Takhone Lodge has 6 awards it bestows upon both youth and adults. These Awards are the James E. West Fellowship, The Founder’s Award, The Lodge Service Award, The Red Paddle, The Unit of Excellence Award, and the WWW Awards

Founder’s Award

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 award is a handsome bronze medallion bearing the likenesses of E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson, with a wooden base and a brass plate suitable for engraving. Available for uniform wear is a gold-colored arrow suspended from a red ribbon.

Currently, Takhone lodge may petition the national Order of the Arrow committee to present up to four awards annually.  If the lodge presents more than one award, at least one must be awarded to a youth under the age of 21.

Takhone Lodge Recipients
2019 Andrew Jensen Michael Kohler Zach Nelson Timothy Reiss
2020 Nancy Bayus Curtis Propst Tyler Youngdahl
2021 Eli L John S Sam Sobczak Darlene Propst
2022 Katie Hogan Blaise Lukasiewicz Ben Marshall Seth Smith
2023 Wyatt A Michael M Macey K John Pinkus

James E West Fellowship

The James E. West Fellowship is designed to recognize gifts of $1,000 or more to the
local council’s endowment fund. Takhone Lodge donates each year in the name of up to four who have shown unselfish service and gone above and beyond the regular call of service to the lodge

The award is a certificate suitable for framing along with a bronze lapel pin for civilian wear. For uniform wear, there is a green and yellow square knot with a red border

Takhone Lodge Recipients
2019 Andrew Gaughan Alex Guban Tyler Youngdahl
2020 John S Darlene Propst Chase T Matthew Gerber
2021 Daniel C Michael M Pat Wilson
2022 Wyatt A Macey K
2023 Joseph A Jill H Amy Sejnost

Order of the Arrow Legacy Fellowship

The Legacy Fellowship is the first opportunity for Order of the Arrow members to make a direct contribution to the national OA endowment, furthering their support of Scouting. The national OA endowment provides direct funding of Lodge Service Grants, Josh R. Sain Memorial Scholarships, OA high adventure, major conservation projects like Arrowcorps5 and SummitCorps, and continuing support of youth leaders.

Membership in the Legacy Fellowship is open to any currently registered youth or adult Scouter who has been recognized as a James E. West Fellow. All contributions to the national OA endowment should be in addition to one’s regular support of your council’s fundraising programs.

Members of the Legacy Fellowship will be recognized with a unique certificate and an arrowhead pin for uniform wear on the James E. West knot.


Brian Schaeffer – 2022

Lodge Service Award

The purpose of the Lodge Service Award is to recognize an Arrowman’s achievements in different aspects of the Lodge. This award recognizes an Arrowman’s contribution to the following aspects of the Lodge: Lodge Office, Chapter Office, Lodge Executive Committee, Ceremonies, and Inductions. Upon completion of requirements the first time, the Arrowman will receive the Limited Edition Lodge Service Award flap, the certificate and medal at the annual Winter Banquet.

Arrowmen are eligible to earn the Lodge Service Award multiple times. Upon earning the award and additional time, members will receive a paddle pin, in addition to an additional LSA lodge flap and certificate. Earning the award more than once is the only way Arrowmen can receive multiple LSA lodge flaps.

How to Receive the Award

An Arrowman must turn in the form with all signatures at any time of the year to either the Lodge Adviser (lodgeadviser@oa7.org) or submit online at oa7.org/serviceaward. All forms for the year need to be turned in 2 weeks before the annual Lodge winter banquet in order to be properly recognized.

2020 Recipients

Michael G ∙ Kirstin Grzonka ∙ Michael M ∙ Zach Nelson ∙ Curtis Propst
Tim Reiss ∙ Sam Sobczak ∙ Brian Schaeffer ∙ Cathlynn Peters ∙ Tim Weithers

2021 Recipients

Wyatt A ∙ Matthew Gerber ∙ Davu HS ∙ John Laitar
Eli L ∙ Brian Schaeffer ∙ Tim Weithers ∙ Andie Winiecki

2022 Recipients

Wyatt A ∙ Petek Arikan-Demirtas ∙ Daniel C ∙ Nick Crnokrak ∙ Don Harris ∙ Alex H
Brian Hosking ∙ Macey K ∙ Eli L ∙ Matthew P ∙ Brian R ∙ George Ruppert
John S ∙ Tim Weithers ∙ Patrick Wilson ∙ Andie Winiecki

