2016 Jack J. Sophir Arrowman of the Year Award Recipients:
Scouter Ray Kreienkamp has made a tremendous impact on Pathfinder Chapter’s communications and Troop Representative program. In his four years as the chapter’s Troop Representative Adviser, he has been a fantastic resource for the various Troop Rep Chairmen. With Ray’s leadership and guidance, Pathfinder has: implemented Troop Representative Training at Fall Camporees; promoted the OA Troop Representative Adviser position of reponsibility and attained a Troop Rep Adviser in the vast majority of Scout troops; and promoted the Order of the Arrow Unit of Excellence Award, which multiple troops in our district have earned. Through a successful Troop Representative program and effective communication, attendance at chapter events has increased year after year. Ray has also helped advise the Chapter Officers on effective chapter-wide communication, with the adoption of new communication technologies. Due to their success in Pathfinder Chapter, many of these initiatives are being adopted by Shawnee Lodge or other chapters. Ray is an Eagle Scout, who served as a Chapter Chief and Shawnee Lodge Officer while a youth Arrowman. His youth Scouting and OA experience has enabled him to be an exceptional Adviser, and Pathfinder Chapter has greatly benefited from his ideas and leadership. For his humble, behind-the-scenes service to Pathfinder Chapter, we enthusiastically present Ray Kreienkamp with the Jack. J. Sophir Arrowman of the Year Award.
Eagle Scout Ethan Bopp, has been a valuable member of the Pathfinder Chapter. He has served as the Chapter’s Arrow of Light/Crossover Ceremonies Chairman and is currently serving as the Chapter Secretary. Ethan had a key role in the writing of the New Arrow of Light/ Crossover Ceremony and has been on ceremonial team for many years performing the AOL/Crossover, Pre-Ordeal, Ordeal, and Brotherhood ceremonies. Ethan Bopp has also brought valuable leadership skills to the chapter through his participation and staffing of the National Youth Leadership Training course. For his cheerful service to the Order, we present Ethan Bopp with the Jack J. Sophir Arrowman of the Year Award.
Scout Wyatt Arnold truly demonstrates what it means to serve cheerfully. Soon after his induction, Wyatt became active in the chapter’s ceremony teams, performing in many ceremonies and quickly becoming a leader in the teams. He has served our chapter as Ordeal chairman and is currently serving as Brotherhood chairman, taking on leadership roles to help others on the team. In addition to this, he was one of the key participants who wrote the new Arrow of Light/Crossover Ceremony. Wyatt is also active in the district’s camporee staff and currently serves his troop as Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. For his unwavering dedication to our chapter and the ideals of the Order, we eagerly nominate Wyatt Arnold for the Jack J. Sophir Award.
Tanner Voelcker is an excellent example of selfless leadership in the Order of the Arrow and Scouting in general. He has shown outstanding service to his troop by serving as OA Troop Representative, Instructor, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, and currently serves his Troop as a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster. As a Brotherhood member of the Pathfinder Chapter of the Order of the Arrow, Tanner has been a member of the Crossover Ceremony Team, and is currently serving his second term as Chapter 1st Vice Chief. He rarely misses a Chapter Service Project, has attended NOAC and constantly promotes “Cheerful Service” to other members. For his continuing cheerful spirit and devotion to service, we are proud to nominate Tanner Voelcker for the Jack J. Sophir Arrowman of the Year Award.