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Lodge History

 

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.

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1947

1948

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1984

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Lodge Advisor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlie Varner

Charlie Varner

Charlie Varner

Doug Spradling

Doug Spradling

Doug Spradling

Doug Spradling

Robert Hall

Robert Hall

Doug Spradling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Holland

Steve Holland

Jim Norton

Jim Norton

Jim Norton

Jim Norton

Danny Gomez

Danny Gomez

Danny Gomez

Lodge Chief

Marvin Standefer

Marvin Standefer

Bob Schmidt

Emmett Adair

James Lamb

Jack Beckner

Jack Vaughn

Ray Rutledge

Charles Blazi

 

 

 

John Farrell

Jack Woody

Jack Woody

Larry Ginsburg

Larry Ginsburg

Jerry Fowler

Charles Hamilton

Richard Rice

Larry Mahaffey

Whitt "Pat" Pond/Fritz Struve

Michael Stuart

Chrysler Crews

Chrysler Crews

John Cory Jr.

Chris Van de Valde

Mike Hall

Mike Hall

Mike Hall

Pat Price

Mike Hall

Jesse Winters

Franklin McDonough

Franklin McDonough

Jackson Butler

Jackson Butler

Marcus Gomez

Marcus Gomez

Marcus Gomez

Dustin Dinges

Dustin Dinges

Zach Pruitt

Andrew Rushing

Michael Pandya

Stephen Alexander, Geofrey N.

Vince Gonzales, Zachary Montandon

Nathan Gregory

Graham Rapier

Graham Rapier/Layton Thorpe

Layton Thorpe

Evan Thompson

Vigil Members

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 

email graham.rapier@southplainscouncil.org) 

         

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

2009-

2010-

2011- Saul Rodriguez, Graham Rapier, Alan Sill, Ted Moore

2012- Mason Payne, Nick Rogers, Robert Jeffcoat

2013- 

 

If you have any information about other years, please e-mail us.

 

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