January 2004 The Month of the Snow Moon
Nation Chief Randy Wallace called the meeting to order at 7:37 PM, at the Green YMCA. Medicine Man Chuck
Cubbins read the plea to the Great Spirit. The minutes were accepted from the December meeting.
The next Longhouse will be on Tuesday February 17 , at 7:30PM, at the Green YMCA.
A motion to adjourn the meeting was made and seconded. The motion was accepted by all in attendance, and the
Longhouse was adjourned at 9:27PM.
Chiefs Action Item Summary Due at February Longhouse:
December Event : Father and Son Banquet. Critique due at February Longhouse.
December Service Project: All Chiefs must turn in Critique on your tribes service
project and who participated and who didn’t. Service project is Mandatory for
Tribal Chiefs need to report Reverse Raffle tickets sold versus tickets unsold.
Also, need to be working as a tribe to put together items for the silent auction.
Need to confirm date for the Fall Campout so calendar can be set for the year.
Fastcar kits will be available at February Longhouse for those who still need
them. Kits are $6.00 ea. Chiefs need to bring money to purchase kits for Tribe
members who are participating.
Please visit our Nation Web site at www.yindianguides.org for event
information, past Smoke Signals and other useful information.
December Event: Father & Son Banquet Sunday December 7 , 1:00-5:00pm. $10.00 per family. Guys
Party Center. Sponsor-Creek, Co-Sponsor- Mandan, Critique due at February Longhouse
December Event – Christmas Project: Sponsor: All Tribes. Critique due at February Longhouse.
Mandatory for 100% participation
During the month of December, every tribe in the Manikiki Nation is required to perform a community service
project. The Great Spirit has blessed us individually, and as a Nation, so in the spirit of Christmas, let us give
back in some way to our community and help those less fortunate. These projects should be performed as a
tribe, and should include both young and old braves so that fathers can demonstrate to their sons the value of
giving and caring. This service project is required for young braves to receive the 100% Participation award
Here are some examples of projects performed by various tribes in the past. The holidays are still a ways off,
but start thinking now of ways that your tribe can make a difference!
Serve food at a local homeless or women's shelter.
Ring the bell for the Salvation army.
Adopt a needy family and provide Christmas dinner and presents for their children.
Sponsor and pack care-packages for needy children in other countries.
Go Christmas caroling at a nursing home or visit shut-ins in our community.
YMCA CHRISTMAS TREE SALE: SPONSOR ALL TRIBES--- This is a community service event for
Proceeds go to benefit Partners with Youth. All Tribes are presently scheduled to man the tree sales for at
least one day. Check with your chief for your scheduled time. If you can not make it on your Tribe’s day,
show up on another day. The sale will run from November 29 . Thru December 12 . Times: M-F 5:00 P.M. –
8:30 P.M. Sat. 1 P.M. to 6 P.M. Sun. 1 P.M. – 5 P.M. This event can be used as your Christmas Project this
January Event—Roller Skating: January 25 . Where: Fox Roller Skating Rink. See directions at end of
Smoke. This will be a family event and the cost is $5.00 per person. The time will be from 5:00 P.M. to 7:30
P.M. Sponsor: Blackhawk- George Moresea. Critique due at March Longhouse.
Blowin’ Smoke -
I was surfing the net late one night and I visited the Manikiki Nation website
at www.yindianguides.org. I stumbled onto a nation history section where
each nation chief summarized the year and included comments on events
and fund raising. Here is what I learned. The Manakiki Nation was born in
1971 and for the first few years they struggled to raise money. They tried
paper drives and even sold Christmas trees until 1974 when they began
selling candy. Here is a quote from the Nation chief in 1974-75;
“The Nation started the year in very poor financial condition. After
investigating several possibilities of raising funds, it was decided to have
an Easter Candy Sale”.
This began a tradition which lasted through the mid 90’s, and for a while
this was very successful. In 1984 “the Nation Council approved a buy-out
for those who could not sell candy” and, as late as 1993-94 the nation still
required the little braves to sell candy. Here is another comment from that
years Nation chief;
“The fundraiser was kicked off in November. We sold coupon cards,
candy bars and brochure gifts. A family goal of $141.00 was set. The
buy-out-option was $71.00”. (NOTE; this was on top of dues which were
close to $50 per family at that time).
In 1994 the Manikiki Nation started doing a reverse raffle to raise funds.
Because this is a fun night out for the big braves and their wives and we
have a great time together, the event has been very successful. This one
fund raiser has consistently generated over $10,000 of revenue for the
following year’s budget. It is very important that we get the support of
every member in our organization so that we can continue the success of
this event this year and in the future.
