Our Operating Rules

Article I.  Name and Affiliation.
Section I.  Name.  The lodge shall be known as Nampa-Tsi Lodge, meaning Twin Lodges in the words of our native brothers.
Section II.  Affiliation.  This lodge shall have affiliating ties with the Great Rivers Council No. 653, Boy Scouts of America, and shall be under the supervision of the council camping and the administrative authority of the Scout Executive.  The Nampa-Tsi Lodge will follow all rules and guidelines established by the Boy Scouts of America including the Guide to Safe Scouting and Youth Protection Guidelines and all Order of the Arrow publications including the Order of the Arrow Handbook, the Guide for Officers and Advisers, and other publications.
Article II.  Lodge Mission.  The mission of this lodge is to achieve the purpose of the Order of the Arrow as an integral part of the Boy Scouts of America in the council through positive youth leadership under the guidance of selected capable adults.
Article III.  Lodge Geographical Divisions.  The lodge shall be divided into seven geographical divisions.  Each division will be a  chapter, each chapter corresponding to a district of the Great Rivers Council.  Each chapter’s primary goal is to promote camping promotion while executing unit elections
Section I.  Role of the Chapter.  The primary role of a chapter is in conducting camping promotion visits and unit elections  The chapter also plays a role in welcoming new members into the lodge and helping them seal their membership in the brotherhood and for all members to continue their membership and service.  The chapter shall utilize their chapter’s Unit OA Representatives in support of these goals.
Section II.  The Chapters of the Lodge.
Clause I.  Amoe.  The Amoe Chapter shall take bounds of the Boonslick District, serving the Columbia area of Boone, Cooper, and Howard Counties.
Clause II.  Espan.  The Espan Chapter shall take bounds of the Mark Twain District, serving the Hannibal area of Lewis, Marion, the Northeastern part of Monroe, Pike, and Ralls Counties.
Clause III.  Gawi.  The Gawi Chapter shall take bounds of the Black Diamond District, serving the Kirksville area of Adair, Knox, Linn, Macon, Putnam, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby and Sullivan Counties.
Clause IV.  Sisilijia.  The Sisilijia Chapter shall take bounds of the Osage Trails District, serving the Sedalia and Marshall area of Benton, Chariton, Pettis, and Saline Counties.
Clause V.  Taleka.  The Taleka Chapter shall take bounds of the Grand Prairie District, serving the Moberly, Mexico, and Fulton area of Audrain, Callaway, all but the Northeastern part of Monroe, Montgomery, Pike, and Randolph Counties.
Clause VI.  Wiechcheu.  The Wiechcheu Chapter shall take bounds of the Five Rivers District in the Jefferson City area of Cole, Gasconade, Maries, Moniteau, and Osage Counties.
Clause VII.  Woapalanne.  The Woapalanne Chapter shall take bounds of the Kinderhook District, serving the Camdenton and Lake area of Camden, Miller, and Morgan Counties.
Article IV.  Unit Elections and Obtaining Initial Membership.
Section I.  Requirements for Membership.  The requirements for membership in this lodge shall be as stated in the current printing of the Order of the Arrow Handbook, the Order of the Arrow Guide for Officers and Advisers, and the Order of the Arrow Guide to Unit Elections.
Section II.  Unit Elections.  All election procedures shall be conducted according to the Order of the Arrow Guide for Officers and Advisers and the Order of the Arrow Guide to Unit Elections.  Elections shall be completed prior to the start of the summer camping season, preferably in the months of April and May.
Section III.  Call-Out.  A call-out ceremony shall be conducted at summer camp by the lodge.
Section IV.  The Pre-Ordeal.  The procedure for the Pre-Ordeal shall be as stated in the Order of the Arrow Handbook, the Order of the Arrow Guide for Officers and Advisers and the Order of the Arrow Guide to Inductions.  Only the official ceremony shall be used.
Section V.  The Ordeal.  The procedure for the Ordeal shall be as stated in the Order of the Arrow Handbook, the Order of the Arrow Guide for Officers and Advisers, and the Order of the Arrow Guide to Inductions
Section VI.  Period of Candidacy.  The period of candidacy for youth shall be for one year from the date of the youth election.  This also applies to unit level adults nominated in conjunction with a unit’s youth election; their candidacy period shall be for one year from the date of the youth election.  For district or council adults nominated their candidacy period shall be for one year from the date of nomination approval.
