

Totem: Brook Trout


History of Unalachtigo Lodge 168
William F. Livermore, Scout Executive of what was then Butler Armstrong Area Council, is recognized as the founder of Unalachtigo Lodge 168. In 1939, he conducted the first Ordeal Ceremony of Lodge 168, having been secretary of the national Order of the Arrow. From that humble beginning, the lodge advanced under the trained leader who gave the unit an extra spurt.
The name of the lodge, Unalachtigo, is in the language of the Delaware Indian and means “eastern wild turkey”. The Wild Turkey was chosen as the totem of the lodge because it was hunted by the Indians in the area of what is now Butler County.
The first ceremonial was held, in 1939, on the old ball diamond at Camp Bucoco, which is believed to have been located in what is presently the parade field, south of the Dining Hall. There was no fire at that ceremony at which William Graham became chief.

In 1942, the first Brotherhood ceremony was conducted inside Camp Bucoco’s old headquarters building. This building was the old cook’s cabin. The Brotherhood ceremony was not moved to the outdoors until after World War II, in 1945. During these years, membership in Brotherhood was obtained by election only after serving a minimum of two years as an Ordeal.

In 1947, Arch McKinney, who was a member of Wagion Lodge 6 in Westmoreland County Council, came into Unalachtigo Lodge 168 as a Vigil member. His move was the result of Butler-Armstrong Area Council taking in three townships in Westmoreland County, including Apollo and Vandergrift. The new council was named Pioneer Trails Council. Hence, McKinney was the first Vigil Member of Unalachtigo, since he came with the tract. The Vigil honor was not conferred on McKinney by Unalachtigo.
The first conferred Vigils in Unalachtigo Lodge were Ralph “Pop” Charlton and William C. Graham, first lodge chief from 1939 to 1942.
In 1946, an arrowhead shaped fireplace was built in the council ring, which is now the Delaware campsite. Ceremonies for the lodge were held at this site until 1951. With the enlargement of the camp, OA members realized there was a need for a more secluded and larger council ring to provide facilities for the 1951 Area Conference. A new site was selected and a council ring created. In 1961, that site became what is presently the Blackfoot campsite. The OA moved deeper into the woods to the site of the present council ring. The first ceremonies were held here in the fall of 1961.
As the Order of the Arrow matured, it was decided that nearby lodges should convene for training and friendship, so the nation was divided into Areas.

Unalachtigo was initially placed in Area F and some members of Lodge 168 attended the first Area Meet at Camp Twin Echo (ed. 2013: currently part of Laurel Highlands Council), in 1948. From 1949 until 1953 Lodge 168 was in Area III-B and Lodge 168 hosted the III-B Area Meet at Camp Bucoco in 1951. From 1953 until 1973, Lodge 168 was in Area III-F. Area Meets (currently called Section Conclaves) were hosted at Bucoco in 1957, 1962, and 1968.

It appears that Unalachtigo 168 of Moraine Trails Council attended the 1973 Area III-F meeting in September 1973.
As of 2013, there are still several men who were members of Unalachtigo Lodge 168 who are still members of Kuskitannee Lodge 168. They are Keith Duncil, Ray Dunn, Jim English, Clyde Jones, Ron Miller and Dennis Rickard.
Packanke Lodge 419
Packanke Lodge 419, chartered to Lawrence County Council, was organized August 4-5, 1949, by a group of Scouts and Scouters, and a field executive from the “mother lodge” of Erie. A total of 15 were united into that organization. The group took their Ordeal and were initiated at Camp Sequoyah (ed 2013: no longer a BSA property). Those taking part were Scout Executive T. G. Allen, Field Executive John D. Lawson, Jim Norton, Jack Brooks, Frank Connor, Bill Hauschild, Byron Brooks, Charles West, Willis Peacock, Harry Wright, Jim Kennedy, Ray Zeigler, N. J. McCluskey, Charles Follette and Robert Leasure.
After being accepted into the Order of the Arrow, at Sequoyah, the group returned home and the following October put on its first Ordeal at Camp Agawam, the Lawrence County Council camp. It was two years before Packanke had its first Brotherhood member and not until 1955-56 did Lodge 419 gain its first Vigil Honor member.
Packanke Lodge was part of area III-B through all its 24 years. The members of Lodge 419 attended all Area and national functions. At times, the delegations were not large but the members were enthusiastic. III-B Area meets were hosted by Packanke at Camp Agawam in 1956 and 1965. At the 1965 Area III-B Conclave, Lodge 419 won ribbons in the phys-o-rama and other events for a total of eight.
The lodge chose Chief Packanke, prominent leader of the Munsee (Wolf) Clan of the Delaware tribe and chief of the Kuskies town Indians, about 1749, as the totem. The original patch was green and white with the chief’s profile on it.
In addition to being active in attending area and national events, Lodge 419, in “being mindful of our higher traditions we have strived to promote Scout camping, but have also spent hours in service work at Agawam for its improvement and the benefits of future campers,” the Packanke historian wrote in 1965. The lodge presented Camp Agawam with a canoe and several rowboats that year. They also provided several tables and chair sets for the camp dining hall.
According to the 1973 III-B Area Meet booklet, Packanke Lodge ceased to exist at the end of that event on August 19, 1973. As of 2014, the members of Packanke Lodge 419 who are still active members of Kuskitannee Lodge 168 are Tom Patton, Dale Siar and Gene Singer.