There are three reasons why you should want to participate in this
fundraiser. First, we won’t have to send our boys around the
neighborhood selling candy to raise money. Second, we a great time
getting together with good friends and family to eat, drink and be merry.
Finally, you will help support the nation’s budget for next year and allow us
to have nicer events by supplementing some of the cost.
See you February 21st at the Raffle.
Scott “Singin’ Moose” Summers
Manikiki Nation Story Teller
February Event----Nation Fund Raiser: Sponsor: Arapaho- Joe Cole, Co-Sponsor: Apache- Larry
Murgatroyd, Co-Co Sponsor: Crow- Lenny Pizzute Time: 6:00 P.M.---12:00 P.M. Date: Saturday Feb. 21 .
2004. Tickets will be distributed at the Father Son Banquet.
Reminder: NOW is the time to begin lining up sponsors for the silent auction at the fundraiser.
Let’s make sure we have some great items to auction off.
FEBRUARY EVENT: Bowling at Park Center Lanes in N. Canton. Date: February 14 . Time: 1:30 P.M.—
MARCH EVENT: The FASCAR event will be held at Community Church of Portage Lakes in
Coventry on March 6th. See attachment at end of Smoke.
Fast Car Track— The Comanche tribe is refurbishing the existing track for ourFAS-Car races this
year. The track is being resurfaced and new guide railsare being installed. A side benefit of this
effort is that the track will go from 3 lanes to 4 lanes; which should help speed up the event and
provide flexibility as our Nation grows in the future. Please note that the lane widths will not change;
they will remain the standard 5 inches. Also, an electronic finish gate is being purchased and
installed. One note about the finish gate is that the cars will trip a vertical infra-red beam at the
bottom of the track, providing the race results for a given heat. This"beam" will be located in the
exact center of each lane, so care should be taken when designing the little brave's car so as not to
make the car too "skinny" in width. If the front of the car is less than 2.5 inches in width, be warned,
it may partially go past the "finish line" and not initially trip the beam. And if the race is really close
that may be the difference between 1st and 2nd place in the heat!
April Event- Late Nighter- Friday Night April 30 . Time: 7:00 P.M.----11:00 P.M.
From Nation Chief Randy Wallace.
We received this from Lisa Spaulding, Girl Scout/Youth Group Coordinator:
An invitation to all Indian Princesses/Indian Guides and families to
participate in a special matinee promotion of the 28th Anniversary
performance of the Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet on Saturday, March 13,
2004. (See Enclosed flier for details)
Discussion was made on the Nations participation in Relay for Life. Further discussion will be held
at the February Longhouse.
HELP MAKE A WISH COME TRUE!!!! Please join us for a fun filled evening of dancing, food and
fun. Firestone Park Y-Maidens will hold a dance on March 20th. 2004. Proceeds from this dance will
go to benefit the “ Make-A-Wish” Foundation of NE Ohio. See attached flyer for details.
Nation Officer Remarks:
Randy Wallace Tonka Hey!!
330-896-6249 By the time you read this I hope all of you had a wonderful time Roller
email@example.com Skating with minimum bumps and bruises sustained. During our January
Longhouse we were able to assign dates for all the rest of the Nation
Events for this year except the Fall Campout which will be forthcoming. I
highly encourage everyone to review your calendars and make a note of
the upcoming events for the rest of the year.
Next month as you well know is the Nation Fund Raiser. I encourage all
members to take an active roll in the ticket sale and every tribe to get
creative and come up with some Silent Auction Items. This event really is
what keeps our Nation strong, allowing many events to be done at reduced
costs and with added benefits.
Danny, my son asked for a piggy back ride the other day. As I struggled
to lift him, and I do mean struggled, I asked myself is this my little
boy! We say it often and it's our slogan "PALS FOREVER". Take every
opportunity to encourage your sons, they grow up so fast!
Gregg Badalich Tonka Hey This roster is complete so if there are any issues please let me know. I
Running Wolf hope everyone had a good holiday because now it is time for Indian Guides stuff. The
330-882-2528 reverse raffle is around the corner so lets get those auction Items together. This is our
firstname.lastname@example.org ONLY fund raiser so lets all work together to make it a success. Contact me if you have
any questions of comments. I will be getting together with the co and co - co sponsors in
the near future to assign them their duties.
SACHEM: No Report
MEDICINE MAN: Tonka Hey, Ya'll...
Chuck Cubbins The Medicine Man is in full swing and buried in feathers, beads, sign-in
Fire Hawk sheets, and vest order requests! It ain't pretty but then I ain't
330-899-9161 either...(English is the second thing to go at my age!...Don't ask...It
email@example.com ain't pretty either!)
