Lodge Executive Committee

The Awards Committee

The Awards Committee is chaired by the Lodge Chief (or his designee), and is responsible for selecting the recipients of the annual awards. Contact the Awards Committee for more information.

Online Nominations for the various awards can be submitted year-round. Each year, the Awards committee will collect the list of those nominated online since the last time they met, and discuss the nominations. The following awards accept online nominations:

Mike Butcher Award
William “Bud” Tobin Award
Founder’s Award
Uncas Award

(Youth Only) - Online Nomination

The Mike Butcher Memorial Award is given annually to the year’s most outstanding
youth member from Kawida Lodge #480. The award is given in memory of Mike Butcher, who tragically lost his life in 1972. Mike was a member of Troop 14, which was chartered by the Second Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Kentucky.

While on a canoeing trip with his troop, Mike’s canoe overturned in some high-water rapids in the “Little Narrows” section of the Rockcastle River, and tragically Mike was trapped under the water and drowned. Mike’s death was not only a great loss for his family and friends but was also a great loss for the lodge.

The award was first given in 1972 to both Mike Butcher (posthumously) and to his co-recipient Tim Crowley and has been given annually to a deserving youth member ever since. Mike was a great human being. He was the ideal Scout, Arrowman, and friend. He wasn’t someone to always sought the glory of the limelight, but rather he was someone who was always there in the crowd when you needed him. He always had a smile and a handshake for you, no matter what the task.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been forty years since Mike left us. His short life exemplified the purpose and intent of our great and honored Order as set forth by our founder, Dr. E. Urner Goodman, and his dedication to the Order of the Arrow has been … and always will be … an example for all of us to follow.

(Youth or Adult) - Online Nomination

The William “Bud” Tobin Award was authorized by Kawida Lodge for the first time in 2007 and is given annually at the Winter Banquet to any youth or adult member who exhibits the values embodied in our brother, who passed on well before his time.

Bud was a Vigil Honor member of Kawida Lodge, and for many years handled Lodge merchandise and ran the trading post. He always had a smile on his face and a helping hand for his fellow Scouts and Lodge members. He undertook this somewhat irksome task despite numerous health challenges that limited his own abilities to be as active as he would have liked.

Bud also served several years as the Baden Powell Director at Camp McKee and was an Assistant Scoutmaster, as well as Chartered Organization Representative, for Troop 60 at the Cynthiana United Methodist Church. He is fondly remembered, and his Scouting legacy of service is carried by all with whom he came in contact.

(Youth or Adult) - Online Nomination

The Founder's Award was created in 1980 by the National Committee of the Order of the Arrow to honor and recognize those Arrowmen who have given outstanding service to their lodge. It is a national award given by the local lodge.

The award is reserved for an Arrowman who demonstrates to his fellow Arrowmen that he memorializes in his everyday life the spirit of achievement as described by the founders of the Order of the Arrow, Dr. E. Urner Goodman, and Carroll A. Edson. Kawida Lodge #480 presented its first Founder's Award in 1982 to the late Douglas W. Cox. Since that time, the Lodge has presented numerous other deserving youth and adult Arrowmen with this prestigious award.

(One Youth and One Adult) - Online Nomination

In the legend of our Order, the son of Chief Chingachgook, Uncas, was the first willing to go on the journey of uniting all nations. This willingness and dedication to our ideals have rippled outward, touching generations of Arrowmen worldwide, and is no different here at Kawida Lodge.

In honor of the centennial of the Order of the Arrow, the Lodge Executive Committee incorporated a recognition that would honor those Arrowmen who have contributed to the legacy and strengthening of Kawida Lodge through outstanding service and involvement. The initial recipients of the Uncas included Centurion Award recipients of Kawida Lodge and a group of inaugural recipients in honor of the centennial.

Annually, the Lodge will present the award to deserving youth members who strengthen Kawida Lodge through outstanding service and involvement and adults who have contributed to the legacy of Kawida Lodge.

Award Recipients Archive

Here are all the recipients of Kawida’s Mike Butcher Award:

1972

1972

1973

1974

1975

1976

1977

1978

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

Mike Butcher

Tim Crowley

Tommy Martin

Harrison Myers

Elvis Doll

Tom Barclay

Doug Sherwood

Stephen A. Heil

Brian Laytart

Alan Storrow

Stuart Landrum

Doug Blome

Mark Burkett

Mark Eblen

Allen Scott

Terry Fisher

Carl Gibson

Richard Holt

1989

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Jimmy Porter

Craig Norris

Ethan Waterbury

James W. Collins

Steven Stacy

Shane Ratliff

Kelly Bently

Patrick Jeffreys

John Blankenship

Chris Royster

Joseph Young

Jeremy Luckett

Lucas Cummins

Andy Tuttle

Tim Wade

Todd Haydon

Todd Watts

Bryan Haydon

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Anthony Kenney

Austin Newsome

Andrew Anderson

Aaron Shepherd

Don Combs

T. Alex Hill

Jonathan Davenport

Nathan Vick

Nick Oliver

Sebastian Torres

Ryan Wharton

Trey Embry

Patrick Johnson

Jesse Cathey

Siobhan Johnson

Here are the recipients of Kawida Lodge’s William “Bud” Tobin Award:

