117/21 Catching up on some of the new things made in the last few months. New activity patches from Uh-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee 89 (thanks Andrew Kelly and Tim Faughan). And no weekend patch from the Echockotee 200 Winter Fellowship.
12/13/20 Missing images for the three 2020 Section Conference patches have been obtained and added to the website. These are for the VIA Luncheon, 5K run, and Council of Chiefs.
New images for O-Shot-Caw 265, for their LLD and the 2020 Best All Around lodge flaps.
Tipisa 326 has new patches for their recent Induction Weekend (regular attendee, and with a Vigil triangle), along with their year theme patch, that ties into the weekend event patches.
312/6/20 New images for the Semialachee 239 activity patches for 2020.
10/5/20 New images from Uh-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee 89, for their annual Bull Day, and new patches from Calusa and Pethakhuwe Chapters. Thanks to Drew Kelly for these images.
9/27/20 The spreadsheet for Area/ Section memorabilia has been updated, to bring the list of host items up to date, from where I had previously left off (1979). In the cource of this, I have found some substantial problems with Seminole 85 and their odd-shape listings. Expect some changes there to account for corrections.
9/27/20 New issues from Echockotee 200: the last of their NOAC 2020 patches, and the 2020 Section S-4 Conference Host flaps (both cancelled events). Also, the images of the patches from the cancelled conference.
9/25/20 The new images for the Semialachee 239 MOMENTUM patches (S-102, S-103/ X-26, S-104/ X-27) are now available.
9/21/20 New images of a flap and activity patch from Tipisa 326, and activity patches from Uh-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee 89. And, a new section under "More", for items issued in response to COVID 19 (commemorative patches and masks).
Also, Michael Pruszynski provided scans of a 1976 Section SE-6 Conference neckerchief slide, and a previously-unknown 1976 Section SE-6 Conference vinyl folio bag.
8/29/20 New from Tipisa 326: round patches made for the cancelled MOMENTUM national event (R-17a and b), and their 2020 LLDC.
8/6/20 New neckerchief from Apieka Chapter, Echockotee Lodge 200 (N-1). Silkscreened, 18 made.
8/5/20 Mike Baker provided the image for the Osceola 564 2018 Winter Fellowship (regular attendee) patch. That has now been updated.
7/30/20 Images are now up for the Tipisa 326 2020 Momentum sets (S-82/ X-105; S-83/ X-106).
7/13/20 Two new images of 1970s or 1980s era fakes of O-Shot-Caw 265 flaps. Images provided by Roy More. These are some of the S-2-style flaps with no fleur-de-lis, with incorrect color borders.
7/3/20 New images from Uh-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee 89 for their contingent to the 2020 "MOMENTUM" event. A three piece set will be out later in July. No images yet, but there are two two-piece sets for the event from Tipisa 326. Semialachee 239 will have two two-piece sets and a single flap as well.
4/27/20 Two more new flaps from Tipisa 326, for next year's National Jamboree (S-80, S-81).
4/15/20 Images of new items from Tipisa 326: latest NOAC set (S-79, X-96, X-97), "Venturing" flap (S-78), and the 2020 event patches (so far).
3/9/2020 New annual pass flaps from Echockotee 200 (S-99, S-100).
2/23/2020 And some new issues from O-Shot-Caw 265, requiring a correction. The 2019 LLD flap (S-162) was issued before the two 2018 NOAC Dance Team and Ceremony Champion flaps. After those came a remake of their old traditional design (S-165) and a NOAC 2020 fundraiser (S-166). Their annual LEC flap has not yet been received. Activity patches from 2019 have been brought up-to-date, with what is available.
Also new, the latest activity patch from Tipisa 326.
2/21/2020 New issues from Uh-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee 89, for their 2020 NOAC set (thanks again, Tim Faughan), the Aal-Pa-Tah 237 2000 Vigil Breakfast (thanks, David Weda), and a new service flap from Semialachee 239.
1/6/2020 A new flap (S-8) and activity patch from Uh-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee 89 (hat tip to Tim Faughan); new activity patches (the 2020 set) from Aal-Pa-Tah 237 (hat tip to Mike Pruszynski). And a Winter Fellowship patch from Echockotee Lodge 200.
12/17/19 A new image from O-Shot-Caw 265, their annual Haunted Forest event, pretty cool design (hat tip to Mike Pruszynski for the images). And a two piece set from Echockotee 200, for those attending both of their Service Days this year.
11/7/19 The 2019 S-4 Section Leadership Summit was held at Camp La-No-Che, hosted by Tipisa 326. For the event, there are two patches (attendee, fundraiser) and a brass belt buckle. New host flap from Tipisa 326 (S-76). Also, a new upload of the Osceola 564 First Year Arrowman patch (R-3).
