7/23/18 The new NOAC 2018 images from Uh-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee 89. A two-piece set (S-7, X-1) and a CSP (X-2). (hat tip, Tim Faughnan)
6/28/18 New flap from Echockotee 200, for being named Best All-Around Lodge in S-4 at the recent Section Conference (S-82). 500 made.
5/30/18 Tipisa 326 has reduced their chapters from 11 to 8, with old chapters disappearing and new chapters forming. The first with a new patch is Lemhee-Yekchi (X-1)
5/13/18 The latest from Uh-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee 89, their annual "Golden Bull" event (hat tip, Tim Faughnan).
4/27/18 The patch for Echockotee 200's Onathequa Chapter, for their contingent to the O-Shot-Caw 265 Nok-Su Chapter Conch Craziness Weekend, to be held next week.
4/25/18 Michael Baker has come through with images from recent issues made by Osceola 564's Hvlpatah Tastanagi Chapter. There is a slight change for the numbering of their 2011 and 2012 creations, to include these new patches.
4/19/18 The Section S-4 Conference is now history. While the pre-order form was rather small (for once!), the special patches made for the event (VIA Luncheon, Council of Chiefs, Blood Donor, Vigil Breakfast) were much more difficult to obtain. As well as the unofficial items....
Conference Trading Post items have always been considered "official". This year, the host lodge's council Scout Shop sold a few of their own items with the conference design or name (toy drum, water bottle, knife). And also an undated "S4 Conference" patch, that was 1/ person, with a ticket in everyone's goodie bag to pick up at the Scout Shop site. Official or not? You be the judge...
New stuff from Echockotee 200 (Saturiwa Chapter), Aal-Pa-Tah 237, Semialachee 239, O-Shot-Caw 265, Tipisa 326, and Osceola 564. Too many to list individually...
4/12/18 Two new flaps from Osceola Lodge 564. First, their 50th anniversary flap (S-65), and their similarly-designed 2018 Section S-4 Conference Host flap (S-66). Sure to be more stuff by the end of this weekend (hat tip to David Mott).
3/25/18 Images for the Echockotee 200 NOAC 2018 set (four flaps and a jacket patch; S-77, S-78, S-79, S-80, J-6) are now available (thanks, Chris Beury). Uh-To-Ye-Hut-Tee 89 has a new NOAC 2018 fundraiser flap (S-6), and chapter Ordeal patches (thanks, Tim Faughnan). And Semialachee 239 has a patch for their 2018 Winter Fellowship (thanks, David Weda).
2/15/18 Three new activity patches for this year, from Tipisa 326 (hat tip, Rick Obermeyer).
2/7/18 Fresh from the Palm Beach Trade-O-Ree last weekend.... we have three two-piece sets from O-Shot-Caw 265, fundraisers for repairing damages to Camp Sawyer in the Keys. And two flaps (2017 LLD, and 2017-2018 LEC).
1/19/18 New flaps from Tipisa 326, requiring a renumbering of the last few flaps. (hat tip, Rick Obermeyer) For the 2017 Council Camporee, two flaps were issued: unrestricted (GRN border), and a service flap (RED border). Issued at the same time were new Ordeal (ROR border, 11 feathers) and Vigil (MAR border, 11 feathers) flaps. Recently, they released their NOAC 2018 three-piece set, featuring a design from a local restaurant chain (Tijuana Flats).
And new flaps will be coming. Three of the eleven districts have been merged out, which will also reduce the number of chapters to eight. New flaps with eight feathers will be coming.
1/8/18 The 2018 activity patch set from Aal-Pa-Tah 237 has been uploaded (thanks, David Weda). And the latest activity patch from Uh-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee 89 (Thanks, Tim Faughan). Two new flaps from Echockotee Lodge 200: a NOAC 2018 fundraiser (S-75), and a new service flap (S-76).
