NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award

Since ancient times, nations, rulers, and organizations have recognized with visible symbols of honor, persons who have given meritorious service and risen to high levels of personal achievement or demonstrated high ideals.

Perhaps the best known of these honors are the British Order of the Garter and the Knights of the Bath, the French Legion of Honor, and, in the United States of America, the Medal of Honor for military gallantry and, the Presidential Medal of Freedom for civilian national, public or cultural service.

The Boy Scouts of America also so recognizes those men who have earned the rank of Eagle Scout and who have subsequently distinguished  themselves and have made significant contributions to its programs and ideals.   

This recognition is the National Eagle Scout Association’s Outstanding Eagle Scout Award also known as the NOESA

The NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award cannot be sought...Introduced in 2011, the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award is bestowed on Eagle Scouts who have demonstrated outstanding achievement at the local or regional level in their careers, vocations, or avocations by the National Eagle Scout Association.

To date, less than 1400 NOESA awards have been presented by the BSA. 

 

Here is a list of the Eagle Scouts in the Laurel Highlands Council who have been recipients of the NOESA Award, (their full bios are below):
2012    Chris Hoke, CW Kreimer, Joseph Salvucci
2013    Howard A. Schillinger
2014    George F. Cahill, R. Michael Daniel, Esq., Richard L. Ray, MD
2015    Steve Dewick , Joseph O. Elwell, Jr., Honorable Norman A. Krumenacker, III , James B. Richard, Charles R. Schrankel, Paul Wain
2016    G. Reynolds “Renny” Clark, Evan Erickson, Bernard W. Lockard Jr., Melvin Pirchesky, James Grote Uber

 

To obtain an application to nominate an individual click here for an application form.

 

Below are the NOESA Awards that have been presented to 

G. Reynolds “Renny” Clark - National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award
Renny Clark earned his Eagle award in 1960 as a member of Troop 2015 in Homer City.  He worked on the summer camp staff at the former Camp Tionesta in 1963 and 1964 and upon graduation from Geneva College in 1965, joined the professional staff of the former Allegheny Trails Council - BSA, serving as Assistant District Scout Executive for the Conestoga District for two years.  

Renny served in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard from 1965 to 1973, completing his service with the rank of 1st lieutenant as a field artillery officer.    He started what would be a 34 year career with the Westinghouse Corporation in 1966 as a projectionist in the audiovisual department and rose through the corporate ranks.  When he retired in 2000, he was the Executive Director of Corporate Services and Community Affairs and Chairman of the Westinghouse Foundation.  In 1989, his professional and personal contribution to the company as well as to the community was recognized and he was awarded the “Westinghouse Order of Merit,” the corporation’s highest employee award. In the company’s 114-year history, only 455 have ever been awarded.

In 2000, upon his retirement from Westinghouse, Renny was recruited by then Chancellor Mark Nordenberg to bring his talents to the University of Pittsburgh and serve as Vice Chancellor for Community Initiatives and Chief of staff for Chancellor Nordenberg.  His two year commitment ended up lasting for 15 years with Renny finally retiring in 2015.

For over 30 years, Renny has been involved in countless Scouting activities and committees for the Boards of the Greater Pittsburgh Council and Laurel Highlands Council including the finance, camping, membership committees and also district operations.   He also served as the Executive Vice President of Membership and the Vice President of Endowment.  He was the 2010 Eagle Class Honoree and is a Silver Beaver Recipient. 

In addition to his work on the Board of Directors of the Greater Pittsburgh then the Laurel Highlands Council, Renny’s list of community service is great.  In addition to serving as the mayor of Franklin Park for two terms, Renny has been a member of the Franklin Park Volunteer Fire Company for nearly 40 years—including 18 years as fire chief. When he retired from that position in 2007, the company membership created and bestowed upon him the title “Fire Chief Emeritus.” 

