Centurion Award Recipients
To help celebrate the Order of the Arrow’s Centennial the National Committee created 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. Recipients are recognized for their contributions during their “Youth” or “Adult” years of service.
This award is a one-time recognition associated with the centennial anniversary of the OA that is bestowed by the national Order of the Arrow committee.
Centurion Award Recipients from Ku-Ni-Eh Lodge
(Listed in order of earliest service date)
George "Hawkeye" Harvey
Service as an Adult – Service Period: April 1939 to September 1980
George “Hawkeye” Harvey was involved in the forming of Nachenum Lodge 145 in Mound Builders’ Area Council in 1939. He served as Lodge Advisor for 39 years, from 1940-1978. During his service to the OA, he received his Ordeal membership in 1939, his Brotherhood in 1942, the Vigil Honor in 1948, and the National Distinguished Service Award for exceptional service to the Order outside of the local Lodge in 1971. He also participated in and/or staffed 10 NOACs and 19 Conclaves. He taught OA members and summer camp Scouts to respect the Native American culture and was renowned for his beautiful beaded Native American outfits. He worked with OA members teaching ceremonies and Native American dance.
In Scouting, Hawkeye received Eagle in 1925, Quartermaster Award, Scouters Key, Wood badge in 1948 and Silver Beaver in 1944. At the Council level, Hawkeye served as a Merit Badge councilor, Council Board Member (1940-1975), and Council President. At the Region level, Hawkeye served on the Region 4 committee for several years. Hawkeye was also ASM for the 1937 National Jamboree, SM for the 1957 National Jamboree and attended the 1953, 57, 60 and 64 National Jamborees. He was also an adult leader for the 1967 World Jamboree.
Outside of Scouting Hawkeye was also active with the Methodist Church, Rotary, YMCA, Masons and Shriners.
Robert C. Griffin, Jr.
Service as an Adult – Service Period: January 1962 to January 1974
Mr. Griffin has been active in Scouting since he was a youth. He is still active today as an Assistant Scoutmaster with a troop in Evendale. He became an OA member with Ku-Ni-Eh Lodge 462 and received the Vigil Honor in 1962. In 1962, he also became the Lodge Adviser and held that position until 1968 and then again from 1972 to 1974. In 1968, Mr. Griffin received the Distinguished Service Award for exceptional service to the Order outside of the local lodge. Mr. Griffin has always been generous with his time and talents, including creating the Camp Staff Scholarship Fund, and participation in the capital campaigns and endowment funds. Bob is a member of the Founder’s Society and Camp Friedlander’s Eagle’s Nest is named for him. In recognition of his dedicated service to youth and the OA, Ku-Ni-Eh Lodge awarded him the Honorary Ku-Ni-Eh Lodge Archie J. Williams Memorial Award for distinguished service as an Advisor in 2006.
Alfred C. "Rocky" Sides, III
Service as a Youth – Service Period: September 1978 to August 1982
Rocky Sides was an influential member of Ku-Ni-Eh Lodge as a youth. Rocky served as a multi-term Lodge chief, and was instrumental in establishing the identity of Ku-Ni Eh Lodge as it stands today. Rocky created a Lodge chant that is still used today. Someone yells “Which way?” and Lodge members respond “Ku-Ni-EH”. He is also responsible for getting the first Lodge T-Shirt made to help recognize Order of the Arrow members and build unity among OA members. Rocky was also the first Lodge Chief to get one hundred OA members to attend the Section Conclave. All of these things are standards that are still upheld and used as guidelines today.
Rocky was also dependable and reliable, even after serving as Lodge Chief. He was always the person that could be called upon to take a task when no one else would lead it, and always did it cheerfully and without complaint.
Rocky Sides is one of those individuals whose legacy is still felt and helped make Ku-Ni-Eh Lodge what it is today.
Service as a Youth – Service Period: April 1985 to September 1991
Cort was very involved in the Lodge Ceremonies Team. He competed on the Ceremony Team at both Section and National levels, and at the 1990 NOAC achieved National Merit recognition. In 1987 Cort received the Vigil Honor and the Founders Award. In 1988 Cort earned the rank of Eagle in Troop 940 in West Chester, OH and was elected Lodge Chief. In 1989 Cort received the Ku-Ni-Eh Lodge Arthur E, Roberts Memorial Chief’s Award from his successor.
Cort expressed interest in remembering and preserving the history of the OA within Dan Beard Council. One of the key local historical Scouters was Arthur E. Roberts, a Cincinnati Council Scout Executive who founded the Tribe of Ku-Ni-Eh in 1922. While Chief Cort implemented the Ku-Ni-Eh Lodge Arthur E, Roberts Memorial Chief’s Award to recognize OA members for their service in implementing the Lodge mission and purpose during the past year.
Cort attended the University of Dayton and while there, was instrumental in establishing a chapter of the Alpha Phi Omega. Alpha Phi Omega is a National Service Fraternity founded on the Scout Oath and Law. Cort was elected the first University of Dayton Alpha Phi Omega Chapter President.
