Jack J. Sophir Awards

Jack J. Sophir Arrowman of the Year Award

SophirJack J. Sophir Arrowman of the Year Award is given to Arrowmen who have performed outstanding service to Pathfinder Chapter. Nominate Scouts and Scouters who you believe have given distinguished service directly to the Pathfinder Chapter for at least two years. To nominate someone download the nomination form for the Jack J. Sophir Arrowman of the Year Award.

Jack J. Sophir Lifetime Achievement Award

Pathfinder Chapter also has a Jack J. Sophir Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is given to Scouters who are believed to have given a lifetime (minimum of ten years) of achievement and participation in the Order of the Arrow. The nominee must previously have received the Pathfinder Jack J. Sophir Arrowman of the Year Award. Nominate someone by downloading nomination form for the Jack J. Sophir Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jack J. Sophir Arrowman of the Year and Jack J. Sophir Lifetime Achievement Awards are presented each year at the Chapter Fellowship Banquet in February. If you believe someone is worthy of either award, nominate that person; do not expect someone else to do it, as they may go unrecognized.

See below for past recipients of the Jack J. Sophir Arrowman of the Year and Jack J. Sophir Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Pathfinder Chapter is looking for your Scouting Resumes.  Resumes are used to help Arrowmen nominate fellow Arrowmen for these awards and for the Vigil Honor, providing information that may be required on each nomination form. Fill one out today and mail it to our Chapter Advisor, Joel Schwartz, to aid in the application process.

2019 Jack J. Sophir Arrowman of the Year Award Recipients:

Alexander Ficken

Brotherhood member Alexander Ficken has shown exemplary service to the Pathfinder Chapter in recent years. He has served as the AOL/Crossover Chairman and is currently the Program Chairman. Alexander is also a member of the Chapter’s Ceremonial Team. Participating in many ceremonies for the Chapter, Alexander has also been on a winning New Ordeal team at the Arrowman Experience. For his dedication to supporting the chapter in ceremonies and chairman roles, we wholeheartedly present the Jack J. Sophir Arrowman of the Year Award.

Tylor Krieger

Eagle Scout Tylor Krieger has been a truly dedicated member of the Order of the Arrow. Tylor holds the honor of Bortherhood and has served on the Chapter Ceremonial Team since his induction. He has served as AOL/Crossover Chairman and currently serves as Second Vice Chief. Tylor and his team recently competed and won for a New Ordeal Team at Arrowman Experience. Tylor is always willing to jump in and help wherever necessary with a smile on his face. For his enthusiastic spirit, we happily present the Jack J. Sopir Arrowman of the Year Award.

Elin Asvaldsdottir

Scouter Elin Asvaldsdottir has shown exemplary service to the Pathfinder Chapter. Since her induction, Elin has been a dedicated member. Elin immediately worked to form a troop ceremonial team to perform the AOL/Crossover ceremonies for their pack. Shortly after this, the team merged with the Chapter’s team and continued to offer their talents for Packs in the Pathfinder Chapter. Elin then excitedly assumed the role of AOL/Crossover Adviser. She continues to support the Chapter in any task asked of her. For the last two years, Elin has offered her time and talents to the Lodge, leading a workshop at Arrowmen Experience to help scouts create their own regalia. Elin has served as OA Assistant Scoutmaster and now serves as Scoutmaster for a new troop of young ladies. For her vigilance and dedication, we enthusiastically present the Jack J. Sophir Arrowman of the Year Award.

Joel Portman

Scouter Joel Portman has demonstrated consistent commitment to the Pathfinder Chapter. Joel has served as the Elangomat Adviser for the last seven years. During this time Joel has attended virtually every Spring Conclave and Fall Reunion, spending his days working alongside Arrowmen in the Chapter as the complete their service projects. During the evenings Joel can almost certainly be found on one of the Chapter’s ceremonial sites, watching the candidates he worked with all day as they receive their Ordeal sashes. For Joel’s dedication to the Chapter and its newest Arrowmen, we are excited to nominate Joel A. Portman for the Jack J. Sophir, Arrowman of the Year Award.

Lifetime Achievement Recipients:

  • Sam Racowski (2001)
  • Lou Heyman (2001)
  • Tom Luecke (2003)
  • Beth Metcalf (2006)
  • Fran Geisel (2007)
  • Jerry Geisel (2009)
  • Miles McKinney (2015)
  • Matt Beyes (2016)

Jack J. Sophir Awards Recipients

Jeremiah Burcher Jerry Geisel
Joe Geisel Steve Kuppinger, Jr
Steve Kuppinger, Sr. Pat Luecke
Kevin Lyons Beth Metcalf
Fran Geisel Tim Luecke
Tom Luecke Robert Lyons
Walter Zdazinsky Andrew Zumwalt
Paul Carson Andrew Finnell
Michael Flavin Jonathon Grant
Tom Lacavich
Phil Gold Sam Gold
Jeff Patrylo Mike Patrylo
Byan Ranney
Sam Racowski* Lou Heyman*
Lonnan Jaeger John Mancuso
Jeff Pastorius Tom Stuckey
John Carter Mike Flynn
Paul Lee Bill Morton
Scott A. Rowe Dennis Underwood
Tom Luecke* Matt Oberkirsch
Bradley Girard Jeff Jones
David Gentle Tim Weaver
Matt Flynn Ronnie Jacobs
Jimmy Holguin Daniel Knight
Teddy Sosna Dean Bright
Beth Metcalf* Jory Cook
Benjamin Kaufman Miles Mckinney
Fran Geisel* Matt Beyes
Dale Christiansen Dan Corce
Nick Foster
Andy Faron Dennis Gallagher
Jerry Geisel* Chris Gallagher
Heather Henderson Luke Henderson
Mark Zumwalt
Michael Andersen Jim Marshall
Michael Brown, Jr Larry Henderson
Josh Picus Sam Picus
Michael Brown, Sr John McKinney
Thomas Van Horn
2013 – View Recipient Biographies
Brendan Boyle Rebecca Anderson
Ryan Stoeckel Drew McCoy
2014 – View Recipient Biographies
Zack Becker Matthew Beyes
TJ Keith Griffin Stoeckel
2015 – View Recipient Biographies
Christopher Hahn Miles Mckinney*
Joel Schwartz
2016 – View Recipient Biographies
Ray Kreienkamp Ethan Bopp
Wyatt Arnold Tanner Voelcker
Matt Beyes*
2017 – View Recipient Biographies
Samuel Beyes Owen Fuchs
Nicole Bopp Dan Stoeckel
2018 – View Recipient Biographies
Tony Arnold Max Wild
2019 – View Recipient Biographies
Alexander Ficken Tylor Krieger
Elin Asvaldsdottir Joel Portman

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