12/26/17 New issues and activity patches have been posted for Uh-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee 89, Echockotee 200, Semialachee 239, Nok-Su chapter of O-Shot-Caw 265, Tipisa 326, and the Section (Leadership Summit, new pocket patch). It's been a long Fall, with Irma and disaster relief, but now it is time to catch up.
9/24/17 Two new, highly priced flaps with small quantities, from Echockotee 200, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their main camp. Gold mylar border (S-72) was $10 each, 100 made. The silver mylar border (S-73) was $50 each, limit one per person. Both sold out within an hour.
9/6/17 Newly reported OA Jamboree CSP from Aal-Pa-Tah 237, a BLU monochrome (X-123). Hat tip to Mike Baker.
8/19/17 More from the Jamboree, chapter patches from Tipisa 326: Kikape (X-10) and Tosohatchee (X-16).
8/5/17 All nine pieces of the O-Shot-Caw Lodge 265 2017 National Scout Jamboree are posted. Six flaps, three as part of two-piece sets. One set and a single flap (along with a council JSP). Each two piece set and single flap, along with a council JSP, were designated as "trader", "contingent", and "staff".
8/4/17 The Jamboree set from Aal-Pa-Tah 237 is now pictured: flap (S-134) and JSP (X-122). (Thanks, Tim Faughnan).
7/25/17 Some of the new National Scout Jamboree items are beginning to appear. Single flaps from both Uh-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee 89 (S-5, thanks to Michael Baker) and Echockotee 200 (S-71). Two flaps from Semialachee 239 (S-94 and S-95). Two flaps and a two piece set from Osceola 564 (S-62, S-63, S-64 with X-36; thanks to Gary Johnson).
6/8/17 New image added from Semialachee Lodge 239 (eR2015-5), for their 2015 Vigil Reunion.
5/21/17 Two new checkerboard flaps from Echockotee Lodge 200. One is BLK and LGY (S-69), the other is BLK and PNK (S-70). 100 were made of each. Why? Because they can.....
4/29/17 Gary Johnson has provided scans of the patches for the 2017 activity patches for Osceola Lodge 564. Their theme this year is "Gulf of Mexico Aquatic Life", designs are depicted on the letters that spell out the lodge name.
4/9/17 Mike Baker has come through again. He found an image on eBay of a previously unknown piece from Seminole Lodge 85, for their 2015 Lodge Leadership Development event (has been authenticated by the former lodge adviser). We also now have the image of the Tipisa 326 X-12 (key fob, ten feathers).
4/1/17 Getting caught up with all of the activity pieces for 2016 from Semialachee Lodge 239, their four-piece puzzle patch set and Vigil Reunion patch (thanks David Pate).
3/11/17 New flap (S-2) from Uh-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee Lodge 89. When this run is sold out, the next order will have the correct spelling for the lodge name (S-2 has YE, not YEH) (thanks, Tim Faughnan).
2/4/17 Another great weekend at the Palm Beach Trade-O-Ree yesterday and today. New images from O-Shot-Caw 265 (S-155, 2016-17 LEC flap, with an unusual look for their bird; Scoutmasters Camporee Service Coprs, activity patches from 2016), and Aal-Pa-Tah 237 (trade-o-ree patch, Vigil Breakfast),
1/16/17 Images of the First Flap for Uh-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee Lodge 89, as well as activity patches. A newly found item made by Seminole Lodge 85, re-using a design for their 2014 "Pegasus Day" event (Thanks, Tim Faughnan).
In the next few days, the 2017 activity patch sets (plural) from Aal-Pa-Tah Lodge 237 will be uploaded. This is their 75th anniversary year, and there will be two sets: full color, and white monochrome. (Thanks, David Weda)
1/8/17 New activity patches from Echockotee 200: Fall 2016, Winter 2017, and a 2017 Training patch (given at the Winter event).