10/18/19 New images for events by Uh-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee 89 (tip 'o the hat to Tim Faughan), Echockotee 200 2019 Special Needs Camporee flap and another two-piece NOAC 2020 fundraiser, and the 2019 event patch set from Semialachee 239 (thank you, David Pate).
9/28/19 Two new issues from O-Shot-Caw 265, for their victories at the 2018 NOAC. Only 100 of each made (hat tip to Mike Pruszynski for the images).
9/2/19 While waiting for Hurricane Dorian to figure out what it will be do, the website has been brought up to date. Some major corrections for Tipisa 326, with previously unreported issues from 2017 and 2018, as well as a lot of new CSPs for their lodge (spreadsheet has been updated, with yellow highlight showing where the changes were made). Along with their new eight-feather flaps. And NOAC fundraiser patch sets. New images from Uh-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee 89, and Osceola 564 (thanks, Gary Johnson!)
7/14/19 Big thanks to Gary Johnson, for getting the site caught up with missing and new images from Osceola Lodge 564. Besides the chapter pieces from the last several years, we now have the scans for this year's activity series.
And big thanks to Tim Faughnan, for new scans from Uh-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee Lodge 89.
5/20/19 New images from Echockotee 200: NOAC 2020 two-piece set, six patches from Apieka Chapter, and the death patch from Onathequa Chapter. And two activity patches from Ut-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee 89 (thanks, Tim Faughnan!)
4/14/19 Section Conference is a great opportunity to catch up on the missing and unknown pieces from the last several months. New images are posted from Aal-Pa-Tah 237 (the host lodge), Echockotee 200, Semialachee 239, O-Shot-Caw 265, Tipisa 326, and Osceola 564. Section and host sections have also been updated.
4/6/19 Correction for 265: the 2018 LLD flap has a felt background, not fully embroidered. Corrections completed (thanks Mike Baker!)
3/31/19 Just back from the Palm Beach Trade-O-Ree. New items are now pictured, from Tipisa 326, Aal-Pa-Tah 237, and O-Shot-Caw 265.
3/24/18 New activity patch issues from Ut-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee 89 (thanks, Tim Faughnan!) and O-Show-Caw 265 (thanks Michael Pruszynski!)
2/17/19 the 2019 Central Florida Council Trade-O-Ree is now concluded. There is lots of new stuff from almost all of the active lodges in S-4 (peninsular Florida). All images of the new items have been uploaded except for Tipisa 326; those will be up in the next day. All spreadsheets have been updated.
1/6/19 Even more new stuff from Echockotee 200, at a pace to overtake O-Shot-Caw 265 in the numbers of new flaps being made. At the recent Winter Fellowship, they sold a three-piece set, based on the theme from the "Stranger Things" show on Netflix (S-91, S-92, X-48). The middle piece does not have the lodge name on it.
Echockotee 200 issue numbers corrected, as I neglected to account for the two flaps issued for the Section S-4 Summit (S-86, S-87). That would be 16 flaps for 2018.
12/2/18 New issues from Echockotee 200: S-86 and X-47, given by the lodge for those attending the April and December Service Days; S-87 (fundraiser), and S-88 (cancer fundraiser). For 2018, 14 flaps.
10/14/18 Finally had a chance to upload the new issues found at the 2018 Tampa Bay Trade-O-Ree. Now available are two new flaps from Echockotee 200, two more from Tipisa 326, as well as two more Tipisa CSPs for UCF's football team winning all of their games last year, and the first patch from two merged chapters, forming Micco-Tomokee Chapter.
8/21/18 All of the lodge pages have been updated, with all of the NOAC items issued.
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.
2021: NO MORE S-4?
Rumor has it that after the 2021 National Meeting, the current BSA organizational structure of four regions and sections within the region, will change to sixteen "territories". The maps show how the councils shall be organized into these territories, no word yet as to how the OA will be restructured. If the map is accurate, "Territory 16" will include all of the current Area 4/ Section 4, plus councils in Pensacola, Dothan, Valdosta, GA, Mobile, AL, Hattiesburg, MS, Meridian, MS, and Jackson, MS (total of 14 councils). If the Territory is to be split in two for the OA, the Florida lodges can stay intact, picking up the lodge in south Georgia.
2020 SECTION S-4 CONFERENCE CANCELLED (to be held November 20-22 "virtually")
MOMENTUM 2020 CANCELLED
The announcement here.
2021 NATIONAL SCOUT JAMBOREE POSTPONED
Pandemics will do that........
NOAC 2020 CANCELLED
There will be a smaller event to be held August 3-8 at The Summit, called "Momentum". Maybe. 7/17/20 MAYBE NOT. More details here.
2020 Section S-4 Conference POSTPONED;
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.