Section VII.  Candidacy Period Extensions.  Should a candidate not be able to complete their Ordeal within one year their candidate status will expire and they must be re-elected (or re-nominated) to regain candidate status.  The only exception is that an extension of one additional ordeal opportunity can be granted by the Lodge Executive Committee (LEC) if the candidate has excusable absences for each of the ordeal opportunities during their original one year candidacy period.  The extension can be further renewed for one additional ordeal opportunity at a time by the LEC for an excusable absence during the extended ordeal opportunity.  These extensions cannot exceed the candidacy for longer than one additional year of candidacy.
Section VIII.  Youth Re-election or Adult Re-nomination.  The candidacy period ends with the last ordeal opportunity within the lodge during the one year period of candidacy unless an extension is granted.  A candidate’s name cannot appear on a youth ballot or considered for adult nomination while they are still a candidate from a prior election or nomination.
Section IX.  Initial Membership.  Candidates who complete their ordeal shall participate in the Ordeal ceremony and become Ordeal members of the Order of the Arrow and the lodge.  Only the official ceremony shall be used.
Article V.  Brotherhood Membership.
Section I.  Sealing Membership in the Brotherhood.  The completion of brotherhood membership in the Nampa-Tsi Lodge shall be in accordance with the requirements for Brotherhood membership as stated in the current printing of the Order of the Arrow Handbook, the Order of the Arrow Guide for Officers and Advisers, and the Order of the Arrow Guide to Inductions.
Section II.  Brotherhood Ceremony.  Only the official ceremony shall be used.  The ceremony shall take place at a Lodge event or at an event approved by the Lodge Executive Committee.
Article VI.  The Vigil Honor.
Section I.  The Vigil Honor.  The Vigil Honor shall be bestowed upon deserving Brotherhood members in accordance with the requirements in the current printing of the Order of the Arrow Handbook and the Order of the Arrow Guide for Officers and Advisers.
Section II.  Vigil Honor Call-Out Ceremony.  A Vigil Honor call-out ceremony shall be conducted at the annual lodge banquet or at another time as approved by the Lodge Executive Committee.
Section III.  Vigil Honor Ceremony.  Only the official ceremony shall be used.  The ceremony shall take place at a Lodge event or at an event approved by the Lodge Executive Committee.
Article VII.  Lodge Officers. 
Section I.  Lodge Offices and Responsibilities.  Effective with the lodge officer elections in  Summer  2018 with the term of office starting one January 1, 2019, the officers of this lodge shall be the lodge chief, vice chief, secretary, and treasurer.
Clause I.  Lodge Chief.  The Lodge Chief shall, during their term of office, preside over meetings of the Lodge Executive Committee; oversees the other lodge officers, the chapters, and the Vigil Honor and Honors committees; oversee all lodge operations and functions; and responsible for the Lodge Leadership Development training.
Clause II.  Lodge Vice Chief.  The Lodge Vice Chief shall, during their term of office, preside over meetings of the Lodge Executive Committee in the absence of the Lodge Chief; oversees the Ordeal, Brotherhood, Ceremonial, Camping Promotion, and Service and Activities committees; and responsible for all lodge activities except the Lodge Leadership Development training.
Clause III.  Lodge Secretary.  The Lodge Secretary shall, during their term of office, preside over meetings of the Lodge Executive Committee in the absence of the Lodge Chief and Lodge Vice Chief; oversees the Communications and Unit Elections and Membership committees; keeps membership records and oversees registration at all lodge activities; handles all lodge communications; records the minutes of Lodge Executive Committee meetings; and administers the coup thong award program under the oversight of the Honors committees. 
Clause IV.  Lodge Treasurer.  The Lodge Treasurer shall, during their term of office, preside over meetings of the Lodge Executive Committee in the absence of the Lodge Chief, Lodge Vice Chief, and Lodge Secretary; oversees the Finance committee; oversees lodge finances, the lodge budget, and the lodge trading post and merchandise.
Section II.  Requirements for Being a Lodge Officer.
Clause I.  Age.  All lodge officers must be under the age of twenty-one for their entire term of office.