Following a life-long commitment to community service, Renny is very active in a number of cultural and civic organizations and has served on the boards of: Allegheny County Parks Foundation, Family House, Jumonville Foundation, Oakland Task Force, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Gateways, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development, Regional Industrial Development Corporation, United Methodist Foundation of Western Pennsylvania, United Way of Allegheny County and the advisory boards of the Allegheny Regional Asset District, the Extra Mile Education Foundation, and the Salvation Army of Southwestern Pennsylvania.  

Renny and his wife Linda are active 38-year members of Ingomar United Methodist Church where he has served in numerous leadership roles, including having been the Head Usher for 20 years.

Evan Erickson - National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award
Evan Erickson earned his Eagle award in 1972 as a member of Troop 186 in Natrona Heights, PA.  He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University in 1983. After graduating, Evan worked as an Engineer for Intec, followed by Medrad. 

He earned his Master’s Degree in Plastics Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1990.  In 1992, Evan joined Mine Safety Appliances Company as an Engineer.  He is currently the Program Manager for the Fixed Gas and Flame Detection group. He earned his MBA from Duquesne University in 2009. 

Evan has been a leader in Scouting for his entire adult life. He has served as an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 186, an Explorer Post Advisor for Post 395, and since 1989 he has been a Committee Member in Troop 186 and has served as the Troop Treasurer since 1993. 

He earned the Scouter’s Training award in 1980 and his Wood Badge beads in 1984 from Course NE-V-77.  When his son Joel joined Scouting, Evan served as a Den Leader for two years and then served for another two years as a Webelos Leader, earning the Webelos Den Leader award and Cub Scouter award in 1999. 

At the District level, Evan has been a merit badge counselor in both the William D. Boyce and Japeechen Districts since 1980. He was awarded the District Award of Merit in 2012 and the Silver Beaver in 2013 for his outstanding efforts and dedication to Scouting. He is currently serving as a Unit Commissioner and District Popcorn Kernel in the Japeechen District. 

Evan is a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow in 1985.  He was the Japeechen District’s Chapter Advisor for 11 years from 2001 to 2012.  In 2010 Evan received the OArder of the Arrow Founders’ Award, and in 2011 he received the Enda Lechauhanne Silver Acorn Award.  In 2013, the Allohak Menewi Lodge honored him with the James E. West Fellowship Award.  He was the Council OA Service Corps Advisor to Campaganza in 2010 and Mountainfest in 2011 and 2013. 

Evan attended National Lodge Advisor Training Seminar at Camp Alpine, New Jersey in 2013.  In 2014, Evan accepted the Lodge Advisor position and has helped to guide the 1400 member.  He provided leadership for the 150 Brother contingent that attended the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference at Michigan State University that marked the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow.

Evan has been married to his wife, Margie, for 32 years.  They have a son, Joel, who is also an Eagle Scout, and two daughters, Gail and Keil. He is a lifelong member of First United Presbyterian Church of Tarentum. In the past, he has served on the Board of Deacons and as the Chartered Organization Representative for the church’s chartered unit, Troop 180.  He has been a member of the Freemasons since 1992 and was recently awarded the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award. 
Bernard W. Lockard - National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award
Bernie Lockard earned the rank of Eagle Scout on 5/2/72 as a member of Troop 827 in Indiana, PA.

He holds dual Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Business from Carnegie Mellon University.  

After graduating from Carnegie Mellon in 1980 he joined Lockard Oil - the business his father and uncle had started in the late 1940s.  Capitalizing on the education that he received, Bernie was instrumental in growing and diversifying Lockard Oil with the addition of a chain of Northern Express convenience stores.  The company further diversified by developing a chain of Pacific Pride unmanned commercial fueling stations.  Under his leadership, Lockard Oil sold the Northern Express chain, and has since concentrated on the Pacific Pride card lock business and management of company real estate.  Today the company is one of the largest franchisees of Pacific Pride in the US and Canada.

A long time Scouter, Bernie has served the youth of Western Pennsylvania as the President of the Penn’s Woods Council, the President of the Boy Scout’s Northeast Region Area 4, and then served as Council President once again as the President of the Laurel Highlands Council.  