Legend of Packanke

Chief Packanke

Friend of the White Man
There is more tradition and spirit behind Lodge 419 than a list of names. When the OA at New Castle selected Packanke as their totem they had behind the selection the tale of a great figure in Indian Lore.
Chief Packanke played a big role in helping the English and white settlers in defeating the French who claimed the Western Pennsylvania section. He was one of the first Indian warriors and leaders won over to Christianity.
Chief Packanke was first mentioned as being at Kuskuskies town, now New Castle, about 1749. The Munsees were a division of the Delaware tribe who lived on the upper reaches of the Delaware River above the Lehigh River junction, which empties into the bigger river in Easton, Pa.
Packanke is mentioned again by Christian Frederick Post, a Moravian lay missionary and Colonial emissary who was sent into Western Pennsylvania by the Provincial Philadelphia government to try to lure the Delawares away from the French who were laying claim to that Wilderness area. Post wrote in his personal journal of 1758 that Chief Packanke was one of the Indian leaders at Kuskuskies who helped keep the French forces and their Indian allies split while Gen. John Forbes on Nov. 25, 1758, captured Fort Duquesne at what is now Pittsburgh.
Post may have started the conversion of Packanke to Christianity on his trips, first in July 1758, and again, in November 1758.
White men and their families poured into the wilderness area after Fort Duquesne, at the “Forks of the Ohio”, fell and became Fort Pitt. With the coming of more white settlers, many Indians moved further west into the Ohio Territory. Chief Packanke was one of these. Some of the Kuskuskies went to the Tuscarawas Valley in what is now New Philadelphia, Ohio.
Our data on the chief is sparse from the time of the move about 1772 when Moravian missionaries and Delaware Indians are known to have begun Schoenbrunn Village southeast of today’s New Philadelphia. They occupied some 60 dwellings here but the village was abandoned in 1777 probably due to the stepped-up border warfare by the British and Indian allies as the Revolutionary War increased in intensity.
There is a cemetery called “God’s Acre” in Schoenbrunn Village, which has been reconstructed with a schoolhouse, a church, a museum with recovered relics and other log cabin buildings similar to those built by the Moravians and Delawares. Buried in that cemetery is a man called “Solomon”, a Christian name given to Chief Packanke, once the mighty brave and proud chief of the Wolf Clan.

Packanke was believed to have been baptized at Lawunakkanek (today East Hickory, on the Allegheny River above Tionesta, Pa.) Dec. 25, 1769 by David Zeisberger.