Clause II.  Standing.  Lodge officers must be members in good standing of the Boy Scouts of America, on the charter of a unit chartered through Great Rivers Council, and must be members of  Nampa‑Tsi Lodge in good standing including the payment of the current year’s dues.
Section III.  The Procedure of Electing Lodge Officers.
Clause I.  Petitions.  Arrowmen wishing to file for candidacy must submit a petition to the Lodge Adviser through the Council Service Center no later than the date set by the Lodge Executive Committee.  This petition will made available on the lodge website and the Council Service Center.
Clause II.  Election Date.  The elections for lodge offices will be conducted on Saturday afternoon at the Fall Fellowship and Induction Weekend at a time determined by the Lodge Executive Committee (LEC) or at another date, time, and place determined by the LEC.
Clause III.  Order of Election.  The election for each office will be conducted and separately with the winner announced before continuing with the next office.  The order of the elections will be the position of Lodge Chief will be elected first, followed by the Lodge Vice Chief, followed by the Lodge Secretary, and ultimately by the Lodge Treasurer.
Clause IV.  Conflicts of Interest.  No candidate running for lodge office shall take part in running the election or the procedure of counting ballots for that lodge office.  This does not prevent the Lodge Chief or other lodge officer-in-charge from opening the election meeting and providing a brief introduction to the election process.
Clause V.  The Ballot Counting Procedure.  The counting of ballots will be overseen by the Lodge Adviser or their designee.
Clause VI.  Election Results.  Results will be made known immediately after the election for each office.
Section IV.  Term of Office and Installation.  The term of office for lodge officers shall be January 1 to December 31.  The new lodge officers shall be formally installed at the Banquet, and will be administered the following Oath of Office:
I do hereby promise on my honor as a Scout and as an Arrowman, that I shall faithfully execute the duties of the office to which I have been elected; that I shall remain loyal and steadfast to this, the Nampa‑Tsi Lodge, promising to always make my actions and decisions in light of the lodge’s better interests; and that I might always live by the Obligation of the Order.  To this I pledge my honor as I take on this responsibility of lodge leadership.  Wimachtendienk, Wingolauchsik, Witahemui.
Section V.  Vacancies.
Clause I.  Lodge Chief.  In the event that the position of Lodge Chief or Lodge Chief-Elect becomes vacant through resignation, removal from office, or no one ran for the office, the vacancy shall be filled by the Lodge Vice Chief or Lodge Vice Chief-Elect as appropriate.
Clause II.  Other Lodge Officers.  In the event that any other lodge office or lodge office-elect becomes vacant through resignation, removal from office, or no one ran for the office, the vacancy shall be filled by the Lodge Executive Committee with an election with self or second-party nomination.
Section VI.  Removal from Office.
Clause I.  Reasons.  An officer may be removed from office for not regularly attending meetings and activities of the lodge, failure to set a positive example to Arrowmen, or failure to meet the requirements for being an officer.
Clause II.  Decision.  The decision to remove an officer from office by three-fourths majority of the voting membership of the Lodge Executive Committee, or by unanimous decision of the Lodge Key Three or by unanimous decision of the Lodge Adviser, Lodge Staff Advisor, and the Supreme Chief of the Fire.
Article VIII.  Chapter Officers.
Section I.  Officer Titles.  Chapters may determine the number of officers, titles, and duties; however, a chapter chief and chapter vice chief are necessary.
Section II.  Requirements for Being a Chapter Officer.  The requirements for being a chapter office shall be the same as the requirements for being a lodge officer.  Furthermore, chapter officers must be an member of the chapter for which they are an officer.
Section III.  Election of Chapter Officers.  Chapter officers shall be elected by the membership of their own chapters annually.  The election should take place after the election of lodge officers at the Fall Conclave but on or before October 31.  Their term of office is the same as that of Lodge Officers.
Section IV.  Method of Election for Chapter Officers.  Each chapter may determine a fair method of electing their chapter officers as approved by the Chapter Adviser.
Section V.  Vacancies.  Should the position of chapter chief remain vacant for more than 60 days, the Lodge Chief, with the approval of the Lodge Executive Committee, may appoint a member of the chapter to be the Chapter Chief.  All other chapter positions left vacant shall be filled at the discrepancy of the chapter in a manner of their choice.