Always committed to training, Bernie has served as a Wood Badge Course Director, and a National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) Course Director.  He was also the Chairman of the highly successful Area 4 all Council “Campaganza” 2010 event that was held at Moraine State Park which provided a unique camping experience to more than 5000 attendees.  Bernie has been honored with the Silver Beaver and the Silver Antelope Awards.

Bernie is serving as the 2017 National Jamboree International Liaison.  He is a member of the Order of the Arrow, holds the Cub Masters Training Award, and is also Pack 1011’s Committee Chairman. 

Bernie worships at the St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church in Indiana, PA with along with his wife Robin and his son Ash.

Melvin Pirchesky - National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award
Mel Pirchesky earned his Eagle award in 1959 as a member of Troop 134 in Donora, PA.

He graduated from Penn State University with a Degree in Accounting and in 1965 joined the Arthur Young & Company; a Big 8 accounting firm and a predecessor to Ernst & Young.  

After becoming a tax partner with Arthur Young & Company, Mel started Pittsburgh-based Eagle Ventures.  Over the last 35 years as the President Eagle Ventures, Mel has a very diverse and in many ways unparalleled track record as an effective money raiser, CEO, and entrepreneurial coach and marketer.  His experience has led to a deep understanding of and appreciation for the strategic financial aspects of deal-making, creating, financing, and growing businesses from an entrepreneurial perspective.   He has raised and invested more than $100 million of equity in the western PA region, almost exclusively from high net worth individuals and coached hundreds of entrepreneurs on how to much more effectively articulate their company's value proposition and how to understand complex financial concepts.

He has provided creative solutions associated with buying and selling dozens of small to medium-sized businesses and consulted to several hundred entrepreneurially-owned companies focused on increasing profits.

Mel has served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Pittsburgh and Laurel Highlands Councils for more than 25 years.  He is a Silver Beaver Recipient.  He has been involved with the Scout reach committee since it was known as Urban Scouting.  He has served as the Whitney M. Young Dinner Table Chairman since the event’s inception.  He has changed the lives of countless youth by organizing camporees for the Scout-reach program and also been an ongoing champion of “Operation First Class”.  This program reaches out to Scouts who are at risk and connects them to a mentor who encourages these Scouts to make it to Eagle.  This is accomplished by the Scouts and the Mentors spending the weekend at Camp Guyasuta and helping the Scouts to complete their missing requirements needed to become a First Class Scout.   Mel is also a member of the Jewish Committee on Scouting for the Laurel Highlands Council.

Mel also raises funds for Scouts who are in need to go to the Jamboree, Philmont, and other High Adventure programs.  He and his family also restocked Lake Courage after a pH imbalance caused a massive fish die-off in the early 2000s.
He is also a former Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Allegheny County Children and Youth Services Agency (now known as Children, Youth & Family Agency) - the public agency responsible for caring for abused and neglected youngsters in Allegheny County.     Mel is married to his wife Sharon.  They reside in Shadyside.

James Grote Uber - National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award
Jamie Uber earned his Eagle award in 1974 as a member of Troop 17 in Allison Park, PA.

He holds a Bachelor’s of Science and a Master’s of Science degrees from Carnegie Mellon University.  He hold a Law Degree from the University of Pittsburgh Law School.

He started his career with Mine Safety Appliances twenty-five years ago as a Patent Attorney and currently serves as their Associate General Counsel.  His work at MSA has taken him around the world.

Jamie has been involved as a volunteer in the BSA for the last 18 years.  He has served as the Cub Master of Pack 381 for 11 years, 5 years as the Pack Committee Chairman, and is a long time committee member of Troop 173.  He has provided leadership as the Japeechen District fundraising chairman, and currently serves as Japeechen District Chairman. 

Jamie also has served the youth of the Laurel Highlands Council as a member of the Council’s Camping Committee.  He has served as a commissioner and earned his Wood Badge Beads in 2007.  Jamie has received the District Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver.

Outside of Scouting, Jamie has provided leadership to the national body of his church by serving on the Board of Trustees of the General Church of the New Jerusalem, headquartered in Bryn Athyn, PA, just outside Philadelphia from 1990 – 2002.  

