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First Regional Meetings

Following the decision in 1927 to only hold Grand Lodge meetings every other year, Regions 2 (New Jersey, New York) and 3 (Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, Maryland) held the first Regional Meetings of the Grand Lodge.

One of the purposes for these meetings was fellowship. They were also intended to find ways to improve the Order, local lodges, ceremonies and to exchange ideas. Regional Grand Lodge meetings were seen as a way to get lodges to participate on a multi-lodge level that had not attended Grand Lodge Meetings in the past. One hope was that the attendees would be encouraged to send delegates to the next Grand Lodge Meeting.

Ceremonies Principal Characters Change

Dateline: ---- Grand Lodge Bulletin, January 1, 1931.

Important! Attached to this bulletin is a very important list, which should receive consideration not only of the Supreme Chief of the Fire, but other members of the local lodge who may be interested. This is a sheet headed ‘Suggested Terminology for ORDER OF THE ARROW Officers.’ Please give this your earnest attention and write this office your opinion on it. The advantage of this list lies in the fact that all Indian names used are genuine, being taken from the LENNI-LENAPE dictionary. The term “Olomypees” and “Pow-Wow” are dropped because neither are Indian terms and are not found in the Delaware language.

Beginning Steps to Brotherhood Questionnaire

From the 1923 Minutes of the Grand Lodge annual meeting, the report of Brother Edson - Chairman Rituals and Ceremonials stated,

"We recommend that the First Degree members before receiving Second Degree initiation shall attend a class in which they receive definite instruction in the fundamentals of the Order as follows:

First Grand Lodge Membership Card

With the formation of the Grand Lodge there was a desire for a Wimachtendienk membership card that could be used by those lodges that did not choose to print their own cards.

According to the minutes of the Grand Lodge Session at Camp Linstead, Baltimore, MD, on October 12-13, 1923: 

First Merger of Lodges

At the end of 1924 Unami Lodge and Unalachtgo Lodge, both of Philadelphia Council, merged together. It is the first time two lodges combined together. The two lodges retained the Unami Lodge name. In 1996 Delmont Lodge of Valley Forge Council, Pennsylvania also merged into Unami.

First Official Jeweler

During its first year of existence, the Grand Lodge entered into an agreement with the National Jewelry Company (NJC) of Philadelphia to be the first Official Jeweler of Wimachtendienk. NJC would manufacture First Degree arrow pins and lodge totem pins. These were the only authorized insignia by the Order and pre-date patches

First Vigil Honor Sash

The only known photograph of the original sash for Third Degree (Vigil Honor) members is from the rededication council fire at Camp Biddle during the 1921 first meeting of the Grand Lodge. The photo shows the three part “bib” type sash around both E. Urner Goodman’s and Carroll A. Edson’s necks. One side of the triangle had an arrow pointing over the right shoulder signifying the First Degree. One side of the triangle had an arrow pointing over the left shoulder signifying the Second Degree. The third side of the triangle had an arrow pointing to Goodman’s left as he wore it. The third arrow and side completed the triangle, which was the sign of the Third Degree. There are no other known pictures showing this bib; nor are there any known bib type sashes in collections or displays. There is also no evidence that anyone other than Goodman and Edson ever wore this sash.

Grand Lodge Establishes Ceremonies

In 1921, the OA developed a national organization with the formation of the Grand Lodge.

One of the decisions of the Grand Lodge was that all ceremonies should be similar among the different lodges. To accomplish that choice it was resolved that the Grand Lodge would print both the First Degree and Second Degree ceremonies and distribute them. The ceremonies were mimeographed on 8.5” x 11” paper, stapled together, and were distributed to new lodges and current lodges in a packet of materials following payment of Lodge dues to the Grand Lodge.

William Hinkle

William Hinkle was the gentle spirit of maturity and age among the enthusiasm and spirit of the young leaders of the emerging Wimachtendienk. He is a mystery person from the beginnings of the Wimachtendienk. He never emerges to the forefront, but his record of service and recognition places him in the same league with the founders and their key group of adult supporters.

Grand Lodge Changes Ceremonies

Dr. William Hinkle presented the following report to the Grand Lodge in 1921:

Report of Committee on Ordeals and Ritual - 1921

The committee on Ordeals and Ritual beg leave to make the following report:

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