1/2/17 New images from Tipisa 326 (thanks, Mike Baker) for activity patches and chapter items. One patch was used for a six-chapter event (2016 Brotherhood Day), so each chapter has an activity patch. And a flap from Semialachee 239 for the 50th anniversary of Wallwood Boy Scout Reservation.
11/24/16 New flap from Echockotee Lodge 200, their 2016 Special Needs Camporee piece (S-62, thanks, Mike Baker).
11/20/16 New flap from O-Shot-Caw 265 (S-154; 2016 LLD); scan provided by Mike Baker. And from Tim Faughnan, Seminole Lodge 85 Allouchsit Chapter Weekend 2015.
11/12/16 Finally had a chance to catch up on the new items from Tipisa 326, some fundraising patches for the upcoming Jamboree, and new chapter pieces. The 2016 Section Leadership Summit (formerly the Section Seminars) were last weekend, and some new Section patches, as well as from Osceola 564, Aal-Pa-Tah 237, and Echockotee 200.
9/14/16 Since posting about the "new" Seminole regular issue flap (S-94? with the same design as S-41), I've been told by two people that this design has been used by the lodge for the last two years, but that no one noticed the differences before. Once it can be established as to when the return of the flying ibis design, there will a renumbering of flaps for Seminole.
9/11/16 At the first weekend of Uh-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee Lodge, the two predecessor lodges merged their merchandise together, and some previous unreported issues were found for Seminole 85. Right before the merger, Seminole ordered 700 regular issue flaps, with the design of S-41, but with several differences (S-94). Petmakhue Chapter held an Ordeal in 2016 at Camp Alafia, with their own patch. And in 2014, Seminole made a patch for troop participants to their Beaver Weekend event. Checklists have been corrected and updated.
9/6/16 The last official flap from Seminole 85 was their flap for the Prism and NEXT national events held this summer. S-93 is now pictured (thanks to Harvey Solomon).
8/15/16 New addition to the "Links, FAQ, Other Stuff" page. Lists of the themed activity sets created by the lodges of Florida, and a sample of when lodges use similar designs.
8/7/16 Minor corrections to the numbering of some activity items for Aal-Pa-Tah and Tipisa. Things to do when there's nothing else to do.
7/23/16 Pocket patch from Tipisa 326, for their lodge members' participation in the national PRISM event. And awaiting images for the Section's pocket patch and the flap from Seminole 85.
6/5/16 Timuquan 340 has a 70th anniversary jacket patch, along with their new Summer Conclave weekend patch (thanks, Tim Faughnan).
5/23/16 New Elangomat patch (thanks, Josh Mintz) and Summer Fellowship patch from Echockotee Lodge 200.
5/15/16 Aal-Pa-Tah 237 wasted no time to commemorate their recent 2016 "Best All Around Lodge" award at the recent Section S-4 Conference, with two new flaps. Before those was a third flap (available prior to the Best All Around pieces), for the inaugural "TK GatorGrind" endurance/ obstacle race. There is also a patch for the lodge's contingent to the Section Conference that is a part of the year's activity patch theme (X-119, also eX2016-8; issued after the year's other items were made available to year pass members). Thanks to David Weda for the scans.
5/1/16 Thanks to Gary Johnson, we now have the scans of all of the upcoming 2016 activity patch set for Osceola 564.
4/11/16 Another Section S-4 Conference has come and gone, and the new images are posted. All of the host items issued by O-Shot-Caw 265, and the conference-related items as well. With all that was available for sale, this was the most expensive Conference ever. Even without the four items that were not on the order form.
Seminole 85 has begun commemorating their 80th anniversary with three three-piece sets (flap, chevron, CSP). AND three four-flap sets. Big thanks to Harvey Solomon for sharing scans of the anniversary sets!
4/6/16 New images from Timuquan 340: 70th anniversary flap and shield; leather flap, and the three activity patches from last month's event (Spring Fellowship, Vigil Breakfast, Lodge Banquet).