Subsequently, he served for an additional nine years on the Board of Trustees for the Academy of the New Church, which oversees the Academy Secondary Schools, Bryn Athyn College and the Glencairn Museum, all of which are located in Bryn Athyn, PA. 

Jamie and his wife Julie reside in O’Hara Township.

George F. Cahill - Distinguished Eagle Scout Award
George Cahill earned his Eagle Award in 1941 in West Lafayette, Indiana.   Following his graduation from high school, he enlisted in the Army Aircorps and flew 28 missions in a B-17 over Germany as a Bombardier. 

George joined the BSA as a professional in 1949 serving as a District Executive in Milwaukee, WI and subsequently as the Director of Field Service in Cincinnati, OH and New York, NY.  He came to Pittsburgh when he was named the Scout Executive of the Allegheny Council in 1961 and oversaw the merger that created the Allegheny Trails Council.  He retired in 1976.

During his tenure in Scouting, George was an influential force in program development of Scouting literature pertaining to the patrol method.  His work with “Green Bar” Bill Hillcourt was tested in Wood Badge and NJLT programs.   George led the process of creating Flag Plaza with Vivian Lehman providing the resources in honor of her late husband, past Council President Chester Lehman.  George was also instrumental in providing a savings incentive plan for the Council’s professional staff through the creation of the William K. Fitch Savings plan.  He was an innovator by placing the First National Supply Service Scout Shop in a Council Service Center.

In 1976, George served as the President of the National Flag Foundation which he created in 1968 to serve our Nation.  While leading the National Flag Foundation, he also served as the editor and publisher of a wide spectrum of inspirational, educational, and patriotic flag related books, flyers, pamphlets and promotions.  George retired from the National Flag Foundation in 1994.

George has served on the boards of St. Clair Hospital, Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, American Humanitcs, Inc, and the Laurel Highlands Council.

Steve Dewick - National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award - 2015

Steve Dewick earned his Eagle award in in 1967 as a member of Troop 236 in Pittsburgh.  Steve has continued his service to youth through Scouting through his entire adult life:

  • Locally, he has served as a scoutmaster, district chairman, council vice president for program, and council commissioner. 
  • Steve played a major role in the implementation of the Greater Pittsburgh/Penn’s Woods merger, leading the integration of nine camping properties into the new council.
  • He has been a trusted advisor to Scout Executives Bob Mazucca, Alf Tuggle, and Mike Surbaugh.
  • Regionally, he has served Scouting as an Area Vice President and has served on the Area camp visitation team for twenty years.
  • Nationally, Steve has served on the Philmont visitation/inspection team and has served on the regional staff at four national jamborees.

Steve has worked for Buchanan, Ingersoll and Rooney, one of the region’s leading law firms, for over forty years as Docket Control Coordinator.  In his community, he has been an active member of Holy Innocents church since 1970.  He headed the Community Cleanup Campaign in Sheraden, Pennsylvania and organized a major tree planting and stream cleanup operation along Chartiers Creek. Active in youth sports, Steve has worked with youth teams in soccer, basketball and hockey.

Steve’s Scouting honors include the District Award of Merit, Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope awards. He is a Vigil Honor member or the Order of the Arrow and has received the Founders Award.

Joseph O. Elwell, Jr. - National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award - 2015

Joe Elwell earned his Eagle award in 1963 as a member of Troop 84 in Cape May, NJ  Essex Council.  Joe has continued his service to youth through Scouting through his entire adult life:

While in the South Jersey Council as a youth in the Order of the Arrow, he completed his Ordeal in 1962. He sealed his Brotherhood in 1963, and his completed his Vigil in 1965 where he was awarded his Vigil honor name Pendamen, meaning Understanding One.

 

Joe studied at the University of Akron in 1969-1972, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.   After graduating, Joe joined the US Army Corp of Engineers where he held various positions during his 41 year career.