Chief Packanke was admitted to Holy Communion March 28, 1771 and had only four years to enjoy life with the Moravians at Schoenbrunn. These must have been trying years with the British fighting the Colonials and the Indian not understanding how a few decades before, the British and Colonial settlers were allies. Packanke was probably a puzzled old man when he died at Schoenbrunn Village Sept. 28, 1775.
It would be a nice gesture on the part of the Lodge 168 Arrowmen if they made a pilgrimage to Schoenbrunn to pay tribute to the chief of the Kuskuskies, one of their “own” Indian heroes
It is with much pride that 419 brought Packanke into the present lodge “fold.”
Kuskitannee Lodge
When Pioneer Trails Council and Lawrence Councty Council consolidated in 1973 to form Moraine Trails Council, it appears that there was much dissent to the merger. The two lodges, Unalachtigo 168 and Packanke 419 continued to operate independently throughout most of 1973 which explains why there are chiefs listed for both Unalachtigo and Packanke. Unalachtigo’s final event appears to have been the 1973 Area III-F meeting in September of 1973. Packanke’s final event appears to have been the Area III-B meeting in August of 1973. As of this writing, this author has been unable to locate any record of activity of Kuskitannee 168 until the spring of 1974.
The lodge name selected for the new lodge was Kuskitannee Lodge #168, W.W.W. The name was derived by using Kusk from the Kuskuskiees, and Kittany, the name of the trail which stretched across Butler County from New Castle to Kittanning and also the name of a village on the Allegheny river. The totem selected was the Brook Trout which inhabited Slippery Rock Creek, which bound the two council camps, Agawam and Bucoco. The lodge neckerchief and pocket flap naturally bear this totem. A lodge fighting song was adopted. Special T-shirts and jackets were also soon available and caps given to active working Arrowmen of the lodge bore the insignia.
Kuskitannee’s first chief was Bill Wilson of New Castle. The lay advisor was Harry Wright also of that city. Professional advisor was Bruce D. McElroy, program director of the council. As of this writing, this is in dispute as two other names are listed as first advisor of Kuskitannee: Ole hunter and Clyde Braun.
The new lodge went to DuBois, Pa., Camp Mountain Run, to the final Area III-B Conclave Aug. 17-19, 1973. (ed. the 1973 III-B Meeting program booklet states that Packanke Lodge 419, Moraine Trails Council would cease to exist at the end of this event) After that, National realigned and Kuskitannee became part of Northeast Section 5-C.
In 1975, Kuskitannee Lodge hosted the Section 5-C Conclave at Westminster College, New Wilmington, Lawrence County, with the young lodge’s officers getting into the “thick of the action”. It was thought the college would give the section meeting a new atmosphere.
In 1983, Lodge #168 hosted the 5-C Conclave at Camp Bucoco as the policy shifted again. More than 300 Arrowmen attended that meeting.
Kuskitannee with its traditions of two fine lodges behind it continued to offer leadership at the Area level. It grew stronger and in 1977 adopted new by-laws to keep up with national OA changes.
In the early 1980’s, Glacier Ridge District senior executive Vincent Dunn, who joined the council in 1979, became the lodge’s staff advisor. Under his tutelage, Lodge 168 earned four E. Urner Goodman Awards for its excellence. Dunn pushed the lodge hard and helped to weld it into one of the finest in the nation. He retired and left the council after the June, 1991 conclave which was hosted at Camp Bucoco.
A special patch was designed to mark the tenth year of the lodge and more activities were scheduled. Now there would be the Fellowship winter weekend, the Spring Ordeal, the Big Three, after camp closed, and the annual Father-Son dinner. Special awards, like a hat, and pins would be given to members who attended the four most important yearly events. In ’90, at the recognition dinner three members received their 11th pin for 11 years of full participation.
By 1988, Kuskitannee had hosted 5-C Section Conclave and furnished at least three Section Chiefs. George Andrews, was elected lodge chief, then became Section Chief, then later was Northeast Region Chief. Tony Sbarra, Jr., in 1983, and Thom Gaiser were also section chiefs. Other lodge members have been secretary or held other posts.
In 1984, the lodge erected the beautiful metal lettered sign at the entrance to Camp Bucoco on Route 8 north of Butler.
Bill Graham, first lodge chief of Unalachtigo, estimated in 1989 that between 4,500 and 5,000 youth and men had become members of the lodge from 1939 as the lodge marked its 50th anniversary July 22, 1989 at Bucoco.
When Kuskitannee 168 became official on January 2, 1973, officers to help Bill Wilson, chief, were: Ron Badger, also of New Castle, vice chief; Dave Bock, secretary, and Tony Lucas, treasurer, also of New Castle. W. A. Waggett, council program director, was the professional advisor, and lay advisors were Ole Hunter, and William Clark, associate. Harold Ramsey of New Castle, designed the Brook Trout blue patch.
The new lodge was ready for action at both Bucoco and Agawam. About 30 members attended the final III-F Conclave at California State College of PA, hosted by Kiasutha #57, Allegheny Trails Council. Neal Bronder, Lodge 168, was the last area chief for Area III-F.
In June, 2008, Kuskitannee was moved from section NE-4B to the new section NE-4A

In service, Lodge 168 has contributed to both camp Bucoco and camp Agawam. Such projects have included erecting a brand new sign for camp Bucoco in 1984 and are responsible for many roofing projects. These projects could not have gone underway without the help of many of Kuskitannee’s lodge chiefs.

In 2010, Kuskitannee Lodge received a National Service Grant from OA National for $2500. The lodge added $5000 to this to install lightning detection and warning systems at both Camp Agawam and Camp Bucoco.
Rae’s Cabin: Kuskitannee Lodge has a building dedicated to the exclusive use of the lodge. It is located across the parking lot from the trading post at Camp Bucoco. It was built to honor the memory of Rae Creasy, one of our youth members who passed away at the age of 14 from cystic fibrosis.
Rae W Creasy was born July 1, 1984. When he was old enough, he became a Cub Scout and then a member of a short lived Boy Scout Troop, Troop 734, in Neshannock Twp. (New Castle, PA). He joined Troop 733 in New Wilmington and was soon elected to membership in the Order of the Arrow and took his Ordeal in August 1996 at just a bit over 12 years of age.
He became a brotherhood member of Lodge 168 in August 1997. He served the lodge as a member of the Lodge Executive Committee. He was Service Chairman, and Chairman of the Brotherhood and Elangomat Committees, and also served on the Dance Team where he was a traditional dancer and hoop dancer. There is a picture of him, in uniform, on the wall of Rae’s Cabin. The Boy Scouts and especially the Order of the Arrow were his favorite activities.
From birth, Rae suffered from a nasty disease called Cystic Fibrosis which affects the digestive system and respiratory system. His typical breakfast was a bowl full of pills.
Rae never complained about his problems. He never did anything physical fast; Always slow and deliberate. He would do a 30 minute dance show then go home and sleep for two days to recover.
He was reviewed and recommended for the rank of Eagle on September 29, 1998. In late October 1998 he developed pneumonia. On the evening of November 4, 1998 his Eagle badge was pinned on to his hospital gown while he was comatose in Childrens’ hospital in Pittsburgh. His mother swears there were tears in his eyes. Twelve hours later, at 7:30 AM on November 5, 1998, he went home to be with the Creator. His body simply was not strong enough to fight the pneumonia. He was just 14 years old.
His family wanted to do something in his memory for his favorite group. Rae’s Cabin is that something and Kuskitannee Lodge 168 is that group. He loved the Boy Scouts but he really loved the OA and his fellow Arrowman brothers.
The gift was announced at the lodge banquet in February 1999. Ground was broken in March 1999 and the building was dedicated in August 1999. That is a truly ambitious timeframe for any building, but even more so when you realize two things;

