Vigil Honor

The Vigil Honor is a high mark of distinction and recognition reserved for those Arrowmen who, by reason of exceptional service, personal effort, and unselfish interest, have made distinguished contributions beyond the immediate responsibilities of their position or office to one or more of the following:

  • The Lodge
  • TheOrder of the Arrow
  • Scouting Community
  • A Scout Camp

Under no circumstances should tenure in Scouting or the Order of the Arrow be considered as reason enough for a Vigil Honor recommendation.” (For a complete explanation of the meaning and selection criteria, refer to “Vigil Honor” in the Order of the Arrow Handbook.)

You may either print and fill out the Vigil Honor Nomination then mail it to the address on the nomination, or type the information into the nomination and email it to [email protected].

Each section of the nomination is required and must be completed fully. Those submitting the nomination should feel free to request information from the Lodge officers, Advisors, along with Chapter, Unit & District leadership to complete the nomination as needed.

Nominations must be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to the Atlanta Area Council Volunteer Service Center no later than July 31.

Questions? Contact Vigil Honor Committee Chairman: @ [email protected]

NOTE:  Please download and fill out the form within Adobe Acrobat, not inside your web browser.  The form is completely fillable including the ability to add a photo of the nominee.  Save the file and submit it as requested.

Founder's Award Nominations

Introduced at the 1981 National Order of the Arrow Conference, the Founder’s Award recognizes Arrowmen who have given outstanding service to their lodge. The award is reserved for an Arrowman who demonstrates that he or she personifies the spirit of selfless service, as advocated by founder E. Urner Goodman and cofounder Carroll A. Edson.

The Founder’s Award is the highest award the Lodge can bestow upon a member. The criteria is for “those who best exemplify in their everyday life the true meaning of the OA: the basic ideals of Brotherhood, Cheerfulness and Service.”

Lodges may petition the national Order of the Arrow committee to present between two and four awards annually, depending on the number of members in the lodge. If the lodge presents more than one award, at least one must be awarded to a youth under the age of 21.Please watch this short video for a full explanation:

Nominations must be received no later than July 31  at the AAC Volunteer Service Center. Please mark envelopes Attn: Matt Rendahl & Egwa Tawa Dee – Founder’s     Additional questions should be sent to : [email protected] 

Past Recipients
Year Member
2022 Shumpert, Avery
2021 Paisner, Elliot
2021 Fisher, James
2020 Evritt, Scott
2020 Bacon, Kevin, Mr.
2019 Patuka III, Trey
2019 Rose, Trevor
2018 Burnett, Thomas
2017 Kamperman II, Kevin
2017 French, David
2016 Goerner, Christian
2016 Milner, Clay
2015 Milner, Claybourn
2015 Manowski, Jim
2015 Cohran, Larry
2014 Brinson III, Jack
2014 McKinley III, Mac, Mr.
2014 Ziolkowski, Timothy
2013 Leach, Alexander
2013 Sykes, Sharman
2012 Bates, Andrew
2012 Hembree, William
2011 Hawkins, Joseph
2011 Yates, Corey
2011 Jacquet, Bradley
2011 Jones, Bion
2011 Weaver, Andrew
2010 Brooks, Chuck
2010 Hall, Matt
2009 Shields, Joseph
2009 Potts, Colin
2008 Ogletree, Thomas
2007 Barton III, Kenneth
2007 Barton Jr, Kenneth
2007 Parker, Marilynn
2005 Braddy, Ryan
2005 Holland, Matthew
2005 Kelly, Emily
2005 Crew, John
2004 Shea, Joseph
2003 Schellack Jr, John
2002 Harris, Mark
2001 Loeble, William
2000 Harner, Matt
1999 Musick, Dan, Mr.
1999 Mignerey, Carey
1998 Taylor, Kyle
1996 Day, Lynn
1996 Newton Jr, Will
1995 Moorthy, Satya , Ms.
1994 Cash, Jeffrey
1993 Winget, Paul
1987 Turner Jr, Russell
1984 Hembree, Wade
1983 Evans, Harry

James E. West Fellowship

The James E. West Fellowship recognizes a contribution of at least $1000 to the council’s endowment fund. Each year the Lodge will raise these funds to honor one lodge member by contributing to the council endowment fund in that member’s name who will then receive the James E. West Fellowship recognition items at the lodge annual banquet. This recognition will primarily be given for a “lifetime” of service to the Lodge, the Order of the Arrow, and Scouting.

Form must be received no later than July 31 at the AAC Volunteer Service Center. Please mark envelopes Attn: Matt Rendahl & Egwa Tawa Dee – James E. West Fellowship.    Additional questions should be sent to: [email protected]

Past Recipients
Year Member
2022 D’Anna  II, Joseph
2021 Girard, Alex
2020 Burnett, Richard

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award (DSA) was created in 1940 to honor those who rendered service to the Order beyond the lodge level. The award is presented to Arrowmen, youth and adult, who have rendered distinguished and outstanding service to the Order on a sectional, regional, or national basis. The award is presented at National Order of the Arrow Conferences. Since the time the first awards were presented, fewer than 1,200 Distinguished Service Awards have been awarded.

The award is a sterling silver arrowhead bearing an arrow pointing up and to the wearer’s right. The award is suspended from a white neck-ribbon on which red arrows are embroidered. A white square knot embroidered on red cloth is available for uniform wear and a silver arrowhead lapel pin is available for civilian wear.


Past Recipients
Year Member
2020 Barton III, Kenneth
2018 Leach, Alexander
2015 Braddy, Ryan
2002 Mignerey, Carey
2000 Loeble, William