Historical Award Recipients


Below is a list of all recipients of awards bestowed by Kanwa tho Lodge, Order of the Arrow.
The year listed is the year for which the award was bestowed. The awards are presented at the banquet in January of the following year.

Lodge Awards

Heart of the Fire Award

Awarded to a youth Arrowman who has given extraordinary service to Kanwa tho Lodge. Before 2022, this was called the Outstanding Arrowman Award. 


2023 - Abby Bork
2022 - Josiah Reinholz
2021 - Carter Sura
2020 - Nicholas Duda
2019 - Vaughn Rognsvoog, Kyle Waiss
2018 - Trevor Galligan
2017 - Mark Greaves
2016 - Sean T. Waiss
2015 - Dylan Jensen
2014 - Tyler Gerds
2013 - Tyler Victory

Honored Scouter Award

Awarded to an adult Arrowman who has gone above and beyond in his or her duties in service to Kanwa tho Lodge. Before 2022, this was called the Super Scouter Award.


2023 - Ken Walton
2022 - Michael Dubis
2021 - Doug Reed II
2020 - Cari Hush, Katie Schneider
2019 - Christopher Kraidich
2018 - G. Allen Daily
2017 - Randy Sharp
2016 - Richard Rognsvoog
2015 - Sean A. Waiss
2014 - Robert Frick
2013 - Kyle Kaczmarek

Founder's Award

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.


2023 - Evan Smazal, Joseph Bonow
2022 - Vaughn Rognsvoog, Matthew Murdaugh
2021 - Jared Ziegelbauer, Pat Daugherty
2020 - Trevor Galligan, Leland Kammerer
2019 - Mark Greaves, Rev. Sherman Martell
2018 - Ryan Daugherty, Richard Rognsvoog
2017 - Michael Cohoon, Steve Faller, Robert Farrell
2016 - Dean Busalacchi, Graeme Gross, Steven Gerds
2015 - Tyler Gerds, Tyler Victory, David Mokros
2014 - Sean T. Waiss, Ken Walton, Vicki Dubis
2013 - Clayton Zortman, Sean A. Waiss, John Donahue

James E. West Fellowship

The James E. West Fellowship is designed to regognize gifts of $1,000 or more to the local council's endowment fund. Kanwa tho Lodge donates each year in the name of at least one Arrowman who has shown unselfish service to the lodge.


2023 - Kadyn Barsch, Frank Russ
2022 - Carter Sura, Richard Rognsvoog
2021 - Kyle Waiss, Angela Bucher
2020 - Jared Ziegelbauer, Randy Sharp
2019 - Casey Ernst, Robert Farrell, Sean A. Waiss
2018 - Tyler Gerds, Mark Greaves
2017 - Ryan Daugherty, Michael Dubis, Vicki Dubis, Douglas Reed II
2016 - Dylan Jensen, Daniel Gross, Fr. Mark Carr, S.J.
2015 - Mitchell Russ, Graeme Gross
2014 - Ricky Carrillo, Terri Best
2013 - Sean T. Waiss, Dave Mokros

Lodge Chief Mentor Coins

The lodge chief bestows a specially-engraved gold OA challenge coin to the mentor(s) who have guided them during their term.


2023 - Vicki Dubis, Sean Waiss, Jared Ziegelbauer
2022 - Doug Reed II, Kyle Waiss, Ken Walton
2021 - Tyler Gerds, Douglas Reed II
2019 - None presented
2018 - Robert Farrell, Ken Walton
2017 - Ken Walton
2016 - Robert Farrell, Matthew Murdaugh, Ken Walton
2015 - Sean A. Waiss, Sean T. Waiss, Ken Walton
2014 - Robert Farrell, Richard Polivka
2013 - Bryan Hoff, Jared Robinson

Lodge Adviser's Award

The Lodge Adviser's Award is a specially-made lodge flap that is given out by the lodge adviser for outstanding service to the lodge. This award patch cannot be purchased or obtained by any other means.


2023 - Dan Dyer, Tyler Gerds
2022 - Michael Dubis, Anthony Heider, Lee Kammerer
2021 - John Donahue, Vicki Dubis, Matthew Murdaugh, Lena
2020 - Patrick Daugherty, Steven Gerds
2019 - Randy Sharp, Sean Waiss
2018 - Robert Farrell, Douglas Reed II, Richard Rognsvoog

Kanwa tho Activities Fellowship Award

The Kanwa tho Activities Fellowship Award is given to an Arrowman who donates to the Kanwa tho Activities Scholarship Fund in the amount of $250.00 or more. The donor may also choose to donate the money in honor of a different named individual. In addition, each year, the lodge will donate $500 to the scholarship fund and name two fellows under the age of 21 who have given significant time and service to the lodge.


2023 - Caden Schaefer-Rose, Josh Susmilch
2022 - Madilynn Puetz, Rebecca Susmilch, Kyle Waiss
2021 - Josiah Reinholz, Caden Schaefer-Rose, Vaughn Rognsvoog

OA Endowment Legacy Fellow

The Legacy Fellow award is a donation of $1,000 or more to the national OA endowment fund by (or on behalf of) someone who has previously been designated a James E. West Fellow. The awardee is given a special gold arrowhead device to wear on the James E. West Fellowship knot.