Section VI.  Removal from Office.  The reasons and decision to remove a chapter officer are the same as for a lodge officer.
Article IX.  The Lodge Executive Committee (LEC).
Section I.  Purpose.  The Lodge Executive Committee shall have the authority to conduct the business of the Lodge.
Section II.  Voting Members.  The voting members of the Lodge Executive Committee  shall include of the lodge officers, the chapter chiefs, and the standing committee chairmen; however, no one person can cast more than one ballot on any issue.
Clause I.  Lodge Officers.  The lodge officers include the immediate past lodge chief as of the start of the term of office, if they served for more than six months in office, completed their term of office, if they are under the age of twenty-one at the time of the vote.
Clause II.  Chapter Chiefs.  If a chapter chief cannot attend a meeting or is a lodge officer another chapter officer may serve as a voting representative, first the chapter Vice Chief, then to the secretary, and finally to the treasurer.  If no chapter officer can attend the meeting the voting representative may then be transferred to any chapter member as along as a Chapter officer has provided written authority for the representative.  This written authority should be sent to the lodge secretary and must state the chapter member’s name and applicable meeting date.
Clause III.  Standing Committee Chairmen.  If a standing committee chairman cannot attend a meeting, is a lodge officer, or a chapter representative, another committee member may serve as a voting representative as long as the committee chairman has provided written authority for the member to represent the committee.  This written authority should be sent to the lodge secretary and must state the committee member’s name and applicable meeting date.
Section III.  Quorum.  A quorum must be present in order for business to take place.
Clause I.  Quorum and Its Calculation.  The quorum shall be a simple majority (more than 50%).  For the purposes of calculating the quorum all voting members present (Lodge Officers including the immediate past lodge chief, if they are under the age of twenty-one at the time of the vote, Chapter Chiefs or their designated representatives, and Standing Committee Chairman or their designated representatives) will count towards the dividend but only the Lodge Officers excluding the immediate past lodge chief and Chapter Chiefs will count towards the divisor.
Clause II.  Reduced Quorum at Subsequent Meetings.  If the quorum is not present at a meeting, the next meeting shall have a reduced quorum requirement of two-thirds (2/3) of the quorum requirement of the prior meeting.  If the quorum is still not present at subsequent meetings the quorum requirement continues to be reduced for each subsequent meeting.
Section IV.  Lodge Operating Committees.  The lodge committees help perform the duties of the lodge officers.  The lodge chief appoints the chairmen and members to each committee.  The lodge chief reserves the right to determine the proper size of the committee depending on the committee’s role.  It is common that only a chairman is needed however it is encouraged that additional members be appointed to committees.  The committees listed below except for ad hoc committees are the standing committees of the lodge.
 Clause I.  Honors.  The Honors committee administers the Founder’s Award program, the Fred A. Zimmann Distinguished Service Award program, and the Zeke Secora NOAC Scholarship program, administers the Lodge’s Chapter Journey-To-Excellence program, coordinates the lodge effort in pursuit of recognition in the Journey-To-Excellence program.  The Lodge Secretary serves as a member of this committee and administers the Coup Thong Award program.  This committee may be chaired by the Lodge Chief or their designee.  Oversight of this committee is made by the Lodge Chief.
Clause II.  Vigil Honor.  The Vigil Honor committee conducts the Vigil Honor selection process, plans and executes the Vigil Honor Call-Out ceremony and conducts the Vigil Honor inductions.  They further coordinate all other Vigil Honor activities.  This committee may be chaired by the Lodge Chief or their designee.  The chairman of this committee may serve as the Vigil Chief.  Oversight of this committee is made by the Lodge Chief. 
Clause III.  Ordeal.  The Ordeal committee runs the ordeal at lodge events; a member of the committee will serve as the Ordeal Master; trains and coordinates elangomats for the conclaves; run ordeal training sessions at events; and submits a list of new Ordeal members to the lodge secretary.  Oversight of this committee is made by the Lodge Vice Chief.
Clause IV.  Brotherhood.  The Brotherhood committee oversees the sealing of Ordeal membership into Brotherhood membership, a member of the committee will serve as the lead extended elangomant (or nimat); trains and coordinates nimats for the conclaves; run brotherhood training sessions at events; and submits a list of new Brotherhood members to the lodge secretary.  Oversight of this committee is made by the Lodge Vice Chief.
