OA Lodges Receive National Service Award

Eight lodges have been awarded the 2009 National Service Award. This award is presented to lodges for outstanding service rendered during the 2008 calendar year.

The National Service Award was established in 1999 to recognize lodges in each region that have performed outstanding service, both in a qualitative and a quantitative sense, to their council. The National Service Award Petition is submitted along with the lodge recharter application. To be considered for the National Service Award, a lodge must be certified as a National Quality Lodge the year in which the National Service Award Petition is submitted. Two lodges per region will be granted the National Service Award each year.

The National Service Award petition requires lodges to submit information on current lodge membership (the size of a lodge is a factor when considering the magnitude of the service it has provided), a detailed description of the largest and most meaningful service project the lodge has completed for its council, and a record of all service performed by the lodge for the council since the last recharter process. Service for this award is defined as any project that has directly benefited the Scouting program in the council.

The award was developed by past National Vice Chief Ryan Miske. The National Service Award is always presented the year following the service being recognized. The year used below is the year for which the lodge is being recognized for outstanding service and not the year the National Service Award was presented. For example, the lodges listed in the 2008 group were recognized at the beginning of 2009.

The following were selected to receive the National Service Award by the National Order of the Arrow Committee:

Southern Region
Echockotee Lodge
North Florida Council #87
Jacksonville, FL

Mikanakawa Lodge
Circle Ten Council #571
Dallas, TX

Central Region
Cho-Gun-Mun-A-Nock Lodge
Hawkeye Area Council #172
Cedar Rapids, IA

Gabe-Shi-Win-Gi-Ji-Kens Lodge
Chief Okemos Council #271
Lansing, MI

Northeast Region
Madockawanda Lodge
Pine Tree Council #218
Portland, ME

Octoraro Lodge
Chester County Council #539
West Chester, PA

Western Region
Wiatava Lodge
Orange County Council #39
Santa Ana, CA

Orca Lodge
Redwood Empire Council #41
Santa Rosa, CA

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