4/3/16 Images for host flaps and other items for the upcoming Section S-4 Conference (hosted by O-Shot-Caw 265), new chapter and activity pieces from Tipisa 326, and activities from Osceola 564.
3/11/16 New 75th anniversary flap for Echockotee Lodge 200, along with a new chapter patch and Spring Fellowship patch. And the two Ordeal Weekend patches from Osceola 564 (regular, Elangomat).
2/13/16 New scans of stuff found at the 2016 Sunshine Trade-O-Ree include: the 2016 activity patch set from Seminole Lodge 85; unrestricted 2016 S-4 Conference Host items for O-Shot-Caw 265, and a new A-Bani-Ki Chapter patch, Aal-Pa-Tah 237.
1/31/16 Two new scans from Aal-Pa-Tah 237, activity patches that will be issued prior to the previously-reported 2016 set. The two new pieces are for the 2016 Palm Beach Trade-O-Ree (to be held February 5-6), and the annual Vigil Reunion. (thank you, David Weda).
1/10/16 new regular issue flap from Osceola 564 (thank you, Bill Granger). New 75th anniversary flaps, council shoulder patch, and 2016 Winter Fellowship patch from Echockotee 200.
AND the new activity patch set for 2016 from Aal-Pa-Tah 237, their annual year pass, and the Nekewa Chapter flap (thank you, David Weda).
1/2/16 The last activity patch for 2015 from Osceola 564, for the Winter Centurion Banquet event (thank you, Gary Johnson).
12/27/15 The Book Shelf is now complete, with the upload of "FloridOA Handbook: The First Fifty Years". Printed in 1995 by Rick Obermeyer and Tico Perez, this was the three-ring binder update to the original FloridOA Handbook. So big, it is broken down into three files.
12/24/15 The latest edition to The Book Shelf is now posted: "The Patches of Tipisa Lodge #326 W.W.W." (second edition), written by Rick Obermeyer.
12/20/15 New flap from Tipisa 326, the 70th anniversary flap. Design adapted from their F-1 flap (thank you, Rick Obermeyer).
12/6/15 New "Special Needs Camporee" flap from Echockotee 200 (thank you, Tim Banach).
11/26/15 The flaps and other issues for 2015 from Aal-Pa-Tah 237 have now been posted. Included in this are all of their Centennial and 2015 NOAC pieces.
11/8/15 Section Leadership Seminars (SLS) is now history, a chance to catch up on some of the images that have not yet been received. Look for the new images from Seminole 85 (2015 activity set, 2015 NOAC SMY border), Semialachee 239 (2015 NOAC and the rest of this year's activities), Osceola 564 (2015 SLS contingent patch), and the SLS patch itself. NOTE: 200 patches made for the weekend, attendance was over 200.
10/22/15 Big thanks to Tim Faughn for the images of the Timuquan 340 Summer and Fall 2015 Conclave patches.
8/12/15 Big thanks to Gary Johnson for the images to bring Osceola 564 up to date, with the 2015 activity patches and NOAC sets.
8/8/15 Big thanks to David Weda for images of missing O-Shot-Caw 265 neckerchiefs, including the Weston CC OA Service Corps neckerchief.
7/20/15 Two pins from the 1999 Section SR-4 Conference (including a previously-unknown diamond-shaped piece), the 1994 S-4 Conference Vigil Breakfast coin, and the 1975 SE-6 Conference hat pin.
7/10/15 New issues from Echockotee 200: S-56 (OA Centennial), X-43 (ArrowTour CSP).
5/25/15 New images from Semialachee 239 2015 Winter and Spring Fellowships (big thanks, David Pate), and for Osceola 564.
The O-Shot-Caw 265 Nok-Su Chapter Conch Craziness weekend was just held, with four patches for the weekend, and one chapter contingent patch from Echockotee 200's Onathequa Chapter.
New images for the Semialachee 239 2003 Host flaps (CPRmylar and GRNmylar borders), and more Seminole 85 fake issues (big thanks, Michael Baker). 200 Onathequa Chapter 2015 Nok-Su Conch Craziness activity.