A new price list on vest is soon to hit my email pile and I will forward
it on to you ASAP. Also...DO NOT order shirts, hats, patches, or
anything printed, sewn, or embroidered until you talk to me. I am in
that business and just might save us all some money. Please call me with
Have a great month!
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Bowling and Reverse Raffle Events.
Growling Bear Tribe Chiefs please let me know if any of your members are not receiving their Smoke
STORYTELLER The Manikiki Nations annual fund raiser is coming up in February and I know
many of us are really looking forward to a fun evening. For those of you
Scott Summers who have not attended a reverse raffle, your ticket could be worth a lot of
Singin' Moose money if your number gets called at the right time. There are also
330-644-9110 opportunities for side board betting and people can play poker to win extra
firstname.lastname@example.org tickets. The event is at Guy's Party Center and it includes a full meal
with an open bar.
Sometime between 9:00 and 10:00 the raffle comes to an end we have
traditionally had a DJ provide music for dancing. This year, the Singin'
Moose will be taking on the DJ duties and I am adding Karaoke to the
evening’s entertainment. We did Karaoke last fall at an Indian Princess
Pig Roast fund-raiser and we had a blast. I will bring in a full PA system
with six live mics so large groups can come up and sing. I will even have
a stage light show to set the mood. My music library includes over 600
karaoke songs, with lyrics that come up on a TV screen, and close to a
thousand pop/dance songs. The collections covers a wide range of music
styles including classic rock (mostly from the 70’s & 80’s),
contemporary country, rock n’ roll oldies, vocal jazz standards, and even disco.
Please join the party and get ready to sing and dance late the night away.
WEB SPINNER: No Report
YMCA REP: No Report
Tribal Chief Remarks:
APACHE: Tonka hey from the Mighty Apache! We had an outstanding sales force in line
Larry Murgatroyd to sell Christmas trees, but it seems like the Marketing Department in the
Big Bear Apache tribe let us down...oh, well, better luck next time! We are looking
330-882-2481 forward to roller skating. To all Apache dads, please practice up on your card
dealing, as we will be in charge of the card games the night of the fundraiser.
See you all at the January event.... and as is tradition, the Mighty Apache will
outlast all others at the February fundraiser.
ARAPAHO: TONKA HOWDY
Big Owl I HOPE 2004 HAS BEEN GOOD FOR EVERYONE SO FAR !!! LESS THAN A
330-899-9574 MONTH UNTIL THE RAFFLE AT GUY`S !!! PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO
email@example.com SELL THOSE TICKETS . OUR BUDGET IS BASED COMPLETELY ON THIS FUND
RAISER !!!! IT SURE BEATS SELLING CANDY DOOR TO DOOR AND IT IS ALOT
MORE FUN !!!
THE ARAPAHO`S HAD A MONTHLY MEETING AND WE ARE LOOKING FOR
THE SPRING CAMPOUT IN MAY !!! WE HAVE SOME FUN AND DIFFERENT
THINGS INSTORE FOR EVERYONE !!! HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE SKATEING
BLACKHAWK: Tonka Hey! The black hawk enjoyed an evening at the YMCA this month. The
activities included swimming and a pinata party. The February 14 event is bowling at
George Moresea Park Center Lanes and the cost will be picked up by the tribe from the money earned
Screaming Eagle parking cars. If any member would like to plan an event for the tribe feel free to take
the initiative. How is the baseball night working out Paul? Also I would like to order
330-644-8692 the vests for the new members. If you could send me an email about the father and
firstname.lastname@example.org son vest sizes I will place the order with Chuck. Hope to see a good turn out at the
reverse raffle. I would like to thank Jeff W. for the donation of fishing equipment for
the silent auction. If anyone else knows any business owners that would donate a
product or service for the silent auction please obtain it and I will get it to the event
John Latimer No Report
COMANCHE: The Comanche Tribe held another outing at Laser Quest. We are all
Todd Schopp getting pretty good. Would there be another tribe out there willing to
take us on? Let us know. Looking forward to the family skating event in
330-644-4356 January and the father-son bowling event in February. Start working on
email@example.com the FASCar for the March event. Happy B-day to Dan "Fish Hawk"
Clark and Jim "Falling Deer" Mitchell.
CREEK: No Report
MANDAN: No Report
Strength of Blue Horses
MINGO: Tonka Hey,The plans are made for the winter camp. We need to get all the raffle
Bill Myers tickets ASAP. Please check the Mingo website for updates. Let's all ask the Great
Crazy Horse Spirit to send us warmer weather! See you at the bowling event. Crazy Horse
MOHAWK: Tonka Hey,
Pat Duff Gentleman,
Running Bull Start you engines! Do we all have our Fast Car Kits? I have kits and
330-244-1730 will be distributing them to the members during January. The tribe is
firstname.lastname@example.org scheduling a date to build and help one and other with ideas on building
and decorating the cars. Please note this year the nation has additional
awards and a rebuilt track with an laser finish line.