 

While working for the Corp, Joe also also earned an MBA in Management in 1985 at the University of Akron. He also served in the US Army Reserves for 20 years.  Joe retired from the Corp as the Chief of Construction in the US Army Corps of Engineers – Pittsburgh Division.  After retiring from Corps of Engineers, Joe started Elwell’s Engineers & Surveyors.

 

He has held several positions in the Order of the Arrow. In the Enda Lechauhanna Lodge he held the Commissary position from 2000-2003, The Associate Adviser in 2003-2007, and the Lodge Adviser from 2007-2011. In the Allohak Menewi Lodge he served as Conclave and NOAC advisor from 2011-2015, and currently holds the position of NOAC advisor. In 2012, he was awarded the Founders Award and in 2003, he was awarded the Silver Acorn and lastly in 2015, he was awarded the Centurion Award. 

 

Joe is still very active in Scouting, he has attended multiple NOACs since 1965, he has attended multiple Conclaves, as well as participating in Arrow Corp, Summit Corp, and Indian Summers. Joe has also taken multiple training courses in NLS, NLATS and Philmont Lodge Advisor Training. In the Laurel Highlands Council, he also holds multiple positions as Council Honorary member, Advisory Council member, Scouting for Food Coordinator and lastly a district member at large for Mon Valley.

 

Joe is currently married to his beautiful wife, Linda and has been married for forty three years.  His son Adam followed in his father’s footsteps and also received his Eagle on October 12, 2002. As of today, Joe is a current member of Speers United Methodist Church in Charleroi, Pa.

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Honorable Norman A. Krumenacker, III - National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award - 2015
Norm Krumenacker traces his roots in Scouting back to when he became a Tenderfoot at age 12 with the former Troop 11 at Westmont Presbyterian Church.  He rose through the ranks and eventually became an Eagle Scout in 1972 as a member of Troop 217 in Johnstown, PA.  He was inducted into the Order of the Arrow in 1969.  

Following High School graduation, Norm attended Waynesburg College as an undergraduate, and earned his J. D. from the University of Richmond.  Following graduation, Norm went in to private practice in the Johnstown and Ebensburg, PA area.  In 1991 he was appointed to the Cambria County Court of Common Pleas by then Governor Robert P. Casey, a position he still fills today.
  

As an adult, Norm has been an assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 217 in Johnstown, and a District Commissioner and a District Chairman for the Keystone District.  He was a member of the Penn’s Woods Council Board of Directors for many years, having served two terms as Council President.  Today he is a member of the Laurel Highlands Council Board of Directors.

In addition, Norm has been an active member of both the Northeast Region Board of Directors, and the Area IV committee.  He served for two years as Area President and has held various positions on the Board of the Northeast Region.  Norm has been active with high adventures and Jamborees, having served on the staff of three national jamborees.

Judge Krumenacker was awarded the Keystone District, Penn’s Woods Council Award of Merit in 1997, and the Penn’s Woods Council Silver Beaver in 1994.  In 2008 he was awarded the Silver Antelope by the Northeast Region of the BSA.  The 2003 Penn’s Woods Eagle Class was named in his honor.
Norm enjoys the outdoors, and spends his spare time hunting, fishing and camping.  He worships at the Westmont Church of the Brethern.


James B. Richard - National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award - 2015
Jim Richard earned his Eagle Award with bronze palm in 1945 while a member of Troop 22 in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania.  

As a youth he served on the Camp Twin Echo summer camp staff and was the Lodge Chief of the East Boroughs Council Anicus Lodge.  

As an adult, Jim continued his service to Scouting as an Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 22 and served as Assistant Scoutmasters for the 1947 and 1951 World Jamborees and the 1950 Valley Forge National Jamboree.

As a professional, Jim was the owner of James B. Richard Services, an accounting firm, practiced for over 45 years retiring in 1993.  Jim served as the Wilkinsburg Borough/School District Tax Collector for more than 3 decades and served as a Wilkinsburg District Justice.