Seminole 85-S-74 and S-75 (50th anniversary of Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation; Pethakuwe and Gischilieu Chapter eX2015 Chapter Ordeal (joint Ordeal event). Big thanks, Joe Gonzalez.
NOK-SU CONCH CRAZINESS 2018
2018 SECTION S-4 CONFERENCE. Some items were official.....
..... some weren't official.....
.... and one that is in between.
Less than 24 hours from now.....
9/6/17 Stay safe, everyone. And don't be so quick to make any hurricane patches.
8/19/17 The 2017 National Scout Jamboree creations from S-4 (Florida).
4/28/17 The 2017 Section S-4 Conference was held last weekend, at Sand Hill Scout Reservation. Hosted by Uh-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee Lodge 89, over 800 were in attendance for the event. The patch trading became much more lively on Saturday night, as more host items became available.
Oddly enough, the item being sought from the weekend was on the order form, the combined Vigil Breakfast/ VIA Luncheon patch. None were made available after the Vigil Breakfast, to ensure that attendees at the VIA Luncheon had patches for their event, and very few were available afterward.
3/7/17 Echockotee Lodge 200 came out with five flaps at their recent Spring Fellowship. In order from left to right: 250 made, 250 made, 200 made, 150 made, 150 made.
Why were they made? Not sure......
2/19/17 Another successful Sunshine Trade-O-Ree this past weekend in Orlando. Some new pieces that had come out a few weeks before were available (the O-Shot-Caw 265 Breast Cancer two-piece sets), and this was a great opportunity to catch up with friends that couldn't make the trip to south Florida two weeks before. Walk-in traffic could have been better (it could always be better). But still a fun time to be had.
1/16/17 The First Flap from Uh-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee Lodge 89.
1/15/17 Some ongoing changes being made. As lodges are updated, the .pdf spreadsheets are being replaced with Excel versions, so that they can be downloaded and edited.
11/12/16 Some non-OA items that are out there.
And some other new things found at the 2016 Section Leadership Summit.
8/18/16 UH-TO-YEH-HUT-TEE LODGE #89. Seminole word for "lightning". Totem is a bull.
8/15/16 NEW LODGE NAME AND TOTEM TO BE ANNOUNDED WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17.
7/27/16 The official merger date for Seminole Lodge 85 and Timuquan Lodge 340 is August 12, 2016. The first event for the new lodge will be their inaugural Lodge Leadership Development Conference, to be held August 12-14. At that time, the new totem and name will be selected. September 9-11 will be the first event for all members, the Fall Fellowship, at Sand Hill Scout Reservation, near Brooksville. October 7-9 will be a Fall Conclave, at Camp Brorein, near Tampa.
6/5/16 A new page has been added to the "Florida Lodges" section: "LODGE TO BE NAMED LATER (85/ 340 MERGER)". Since there is so much speculation as to when the trigger will finally be pulled on the official merger date, it was best to have the space left open.
5/11/16 Next weekend will be the final activity in the 2015-2016 set for Tipisa 326. The Service Weekend patch will be the final piece in what has become known as "the fish set". Designer David Mott created a set of designs that went beyond the usual weekend activity and year theme patch set, and also led to other creations in the same theme. The set's designs and rendering by a quality vendor is also a great example of what patches can be.
As the lodge was a "JTE Gold" lodge for 2015, a special "gold fish" patch was created as an additional part of the set. Some of the chapters got into the act, asking David to design emblems along the same theme, that also tied into the chapter's name. Specifically: Tosohatchee - roosterfish; Huracan - flying fish; Kikape - lantern fish; Micconope - barracuda.
5/5/16 Big thanks to Michael Baker for pointing out that the O-Shot-Caw page was missing the 2007-2008 LEC flap. That, and correcting all of the numbers affected, has been completed.
