May 2016 Message from the Lodge Advisor
From the Lodge Adviser:
Frederick R. Heidtmann Fund
You may have heard that a portion of the proceeds from the patch auction at the Spring Fellowship will be going to the Heidtmann Fund. You are probably wondering what that fund is all about. Mr. Heidtmann was Lay Adviser to the Pachachaug Lodge in the 1970s. This position is now referred to as the Lodge Adviser. He was a member of Troop 109 of Millbury. When he passed away in 1975, a fund was set up in his name by the Lodge for “…the proper remembrance of a great individual who was a living example of the ideals of scouting and the Order of the Arrow. …to provide a permanent, living memorial to a great man and scouter. Secondly, this fund will provide the Mohegan Council with the proper amount of funding to present an annual opportunity for one needy scout to attend Treasure Valley Scout Reservation for one week during the summer. … for Fred’s many years of unselfish service to Pachachaug Lodge and the Mohegan Council.” – Paul F. Cataldo, F.R.H Memorial Committee Chairman, from an edition of the Arrow circa 1975. The fund started with $1400 and was depleted long ago. The bylaw referring to this fund has been overlooked for quite some time. In keeping with the wishes of those who created this fund, $800 has been set aside by the Lodge Executive Committee to replenish the Heitdmann Fund. A bylaw change will be voted on at the Spring Fellowship to change the use of the fund from providing Treasure Valley Camperships to providing financial assistance to Arrowmen for National and Regional Order of the Arrow Programs such as Order of the Arrow High Adventure, National Leadership Seminar, Jamboree Service Crew, etc. In addition to the patch auction, other fund raisers will be held to make sure this fund is not depleted again. Contributions to the fund may also be made directly. If paying by check, please make check out to Mohegan Council and write Fred Heidtmann in the memo line. Payments by cash or credit credit should be directed to Event Code 6090. I would like to thank Bill Williams, Dave Hardies, Mike McQuaid, and Roy Wetherbee for their work in researching the history of this fund and securing the approval of the proposed bylaw change from those who knew Mr. Heidtmann.