Founders’ Award Recipients

If you would like to nominate someone for the Founders Award, please fill out the nomination form and sent it to
The Order of the Arrow’s Founders’ Award was first introduced at the 1981 National Order of the Arrow Conference. The award is given to those Arrowmen who shows selflessness and the ideals of our Order exceptionally. However, the Lodge does not have the power to bestow this award on its own, they must nominate and petition for an Arrowman to Nationals. Illinek Lodge is allowed a maximum of two Awards they may give out annually. However, if the Lodge chooses to award more than one award, one must be given to a youth under 21.
Below is a list of the members of our Lodge who have been awarded this honor. Thank you for all that you have done and are still doing for this Lodge.

1981 – Cliff Althoff

1982 – Bill Ettinger

1990 – Kevin Dolbeare and Larry Stowers

1991 – Brian Hosking and Mark Hagele

1992 Mike Hosking and Mike Berry

1993 – Bryan Schroeder and Ray Bledsoe, Jr

1994 – Karl Drone and John Kirchgesner

1995 Josh Schroeder and Curt Langenfeld

1996 – Dave Cocagne and Jim Thompson

1997 Scott McClure and Linda Parrish

1998 – Scott Kording and Jerry Bauman

1999 – Doug Bradbury and Ben Story

2000 – Steve Arisman and David Dilley

2001 – Justin Panther and Mark Hopwood

2002 – Jody Koplo and Chuck Parrish

2003 – Billy Roseberry and Matt Kerns

2004 – Mike Brown and Matt Averbeck

2005 – Robert Schmidt and Bill Roseberry

2006 – Alex Usherwood and Lloyd Day

2008 – Paul Schmidt and Stephen White

2009 – Bob Schmidt

2010 – Richard Gutmann

2011 – Warren Smith Sr.

2012 – Colin Langenfeld and Robert “Bob” Smith

2013 – Peter Schmidt and Daniel A. O’Brien

2014 – Logan Schlipf

2015 – Justin Grady and Caelan Parker

2017 – Ben Upchurch and Steve Rhodes

2018 – Ryan Nafziger and Eric Harrison

2019 – Louis Criscione and Mike Kirchgesner

2020 – Glen Gochenour and Roy Pyers

2021 – Jacob Antonacci and Willard Wilson

2022 – Ethan Short and Joshua Womack

2023 – Jocelyn Williams and Shane Vollintine

2024 – Josh Buckellew and Mark Nafziger