Clause V.  Ceremonial.  The Ceremonial committee supplies ceremonial teams for all lodge ceremonies and are also responsible for the lodge ceremonial outfits and related properties.  Oversight of this committee is made by the Lodge Vice Chief.
Clause VI.  Camping Promotion.  The Camping Promotion committee publishes the Where to Go Camping book, works with the council camping committee in the promotion of council camping events and unit level camping, and supports chapters efforts to conduct camping promotion visits.  Oversight of this committee is made by the Lodge Vice Chief.
Clause VII.  Service and Activities.  The Service and Activities committee is responsible for service related programs of the Lodge.  They organize and prepares the Lodge’s events and activities such as the Banquet, Fellowships and Induction Weekends, and other events and activities as designated by the Lodge Executive Committee.  Oversight of this committee is made by the Lodge Vice Chief.
Clause VIII.  Unit Elections and Membership.  The Unit Elections and Membership committee manages the unit elections process and supports chapter efforts to conduct a unit election in each unit desiring one and oversees the membership experience such that all ordeal members seal their membership with Brotherhood membership and for all members to continue their membership and service.  Oversight of this committee is made by the Lodge Secretary. 
Clause IX.  Communications.  The Communications committee prepares and issues all lodge communications including the Smoke Signal, the official lodge newsletter publication, the Smoke Puff, the official lodge group emails, The Teepee, the official lodge event schedule and program publication, the Lodge Handbook, and other lodge communication pieces.  The committee also oversees the lodge website and produces a variety of forms for lodge use.  Oversight of this committee is made by the Lodge Secretary.
Clause X.  Finance.  This Finance committee proposes an annual lodge budget and tracks actual lodge financial performance, operates the lodge trading post including merchandise procurement, annually recommends an amount for dues to the Lodge Executive Committee, monitors the event fee structure and tracks the actual financial performance of events, and makes sure that amounts are set aside to cover intermediate and long term commitments including but not limited to the national recharter fee, council FOS and capital campaign pledges, lodge officer training, and the Zeke Secora NOAC Scholarship award.  Oversight of this committee is made by the Lodge Treasurer.
Clause XI.  Ad Hoc Committees.  The lodge chief may establish ad hoc committees to examine other lodge issues as they arise.  Once the committee has concluded its business, the committee is dissolved.  Oversight of these committees is made by the Lodge Chief or other lodge member designated by the Lodge Chief.
Section V.  Lodge Executive Committee Meeting Dates.  A regular meeting schedule should be adopted by the Lodge Executive Committee.  Any meeting scheduled by the LEC with one month’s advance notice will be a regular meeting and all other meetings will be special meetings.  Special meetings of the LEC may be called by the Lodge Chief with the consultation of the Lodge Adviser, the Lodge Adviser, or a majority of the LEC membership.
Section VI.  Meetings by Conference Telephone Call.  Both meeting the requirements of the quorum and voting will be permitted by conference telephone call.
Section VII.  Meetings by Electronic Mail and other methods.  Meetings by electronic mail and other methods will not be permitted.
Section VIII.  Rules of Operation.  Business in the Lodge Executive Committee shall be conducted according to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, 11th edition in order to retain order and decorum.
Section IX.  Keeping Contact Information on File with the Lodge.  All Lodge Executive Committee  members must have on file with the Lodge Secretary their name and current chapter, position, mailing address, telephone number(s), and email address(es).
Section X.  Lodge Executive Committee Meeting Attendance.  This lodge encourages any youth member in good standing to attend meetings of the Lodge Executive Committee.  While it is hoped that participation in the meeting will be possible it is not guaranteed depending on the amount of business and time available.  Regardless, only voting members will be permitted to vote.
Article X.  Lodge Calendar of Events, Activities, and Lodge Executive Committee Meetings.
Section I.  Schedule of Lodge Executive Committee meetings.  A schedule of Lodge Executive Committee meetings shall be established before the start of the lodge year and should contain the date, time, and meeting location for each meeting.  Meetings should be held either monthly or bi-monthly (once every two months).  This meeting schedule shall be made available to the lodge as a whole.
