LeRoy Sievers ran for Lodge Secretary in 1966 with a campaign promise to produce a lodge newspaper. In January of 1967, the first edition of The ARROWHEAD, our lodge newspaper, was published. LeRoy and Dr. Neal Sievers (LeRoy's older brother) typed, laid out, cut stencils for, and printed the first issue on a Gestetner mimeograph machine. They cranked out over 14,000 pages, then collated, stapled, addressed, sorted, and took them to the post office. Many of the articles were written or developed via phone calls to the Chapter officers. Mrs. Sievers (LeRoy and Neal's mother) helped with production and saved everything her boys were involved with.
Arrowmen were given an opportunity to suggest names for the lodge newspaper. Among the names submitted were: The Tom-Tom, OA Bulletin, The Lodge News, The Beaver and The Cedar, Red Bird, Lone Eagle, The War Cry, The Arrow, and The Arrowhead. Mike Tillman of the Goldenrod Chapter submitted the winning name.
At times more than 1700 Arrowmen in the Mid-America Council received a mailed copy. Mr. Jim Cusick served as our printer for The ARROWHEAD for many years.
Over the years of publication, The ARROWHEAD has had many different youth editors. Brian Grantham served the longest term, 3 years. During those years, there were 8 different adult advisers, with Leonard Cassell serving the longest, 5 years. The Staff Adviser of the lodge served as adult adviser in 8 of the years. The names of editors and advisers for The ARROWHEAD are shown on a following page.
The ARROWHEAD has usually appeared 4 times per year, but in two years there was only a single issue, in 3 years there were only two issues, and in 4 years there were only three issues.
Many of the more recent issues of The ARROWHEAD were typed by hand and then pasted up on template sheets ready to send to the publisher. For the past 3 years, The ARROWHEAD has been produced using computer-word processor techniques in final form ready for pictures to be pasted in place.
The masthead of the newspaper, the banner that appears at the top of the front page, has changed a number of times since 1967.
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