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, Nicole Bopp, to aid in the application process.



Samuel Beyes

Scout Samuel Beyes is a truly dedicated member of the Order. Since his induction Sam has been member of the Chapter’s Leadership team starting off as the service chairman for 2 years then served as the Arrowman of light/Crossover chairman last year while he is currently serving as the Chapter’s Second Vice Chief. Samuel has also been a very valuable member for our ceremonial team preforming and teaching, AOL/Crossover, Pre-Ordeal, Ordeal Brotherhood and the 4 Winds Ceremony to our newer ceremonialist. In addition to preforming so many different ceremonies Sam and his brotherhood team took first place at the Arrowman Experience last year and he willing gave up his time to preform the brotherhood ceremony at OA summer camp last year. Outside of the chapter Sam has served his troop as SPL, troop guide and OA troop rep as well as serving on numerous camporee staffs. For his continued service to the Order, we cheerfully nominate Samuel Beyes for the Jack J. Sophir Arrowman of the year award.

Owen Fuchs

Scout Owen Fuchs truly lives up to the scout motto “Do your best” because he does the best he can in everything he does. He has served on multiple Klondikes and Camporees and his events are always organized in a timely manner and executed wonderfully. Owen has also served as his troops OA representative. As his troops OA representative he has done an outstanding job with keeping his troop up to date on all OA events and he now serves as the Pathfinder Chapter Secretary. As Secretary he is doing what is necessary to be a good secretary, and does more than is expected of him. For these reasons we proudly nominate Owen Fuchs for the Jack J. Sophir award.

Nicole Bopp

Since her induction Nicole Bopp has been a tremendous help with the pathfinder Chapter. She began by attending chapter ceremonial meeting aiding scouts with memorization of lines, and when necessary fixing and mending regalia. From there Nicole went on to be our Camp Promotion advisor. Helping develop posters and programs for distribution. For the past few months she has been working hard as the Chapter advisor to ensure a smooth running Chapter. Nicole is also heavily involved in her troop serving as the committee chair for the past 5 years, and has been a camporee advisor and aided with multiple catholic cub days. For her infectious happiness in our Chapter we enthusiastically present Nicole Bopp with the Jack J. Sophir Arrowman of the Year Award.

Dan Stoeckel

Scouter Dan Stoeckel truly exemplifies the three points of the Order of the Arrow. Mr. Stoeckel has served as Arrow of Light/ Crossover Ceremonies Advisor for the Chapter for several years, making sure that every pack gets the ceremony it deserves. He has selflessly transported gear and regalia for most every ceremony, carrying a burden for the Chapter, yet maintaining his cheerful, positive attitude all the while. Dan Stoeckel has attended most every chapter meeting and Service Project since his induction in 2009. Along with his actions in the Chapter, he has also supported his two children through their involvement in the Chapter. For his dedication to the Pathfinder Chapter and his I waive ring cheerful service, we proudly nominate Dan Stoeckel 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

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