4/27/16 The Area/ Section Host item page has been completed, corrected, cross-referenced, and corrected again.
4/26/16 The "UNDER CONSTRUCTION" signs have been taken down off of the Tipisa pages. The work on that lodge has now been completed, and checklists have been posted. Now, all of the Florida lodges of S-4 are finished. Thinking of the website as a building, it is now functional. What is left is "landscaping": completing the "OTHER STUFF" page, and a few other touches.
Also posted on the Book Shelf: a downloadable file of "The Wabaningo Lodge Emblem Handbook", the original OA collecting guide from 1952.
4/1/16 The annual Nok-Su Chapter Conch Craziness weekend will be May 6-8 at Camp Sawyer, located at Scout Key, just north of Big Pine Key. There will be three patches available for the weekend: attending, award commemorative (recognition of chapter members) and Vigil Breakfast. The event is open to any and all Arrowmen that can get to the Keys that weekend. Besides being able to camp within twenty feet of the ocean on two sides of the camp, side trips to Key West, deep sea fishing out of the nearby Sea Base outpost, and other side trips are available. Cost is $35. To register, go to: http://goo.gl/forms/Xrvm5BSZoT. And for more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/noksuchapter/.
3/30/16 West Central Florida Council voted tonight to merge with Gulf Ridge Council, effective May 1, 2016. The two lodges affected (Timuquan Lodge 340, Seminole Lodge 85) will not merge until after April 2017, so that Timuquan will host the Section S-4 Conference one last time.
2/23/16 Martin Rubin, long-time collector of South Florida Council items, prominent member of O-Shot-Caw Lodge 265, and fountain of expert information of Seminole history and OA ceremonies, passed away suddenly today.
Like most friendships, I don't remember exactly when I first met Martin. Probably in the early 1990s. But after a few events, it became a welcome expectation to run into Martin. Martin was not just a great Arrowman and Scouter, steeped in the history and traditions of the OA, and a great source of knowledge in Seminole history, O-Shot-Caw, and South Florida Council. Martin was a true character. He could pull off the rare feat of being gruff and welcoming at the exact same time. His honesty was unsettling for some, but his integrity was never in question. And every encounter with him at OA and patch events ran a greater than average risk of creating great stories to be repeated for years.
I will remember the last time that I spoke with Martin, at the 2016 Sunshine Trade-O-Ree, when we talked about the issues going on in my life, the expensive plethora of new stuff created constantly by O-Shot-Caw, and general stuff. Basically, the usual. And that we would see each other again at the upcoming Section Conference.
Farewell, Martin. Thanks for the memories.
2/13/16 Some news about Host items for the upcoming Section S-4 Conference, April 8-10 (hosted by O-Shot-Caw 265). There will be three two-piece sets, color-coded for availability: BLK felt and a BLK tab is unrestricted, BLU embroidery and tab are for lodge members, GRN embroidery and tab are for Conference Committee members. There will also be matching color-coded host neckerchiefs. And one Host chenille.
12/29/15 On December 17, the Executive Board of West Central Florida Council voted to adopt an "Articles of Merger Agreement" with Gulf Ridge Council. If adopted by Gulf Ridge in early January, the new entity would be called "The Greater Tampa Bay Area Council".
This would be the culmination of over twenty years of rumors, plans, and schemes to bring together the councils on both sides of Tampa Bay. With that comes four camp properties (two in suburban areas, two summer camp properties at the far ends). Two lodges with long histories, each celebrating their own anniversaries in 2016 (80th for Seminole, 70th for Timuquan), that may come to an end before 2017.
11/8/15 The order form for the patches made for the 2016 Section S-4 Conference is now available. Start saving your money. If you use this form, remember that you will need to add in the sales tax.
10/26/15 The construction signs on the O-Shot-Caw pages are down. Real big thanks to Bob Wolz, for his expertise with all things OSC.
