Nic "Texas" Fillippa
Lodge Chief Nic Fillippa is a Life Scout in Troop 0216. He has previously served as Vice Chief of Program for the Lodge and has served on Camp Staff at Cherokee Scout Reservation for numerous years. He is a Senior at New Garden Friends School, where he plays basketball and soccer, serves as a member of the student council, and participates in classes at Guilford College. This year he strives to engage and serve all members of our Lodge and to grow our Brotherhood.
Lodge Vice Chief of Program
Vice Chief of Program Caroline Ruppel is an Eagle Scout in Troop 8219, and is a member of the Inaugural Class of Female Eagle Scouts. She has served on Camp Staff at Cherokee Scout Reservation and is on staff for NYLT. She is a Senior at Northwest High School and is active in the S.E.A.L. Robotics team. This year she is excited to provide an unique and diverse program to the Lodge.
Lodge Vice Chief of Communications
Vice Chief of Communications Camdon Rohrer is a Life Scout in Troop 0600, and continues in this role for his second term. He is a Sophomore at Northwest Guilford High School, and he enjoys film production and hiking. He is eager to support all functions of the Lodge through timely and effective communications.
Lodge Vice Chief of Administration
Vice Chief of Administration Garrett Cook is a Life Scout in Troop 0600, and has served on Camp Staff at Cherokee Scout Reservation as the Order of the Arrow Representative. He is a Junior at Northern Guilford High School, where he plays trombone in the marching and jazz bands as well as the wind ensemble. Garrett is also an active member in the local mountain biking community. He is eager to implement an effective Unit Elections campaign to increase our membership and grow our Brotherhood.
Andrew "Andy" Bir
Lodge Vice Chief of Service
Vice Chief of Service Andy Bir is an Eagle Scout in Troop 0118, and has served on Camp Staff at Cherokee Scout Reservation. He is a Junior at Grimsley High School where he plays the baritone saxophone in the marching and jazz bands. He is excited to expand and grow our service to the Council through the growth of the Lodge Service Corps.
Lodge Vice Chief of Inductions Ceremonies Elections (ICE)
Vice Chief of Inductions Josh Hanflink is an Eagle Scout with Troop 0101, has previously served as Vice Chief of American Indian Affairs for the Lodge, and has been involved in the Inductions and Ceremonies process for numerous years. He is a Junior at Bishop McGuinness High School, where he serves as a peer mentor and a student ambassador. He is eager to guide new members through the journey from Election to Brotherhood.
Lodge Vice Chief of American Indian Affairs (AIA)
Vice Chief of American Indian Affairs Aubreigh McPhail is a Life Scout in Troop 8230 and is a recipient of the Discovery Award in Venturing Crew 0316. They are a Junior at Page High School, where they participate in the Playmakers Theater Program. They are excited to share knowledge about Indigenous cultures in a respectful and engaging manner.
Rusty is an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 4566 in Stoneville, NC. He is the Lead EMT for Cone Health's CareLink Mobile Critical Care Transport Team. He has been employed with Cone Health for 20 years. Scouting planted the seed of volunteerism that lead him to serve the Madison-Rockingham Rescue Squad as Chief for 17 years and as member for 25 years. He has served Saura Chapter as Chapter Adviser for several years. Rusty has served as a Health Officer for Lodge and Council events, was a NYLT staff member and current Wood Badge staff member for 2022. He is currently on the Council Camping Committee and serves as Co-Chair for the Cherokee District Committee. As a youth Rusty was very active in Scouting and now enjoys Scouting as an adult with his son. As a young person obtained the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop 4566, worked on Camp Staff at Cherokee Scout Reservation, was a Chapter Chief, Lodge Vice Chief and ceremonialist. He was awarded the Vigil Honor in 1992. Rusty is humbled and excited to serve as Lodge Adviser. He believes that the Scouting program and the Order of the Arrow offers America's youth timeless values, leadership development, outdoor skills, and a since of service beyond self.
Lodge Staff Adviser
Bud is the Director of Cherokee Scout Reservation and Strategic Initiatives, and has been involved with Scouting for many years in multiple roles. Prior to becoming a professional Scouter, Bud was active as a youth and adult volunteer. He served as lodge chief of Tsalagi Lodge and SR-7 section chief. As an adult, he served as our lodge’s associate adviser for service before serving as the SR-7B section adviser. Bud served on multiple national committees, including the national Order of the Arrow committee. He also has a background in education at the school and district level. He was awarded the Vigil Honor in 1993 and the National Distinguished Service Award in 1998. Bud (and his dog Brody) look forward to supporting the lodge chief and lodge adviser in their goals, and guiding Tsoiotsi Tsogalii into a bright future with a strong program.
Running for a Lodge Position?
If you are planning on running for a lodge position in the coming year, please read and complete the lodge officer nomination form to have a greater understanding of what it means to be an officer in our lodge.