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.

2021 Jack J. Sophir Arrowman of the Year Award Recipients:

Tom Coscia


Scouter Tom Coscia exemplifies strong dedication to the Order of the Arrow and Scouting. Tom has been an active member in the Pathfinder Chapter for many years and has most recently been serving as the Chapter’s Webmaster Advisor. It is in this advising role that Tom has encouraged a stronger web presence and introduced new aspects to the website. He has also been serving as the Scoutmaster for his troop for 30 years, where he has promoted OA and encouraged his scouts to complete their Ordeal and obtain their Brotherhood. For his cheerfulness and unending devotion to his troop and chapter, we are proud to present Tom Coscia with the Jack J. Sophir Arrowman of the Year Award.

Patrick Hawkins


Eagle Scout Patrick Hawkins has been a respected member of our chapter for several years. Shortly after when he obtained his Ordeal, he led the program for all of our chapter meetings even leading into the coronavirus pandemic, proving him to be a valuable member of the chapter, working flexibly along with the constant changes that come to our chapter meetings as they are planned. Ever since he joined the ceremonial team, he has been a valuable member by mentoring new ceremonialists, as well as filling in for ceremonies, taking to his role effectively and quickly as he is needed. Because of his great effort as a member of both the ceremonial team and as a key chairman in the chapter, we gladly present to Patrick Hawkins the Jack J. Sophir Arrowman of the year award.

DeAndre Westbrook III

Eagle Scout and Pathfinder Chapter Chief DeAndre Westbrook took to chapter leadership as soon as possible after his induction. When he was eligible for an officer position, he ran for Secretary and continued to serve in the officer positions as secretary for a second term afterwards. He took the responsibility of leading the chapter when it had to be done, a sign of a true leader. DeAndre has dedicated a large amount of time for the chapter, setting an example for the future leaders of Pathfinder in the OA and making the lives of people he works with easier. It is plain to see that he has a strong respect for the responsibility of leading the chapter, and due to DeAndre’s commitment to act on this responsibility and the dedication he shows while doing so, we gladly present to DeAndre Westbrook the Jack J. Sophir Arrowman of the year award.

2021 Jack J. Sophir Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient:

David Gentle

David Gentle has left a tremendous legacy of leadership and service in both Pathfinder Chapter and Shawnee Lodge. David was elected into the Order of the Arrow in 2001. He was recognized with the Jack J. Sophir Arrowman of the Year Award in 2004 and then with the Vigil Honor in 2005. As a youth, David served as a Chapter Chairman, Chapter Chief, and as the Shawnee Lodge Chief. He performed on Ceremonial Teams at the Chapter and Lodge level up until his 21st birthday. David also served numerous times as an Elangomat and Camp Promoter, and assisted with countless service projects.  As an adult, David has served as the Chapter Troop Rep Adviser, Camp Promotion Adviser, and as the Chapter Adviser. He has also served as the Shawnee Lodge Vigil Nominations and Officer Nominations Adviser.  David is a humble, servant leader whose actions inspire others and whose passion for the OA motivates others to get involved. Pathfinder Chapter and Shawnee Lodge have both greatly benefitted from David’s leadership and service over the past two decades. It is our pleasure to recognize David Gentle with the Jack J. Sophir Lifetime Achievement 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)

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

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