  1. The family donated funds for all the materials. And,

  1. the labor was 100 percent volunteer. Not one penny was spent on labor. Rae’s family, friends, troop, fellow arrowmen, neighbors and more than a few people that never even met Rae, showed up to help. Every weekend from March through August there were anywhere from 3 to 70 people at Camp Bucoco working on what was to become Rae’s Cabin.

This building is dedicated to the exclusive use of Kuskitannee Lodge. Lodge executive committee meetings, dance team practice, ceremony team practice and other lodge specific activities are held there. Only good thoughts, good actions, good things take place there. There is a lot of fun, a lot of laughter and a lot of important work done in Rae’s cabin.

National Competitons:
The Kuskitannee Lodge Northern Drum team took first place at the 2004, 2006 and 2009 NOAC competitions. Kuskitannee Lodge is the only Lodge ever to win this three times in a row. Andy Meyer won 3rd place for dance at the 2009 NOAC. Dillon Ward won first place for chicken dance at the 2012 NOAC.
Kuskitannee Lodge has had many Brothers serve as Section, Region or National Officers: The table below lists all our members who have held section or national office.

Bruce McMarlin Section Chief 1951

John Davenport Jr. Section Chief 1958

William Theis Section Vice Chief 1961

William Theis Section Chief 1962

Neal Bronder Section Secretary 1972

Neal Bronder Section Chief 1973

George Andrews Section Chief 1979

George Andrews NE Region Chief 1980

Pat Sedlak Section Chief 1980

Tony Sbarra Jr. Section Chief 1984

Tony Sbarra Jr. Section Chief 1985

Thom Geister Section Chief 1989

Michael Kostic Section Chief 1997

Christopher Wells Section Chief 1999

William Stone III Section Chief 2003

Derek Minto Section Chief 2005

Dustin Ferris Section Vice Chief 2005

Duncan Groth Section Vice Chief 2013

Josh Nussbaum Section Secretary 2013

Max Cravener Section Vice Chief 2014

Max Cravener Section Chief 2015

Vigil Honor members, the year they took their Vigil and the lodge they were members of. U=Unalachtigo, P=Packanke, K=Kuskitannee

Ralph M. "Pops" Charlton 1948 (U)

William C. Graham 1948 (U)

Herbert J. Platts 1949 (U)

James E. Westerman 1949 (U)

Ferdinand Erk 1950 (U)

Eugene Moore 1950 (U)

Howard Bolam 1951 (U)

Kenneth W. Mugridge 1951 (U)

Michael Remetta 1951 (U)

Blair E. Westerman 1951 (U)

Joseph Alsippi 1952 (U)

Stanford W. Coston 1952 (U)

Raymond Graham 1952 (U)

Bernhard D. Hetrick 1952 (U)

Bruce McMarlin 1952 (U)

Ralph Moore 1952 (U)

John W. Snedden 1952 (U)

James Bier Jr. 1953 (U)

Robert L. Ellis 1953 (U)

William R. McKinney 1953 (U)

Don C. Sutton 1953 (U)

Donald A. Kiel 1954 (U)

Charles D. Klingensmith 1954 (U)

De Wayne Miller 1954 (U)

John D. Poolick 1954 (U)

James Schultze 1954 (U)

Maynard Shannon 1954 (U)

John K. Davenport Sr 1955 (U)

Arthur B. Eckstrand 1955 (U)

John F. Luppe 1955 (U)

Wendell H. Miller 1955 (U)

George P. Neyman III 1955 (U)

Lloyd J. Root 1955 (U)

Duane L. Weiss 1955 (U)

Raymond Carpenter 1956 (U)

Charles Frantz 1956 (U)

Donald Tretchick 1956 (U)

Claude Walter 1956 (U)

Richard Wolfe 1956 (U)

Robert F. Smith 1956 (P)

J.W. Oxley Jr. 1957 (P)

John K. Davenport Jr 1957 (U)

Eugene Gumbert 1957 (U)

