• Mikanakawa Lodge Contingent NOAC 2018
    Mikanakawa Lodge Contingent NOAC 2018
    Blackland Prairie

Makade Aki Chapter

Chapter advisor: Kip Lankenau

Chapter Chief: Ethan Power

Chapter Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of each Month @ 7 pm

Please contact Chapter Advisor for location.

For Fall 2018 meetings, attend at Kaualoku's at 3666 Morningstar Lane, Farmers Branch, TX 75234. Elections & Camporee planning.

National Order of the Arrow Conference 2018 Recap

This past summer, a contingent of 90 delegates from our lodge accompanied by 18 staff members traveled to Indiana University for the 2018 National Order of the Arrow Conference. At NOAC, delegates learn new methods to take back to their lodges. They have the opportunity to meet fellow Order of the Arrow members from over 200 lodges. NOAC is the largest Order of the Arrow event and aims to combine learning with fun to make NOAC a memorable experience for all delegates.

While many lodges elect to fly to NOAC, Mikanakawa has a history of coordinating many pre-conference activities to bring our contingent together before the conference. This NOAC, the  planning committee organized a diverse and fun-packed list of pre-conference activities. In the days leading up to the conference, our contingent visited the Corvette Museum, Mammoth Cave, Louisville Slugger Factory, Kings Island Amusement Park, National Air Force Museum, Indianapolis War Memorial, an Indianapolis Indians baseball game, and the Eiteljorg Museum.

NOAC 2018After an action-packed lead up to the conference, Mikanakawa dominated the competitions at NOAC. The Mikanakawa adult 3v3 basketball team kicked it off by winning the national championship. Our volleyball team finished in the top 5. Mikanakawa also took home the national championship in OA Jeopardy.

Our contingent continued the streak of success in the AIA competitions. All five of our dancers, Christian Anderson, Dakota Birdsong, Carson Clark, Jonathan Johnson, and Eric Miles, finished top 10 in their respective categories. Carson Clark finished first in Southern Traditional. Three of our five competing ceremony teams were awarded the honor distinction. We also had our first competing drum team in decades.

Before NOAC 2018, NOAC 2015 was my favorite event in Scouting. As my first event in the Order of the Arrow, NOAC 2015 was an unmatched experience that ignited my fire to come back to Mikanakawa and become heavily involved. After I was asked to be the NOAC 2018 contingent lead, I reflected on my amazing experience from the previous NOAC. I set out to exceed that experience for our 2018 contingent.

Another focus of mine was encouraging youth leadership in the planning and execution of NOAC. Every step in the 18 month planning process and every moment at the conference was led by a youth member of the planning committee. From selecting pre-conference activities, to handling registration, to coordinating logistics for one of the largest contingents at NOAC, there was always a youth directly behind it.

My last major goal for the contingent was to focus on making our contingent feel as one. Due to the size of our lodge, we have to concentrate on the fact that many contingent members don’t know each other. Through contingent meetings, pre-conference activities, and developing chants to use at the conference, our contingent felt bigger, stronger, and louder than 2015’s. Despite being half the size of the 2015 contingent, we appeared as a truly unified mega-lodge to the other lodges.

Most importantly, I witnessed the same ignition of younger Arrowmen’s fires that I experienced in 2015, rounding off my conclusion that NOAC 2018 was a massive success for Mikanakawa.

I hope to see you at the 2020 National Order of the Arrow Conference,

Dominic Cischke,
NOAC Contingent Lead, Mikanakawa Lodge, Circle Ten Council

Makade Aki Chapter Accomplishments for 2017

At Blackland Prairie's District Dinner on January 20, 2018, outgoing Chapter Chief Dominic Cischke made the Chapter State of the Union address. Included were the achievements of the Chapter for 2017 including:

  • 4441 service hours, 41.5 hours per chapter member

  • Completed election in 100% of our troops

  • Increased our brotherhood conversion rate from 24% to 33%

  • Chapter membership increased by 2%

  • Earned the Gold level of the Order of the Arrow Journey to Excellence, the highest level, for the third year in a row.

  • We were also 1 of 4 chapter finalists for the Chapter of the Year award.

Under Dominic's guidance for the past three years, Makade Aki consistantly grew and increased membership since inception, six years ago from Council Redistricting. For Dominic's efforts, dedication, and service beyond his responsibilities, he earned special recognition at Mikanakawa Lodge Dinner January 2018.

Netami Lekhiket Award - this award is presneted to a youth Arrowman (Dominic) who provides outstanding service to the Lodge or his Chapter in the Vice Chief of Administartion area during the year. Dominic served as Winter Camp's Youth Lead and will serve as Circle Ten's Youth Lead for the NOWAC contingent.

Nimat Wimachtendienk Award - this award is presented to a youth Arrowman (Dominic) who provides outstanding service to the Lodg or his Chpater in the Brotherhood Inductions area during the year.

Vigil Honor Class of 2017 - Dominic was nominated and accepted as a Vigil member due to his exceptional service, personal effort and unselfish interest making distinguished contributions beyond his immediate responsiblities. Dominic is Makade Aki's first Vigil Honor member.

Chapter Chief Award - Dominic was recognized as Chapter Chief of the Year (2016) for the Chapter having the most improvement over the previous year.

As Dominic's tenure comes to an end at the Chapter level, he leaves it in capable hands of Ethan Power, Chapter Chief and his six Vice-Chiefs.


Mikanakawa Lodge Website - for event registrations and other information

Our district number is 28 - sometimes needed for registrations.