Section II.  Schedule of Lodge Events and Activities.  The schedule of lodge events and activities shall be established before the start of the lodge year and should contain the dates, times, locations, costs, and registration deadlines for each event and activity.  This schedule shall be given to the Lodge Staff Adviser in time for publication of the council calendar.  This event and activity schedule shall be made available to the lodge as a whole.
Article XI.  Lodge and Chapter Advisers
Section I.  The Lodge Adviser.  The Lodge Adviser shall be annually appointed by the Scout executive of the Great Rivers Council.
Section II.  The Lodge Staff Adviser.  The Lodge Staff Adviser shall be annually appointed by the Scout Executive of the Great Rivers Council.  The Lodge Staff Adviser will have their lodge membership dues waived as well as any event fees for lodge events they attend.
Section III.  Associate Lodge Advisers, lodge officer advisers, and lodge committee advisers. Associate Lodge Advisers, lodge officer advisers, and lodge committee advisers shall be appointed by the Lodge Adviser with consultation of the Lodge Staff Adviser.
Section IV. Chapter Advisers and Associate Advisers.  The selection of Chapter Advisers and Associate Chapter Advisers shall be appointed by the Lodge Adviser with consultation of the Lodge Staff Adviser.  If possible, the affiliated district camp and outdoor promotion chair should also be consulted.
Article XII.  Lodge Supreme Chief of the Fire.  The Scout Executive of the Great Rivers Council, BSA, will be known as Lodge Supreme Chief of the Fire.  The Lodge Supreme Chief of the Fire will have their lodge membership dues waived as well as any event fees for lodge events they attend.
Article XIII.  Lodge Key Three.  The lodge key three consists of the Lodge Chief, Lodge Adviser, and Lodge Staff Adviser.
Article XIV.  Finances and Dues.
Section I.  General Finances.  All Order of the Arrow funds shall be handled through the Great Rivers Council Service Center and go through all normal council accounting procedures.
Section II.  The Annual Operating Budget.  The lodge must approve an annual operating budget, overseen by the lodge treasurer.
Section III.  Annual Financial Statement.  An annual lodge financial statement shall be produced and shall be made available to any member in good standing.
Section IV.  Dues.  The Lodge Executive Committee shall establish the amount of annual membership dues.  The  Lodge Executive Committee may set a due date and a late fee for dues that are paid after this date.
Article XV.  Honors and Awards.  This lodge has the option to bestow the following honors and awards; all nominations must be received in the Council office on a date established by the Lodge Executive Committee.  The Honors committee and the Lodge Chief will oversee the awards programs.
Section I.  The Founder’s Award.  The requirements for the Founder’s Award are the following:
Clause I.  The Arrowman must be a member of the Nampa-Tsi Lodge in good standing.
Clause II.  The Arrowman must have given long term, unselfish service in accordance with the Purposes and Obligation of the Order of the Arrow, to Scouting and the Nampa-Tsi Lodge.
Clause III.  Guidelines for presentation will follow national policy as outlined in the latest edition of the Order of the Arrow Guide for Officers and Advisers.
Section II.  The Fred A. Zimmann Distinguished Service Award.  The requirements for the Fred A.  Zimmann Distinguished Service Award are the following:
Clause I.  The Arrowman must be a member of the Nampa-Tsi Lodge.
Clause II.  The Arrowman must be over the age of twenty-one.
Clause III.  They must have furthered the cause of camping in the Great Rivers Council through significant contributions.
Clause IV.  No one person may receive this award more than once.
Clause V.  The award may not be given posthumously.
Section III.  The Zeke Secora National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) Scholarship.
Clause I.  Timing and Consideration.  The Zeke Secora NOAC Scholarship will be awarded for each National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC).  Arrowmen wanting this scholarship should write a letter to the Lodge Key Three for consideration.
Clause II.  Considerations.  Considerations will include the age of Arrowman (a younger Arrowman is preferred), financial need, leadership potential, and service to the lodge.
Clause III.  Selection.  The scholarship recipient will be selected by the Lodge Key Three.
Article XVI.  The Lodge Handbook.  The lodge will produce a Lodge Handbook.  The handbook will be made freely available to all members in electronic form with a hardcopy made available to all new members.  The lodge operating rules will be part of the Lodge Handbook and will further describe the duties, procedures, and territory of the lodge.  The Lodge Handbook will be updated annually.
