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Ceremonial Advisory Group Formed

Other authors revised the early ceremonies in the late 1940s just prior to the Order of the Arrow becoming an official program of the Boy Scouts of America. By the 1950s and early 1960s however, the OA initiation had, to a large degree nationally, deteriorated into a haphazardly conducted formality, all too frequently characterized by hazing and other activities inconsistent with not only the Order’s principles, but also the core tenants of the Scout Oath and Law.

1963 DSA Recipients

The Distinguished Service Award (DSA) is presented to those Arrowmen who have rendered distinguished and outstanding service to the Order on a sectional, regional, or national basis. The following were presented the DSA at the 1963 National Order of the Arrow Conference - Mark O. Benner, A. Thomas Brisendine, John J. Dowe, Henry M. Faucett, William Grant, Roy M. Hinshaw, John L. Johnston Jr., J. Allan Lewis, Michael F. Miler, Martin Mockford, H. Banks Newman, Marion Sadorus, Dwayne E. Welling and Thomas K.

Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have a Dream" Speech

MLKOn August 28, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered one of the most iconic speeches of the twentieth century, entitled “I Have a Dream,” as a part of the civil rights movement’s march on Washington for Rights and Freedom.

Kennedy Assassinated

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Friday, November 22nd, 1963 in Dallas, Texas while traveling in a motorcade. There has been an immense amount of controversy over who actually shot Kennedy. The Warren Commission (which included Eagle Scout and future president of the United States, Gerald R.

The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show

Some say that when the Beatles made their first appearance on American television on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964, it was and remains a seminal event in the history of rock and roll music. Mass hysteria resulted wherever the Beatles appeared, thus “Beatlemania” ensued.

50th Anniversary Award Announced

The Order of the Arrow (OA) celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 1965. The celebration was a national event, and each lodge, chapter, and Arrowman was urged to participate to the fullest. Area fellowship training conferences placed special emphasis on the 50th Anniversary program of service, and the celebration culminated with the 50th Anniversary National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC).

US Enters Viet Nam War

From 1957 to 1965, the war was mainly a struggle between the South Vietnamese army and Communist-trained North Vietnamese rebels known as the Viet Cong. During this time, the U.S. provided military advisors and China and the Soviet Union supported the Vietnamese Communists with war materials but not troops. The first U.S.

1965 DSA Recipients

The Distinguished Service Award (DSA) is presented to those Arrowmen who have rendered distinguished and outstanding service to the Order on a sectional, regional, or national basis. The following were presented the DSA at the 1965 National Order of the Arrow Conference - Robert B. Ackerman, H. Jack Beamish, James M. Becker, Milton R. Bossier, Don Sterling Boyer, Milton M. Fluegelman, Ray A. Garrabrandt, Robert C. Gilman, James L. Knepler, Earl P. Leiby, Joseph Mancini, Charles B. McKee, Edgar A. Oglesby, Frank H. Wadsworth, William H.

Paul Siple

NATIONAL LODGE

ORDER OF THE ARROW

Presents

The Distinguished Service Award

To

PAUL A. SIPLE

Explorer, Geographer, Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow, member of Alpha Phi Omega Scouting Fraternity, member of the National Committee on Camping and member of the National Court of Honor. Accompanied Admiral Richard Byrd on the first Antarctic Expedition, after selection as the outstanding Scout among 600,000 then enrolled. This being the first of many exploits and assignments as a civilian and commissioned officer in the United States Army. He was the first President of the American Polar Society, and more recently served as scientific leader of the United States participation in the Geophysical Year. Presently he is Director of the Army’s office of Polar Affairs. Through his achievements and personal life he has brought distinction to the organization with which he has affiliated and captured the imagination and admiration of youth throughout the land.

---- excerpted from a Paul A. Siple DSA Certificate awarded in 1958

George Feil & Son

The Feil family of Kansas City, Kansas served the Order of the Arrow for decades. The first member of the family to hold a leadership position was James R. (Jim) Feil. Jim, of Tamegonit Lodge. He was elected in 1953 to serve as National Conference Chief for the 1954 National Conference held in Laramie, Wyoming.

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