Paul Payung 1957 (U)

Joseph Walton 1957 (U)

Paul Frerotte 1958 (U)

William Headley 1958 (U)

Francis Karl 1958 (U)

Larry Shedwick 1958 (U)

Thomas Heilman 1959 (U)

Donald Miller 1959 (U)

Charles E Ritchey 1959 (U)

Benton Arnovitz 1960 (U)

Peter T. Cherry 1960 (U)

John P. Fern 1960 (U)

Robert Pollierone 1960 (U)

Robert Rorick 1960 (U)

Frank Toncini 1960 (U)

William Hofer 1961 (U)

Dennis Mulligan 1961 (U)

Robert Prowell 1961 (U)

William Thies 1961 (U)

Gregg Haughey 1962 (U)

John I. Moore 1962 (U)

John Sankey 1962 (U)

Robert A. Shaffer 1962 (U)

Corbett Stewart 1962 (U)

Thomas Tindell 1962 (U)

Thomas H. Coyle 1963 (U)

Richard W. Hobaugh 1963 (U)

Thomas McGrath 1963 (U)

Charles J. Shirey 1963 (U)

Edward M. Shirey 1963 (U)

Norman Wigton 1963 (U)

Edward Beck 1964 (P)

John A. Brown 1964 (P)

Charles Crawford 1964 (U)

Sam Jones 1964 (U)

Wesley McKnight 1964 (U)

Donald Pepler 1964 (U)

William Pepler 1964 (U)

Norman Beck 1965 (P)

Jerry Courson 1965 (P)

William J. Green 1965 (U)

Jack Shick 1965 (U)

George E. Shirey 1965 (U)

Bruce C. Eberle 1966 (U)

John Ewing 1966 (U)

David Fox 1966 (U)

J. Bryan Martin 1966 (U)

Clyde McClymonds 1966 (U)

Mark M. Retter 1966 (U)

Lewis Webber 1966 (U)

David A. Dobi 1966 (P)

Ted Ferris 1966 (P)

Robert J. Leasure 1966 (P)

Clarence Emery 1967 (P)

Hugh Shearer Sr 1967 (P)

Clyde Braun Sr 1967 (U)

Charles Hunger 1967 (U)

Keith Luczak 1967 (U)

William Moorehead Sr 1967 (U)

Dennis Rickard 1967 (U)

Sam Stello 1967 (U)

Donald Hoyt 1968 (U)

Neal Rzepkowski 1968 (U)

Jon Vanarnam 1968 (U)

Blaine Borman 1968 (P)

William Estock 1968 (P)

Joe Harlan 1968 (P)

John Polovina 1968 (P)

Edward J. Loczak 1968 (U)

Barry A. Bandura 1968 (U)

Michael Chuhra 1968 (U)

Clyde T. Jones Jr 1968 (U)

David Lindey 1968 (U)

Daniel E. Musko 1968 (U)

Harold Peters 1968 (U)

Neal Bronder 1969 (U)

Donald H. Wagner 1969 (U)

Robert L. Smolen 1969 (U)

Earle Anderson 1970 (U)

Robert P. DeNoon 1970 (U)

Myron Greenert 1970 (U)

Charles Luppe 1971 (U)

Thomas McKinney 1971 (U)

Raymond Stoner 1971 (P)

Charles Adams 1972 (U)

Scott T. Luppe 1972 (U)

Dennis M. Stephens 1972 (U)

David M. Harlan 1972 (P)

Edward E. Wright 1972 (P)

Michael T. Hanna 1973 (K)

Richard Waggett 1973 (K)

Harry L. Wright Jr. 1973 (K)

Harold L. Ramsey 1973 (K)

George Beck 1974 (K)

Ralph L. Downs 1974 (K)

William D. Waggett 1974 (K)

William Wilson 1974 (K)

Joseph Scarnato 1975 (K)

Larry Streitman 1975 (K)

J William Shiner 1975 (K)

Eldred C. Ferringer 1976 (K)

Kevin O'Brien 1976 (K)

James W. Shiner Jr 1976 (K)

Matt Vavro 1976 (K)

George Andrews 1977 (K)

Ronald E. Miller 1977 (K)

Mark Murray 1977 (K)

Gaylord G. Willis 1977 (K)

Chalmers D. Blair 1978 (K)

Brian M. Bleakney 1978 (K)

Tony DiTullio 1979 (K)

Jonathan Johnson 1979 (K)

Roger McCombs 1979 (K)

Charles W. Duncil 1980 (K)

Paul D. Early 1980 (K)

John Krestel Jr 1981 (K)

James Ritchey 1981 (K)

Tim Vogel 1981 (K)

Paul Bohen 1982 (K)

Dave Brewer 1982 (K)

William Ehrhart 1982 (K)

Tony Sbarra Jr. 1982 (K)

Tony Sbarra Sr. 1982 (K)

Richard Graham Sr 1983 (K)

Dave Libengood 1983 (K)

