OA Distinguished Service Award (DSA)
Steve M. Burinsky (smb@AFTERLIFE.NCSC.MIL)
Sat, 14 Oct 1995 16:40:04 -0400
Sorry for the long delay in replying. I've been out of town for an extended
> Date: Wed, 6 Sep 1995 23:03:58 CDT
> From: "Settummanque, the blackeagle" <waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU>
> Subject: Re: OA Distinguished Service Award (DSA)
> Again, there's NOTHING that prevents a Lodge from nominating an
> outstanding Scouter, whom have done work at the Section basis in
> addition to his or her leadership in a Troop or Post, and "supporting
> the nomination" by having the nomination signed by the Lodge Chief or
> Chief of the Fire (the Council Scout Executive).
And there's NOTHING that prevents a Lodge from nominating an outstanding
Scouter for the Nobel Peace Prize. What's you point?
> >> That was the original purpose of the award.
> But it HAS...slightly.
> Look, if you will, at the OA Handbook from the 70s and 60s as opposed
> to the current statement found in the present OA Handbook. The word
> "and Scouting" is inserted in the older versions:
> The national Order of the Arrow Committee presents the
> Distinguished Service Award to those Arrowmen who have
> rendered outstanding service to the Order *and to Scouting*
> on a sectional, area, regional, or national basis. It is
> given primarily for dedicated service to the Order and Scouting
> over a period of years.
I still disagree. It says "and", not "or". Also, (although I can't
find a handbook right now) I believe it has *always* said "to the Order
and Scouting". It makes no sense for the OA to award a DSA to someone
who has not served the OA. I'm not downplaying the fact that politics
are a reality at times.
> >A total of 504 DSAs have been awarded between 1940 and 1994. At the
> >1940 Nation Meeting, a total of 11 were awarded, including Goodman,
> >edson, and James E. West.
> That's not what the Order of the Arrow Handbook says, on page 84 and
> The first were presented at Camp
> Twin Echo, Pennsylvania, to E. Urner Goodman, Carroll A. Edison and
> *eight others* at the 1940 national meeting.
We are not necessarily in disagreement here. There may have only been
10 awarded at Camp Twin Echo, but there were 11 awarded in 1940. My
guess is that James E. West was not present at camp when the others
were awarded. Here are the 11 recipients from 1940:
Thomas G. Cairns, Philadelphia, PA
Carroll A. Edson, Springfield, MA
E. Urner Goodman, Bondville, VE
Harvey A. Gordon, New York, NY
Robert S. Henderson, Reading, PA
William M. Hinkle, Philadelphia, PA
H. Lloyd Nelson, Birmingham, AL
Alfred C. Nichols, Jr., New York, NY
Joseph N. Pattison, III, Philadelphia, PA
William A. Stumpp, New York, NY
James E. West, New York, NY
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