Jack J. Sophir Awards

Jack J. Sophir Arrowman of the Year Award

Jack 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.

2020 Jack J. Sophir Arrowman of the Year Award Recipients:

David DuBois

Scouter Dave DuBois was inducted into the Order of The Arrow as a youth. He is an Eagle Scout and his lifelong commitment to the Scouting Program is commendable. As a Scoutmaster, Dave has continually worked with his scouts to reach First Class Rank to be eligible for election into the OA. He regularly attends OA events and encourages his Troop to attend, as well. Under Dave’s leadership and support the Pathfinder Chapter has had numerous scouts from his Troop join the ceremonial team, become Chairmen, and Chapter Officers. Dave is currently the District Camping Chair and continues to support the Chapter at District events. Dave is a Vigil Honor recipient and dedicated member of the Pathfinder OA. We graciously support Dave as a Jack J. Sophir honoree.

Andrew McCandliss

Eagle Scout Andrew McCandliss has been an outstanding member of the Chapter from his induction. He has achieved the brotherhood honor, and is an experienced member of the ceremonial team, serving from when he was inducted in the OA, as well as participating in a winning New Ordeal Ceremonial team during Arrowman Experience. His leadership skill extends beyond the scope of being a long-time ceremonial team member, as he has held the chairman positions for Arrow of Light Crossover and Ordeal as well as the position of second vice chief, currently serving as brotherhood ceremony chair. Andrew McCandliss is an example of the great commitment a scout should have in the OA, and for his service to the Chapter as well as his long-time commitment to the ceremonial team, we gladly present to Andrew McCandliss 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)
  • Michael Flynn (2020)

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
2020 – View Recipient Biographies
David Dubois Michael Flynn*
Andrew McCandless  

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