Richard Luchs 1983 (K)

John W. Sandala 1983 (K)

Joe Scarramuzzo 1983 (K)

J Dale Siar 1983 (K)

John Ferraro 1984 (K)

Samuel E. Daugherty 1984 (K)

Thomas D. Einsporn 1984 (K)

Thomas M. Einsporn 1984 (K)

Thomas Siar 1984 (K)

William R. Stevenson 1984 (K)

Kenneth Emerick 1985 (K)

Shawn Kellerman 1985 (K)

Regis Nichter 1985 (K)

Ronald Nichter 1985 (K)

Gene Singer 1986 (K)

Tim Cornetti 1986 (K)

Thom Geiser 1986 (K)

Dave Pasekoff 1986 (K)

Mike DiTullio 1987 (K)

Dennis Trabbits 1987 (K)

Brian R. Henry 1988 (K)

Brett A. Hoffman 1988 (K)

Douglas Kerens 1988 (K)

Nelson Noto 1988 (K)

Gary Wiles 1988 (K)

Richard A. Wilson 1988 (K)

Roy Baker 1989 (K)

Mike Brennerman 1989 (K)

Doug Hardt 1989 (K)

Brian Wiles 1989 (K)

Garett Wiles 1989 (K)

Frank Granberry 1989 (K)

John A. Boris Jr 1990 (K)

John A. Boris Sr 1990 (K)

Shawn Bowser 1990 (K)

Tony DiTullio 1990 (K)

Keith Duncil 1990 (K)

Douglas Janaszek 1990 (K)

Jamie Fischer 1991 (K)

Rick Hardt 1991 (K)

Bob Hitchcock 1991 (K)

Steve Wargo 1991 (K)

Bob Hardt 1991 (K)

George Scott 1991 (K)

Robert Boyer 1992 (K)

Paul Raisley 1992 (K)

Larry Raybuck 1992 (K)

MIke Raybuck 1992 (K)

David M. Dunn 1993 (K)

Raymond E. Dunn 1993 (K)

Misha Hill 1993 (K)

Michael D. Maxwell 1993 (K)

Scott D. McCreary 1993 (K)

Aaron D. McKivigan 1993 (K)

Jeffrey J. Neigh 1993 (K)

Donald Rodgers 1993 (K)

Dean A. Antoniazzi 1994 (K)

Timothy J. Bianculli 1994 (K)

Charles G. Cogley 1994 (K)

Gerald W Cogley 1994 (K)

William R Hastings 1994 (K)

Stephen Leonhardt 1994 (K)

Norman P. Bennett Sr. 1995 (K)

Christopher Dunn 1995 (K)

Jason Keltz 1995 (K)

Thomas Keltz 1995 (K)

Michael Waite 1995 (K)

Albert Whalen 1995 (K)

Charles Douglas IV 1996 (K)

Gary Butia 1996 (K)

Matthew Grubbs 1996 (K)

William Hastings 1996 (K)

Eugene Novak 1996 (K)

Dennis Seth 1996 (K)

Michael Baker 1997 (K)

Arthur Broge 1997 (K)

Lucas Klobetanz 1997 (K)

Douglas Marner 1997 (K)

Shawn Scott 1997 (K)

Joshua Seth 1997 (K)

Christopher Wells 1997 (K)

Daniel T Brown 1998 (K)

Gerald Heindl 1998 (K)

Jason Cashmere 1998 (K)

Charles Douglas 1998 (K)

Aaron J. Boyd 1998 (K)

Lloyd Haseleu III 1998 (K)

Nathan Leard 1999 (K)

Lowell Scott 1999 (K)

Thomas Smith 1999 (K)

Daniel Waite 1999 (K)

Daniel Leard 2000 (K)

Kim Creasy 2000 (K)

Timothy Fleissner 2000 (K)

Rev/ E Charles "Deac" Smith 2000 (K)

Jonathan Spink 2000 (K)

William H. Stone III 2000 (K)

Jeremy Waite 2000 (K)

Steven Zanella 2000 (K)

Ryan Bloser 2001 (K)

Chad Fleissner 2001 (K)

Dean Painter 2001 (K)

Christopher Roos 2001 (K)

Dale Roos 2001 (K)

W. Craig Spink 2001 (K)

John Worst 2001 (K)

Johnathan Ferraro 2002 (K)

Dustin Ferris 2002 (K)

Brian Herman 2002 (K)

David Herman 2002 (K)

Bill Kennedy 2002 (K)

Andy Meyer 2002 (K)

Michael Studeny Sr. 2002 (K)

Ryan Righi 2003 (K)

Anthony Bury 2003 (K)

James English 2003 (K)

Steven D. Miller 2003 (K)

Christopher Worst 2003 (K)

Paul Worst 2003 (K)

David Wills 2003 (K)

William Essary 2004 (K)

Christopher Stone 2004 (K)

Derek, \ Minto 2004 (K)