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Claudette Watts

Tim Brown

Ken Green

Barby Newell

Alan Watts

Barry Goff

Tony South

Larry Lowe

Doug Vick

Aiden Coker

Todd Haydon

Andrew Baker

Parrish Johnson

Mikey Hillegass

Here are all the recipients of Kawida Lodge’s Founder’s Award:

1982

1990

1991

1991

1992

1992

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2004

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2005

2005

2006

2006

Douglas W. Cox

William E. “Bill” Hunt

Tommy Nichols

Craig Norris

Bruce Crowley

James W. “J.W.” Collins

Gary McCown

Shane Ratliff

Tommy Martin

Marshall Prewitt

Jamie Cook

William “Bill” Dawkins

Ken Green

Jason Blaine

Harold W. Phillips

Kent Burton

Timothy C. Brown

Josh Nichols

Lucas Cummins

Timothy E. Terry

William “Bill” Gay

V.A. “Tripp” Watts

Todd Haydon

Todd Watts

Scott Beckett

Andrew Smith

2007

2007

2008

2008

2009

2009

2010

2010

2011

2011

2012

2012

2013

2013

2014

2014

2015

2015

2016

2016

2017

2017

2018

2018

2019

2019

Bryan Haydon

Alan Nichols

Don Combs

Claudette Watts

Anthony Kenney

Alan Watts

T. Alex Hill

Mike Warman

Aaron Shepherd

Barry Goff

Jake Redenbaugh

Barby Newell

Nick Oliver

Robert Palmer

Nathan Vick

Doug Vick

Nolan Buland

Marlene Gonzalez

Aaron Reynolds

Larry Lowe

Ben Gilbert

Sam Lyons

Trey Embry

Brent Johnson

Steven Misczenski

Scott Wood

2020

2020

Robert Shaffer

Marcella Smith

Here are all the recipients of Kawida Lodge’s Uncas Award:
*Centurion Award Recipients

2015

Guy Walton Ferrell*

Lucien Rice*

William R. Grant*

Aaron Shepherd*

Nick Oliver*

Alan Watts*

Douglas Winn Cox*

William E. Hunt*

Don Combs

Frank Lewis

Tim Brown

Tim Terry

Barry Goff

Todd Haydon

Doug Vick

Marlene Gonzalez

Ken Green

Robert Palmer

2015

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2016

Claudette Watts

T. Alex Hill

Barby Newell

Larry Lowe

Anthony Kenney

Mitchell Redenbaugh

Mike Warman

Nathan Vick

Brandon Barlow

Nolan Buland

Ben Gilbert

Deven Gonzalez

Aaron Reynolds

Bob Hillwig

Tripp Watts

Bill Dawkins??

Clay Rose??

2017

2017

2018

2018

2019

2019

2020

2020

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James Blankenship

Merrill Blevins

Trey Embry

Scott Wood

Jesse Cathey

Mike Shaffer

Here are all the recipients of Kawida Lodge’s Michael Wood Ceremonialist Spirit Award:

2016

2016

2017

2020

Nathan Vick

Nolan Buland

Barry Johnson?

Nate Hernandez

The Outstanding Chapter award was created in 2011 to recognize the single best chapter of the year.

2019

2020

We-Ha-Li Chapter

We-Ha-Li Chapter

The Chief’s Citation Award was created in 1961 by the Lodge Executive Committee to recognize that individual (or individuals) whom the Chief feels has aided him the most throughout the year. Originally, it could be given to either a youth or an adult member whom the Chief felt was deserving of the recognition. Still today, it is given annually to only deserving youth or adult members of the Lodge, and is considered by many to represent the year’s most outstanding Arrowmen. Those who have received it consider it a great honor.

1961

1962

1963

1964

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1971

1972

1973

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1975

1976

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1980

1981

1982

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1983

1984

Frank Barnett

Jim Porter

Joseph White, Sr.

