Tonkawa Lodge News

2021 Lodge Leadership Development — August 22, 2021

The 2021 Lodge Leadership Development was a blast! Our new quorum of officers put together an amazing program with an array of resources that each of them pulled from. During LLD, the 2021 Officers were sworn in. They are as follows: Trevor Roberts (Lodge Chief), Grant Fleming (Lodge Secretary), Wilson Benavides (Lodge VC Inductions), Andi DeLaCruz (Lodge VC Program), and Raghav Bhatnagar (Lodge VC Publications). Thank you all for attended Lodge Leadership Development and the Lodge is looking forward to a great 2021-2022 program year!

Fall Assembly 2018 — October 11, 2018

Fall Assembly was a BLAST! We inducted 88 new Members, 25 new Brotherhood members, and elected 15 new Vigil Members. The Picture Above shows some of our members hanging out and enjoying the Cotton Candy, as well as the glow sticks. LPSR is looking good after we completed 14 of the 15 service projects planned for the weekend. We are looking forward to seeing all the members and the new candidates at Spring Ordeal!

Lodge Officer Elections — May 6, 2018

On May 6, 2018, a general assembly of Lodge members elected the following to be your officers for the 2018-19 tenure. Their term will begin in August 2018. Congratulations, gentlemen!

Lodge Chief — Cohen Ward

Secretary — Dylan Desai

Vice Chief, Inductions — Matthew Tweden

Vice Chief, Program — Andrew Higgins

Vice Chief, Publications — Dustin White

Conclave/University of Incarnate Word — June 5, 2017

Hello everyone!

Just a few things pertaining to the upcoming Section Conclave at the University of Incarnate Word from June 30th-July 2nd.

1. If you plan to register, DO SO THIS WEEK! Earlybird registration closes this Friday, and after that, the price for the full weekend will be bumped up from $80 to $90.


2. Please do not forget to ask your Chapter Chiefs about Conclave scholarships! Each Chapter was encouraged by the LEC to fund $20 scholarships in helping to offset costs for it’s members who may wish to serve in Service/Logistics Corps at Conclave, so feel free to reach out to your Chapter and see how you can use those funds if possible.

Contact Dustin White at 512-644-0626 for more info on the Service Corps.

3. As part of Conclave this year, the Section is focusing on collecting donations that will go towards the Humane Society. Our Lodge will be collecting our own money in the next couple of weeks and presenting it as one donation towards the cause, so please make sure that if you aren’t going to make it out to Conclave, that any donation that you want to make gets into the hands of someone from your Chapter who is attending.

Chairmanship/ Executives — May 22, 2017

My Brothers,

The time has come for us to look forward to the next year and what we can accomplish together.

In order for Tonkawa Lodge to be successful, myself and my fellow officers will need the most dedicated youth servant leaders to step up and to serve as chairmen or executives in next year’s Lodge Executive Committee (LEC).

Below you will find the application itself as well as the latest edition of the Lodge Rules and Operations Manual, which, thanks to all of your support at Spring Ordeal, now contains the full responsibilities of all leadership positions within our Lodge.

I encourage all of you who wish to answer the call of service, my fellow Arrowmen, to apply, and to reach out to me with any questions that you may have. The application will close at midnight on June 9th– so please consider how you would like to be involved next year, whether in a leadership or support role. If you would like to serve on one of our committees for next year without being the chairman, you need not apply below, and simply express interest to me through the below email at any time.

Every single one of you is valued in this Lodge for your leadership and service, and I would be honored to see any of you apply and be considered.

2017 Tonkawa Lodge Rules

Apply Here


Andrew Herrera (2017-2018 Lodge Chief-Elect)

2017-2018 Election Results —  May 7, 2017

Tonkawa’s Spring Assembly—held May 5-7, 2017—saw our annual officer election process. After many impassioned speeches and great ideas, we congratulate our 2017-2018 Lodge Officers!


Lodge Chief — Andrew Herrera

Vice Chief of Program — Endy Sturms

Vice Chief of Inductions — Michael Kammer

Vice Chief of Publications — Dylan Dasai

Secretary — Matthew Tweden


In addition to officer elections, your 2016-17 officers collectively spent more than 1,000 hours hashing through much-needed updates to the Lodge Bylaws. Their work was unanimously approved by the Lodge voting body. Thanks for your work, officers!