Jim’s Scouting honors include Vigil Honor – Order of the Arrow, Scoutmaster’s Key, Silver Beaver and the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award.  He has served as a member of the Laurel Highlands Council board (and its predecessor councils) since 1959.  Jim has been a member of the council’s Scoutreach committee, as well as the finance, audit and investment committees.  He has also served as the assistant council treasurer.   Both of Jim’s sons also earned their Eagle Scout rank.

Outside of Scouting, Jim is a member of the South Avenue United Methodist Church where he has served on the church’s administrative board. Jim is a past Vice President of Kiwanis International; has served as treasurer for both the Wilkinsburg School District and the Wilkinsburg Branch of the NAACP and President of the Wilkinsburg Chamber of Commerce.
Charles R. Schrankel - National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award - 2015
Chuck Schrankel earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1949, and continued in Scouting to earn palms and spend two years on the staff of Camp Gorton in the Steuben Area Council in New York.  He continued his Scouting while a Cadet at West Point as a member of the Scoutmasters Council and an Explorer Advisor for on post Explorer Scouts.  His adult Scouting career began in earnest in 1970 when he moved to Pittsburgh.

During his time in Pittsburgh, Chuck has had numerous jobs in Scouting including: Cubmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop Committee member, District Membership Chairman, Council Day Camp Chairman, Council Activities Chairman, Seneca District Chairman, Council Commissioner (8 years), Council VP Program, Council Executive Committee, Council Board of Directors (28 years).  Chuck has also served as the Council Chairman for the Good Turn for America program.

Chuck has also served the council in several ad hoc positions.  He directed the South Park operations for 3 Scout Expos, chaired the program section for 2 strategic plans, worked on the Heritage Reservation building project in several areas and participated in the opening ceremony.

Chuck oversaw and participated in many Friends of Scouting and Scouting for Food campaigns.

After working with a group of minority Scouters to craft the mission statement for Urban Scouting, Mr. Schrankel went into and spoke in urban churches and meetings to seek adult leadership for urban Scouting units.  He was one of the first in the country to teach orienteering to Boy Scouts, and the first in the Pittsburgh area to incorporate R.O.T.C unit training into Scout troop activities.  Chuck has earned his Wood Badge beads and received the Silver Beaver.

Chuck continues to be active in church, professional, community, and alumni activities.  As the W. PA Field Force Admissions Coordinator for West Point, he started a sub organization that focused on preparing minority students with opportunities for appointment to any of the service academies.  He has supplied the New Castle City Rescue Mission with donations and considerable materials for their summer camp.

While owning and operating a company that manufactured roof coatings and waterproofing coatings, he adhered to his Scouting principles and respected clean air, earth, and water and was contacted by other businesses that needed advice when they were faced with potentially adverse environmental situations


Paul Wain - National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award - 2015
Paul Wain earned his Eagle Award in 1974 while a member of Troop 329 in the Seneca District of what is now known as the Laurel Highlands Council, Pennsylvania. 

Paul is employed by the Troop's chartering organization, Memorial Park Church of Allison Park, PA. He is the Assistant Youth Director, working with staff and volunteers to disciple Junior and Senior High students as followers of Jesus. Paul is also the church's "Safety and Security Director."  In addition to his work with the church, Paul is has been a Patrol Officer with the Franklin Park Borough Police Department since 1988.

In addition to his vocations, Paul has shown outstanding leadership as the Assistant Chief of the Peebles Volunteer Fire Department. 

Paul has had an accomplished career as a Scout and as a Scouter. He has been providing leadership to his troop, the Seneca District and the Laurel Highlands Council for more than 25 years.  This includes event involvement in planning and participating in local Camporees , Philmont Expeditions, and National Jamborees.  Within Troop 329, Paul has served many positions, most notably as the Troop's Scoutmaster for the last 20 years. Beyond his Troop, he has served is a merit badge counselor, a District Committee Member of the Seneca District, and a Council Executive Board Member.

Outside of Scouting, Paul is an active member of Memorial Park Church where he's not only employed, but he engages his duty to God through regular worship attendance and involvement with Men's Ministry functions.