Sanhican Lodge Prototype Flaps
This is a set of prototypes provided for general interest. These do not appear in the Blue Book and have no official patch id.
Dr. Larry Gering writes:
Ray Carey was the 'patch guy" he liked to go down to Leonard Patch Company (which made the flaps) or Moritz (which made activity patches), drink coffee and come back with prototypes. Putting a new border on the basic flap was easy. He created the red/white/blue version and no one liked it. I saw one once, and never again until, Curly Edwards had one in a glass frame in his house. I told him it wasn't a lodge issue, was meaningless and he should throw it away. He didn't and I guess it was sold along with the rest of his collection when he passed. Were there more than two? I have no idea.
The set of three single-color borders, red, white, blue was the next idea. Someone thought that the three flaps could be for the Ordeal, Brotherhood and Vigil but no one knew which color went with which. Became meaningless because in 1975, the council had a severe cash flow problem and the lodge account was zeroed out to pay the staff's salaries. Huge problem because we were unable to get cash to pay for food for Lodge pilgrimage in June, the bill from national for sashes, etc. And there certainly wasn't any dollars to order new flaps.
Randy and I have discussed these three flaps. I was sure prototypes had been created but never seen any of them until just recently. Interesting that you guys have been able to dig them up and I'm guessing that there are only a handful of each. Curly didn't have the red/white/blue flaps because they would have been in the frame next to the red/white/blue and I never saw them (doesn't mean much if any of you remember his house - wall to wall stuff (he could be on the TV show "Hoarders")
Randall Holden writes about Prototype 4:
Randall Holden writes about Dr. Gering's comments:
Also, somewhere, and it might have been in Carey's handwriting, I saw possible designations for the borders...white, scratched in favor of keeping the gold, for Ordeal, blue for Brotherhood, and red for Vigil.
I believe these are all the Sanhican prototype issues.