Traditional American Indian Society- “Honoring the Past” Changing the future Celebration- Powwow — April 9, 2017

The Traditional American Indian Society presents

“honoring the past”

changing the future

celebration- Powwow

The location: Fredericksburg, TX- June 16th- 17th 2017

in Marktplatz Square

Indian market Day- Friday- 10AM- 6PM

Powwow- Saturday- 11:30AM- 10PM

Grand Entry- Saturday- 1pm and 7pm

American Indian Dance Competition- 7:30pm

LPSR Staffers Needed for 2017 — February 11, 2017

Lost Pines Scout Reservation is beginning to staff up for Summer Camp. Arrowmen who are interested should begin the process here.

Feb. 18, 2017 — Native American Singing Clinic — February 3, 2017

Please see the attached image for details for this FREE clinic. (click the image to open it up for a better view)

2016-2017 Officers Inducted — August 28, 2016

Lodge Adviser Richard South swears in our new officers (right to left): Brendan Kinney, JD Carlton, Michael Kammer, Cohen Ward, and Andrew Herrera.

The 2016-2017 Lodge Officers held a very successful Lodge Leadership Development (LLD) in August. The entire Executive Council spent time on lodge goals for the coming year, vision casting, getting to know each other, and team development activities.  We expect a tremendous year with added emphasis on improved communication, fellowship and other OA services.

Will Smith to Represent Lake Travis High School at 2015 Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders — May 7, 2015

THE HILLS, TX, May 5, 2015 – Will Smith, a 16-year-old sophomore, has accepted his nomination to represent Lake Travis High School at the 2015 Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Boston, MA, on June 28-30, 2015.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students with a minimum 3.5 GPA who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be scientists and technologists to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

Will Smith was formally nominated by American hero and astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, Science Director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists, to represent Lake Travis High School, based on his academic achievement, leadership potential, and passion for science and technology.

During the three-day Congress, Smith will join students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners talk about leading scientific research, be given advice from deans of the world’s top tech universities, be inspired by teen science prodigies, and learn about future advances and breakthroughs in science and technology.

“This is a crucial time in America when we need more nimble-minded and creative scientists and technologists who are even better prepared for a future that is changing exponentially,” said Richard Rossi, Executive Director, National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists. “Focused, bright and determined students like Will Smith are our future, and he deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give him.”

Smith was recently inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS), one of the nation’s forerunners in the recognition of exceptional high school students. Inductees must have demonstrated sustained commitment to the four NHS ideals of Character, Leadership, Scholarship and Service. They also must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.4.

Smith is active in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). He is an Eagle Scout in Troop 1010, Capitol Area Council, and a member of the BSA Order of the Arrow, a service organization that is the Boy Scouts’ national honor society.

“I understand that the relentless introduction of new technology creates anxiety in our societies. I am passionate about helping people master using technology to improve their lives. My goal is to be a leader in an innovative, world-class technology company when I graduate from college,” said Smith. “Since my earliest memories, I’ve known that through learning about technology, I can help others. I am looking forward to attending the Congress, learning from the speakers and networking with some of our future science and technology leaders.”

The theme of the June 2015 Congress is “Greatness Awaits,” and will feature presentations by and opportunities for attendees to network with a roster that includes:


About the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists

The Academy offers free services and programs to students who have the desire to learn more about their future in science or technology. Some of the services and programs the Academy offers include online social networks through which these future scientists and technologists can communicate; opportunities for students to be guided and mentored by tech and science leaders; and communications for parents and students on college acceptance and finances, skills acquisition, internships, career guidance and much more.

The Academy was founded on the belief that science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education plays a critical role in enabling the United States to remain the economic and technological leader of the global marketplace of the 21st century and that we must identify prospective talent at the earliest possible age and help these students acquire the necessary experience and skills to take them to the doorstep of vital careers.

Based in Washington, DC and with an office in Boston, MA, the Academy was chartered as a nonpartisan, taxpaying institution to help address this crisis by working to identify, encourage and mentor students who wish to devote their lives to advances in society as scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.

For more information, visit or call 617-307-7425. 

Philmont Crew Opportunity — December 14, 2014

The Capitol Area Council is sponsoring a two-week long backpacking trip
to Philmont Scout Ranch in the summer of 2015, and the following
summers. We will be leaving Austin June 28, 2015 and will return July 11,
2015. A limited number of positions for Scouts and adult leaders are

If you have interested “financially challenged” Scouts and adult leaders
who meet all the requirements, there will be a presentation and
interviews for joining the Philmont Opportunity Crew at the Frank Fickett
Scout Training and Service Center in December 2014 and January 2015.
Generous scholarships are available.

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