Sell those raffle tickets and prepare yourself for a great evening of
fun with the nation at our annual fundraiser. This year our nations own
Singing Moose will be spinning the tunes and the Mohawks will be
participating in some Karaoke with the rest of our Big Braves, please
don't be shy.
Mark your calendar for March 5,6,7 at Camp Manatok for The Mohawk 5th
annual winter campout! This event has been a great campout every year
and has been a great way for our braves to connect and kill some winter
Pat "Running Bull" Duff
Craig Jenkins Greetings from the Navajo. We all enjoyed skating. Thank you to George
Big Running Buffalo Moresea for organizing such a great event. Looking forward to bowling and
330-699-8931 the Reverse Raffle in February. The Navajo battled it out at Laser Quest
email@example.com for our January tribe event. Our next tribe event will be a get together
to work on our Fast Cars.
Nation Event Calendar
Month Event Date Time
February 14 . 1:30 P.M.-4:30 P.M.
Nation Fund February 21st. 6:00P.M.-12:00P.M.
March FasCar Weigh-in March 6:00P.M.-8:00P.M.
4th & 5th.
March FasCar Race March 6th. Starting at 9:00A.M.
April Late Nighter April 30th. 7:00P.M.-11:00P.M.
May Spring Campout May 21st.-23rd. Fri.-Sat.-Sun.
June Akron Aero June 19th. All Day
July Soap Box Derby July 31st. All-Day
August Cleveland Zoo August 14th. 10:00A.M.-7:00P.M.
September Fall Campout ? Fri-Sat.-Sun
2004 Manikiki Nation FAS-Car Derby
Race Date and Location:
Location: Community Church of Portage Lakes.
Located on the corner of Cormany and
Robinson, across from the old Coventry
Race date: Saturday, March 6th. Races will start
promptly by age group as follows:
Ages 5-6: 9:00 - 10:30 am.
Ages 7-9: 10:30 - 12:00 p.m.
Ages 10-12: 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Pre-registration: Thursday and Friday evenings,
March 4th & 5th, at the race location, from
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Note: all cars must be pre-
registered either Thursday or Friday
evening; there will be NO registration of
cars the morning of the race!
Maximum length: 10.0 inches. There is no minimum length, except that the locations of the axles can not be moved.
Maximum width: 4.5 inches at the widest point, including the axles.
Maximum weight: 16 ounces. That's 1 pound. There is no minimum weight.
Maximum height: Any height is allowed.
Miscellaneous: No mechanical devices may be used to speed up the cars: springs, magnets, moving weights, etc. Cars must
run on the 4 wheels and 2 axles provided in the kit. Axles must be stationary, but can be shortened as desired.
Metal washers, cotter pins, etc, can be used in replacement for the red plastic washers/caps provided in the kit. Any
material is allowed in construction of the cars. Any lubrication, in any amount, is allowed before registration. No
car modifications, including lubrication will be allowed after registration, or between heats!
At pre-registration, car weight and other dimensions will be verified. If a brave cannot make it to the church to pre-
register his car, another member of his tribe, or a family member, can register it for him. The track will be set up for trial
runs both evenings, and basic tools will be available for minor adjustments on-site.
Each age bracket will be run as double-elimination, meaning that each little brave is guaranteed at least 2 races. If
possible, braves will not race their first heat against other little braves in their own tribe.
Races will be started by the nose of the car. We will be using a new electronic finishing gate to determine the winner of
each heat. Mechanical track problems of any kind will result in a ‘dead heat’ and the cars will be run again.
Trophies will be awarded for the 3 fastest cars in each age group. Design trophies will be awarded for the 2 best designed
and/or decorated cars, in each age group, in each of 2 different categories: Indian Theme, and Creative Theme. The
criteria for design judging in the Indian Theme are: originality and adherence to Native American themes. The criteria
for design judging in the Creative Theme are originality and creativity. Please be sure that any decorative trappings do
not fall off the car during the race or in any way interfere with the other cars in the heat. Note that a car is allowed to
win for both decoration and speed!
In the past we have always completed each age bracket in a very timely manner, so this year we have reduced the time
from 2 hours down to an hour and a half. Please be on time and ready to race when your age group is scheduled. As in
years past, a little brave need not be present to race his car. His father, chief, or another little brave can place the car on
the track when called to race. All little braves that pre-register a car will be given participation credit for the event.
This is intended to be a ‘fun’ event for the boys and fathers, and everyone’s patience and sportsmanship is appreciated.
All decisions of the judges are final!