2018 - Douglas Reed II

The Centurion Award

The Centurion Award aims to highlight “Hometown Heroes,” or Arrowmen who have meaningfully contributed to the forming, maturing and ongoing operational excellence of their local council’s lodge, and who, in doing so, inspired others to follow in their footsteps. This recognition is an opportunity to highlight lodge development over the OA's first century and the many individuals, both youth and adult, who were instrumental to this success. These honorees serve as exemplars of leadership, modeling to others a commitment to cheerful service to the Order of the Arrow in its second century.


For Service as an Adult:
Dr. Cedor Aronow, MD
Terri Best
John Donahue
Tim Falendysz
George Fix
Robert Nelson
Ken Walton


For Service as a Youth:
G. Allen Daily
Douglas Reed II
Brian Schaeffer
Sean T. Waiss
Clayton Zortman

Vigil Honor Recipients

Alertness to the needs of others is the mark of the Vigil Honor. It calls for an individual with an unusual awareness of the possibilities within each situation. The Vigil Honor is the highest honor that the Order of the Arrow can bestow upon its members for service to lodge, council and Scouting. Membership cannot be won by a person's conscious endeavors.
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 of office to the lodge, the Order of the Arrow, the Scouting community and/or Scout camp.
The year listed below is the year in which the candidate would have kept their Vigil.

Kanwa tho Lodge Vigil Honor Candidates

Aaron Dorr,
Austin Gulbrandson,
Emmitt Esselstrom,
Jacob Rezutek,
Jason Reinholz,
Jayme Zachow,
Jeffrey Mantes,
Lloyd Hoeper Sr.,
Madilynn Puetz, 
Rebecca Susmilch,
Steve Polacheck, 
William Steingraber
Eric Conley
Aedan Cram
Bryce Cram
Sam Forgie
Anthony Heider
Jean Hrpcek
Tyler Jossart
Ian Lawler
Martin Mausing
Jonathan Schroeder
Payden Schulz
Joseph Seif
Evan Smazal
Emily Thomas
Joseph Bahr
Kadyn Barsch
Robert Bonow
Luther Esselstrom
Spencer Gross
Brennen Hautzinger
Donna Jaworski
Nancy Lalla
Jonathan Nelson
Josiah Reinholz
Mary Sekey
Carter Sura
Travis Teeters
Diego Alanis
Eli Allison
Bernie Barczak
James Dorr
Jarrett Dorr
Andrew Hardin
Aaron Harper
Carter Kurzka
Nick Opels
Keith Rahn
Vaughn Rognsvoog
Tim Seipel
Alex Shaw
Wally Smith
Kyle Waiss
Steven Borck
Angela Bucher
Robert Chayer, Sr.
Josh Crow
Matthew Deacon
Nick Duda
William Greenhill
Lawrence Hapeman
Peter Keepman
Matthew Koronka
Nick Murphy
Rob Murphy
Bryce Sekey
Ryan Spellecy
Grant Thomas
Adrian Vargas
Lena Ziegelbauer
Matthew Ballman
David Beland
Tanner Crow
Daniel Dyer
Casey Ernst
Edmund Greaves
Steve Hansen
Benjermin Kansaku
Rob Platek
Katie Schneider
Randy Sharp
Nolan Tremelling
Larry Wesner
Jared Ziegelbauer
Jeff Adams
Erin Buhrmester
Patrick Daugherty
Ryan Daugherty
John Dziubinski Jr.
Elijiah Fegley
Trevor Galligan
Mark Greaves
Alex Kaboskey
Harvey Kansaku
Jeff Myszewski
Simon Wingate
Nick Cina
Jonah Freuler
Colten Greenhill
Daniel Gross
Graeme Gross
John LaBonte
Bob Lane
Tony Langoehr
Kathy Milas
Brandon Milligan
Matthew Murdaugh
Robert Polivka
Richard Rognsvoog
Rhett Suhre
Terry Williams
Tom Zamba Sr.
Zachary Blohm
Joseph Bonow
Thomas Bonow
Dean Busalacchi
Michael Cohoon
Dominic Gemignani
Steven Gerds
Kenneth Heitmann
Richard Polivka
James Reeder II
Mitchell Russ
Thomas Zamba
Timothy Aikens
Brian Boehm
Tyler Gerds
Susan Idzikowski
Matthew Jacob
Dylan Jensen
Jeremy Laffin
Zachary Raetzman
Frank Russ
Paul Scheidt
Robert Scheidt
Patrick Upton
Robert Frick
Daniel Fullmer
Robert Garrett
Cari Hush
Sean Marshall
Kathleen Myszewski
William Sherry
Scott Skowronski
Sean A. Waiss
Sean T. Waiss
Bradley Woller
Pamela Bradley
Tyler Jankowski
Michael Moser
Joel Potega
Jeffrey Pucel
Lyle Strahota
James Zeszutek
Clayton Zortman
Logan Zortman