Cort was also active at the Section and National level. He served as Section Secretary, Section Chief and was a Conference Vice Chief for the 1990 NOAC. He also served on the Staff of several National Leadership Seminars. In 1992 Cort received the National Distinguished Service Award for exceptional service to the Order outside of the local Lodge.
Service as an Adult – Service Period: August 1986 to May 2014
Gene was involved in Scouting since he was a youth. He was the 59th Scout to join Troop 43 in Mason, OH and was with them for many of years as a Scout and adult. As a Scout, Gene attended the National Jamboree at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Gene served on staff for numerous Jamborees and NOAC’s. Gene held positions with Troop 43, including Scoutmaster and Treasurer. He also served as the Advisor to the Treasurer for Ku-Ni-EH Lodge and did so for a number of years. He also served as Advisor for the Section Treasurer.
Gene received the District Award of Merit, the District Meritorious Service Award and Silver Beaver Award. He became a Lodge member in 1950, became Brotherhood in 1986 and received his Vigil Honor in 1990. He was also awarded the Ku-Ni-Eh Lodge Archie J. Williams Memorial Award for his generous and outstanding service to the youth of Dan Beard Council and Ku-Ni-EH Lodge. He also received the Founder’s Award for outstanding service to the Lodge.
Gene passed away in late 2014 after an extended illness.
Service as an Adult – Service Period: September 1994 to January 2015
Charlie has been very active in Scouting and the Order of the Arrow. In 1996 Charlie received the Ku-Ni-Eh Lodge Arthur E, Roberts Memorial Chief’s Award in recognition of his service in implementing the Lodge mission and purpose. In 1997 he received the Vigil Honor and the Ku-Ni-Eh Lodge Archie J. Williams Memorial Award for his distinguished service as an Advisor. In 2001 Charlie received the Founder’s Award for outstanding service to the Lodge.
Charlie has served in many positions as an Advisor, including Lodge Advisor from 2004-2009 and Section Advisor from 2009-present. Charlie has also served on staff at numerous National Jamborees.
Service as a Youth – Service Period: July 1998 to January 2005
Rich Moore is an Eagle Scout and was very active in Scouting and the Order of the Arrow. Rich received the Ku-Ni-Eh Lodge Arthur E, Roberts Memorial Chief’s Award in recognition of his service in implementing the Lodge mission and purpose in 1999. In 2001 he received the Vigil Honor and Founder’s Award for outstanding service to the Lodge. Rich served in many positions in the Lodge, including Lodge Chief in 2001. Rich also served at the Section and National level, including National Vice Chief in 2003. In 2004 he was awarded the National Distinguished Service Award for exceptional service to the Order outside of the local Lodge.
Service as a Youth – Service Period: June 1999 to May 2004
Travis is an Eagle Scout and was very active in Scouting and the Order of the Arrow. He was very active on the Lodge Ceremonies Team for a number of years. Travis received the Ku-Ni-Eh Lodge Arthur E, Roberts Memorial Chief’s Award in recognition of his service in implementing the Lodge mission and purpose in 2002. Travis served in many positions in the Lodge. In 2003 he served as Lodge Chief, received the Vigil Honor and also received the Founder’s Award for outstanding service to the Lodge. Travis also served many years on local camp staff and at the Northern Tier National High Adventure Base.
Travis is currently a District Executive for Dan Beard Council and the Chapter Professional Adviser, carrying on his tradition of service to the Lodge.
William Christopher Schildknecht
Service as a Youth – Service Period: August 2001 to February 2008
Chris Schildknecht is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor Member. He worked on staff at Camp Friedlander from 2002 until 2005 and during that period of time approximately 80% of staff members were OA members. In 2005 he was the Camp Chief. Chris served the Lodge as Treasurer and from 2004-2005 as Lodge Chief. During his time as Lodge Chief, the Lodge received the National Quality Lodge award. Chris received the Ku-Ni-Eh Lodge Arthur E, Roberts Memorial Chief’s Award in recognition of his service in implementing the Lodge mission and purpose in 2003 and the Founder’s Award for outstanding service to the Lodge in 2004.
Outside the Lodge Chris served as Section Chief and was the National Vice Chief in 2006. During his time as National Vice Chief he represented the Order of the Arrow at leadership training's and events across the United States. Chris served on the National Committee for the Order of the Arrow from 2006 until 2008. As a member of the National Committee, Chris helped with the planning of the very successful ArrowCorps5 providing service to five National Forests across the country. Chris received the National Distinguished Service Award for exceptional service to the Order outside of the local Lodge in 2009.
Between 2002 and 2008 Chris received training in National Leadership Seminar (NLS) and then went on to become an instructor. He also notably attended every Lodge function unless traveling as the National Vice Chief and helped with the planning of many of these events. Chris helped staff Council Cub Winter Days and Peterloon Camporees.
Chris has always embodied the spirit of the Order of the Arrow and lives his life always thinking of cheerful service and how he can have a positive impact on the lives of his fellow Arrowmen and the community.
Service as an Adult – Service Period: July 2002 to January 2015
Carolyn has many accomplishments in her work in the community, in addition to her involvement in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, and a supporter of the Special Olympics, Carolyn is involved in Scouting as a member of Troop 29 Committee, a Merit Badge Counselor in her District, a Scouting trainer, and involved in a National Pow Wow program.