Alan Cooper 2005 (K)

John Dambaugh 2005 (K)

Ryan English 2005 (K)

Kevin Shook 2005 (K)

Jonathan Elm 2006 (K)

James Ferraro 2006 (K)

Sean Hayden 2006 (K)

Gary A Park 2006 (K)

Dan Pollock 2006 (K)

David Spink 2006 (K)

Chris Covert 2007 (K)

Clyde Priester 2007 (K)

David J Sigworth Jr 2007 (K)

Todd Stephenson 2007 (K)

Patrick Wilver 2007 (K)

Alex James Connell 2008 (K)

Andrew Costello 2008 (K)

Catherine Einsporn 2008 (K)

Dominic Paunovich 2008 (K)

Andrew Flugher 2009 (K)

Kenny Greene 2009 (K)

Ernie Paunovich 2009 (K)

Matthew John Johntony 2010 (K)

Nicholas Kasunic 2010 (K)

Matthew Kennedy 2010 (K)

Phillip Lucas 2010 (K)

Tyler Lucas 2010 (K)

Douglas Robert Moon 2010 (K)

Ryan Douglas Moon 2010 (K)

Jack Libengood 2011 (K)

Jonathan McCracken 2011 (K)

Neal T Skibicki 2011 (K)

Ray Tennent 2011 (K)

Donald Wagoner 2011 (K)

John Whitford 2011 (K)

Kevin Goliwas 2012 (K)

Andrew Machemer 2012 (K)

Kelvin Brundage 2012 (K)

Max Cravener 2013 (K)

Duncan Groth 2013 (K)

Terry Groth 2013 (K)

Kody McConnell 2013 (K)

Zachary Matuch 2013 (K)

Andrew Brock 2014 (K)

Randall Costello 2014 (K)

Stephen Costello 2014 (K)

Chad Gallagher 2014 (K)

Adam Goliwas 2014 (K)

Barbara Libengood 2014 (K)

Joshua Nussbaum 2014 (K)


William Graham 1939-1942

Robert Anderson 1944-1945

James Westerman 1946-1947

Robert Braun 1948

Wayne Fair 1948-1949

Bruce McMarlin 1950

Joseph Burnett 1951

DeWayne Miller 1952

George P. Neyman III 1953

Tatterson Smith 1954

Charles Burkhart 1955

John Davenport, Jr. 1956

Francis Carl 1957

Thomas Heilman 1958

Donald Miller 1959

William Theis 1960

Corbett Stewart 1961

John Sankey 1961

Richard Pennington, Jr. 1962

Larry Bachman 1962

Charley Shirey 1963

William Green 1964

Jack Shick 1965

Bruce Eberle 1966

Dennis Rickard 1967

Keith Luczak 1968

Bob Smolen 1969

Neal Bronder 1970

Myron Green and Neal Bronder, 1971

Scott Luppe 1972

Dick Waggett 1973

Frank Connor 1949

Joe MacKenzie 1950

Elvin Milnes 1951

Dan Pearse 1952

John Streeter 1953

H. J. Walter, Jr. 1954

Robert Smith 1955

Bob Bock 1956

Ed Wright 1957

John Bender 1958

Tom Whiting 1959

Ken Mehard 1960

Hugh Shearer 1961

Ken Mehard 1962

John Brown 1962-1963

Jim Smith 1964

Dave Dobi 1965-1966

Ted Ferris 1967-1969

James Scarazzo 1970

Ken Dombar 1971

T. Michael Hanna 1972-1973

Bill Wilson 1973-1974

Roy Zimmerman 1975

Matt Vavro 1976

Kevin O'Brien 1977

George Andrews 1978

Roger McCombs 1979

John Krestel, Jr. 1980

Paul Early 1981

Dave Brewer 1982

Tony Sbarra, Jr. 1983

Bill Stevenson 1984-1985

Tim Cornetti 1986

Ken Young 1987

Thom Gaiser 1988

Gary Wiles 1989

Anthony DiTullio 1990

John Boris, Jr. 1991

Doug Janaszek 1992

Jamie Fischer 1993

Misha Hill 1994

Chris Wells 1995

Mike Waite 1996

Matt Grubbs 1997

Mike Baker 1998

Daniel T. Brown 1999

Nathan Leard 2000

William H Stone III 2001

Anthony Bury 2002-2003

Dustin Ferris 2004

John Dambaugh 2005

Dan Pollock 2006

David Spink 2007

Dominic Paunovich 2008-2009

Jack Libengood 2010

Chris Mitchell 2011

Duncan Groth 2012

Max Cravener 2013

Stephen Costello 2014

Stephen Costello 2015

Unalachtigo lodge advisers

William C. Graham 1939 1946

William C. Graham 1946 1957

??? 1957 1960

Howard Bolam 1960 1963

William Pepler 1964 1966

Edward J. Luczak 1967 1969

Charles Luppe 1969 1972

Oliver Hunter 1973 Merger
Packanke lodge advisers

R.J. Leasure 1949-1968 ???