2023 Recipients

Wyatt A ∙ Petek Arikan-Demirtas ∙ Nancy Bayus ∙ Emily B ∙ Jonathan Chuchla ∙ Michael G ∙ Mick Gaughan ∙ Matthew Gerber ∙ Jill H ∙ Seth H ∙ Brian Hosking ∙ Benjamin K ∙ Chris K ∙ Blaise Lukasiewicz ∙ Kellen M ∙ Mark Niggemann ∙ William P ∙ John Pinkus ∙ Brian R ∙ Amy Sejnost ∙ Timothy Weithers ∙ Patrick Wilson ∙ Adrienne Winiecki

Red Paddle Award


Wimachtendienk Wingolauchsik Witahemui Awards

The purpose of these awards is to recognize Arrowmen who live and have exemplified in their actions in their life and their actions in one of the three founding ideals of our Order.

There are three separate awards:


Wimachtendienk – Blue

The Wimatchendienk Award, given by the lodge, is bestowed to arrowmen in recognition of those who show Brotherhood in their daily life and all that they do.

Wimachtendienk Award Recipients
2020 Michael G Danny Kalish Seth Smith
2021 Wyatt A Ben Marshall Andie Winiecki
2022 Joseph A Macey K Stasiu S
2023 Jamie C Michael G William P


Wingolauchsik- Yellow

The Wingolauchsik Award, given by the lodge, is bestowed to arrowmen in recognition of those who show Cheerfulness in their daily life and all that they do.


Wingolauchsik Award Recipients
2020 Benny K Carmen Trapani Sai V
2021 Davu HS Saul C
2022 Emilyn C Jamie C William P
2023 Chris K William K Austin R


Witahemui- Green

The Witahemui Award, given by the lodge, is bestowed to arrowmen in recognition of those who show Service in their daily life and all that they do.

Witahemui Award Recipients
2020 Ben Marshall Zach S Hunter T
2021 Scotty C Petek Arikan-Demertis
2022 Wyatt A Daniel C Andie Winiecki
2023 Emily B Christian G John S


Each recipient also receives a certificate that suitable for framing.


To nominate an Arrowmen to receive one of the WWW Awards fill out the form below and submit it to the Lodge Adviser at lodgeadviser(at)oa7.org two weeks prior to the Winter Banquet.

Unit of Excellence Awards

The Order of the Arrow Unit of Excellence Award seeks to identify those units, and the leaders within them, who excel at incorporating the OA into their annual planning. This award is intended to provide a tool for lodges to recognize, incentivize, and operationalize unit-level participation in Order of the Arrow programs. The nomination form is currently being updated by the national organization and will be made available in the near future. The form is typically available HERE, and once available again, completed forms can be emailed to lodgeadviser(at)oa7.org



Section and National Awards

Takhone Lodge members have also gone on to distinguish themselves at a section, regional, and national level.


R.D Dunkin Leadership in Service Award

This award is designed to recognize those within Section G9 who go far beyond their immediate responsibilities as Arrowmen and by doing so have laid a path of excellence for other Arrowmen to follow. The award is named after R.D. Dunkin, who believed that young people could grow to exceptional strengths and reach their full potential with the right combination of leadership, education, mentorship, and love. R.D. Dunkin served as the Central Region Order of the Arrow Chairman for sixteen years and is responsible for shaping the region’s structure and program into what it is today. To receive an R.D Dunkin Leadership in Service Award recipients must have given at least 18 months of service to the Section, upon which they can then be petitioned to a nominating committee for selection.

The award is presented at the annual Section G9 Conclave and consists of a handsome plaque bearing R.D’s likeness and the recipient’s name. In addition, the recipient also receives a certificate suitable for framing.


Sean Mellin – 2019

Timothy Witek – 2020

Albin Sporny – 2021

Jacob Klein – 2019

Curtis Propst – 2021

Timothy Reiss – 2022

John Campbell – 2019

Chad Dykman – 2021

Sam Sobczak – 2022


Order of the Arrow 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 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.



Andrew Jensen – 2022   Michael Tangen – 2022