10/21/15 Personal issues have caused some major delays, but now I'm back at work. The O-Shot-Caw pages need some review for errors and omissions, but are now set up, with checklists. Once the review is completed, the "Under Construction" signs come down.
8/8/15 The "Under Construction" sign is down on the Aal-Pa-Tah 237 page, as it is now complete, not including issues from mid-May and NOAC.
7/27/15 The "Under Construction" sign has come down off the Semialachee 239 page, as it is now (more or less) finished.
7/17/15 "SERVICE IN THE SUNSHINE", Rick Obermeyer's book on the history and emblems of the "Florida Section" and its various incarnations, is now available on The Book Shelf". A book so big, it had to be split into two files.
7/14/15 "HOW TRUE THE ARROW", the history and memorabilia of Semialachee Lodge 239, is now on the Book Shelf.
7/10/15 The books have been moved to their own page, "THE BOOK SHELF". In the next few weeks there will be more books posted.
7/7/15 Another book is now available on the "THE BOOK SHELF" page: "From Kuna And Calusa", the histories and insignia of Chiriquí 391, Calusa 219, Eckale Yakanen 552, and Osceola 564. LATE ADDITION: "We Are Brothers; The History and Emblems of Echockotee Lodge 200 WWW" is now available for downloading (split in two files).
6/27/15 Page for Timuquan 340 is completed*, with checklists. Lodge listings are divided between lodge/ chapter issues on one page, activity items on another.
6/19/15 "The FloridOA Handbook", the original guide for collecting Order items in the Sunshine State, is now available on the "THE BOOK SHELF" page. This was from back when the complete listings and pictures of lodge and area/ section items could fit within 60 pages, and still have room for lodge histories.
5/12/15 Page for Eckale Yakanen 552 is completed*, with checklist.
4/28/15 Checklist for Area and Section event items has been completed.
4/22/15 Corrections made to Echockotee 200 listings off odd-shaped patches (Section host items).
3/25/15 Work on Echockotee Lodge 200 and Calusa Lodge 219 are now complete.
3/14/15 The work on Seminole Lodge 85 is more or less complete (missing two images). Scans, checklists, and labelling is completed. Ready for all comments.
2/6/15 FLORIDA-OA.com went live today. Come back later when the site becomes more complete.
Once upon a time, in the Dim Ages (1976) there was a book called "The FloridOA Handbook". Written by Rick Obermeyer, it became THE book for Florida OA collectors to track what each lodge had produced since their beginnings. It was more than one of the earliest localized patch book; it also provided a brief history of each lodge. It told the little "back stories" that explained why some emblems were created. It showed the memorabilia that had been created for the annual gatherings of the lodges in Florida, since 1945. Not just patches and neckerchiefs, but the trophies awarded in the Area and Section inter-lodge competitions. And measuring about 5 inches by 8 1/2 inches, photos of 82 lodge flaps (plus neckerchiefs, odd shapes, activity patches, etc), it was only 60 pages long.
In 1995, Rick and Tico Perez expanded the handbook, to a three-ring binder called "The FloridOA Handbook: The First Fifty Years". 182 pages, with what was now 349 flaps (and the other lodge creations). And in those days before the Internet, this book spread the knowledge of what had been considered the big explosion of new issues in the 19 years since the first book.
In 1992, John Keatley and I started putting out a local quarterly publication "The Florida Collectors' Newsletter", as a way of spreading knowledge among collectors of all things Florida,. In those pre-Internet days, a format that put images and information in the hands of collectors seemed to be on the cutting edge. In the mid-1990s, John stepped back, and was replaced by another noted Florida collector, David Weda, to keep the FCN going.
Today, in the age of instant information, such a quarterly newsletter, compiled every three months (when life doesn't get in the way) seems like a quaint anachronism. So here we are, with the thousands of images of Florida lodge, chapter, and Area/ Section items, available almost instantly on this website. At this time it is still a work in progress, so come back often and see what else is new.