Article XVII.  Symbols and Miscellany.
Section I.  The Lodge Totem.  The totem of the lodge shall be a white tepee with two red stripes and a number of lodge poles equal to the number of chapters.
Section II.  Lodge Flap and Patches.
Clause I.  The Lodge Flap.  As of  June 2016 the lodge flap has the following design:  the lodge name in capital letters in red in the upper left-hand corner; on the left are seven flying black birds each representing one of the lodge’s seven chapters; in the middle is a rising sun with our lodge number, 216, ghosted in yellow on a yellow and orange arrow in the sun’s center.  The number is ghosted since the National Order of the Arrow Committee no longer uses lodge numbers for the tracking of lodges (They use the council name and number instead.); the sky is multicolored–typical of dawn with the colors are orange, light red, and purple, from the center towards the edges; the horizon is slightly curved with green grass and a blue lake; on the lower left is a fire in the shape of a fleur-de-lis, made up of brown logs and orange and yellow flames; rising from the fire are five gray lines of smoke; the great white lodge teepee with its traditional two red stripes sits on the lakes shoreline; on the lake in a brown natural wood canoe is a Po-E-Mo warrior; to the right are three W’s (for Wimachtendienk, Wingolauchsik, Witahemui) forming ripples in the water; and on the right is a bluff similar to the one at Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation with a gray rock face and a Metab Chieftain in a red and white Sioux headdress.  Should the lodge flap come to change in time, this clause shall duly require a mandatory amendment to meet the description of the newly approved design.
Clause II.  Conditions on Flaps and Patches.  With the creation of all new lodge flaps, other lodge and chapter regular and event patches, etc., a copy of each patch shall be presented to both the Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation and the Council Service Center for safekeeping, display, and for the enjoyment of Arrowmen in the present and future.
Section III.  The Lodge Coup Thong Award Program.
Clause I.  Administration of the Coup Thong Award Program.  The lodge secretary shall administer the lodge’s coup thong program under the auspices of the Honors committee..
Clause II.  Purpose.  Worn around the neck, the coup thong displays an Arrowman’s tenure in the Order of the Arrow, as well as his achievements in the Order, as well as in Scouting (i.e., the Eagle Scout Award).
Clause III.  The Coup Thong and Its Components.  The coup thong and its components shall be further outlined in the Lodge Handbook.
Section IV.  Lodge Song.  The song of our lodge shall be recited or sung as printed:
Hold true the legends of our lodge,
And keep our secrets in safeguard,
For to the Order we shall stand,
In cheerful service unto man.
Promote our brotherhood, indeed,
For we are the great Nampa-Tsi.
Section V.  Lodge Legend.  The lodge legend shall be as printed in the Lodge Handbook.
Section VI.  The Retaining of Predecessor Lodge Totems.  The totems of our predecessor lodges, Po‑E‑Mo and Metab lodges, shall continue to be held in high regard.  This includes Po‑E‑Mo’s flaming arrow and Metab’s chieftain’s shield.
Article XVIII.  Amendments.
Section I.  Procedure for Amendments.  These rules may be amended or repealed by a simple majority of all voting members present at any regular meeting of the Lodge Executive Committee, provided the proposed amendment was submitted in writing as listed in Section II and was proposed and approved by a simple majority of all voting members present at the last meeting of the Lodge Executive Committee.
Section II.  Amendment to be Made in Writing.  The form of writing shall include the name and number of the Article, the name and number of the Section, if applicable, and the name and number of the Clause, if applicable; with a part with the exact wording of the current rule; with a part with the change to be made; and with a part with the exact wording of the rule after the change
Section III.  National Mandates.  The National Committee of the Order of the Arrow mandates certain portions of the rules.  The lodge may not change these portions.  If a mandated portion of this document is altered by the National Committee, such changes are automatically considered as having been incorporated into the operating rules of the lodge.
Section IV.  Constant Review.  These rules shall remain under constant review for amendment and making necessary corrections.
Article XIX.  Initial Approval of these Operating Rules.  These operating rules were approved by the Supreme Chief of the Fire, Doug Callahan, Scout Executive, Great Rivers Council on June 15, 2018.