The Nakona Lodge as it is today (1970) owes it existence primarily to the efforts of one man, Chief Frank Runkles.
When Chief Runkles assumed his job as Ranger at Camp Post in late 1930's he saw a desperate need for some
permanent organization recognizing those Scouts who had excelled in the camping skills and offering them an
opportunity to use those skills in service to the council and the general Scouting program. Chief Runkles had
previously worked in other councils to meet these needs. The most effective of these programs, it seemed were
those that used a format of the Plains Indian culture as exemplary of the high ideals and fortitude to be express
in the organization. He had had much experience and training with the Indian culture and felt this would form a
sound basis for an honorary camping society.
Among the programs which had been established in other Texas Councils were "The Council of the Black Arrow"
and the "Kuni-eh Indians." Combining these two with other forms, during the summer and fall of 1938 he
organized the SPAC (South Plains Area Council) Indians. The SPAC Indians served basically the same purpose that
the Order of the Arrow serves today, and used only slightly varied ceremonies. The Order of the Arrow was
advantages of operating on a national scale, in the fall of 1939 Chief Runkles recommended to the Council
Camping Committee that the Order of the Arrow become the official council honor campers association. His
suggestion was approved and through a National Charter the Nakona Lodge #150 was formed.
Chief Frank Runkles was given the distinction of being the first member of the lodge and also the only one never
to undergo an Ordeal. He gave the lodge its name and totem and was responsible for inducting its first members
who were elected on an all-council basis rather than by individual troops. He also held the position of Lodge Lay
Adviser during the 1940s (although it was inactive during World War II) and had remained a respected guide and
supporter of the Lodge since that time up until his death on March 19, 2002.
Whitt "Pat" Pond/Fritz Struve
John Cory Jr.
Chris Van de Valde
Stephen Alexander, Geofrey N.
Vince Gonzales, Zachary Montandon
Graham Rapier/Layton Thorpe
1991- John Rogers, Tom James, Jeff Goolsby and Dale Hall.
(It is noted that this class had 7, if you know about 3 other Vigil Honor members from this year, please
1996- Franklin McDonough, Alan Nelson
2004- Michael Pandya, Todd Eldridge, Joyce Merritt
2005- Reegan May, Royce May, Gordon Muse, Rayburn Wener
2006- Rayburn Wenner, Jarred Wenner, John Wasiuta, Greg Nauert, Geofrey Nauert, Donna Tidwell
2007- Mark Warsing, Jared W., Lucas Wheeler, Philip Wendt, Randell Hust,
2008- Brad Payne, Cameron Ward, Trevor Thuett, Andrew S., Taylor Hickland
2011- Saul Rodriguez, Graham Rapier, Alan Sill, Ted Moore
2012- Mason Payne, Nick Rogers, Robert Jeffcoat
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