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
2017 At the NESA Pittsburgh Annual Membership Meeting on May 30, 2017 NESA Pittsburgh will recognize the following Eagle Scouts:
We will also present the 2017 NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award to:
Information on all of these men, and their impact on scouting and their communities will be posted here soon,
To obtain an application to nominate an individual click here for an application form.
Below are the NOESA Awards that have been presented to
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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