William R. Grant

Harry N. Clover

Paul B. Hay, Jr

James B. Morris

Jess Richards

James D. Hill

Douglas W. Cox

Raleigh Watson

Carlisle Meyers, Jr

William E. Hunt

James Tolson

Bruce Crowley

Tom McReynolds

Tommy Nichols

Harold Snider

Ernest Lee Hunt

Byron McNeely

Harold Phillips

Barry Brandenburg

Tim Crowley

Buddy Chappel

Father Ray Mulhern

Steve Heil

Joseph A. Heil

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

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1991

1992

1993

1994

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1995

1996

1997

1998

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2005

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2006

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2007

Stuart Conley

Bill Gay

Bob Lemire

Kevin Willis

Steve Norris

Dave Sparks

Ken Green

Tommy Martin

James Smith

David Sengel

Robert Palmer

Gary McCowan

Howard Abshire

Tim Brown

Norman Lawson

Kenny Burton

Rick Mosely

Scott Beckett

Bill Gay

Debbie Wade

Harold Phillips

Debbie Palmer

Alan Watts

Claudette Watts

Barry Goff

Todd Watts

Barry Goff

2008

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2009

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2010

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2011

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2012

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2015

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2016

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2018

2019

2020

Sunder Willett

Barby Newell

Aaron Shepherd

Andrew Anderson

Barry Goff

Ken Green

Alex Hill

Doug Vick

Ken Green

Andy Rechel 

Nathan Vick

Doug Vick 

Nathan Vick

Anthony Kenney

Connie Lane

Nick Oliver

Marlene Gonzalez

Doug Vick

Sebastian Torres

Colin Stapleton

Marlene Gonzalez

Todd Haydon

Michael Shaffer

Patrick Johnson

Trey Embry

Patrick Johnson

Andrew Baker

Dalton Kemper

The Lodge Adviser’s Award was created in 1993 by Lodge Adviser Kevin Willis to annual- ly recognize an individual (or individuals) whom the Lodge Adviser feels has aided him the most throughout the year. The award may be given to anyone whom the Lodge Adviser feels is deserving of the recognition. The individual (or individuals) can be an Arrowmen, Scout, Scouter, professional, or lay person.

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

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2006

2007

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2008

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Dorothy Sparks

Dave Sparks

Daniel Gaeddert

Tim Cummins

Scott Beckett

Robert Palmer

Doug Wehr

Gerald Holland

Ken Green

Robert Palmer

Timothy C. Brown

William B. Tobin, III

Clay Rose

Robert Palmer

Mike Warman

Aaron Shepherd

Aaron Shepherd

Billy Zoellers

Will Goff

Aaron Shepherd

Mike Warman

2009

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2011

2012

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2015

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Alex Hill

Dale Morton

Doug Wehr

Tom & T. Alex Hill

Claudette Watts

Todd Haydon

Ken Green

Barry Goff

Morgan South

Connie Lane

Tim Brown

Marlene Gonzalez

Nathan Vick

Tamarin Vick

Debbie Haydon

Anthony Kenney

Mike Shaffer

Anna Marie Jackowski

Mike Shaffer

Sofer Family

Tim Brown

Mike Shaffer

The Distinguished Service Award (DSA) is presented by the National OA Committee to Arrowmen who have rendered outstanding service to the Order of the Arrow on a national, regional, area, or sectional basis. The award is presented to both youth and adult members, and the ceremony occurs only at National OA Conferences (NOAC’s). Less than 900 of these awards have been given to deserving Arrowmen throughout the country since the award’s inception in 1940. Kawida Lodge is proud that five lodge members have received this very prestigious award!


1963 – William “Bill” Grant; Winchester, KY

Kawida Lodge’s Chief for four consecutive years (1961-1964), the only person to serve four years as Lodge Chief. Also, Area Chief (a.k.a. Section Chief today) in 1964 (the first year of Area 4G). Bill is also a graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism (2001 Hall of Fame). Currently living in New York, he works for public television, and became the Executive Producer of the PBS series, “NOVA,” and has earned Emmy Awards, Peabody Awards, etc.


2012 – Don Combs; Pikeville, KY

Don was a two-term Lodge Chief for Kawida Lodge (2006 and 2007), a two-term Section Chief (2007 SR-6N and 2009 SR-6), and the 2010 Southern Region Chief. He was also the Youth Incident Commander at the 2008 ArrowCorps5 event at the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri.


2012 – Timothy E. Terry; Lexington, KY

Tim Terry was Kawida Lodge’s Chief in 1975, and as a youth member served on the OA Service Corps staff at the 1973 National Scout Jamboree. As an adult, Tim has been a member of the administrative services staff for national OA events since 1992. Tim served as the Assistant National OA Registrar from 2006-2009, and became the National OA Registrar in 2009, where he still serves today.


2015 – Aaron Shepherd; Pikeville, KY

Aaron Shepherd served as Kawida Lodge Chief in 2010.


2015 – Timothy C. Brown; Nicholasville, KY

Tim Brown