Harold L. Ramsey 1969- 1970

Martin Stolpe 1970 to merger

Kuskitannee lodge advisers

Harry Wright 1973 1976

Timothy Walters 1976 1977

Tony DiTullio 1977 1982

Neil Bronder 1982 1984

Tom Einsporn 1984 1988

Dennis Trabbits 1988 1992

Anthony J Sbarra Sr. 1992 1993

Richard A. Wilson 1993 1996

Bill Wittmer 1996 2000

Lloyd Haseleu III 08/2000 -08/2006

W Craig Spink 08/2006-8/2010

Phillip Lucas 08/2010 -1/2011

W. Craig Spink 01/2011-03/2011

Terry Groth 03/2011 Present

The Silver Chief is a special award given to Kuskitannee Lodge members to recognize outstanding service to the lodge and the OA. It was first awarded in 1949. It was created to be a more exclusive award than the Vigil Honor. Kuskitannee awards two per year since 1996, one to a youth member and one to an adult.
Silver chief recipients

1949 William Graham

1950 Kenneth Mugridge

1951 James Westerman

1952 Eugene Moore

1953 Archie Starr

1954 Ralph "Pops" Charlton

1955 Arch McKinney

1956 Don Sutton

1957 Blair Weterman

1958 John Davenport Sr

1959 Howard Bolam

1960 Eugene Gumbert

1961 Donald Miller

1962 Donald Kiel

1963 Ralph Moore

1964 William Thies

1965 John Luppe

1966 Corbett Stewart

1967 Clyde Braun Sr

1968 Richard Hobaugh

1969 Ed Luczak

1971 Wesley McKnight

1972 Neal Bronder

1973 W. A Wagget

1974 Charles Adams

1976 Charles Duncil

1977 Harry Wright

1978 Eldred, s Ferringer

1979 Clyde Jones Jr

1980 Dennis Rickard

1981 Tony DiTullio

1982 Vincent Dunn

1983 Tom Coyle (staff)

1983 Ronald Miller

1984 Tony Sbarra Jr.

1985 Tony Sbarra Sr.

1986 J Dale Siar

1987 Tom Einsporn

1988 Thom Gaiser

1989 William Ehrhart

1989 Bruce McElroy (staff)

1990 Regis Nichter

1991 Rod Shank (staff)

1991 John Sandala

1992 Jamie Fisher

1993 Richard Wilson

1994 Dennis Trabbits

1995 Scott McCreary

1996 Josh Seth

1997 Chris Wells

1997 Albert Whalen

1998 Aaron Boyd

1998 Shawn Scott

1999 Dean Antoniazzi

1999 William Stone III

2000 Michael Creagh (Staff)

2000 James R. Hughes

2000 Jonathan Spink

2002 Lloyd Haseleu III

2002 Steven Zanella

2003 Dustin Ferris

2003 W. Craig Spink

2004 David Herman

2004 Derek Minto

2005 James English

2005 Ryan English

2006 Bill Kennedy

2006 Steven Miller

2007 Daniel T Brown

2007 Christopher Stone

2008 Douglas Robert Moon

2008 David Spink

2009 Alex James Connell

2009 Ryan Righi

2010 Kenny Greene

2010 L. Eugene "Gene" Singer

2011 Gerald Heindl

2011 Jack Libengood

2012 Jerry W Cogley

2012 Josh Nussbaum

2013 Matthew Johntony

2013 Charles Douglas

2014 Max Cravener

2014 Terry Groth

Founder’s Award: The Founder’s Award is a National award that is intended to be more exclusive than the Vigil Honor. Kuskitannee awards two per year, one to a youth member and one to an adult.
Founders award recipients

1986 Vincent J. Dunn

1988 Thomas M. Einsporn

1990 J Dale Siar

1992 Doug Hardt

1994 Richard Wilson

1996 Eric F Bloom

1996 John Sandala

1996 Josh Seth

1998 George Scott

1998 Matthew Grubbs

1999 Bill Wittmer

1999 Daniel T. Brown

2000 Aaron J. Boyd

2000 Dennis Seth

2002 Michael Kostic

2002 W. Craig Spink

2002 William Stone III

2003 Dean Antoniazzi

2003 Steven Zanella

2004 Dustin Ferris

2004 Lloyd Haseleu III

2005 Derek Minto

2005 Dennis Trabbits

2006 Ryan English

2006 James Hughes

2007 Bill Kennedy

2007 Steven Miller

2008 Chris Covert

2008 James English

2009 Kenny Greene

2009 Ryan Righi

2010 Andrew Flugher

2010 Dominic Paunovich

2011 Jack Libengood

2011 Douglas Robert Moon

2012 Gerald W Cogley

2012 Alex James Connell

2013 Josh Nussbaum

2013 L. Eugene "Gene" Singer

2014 Matthew Johntony

2014 Charles Douglas

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