Carolyn has attended many of the National Order of the Arrow Conferences since 1994 as a trainer, various other training conferences, Section Conclaves, and served as a trainer at conferences in Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. Her support of Ku-Ni-Eh Lodge has been as an instructor and evaluator of various activities of the Lodge. Her current involvement with the Lodge is serving as the Lodge Associate Advisor for Administration, working directly with the Lodge Secretary, the Arrow’s Path Newsletter Chairman and Advisor, and the Communications Committee. She has also served for the past four years as Co-Advisor for the Section AIA Committee and the Section AIA Seminar.
In Scouting, Carolyn has received the Order of the Heart, the District Award of Merit, and the Silver Beaver Honor. Prior to becoming an Order of the Arrow member, Carolyn was awarded the National Red Arrow Award in 2002 for distinguished service to the Order by a non-OA member. After becoming an Order of the Arrow member she received the Ku-Ni-Eh Lodge Arthur E, Roberts Memorial Chief’s Award in 2004 recognition of her service in implementing the Lodge mission and purpose, the Ku-Ni-Eh Lodge Archie J. Williams Memorial Award for distinguished service as an Advisor in 2005, the Vigil Honor in 2006 and the Founder’s Award for outstanding service to the Lodge in 2007.
Service as a Youth – Service Period: April 2004 to July 2013
Terry Aufermann is an Eagle Scout from Troop 302 and has been very active in the Ku-Ni-Eh Lodge and his Chapter. Terry is considered to be the very embodiment of the term “Brotherhood of Cheerful Service” due to his nearly-constant smile.
As a youth, he has done nearly everything that the OA has to offer. Terry was a member of the Dance Team and Ceremonies Team for many years. He also served as an Elangomat at a number of ordeals. In 2005 Terry earned the Ku-Ni-Eh Lodge New Member Challenge by serving on an OA Committee and completing Brotherhood within one year of completing the Ordeal. In 2006, he earned the Ku-Ni-Eh Lodge Arthur E, Roberts Memorial Chief’s Award in recognition of his service in implementing the Lodge mission and purpose. In 2008, Terry received the Vigil Honor and the Founder’s Award for outstanding service to the Lodge. Terry is best known for having served as a two-term Lodge Chief in 2009 and 2010 and for being on Camp Friedlander staff for the past 9 summers.
Terry has attended the National Leadership Seminar, numerous Section Conclaves, Section AIA Seminars, Area Leadership Training Conferences, the 2006 NOAC and the 2009 NOAC.
Terry’s leadership and enthusiasm has helped shape the not only the Ku-Ni-Eh Lodge, but also the Dan Beard Council as a whole. Terry has had a tremendous impact on the lives of others and will continue to do so for years to come.
Come to Arrow Tour June 29th!
Arrow Tour is an OA extravaganza that is touring the whole country. It will be in our back yard, Camp Friedlander, on June 29th. The event runs all day, from 11 AM to 5:30 PM, feel free to stop by any time. There is no registration, just come to Camp Friedlander and check in at the Administration Building. There are many great OA activities that will be happening, details of those to come. But the best way to find out is to show up.
Want to join the Lodge in cheerful service and volunteer to help run the event? Show up at Set-Up at 8:30 AM, stay throughout the day to run events, and help tear down starting at 5:30 PM until around 8:30 PM.
Order your Ku-Ni-Eh Lodge Centennial Backpatch today!
Cost is only $10 per patch and there is no limit on how many you may order! They will only be pre-sold until the July Ordeal (July 19th). Hurry and get your order in now so you don't miss your opportunity to get this awesome patch celebrating our Lodge's history and the 100th Anniversary of the Order of the Arrow.
For those who order this patch, you will be able to pick it up at the Fall Fellowship in September. If you would like to order your Backpatches them by mail, please print the order form (click here to download it) and follow the mailing and payment instructions. You can also place your order in person at the Trading Post during the July Ordeal at Camp Michaels.
Brand new 2015 Conclave Lodge flap!
ATTENTION! ATTENTION - There is a brand new 2015 Conclave Lodge flap! This patch commemorates the Centennial Conclave. Hooray Section Conclave! Be sure to get yours before they are all gone. There is only a limited amount of these beautiful flaps left. They have the OA100th Totem on them so they are sure to be great for trading. Stop by the Lodge Trading Post set up at the July and August Ordeals, and at the Fall Fellowship to see these truly amazing flaps and the rest of our terrific Lodge merchandise and Spirit Wear. That's all for now.
Zach S. - Trading Post Chairman
Ron C.- Trading Post Advisor
|Ordeal - Service|
Fri Jul 17th, 7:00 pm to Mon Jul 20th
|Lodge Executive Committee Meeting|
Tue Jul 21st, 7:00 pm
Camp Craig Shelter
|NOAC – 100th Anniversary|
Mon Aug 3rd, 8:00 am to Sun Aug 9th
Michigan State University
|Lodge Executive Committee Meeting|
Wed Aug 19th, 7:00 pm
|Ordeal - Service|
Fri Aug 21st, 7:00 pm to Mon Aug 24th