The following article was published in the Enterprise Ledger on January 7, 2015.
Local Boys Scouts recognized at OA Banquet
Two Boy Scouts from Troop 150, sponsored by Green Hill Presbyterian Church in Enterprise, were honored and recognized for their service and dedication to Scouting. Eagle Scout Jay Guild, Jr was awarded the Order of the Arrow Founder’s Award. Life Scout Waseem Safadi was awarded the Arrowman of the Year Award. Both have served as Cowikee Lodge officers, Guild is the current Lodge Chief and Safadi is the former Lodge treasurer. Both hold leadership positions within the Troop.
The Founder’s Award recognizes Arrowmen in the Order of the Arrow for unselfish service above and beyond their normal duties to their Lodge. A member may only receive the award once in their lifetime. This award is reserved for an Arrowman who demonstrates that he personifies the spirit of selfless service, as advocated by founder E. Urner Goodman and cofounder Carroll A. Edson.
The Arrowman of the Year Award recognizes an Arrowman who has given outstanding service to the Council, the Lodge, his chapter, unit, and or community. Any Arrowman, adult or youth, may receive this award, but will only receive this award once in their lifetime. In order to be eligible for this award one must meet these requirements: Attend 100 percent of all Lodge Functions, attend 75 percent of Chapter Functions, must attend one Lodge or one Chapter Workday, must either be involved in Chapter /Lodge ceremonies, or Unit Service Teams, or serve as and Elangomat, attend a Section Conclave or a National Order of the Arrow Conference.
The adult recipients are Nigel Purvis from Troop 41, Troy, and Benny Butler from Troop 123, Headland.
The annual OA Banquet was held at Headland United Methodist Church in Headland on Jan. 3. They are the sponsors for Troop 123.
Richard Fowler is the Cowikee Lodge advisor.