In 1994, Leekwinai Lodge 157 (Northwest Suburban Council) and Shin-Go-Beek Lodge 334 (Thatcher Woods Area Council) combined to form the now existing Pachsegink Lodge #246. The number 246 was derived from averaging the numbers of both predecessor lodges. The average comes out to 245.5, which was rounded up to 246.
The first lodge totem was the owl. This only lasted a few years, as the owl was discovered to be a sign of impending doom and death to the Pottawatomie tribe. Thus, in 1997, a new totem was introduced: the beaver. As a symbol of hard work and industriousness, the beaver is a fitting symbol for our lodge. Two sub-totems were also introduced at this time: river and thunder. Early lodge flaps will depict all three totems, with thunder being sometimes depicted by a thundercloud.
Pachsegink lodge follows the customs and traditions of the Pottawatomie tribe for performing ceremonies, drumming, dancing, and the creation of our regalia. The name Pachsegink literally means “in the valley,” which is fitting, since the first council that Pachsegink Lodge chartered with was Des Plaines Valley Council (now Pathway to Adventure Council).
Pachsegink is a member of Section C-7, a conglomerate of 11 total lodges. Section C-7 is then part of the Central Region of the Order of the Arrow. In its early years, Pachsegink would consistently earn the Spirit Award at the annual Section Conclave for its energy, enthusiasm, cheerfulness, and creative songs. The most popular of the Pachsegink songs is known as “The Beaver Song.” The following are the lyrics and actions taken during the song.
THE BEAVER SONG
Beaver one, beaver two, let’s all comb our beaver do’s!
(All members pretend to be combing their hair)
Beaver three, beaver four, let’s all go to the beaver store!
(All members pretend to push a shopping cart, maybe throwing in some canned goods from the shelf)
Beaver five, beaver six, let’s all chew our beaver sticks!
(All members pretend to gnaw on a stick)
Beaver seven, beaver eight, let’s all go on a beaver date!
(All members do the doe-see-doe, barn dance ho-down style)
Beaver nine, beaver ten, STOP!… It’s beaver time!
(All members get down with their bad self and blow minds with impressive and unparalleled dance moves)
Pachsegink has had a talented line of lodge chiefs over the years, with the first lodge chief hailing from the dissolved Leekwanai Lodge. The following is a list of the Pachsegink Lodge Chiefs:
Bob Hindman – 1994
Chris Stoltman – 1995
Keith Peltason – 1996
Ed Kulzer – 1997
Kenan Peterson – 1998
Kevin Majka – 1999, 2000
Bill Curtin – 2001
Chris Brown – 2002
Jeff Simon – 2003, 2004
Ben Harriad – 2005
John Mindrum – 2006, 2007
Matt O’Brien – 2008, 2009
Nick Wentink – 2010
Pat Wilson – 2011
Kyle Michalek – 2011 (one day)
Kris Hanus – 2011 (finishing Pat’s term after Pat became Section Chief)
Justin Rigler – 2012
Ben White – 2013
Andrew Handley – 2014, 2015
Kevin Leahy – 2016
Kurt Huegelmann – 2017