Alertness to the needs of others is the mark of the Vigil Honor. It calls for an individual with an unusual awareness of the possibilities within each situation. The Vigil Honor is the highest honor that the Order of the Arrow can bestow upon its members for service to lodge, council, and Scouting. Membership cannot be won by a person's conscious endeavors.
The Vigil Honor is a high mark of distinction and recognition reserved for those Arrowmen who, by reason of exceptional service, personal effort, and unselfish interest, have made distinguished contributions beyond the immediate responsibilities of their position of office to one or more of the following: Lodge, Order of the Arrow, Scouting community, Scout Camp. Under NO circumstances should tenure in Scouting or the Order of the Arrow be considered as reason enough for a Vigil Honor recommendation.
A lodge may nominate a maximum of two percent of their registered Arrowmen once a year via petition to the national Order of the Arrow committee. At least 50 percent of all nominated must be under 21 at the time of nomination. In 2013, Tamegonit Lodge was permitted to nominate no more than 91 Vigil Honor candidates.
Tamegonit Lodge youth leadership has selected 40 individuals for recognition in 2013 as Vigil Honor members of the Order of the Arrow, after reviewing dozens of nomination from a lodge of more than 4500 members. The represents less than one percent of the Tamegonit Lodge membership and stands as a testament to the exemplary service of these individuals. 37 of these individuals were able to join us on October 5, 2013 to keep their Vigil. The others will keep their Vigils this December.
Bill Bahnmaier (Adult) Kevin Bing (Adult) Dick Brown (Adult) Dan Buchman (Adult)
Jim Bush (Adult) Hunter Chapman (Youth) James Cookinham (Youth) Jay Curless (Youth)
Joe Dekat, Sr. (Adult) Sam Edwards (Youth) Jacob Fallman (Youth) Ryan Foley (Adult)
Eriq Garcia (Youth) Mark Gilbert (Adult) Mike Hanus (Youth) Tyler Holcom (Youth)
Evan Johnson (Youth) Troy Johnson (Adult) Lorri Kearns (Adult) Clayton Kistner (Youth)
Barry Loughrige (Adult) Ian Matches (Youth) Scott Medlock (Adult) Becky Miller (Adult)
Parker Ogan (Youth) Nick Oprisu (Youth) Steven Ozaki (Youth) Patrick Parks (Adult)
Aaron Prothe (Youth) Arlin Prothe (Adult) Isaac Remboldt (Youth) Eli Schneck (Youth)
Don Studnicka (Adult) Michael Swearingen (Adult) Corey Terrell (Youth) Bruce Wagner (Adult)
Spencer Weaver (Adult) Austin Weber (Youth) Michael Wienands (Youth) Brent Worley (Adult)
Congratulations to all new Vigil Honor members and candidates. This recognition of your service to Scouting, the lodge, and the community is most deserved, and Tamegonit Lodge will be proud to count you among its Vigils!
VIGIL HONOR NOMINATION PROCESS
Nominations must be RECEIVED at the Heart of America Council Service Center by July 1. Nominations must be made on this form only. The nominee must be a registered member of the Heart of America Council, BSA and must also be a current dues-paying member of Tamegonit Lodge. The nominee must have been a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow for a minimum of two years. Nominations submitted between now and July 1, 2014 will be considered in the 2014 Vigil Honor Selection cycle.
Each year, the lodge is responsible for publishing a list of individuals that are eligible to be nominated for the Vigil Honor. The lodge makes its best effort to have this list available beginning in March each year. This list is regularly updated as members pay their dues or member's OA honor records are updated at the Council Office. Tamegonit Lodge is working to continue to update the accuracy of its records; we expect to be able to provide a list of eligible Vigil Honor nominees in March 2014 for this year's nomination cycle.
For a list of individuals that have become Vigil Honor members of the Order of the Arrow through Tamegonit Lodge, click Tamegonit Lodge Vigil Honor Roll.