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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.

Past Recipients and Resumes

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.

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


2023 Jack J. Sophir Arrowman of the Year Award Recipients:

Ethan Chapie

Eagle Scout Ethan Chapie has done a superb job of being involved in the Order of the Arrow and Pathfinder District.  Ethan began his leadership in the chapter as the Quartermaster Chairman and currently serves as 1st Vice Chief.  He is very active in Camporee Staff and has previously served as Campmaster.  He also served as his troop’s Senior Patrol Leader.  Ethan is an excellent embodiment of the Order of the Arrow, showing what it means to be a part of the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service.  What makes Ethan truly remarkable is his constant cheerfulness and positive attitude.  His infectious enthusiasm brings joy to everyone that he works with, and he is known for making difficult tasks seem fun and exciting.  For Ethan’s constant cheerfulness and leadership in service, we wholeheartedly present Ethan J. Chapie with the Jack J. Sophir Arrowman of the Year Award.

Trey Maxwell

Scout Trey Maxwell has worked hard and has been incredibly involved in his troop, the chapter, and Scouting as a whole. Trey has cheerfully served as a Patrol Leader in his troop for two years, helping plan campouts and activities. Trey is also in his second term as Chapter Secretary, where he has greatly improved chapter communications, while serving as one of the members of the ceremony team. Trey is dedicated to service at the district level, serving on camporee and klondike staff. He is also starting a leadership career at the council level by being selected for NYLT Staff. For his cheerful dedication to leadership and service at all levels of Scouting and the Order of the Arrow, we joyfully present Trey P. Maxwell with the Jack J. Sophir Arrowman of the Year Award.

George McCandliss

Scouter George McCandliss has made a lifelong commitment to Scouting and to the Order, having been inducted as a youth. He is an Eagle Scout, and was active in Scouting programs as well as staffing camps across the country. As an adult, he took an active role in the Cub Scouting program as the Committee Chair and transitioned into the Scouting program with his children. He became Scoutmaster, and ushered in reforms to the troop’s patrol system as well as making it a goal to have every new Scout reach the rank of First Class in their first year.  He has helped the chapter by serving as a Quartermaster and encouraging Scout participation in the Order.  He has dedicated a significant portion of his life to the goals of the Scouting organization, and seeks to get as many people, young and old, involved as possible. For his commitment to Pathfinder District, the Greater St. Louis Area Council, and the goals of Scouting as a whole, we graciously present George A. McCandliss with 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)
  • David Gentle (2021)
  • Dale Christiansen (2023)

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
Elin Asvaldsdottir Tylor Krieger
Alexander Ficken Joel Portman
2020 – View Recipient Biographies
David Dubois Michael Flynn*
Andrew McCandliss
2021 – View Recipient Biographies
Tom Coscia Patrick Hawkins
David Gentle* DeAndre Westbrook III
2022 – View Recipient Biographies
Lorenzo Gutting Neil Maxwell
Ben King Declan O’Leary
2023 – View Recipient Biographies
Ethan Chapie George McCandliss
Trey Maxwell Dale Christiansen*
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