The Sunday evening show is traditionally the History and Recognitions show where a brief presentation is made on the history of the Order, then the national awards of the Disinguished Service Award, the Red Arrow Award and the Legacy of Servant Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award are presented.
After the daily preshow activities, Chief Scout Executive Roy L. Williams addressed the entire conference highlighting the amazing accomplishments of the Order of the Arrow in the last year. Of specific mention were the Order's participation in the National Scout Jamboree by sponsoring of the Order of the Arrow show, Twelve Cubed, and the Order's Service Corp. Mr. Williams also took the opportunity to thank his Assistant Chief Scout Executive David J. Ross for his years of service as he retires next month and personally congratulated him on his selection to receive the Distinguished Service Award this NOAC.
The title of the history show was "Frames" and consisted of short vignettes progressing by decades since the foundation of Scouting and the Order of the Arrow. Each era showed Arrowmen a never ending cycle of fads which "never go out of style." As the show continued and time progressed, the audience was treated with sounds and images of each era including popular songs and great leaders of the time. Between the period transitions, two actors stepped from the frames into life to tell us of the many activities in their daily lives of the era and joked about how "expensive" gas was in their day (a whopping 30 cents per gallon in one of the early eras) and even how "timeless" the stylish "fad" clothing of the period was (the classic knicker style of the twenties was interesting as well as the parachute pants of the eighties). The tag line of the show was "some things never go out of style."
As the "frames" progressed one constant was the presence of a Scout to relay the changes in the Scouting movement. As time progressed so did the scout uniform, from the nifty overcoats and knicker pants, from green shirts to khaki, and from knee to ankle socks. Although our appearance has changed drastically, as Scouts the movement stills stand for the same vision and goals since the program's founding 96 years ago. The same is true of the Order of the Arrow as it remains an integral part of the history of Scouting. Evolving from an experimental program of the Boy Scouts of America, the Order continues to provide valuable service to Scouting through such programs as Scoutreach mentoring program, providing the Service Corps at the National Scouting Jamboree, and service to the local councils. Now, with the announcement of ArrowCorps5, the Order will take on the greatest service project in our Order's history with five thousand Arrowmen providing five weeks of service in five national parks in the summer of 2008.
Following the inspirational and dramatic presentation, the Red Arrow Award was presented to Irene Fujimoto, the third Legacy of Servant Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award for service to the Order of the Arrow and Scouting was presented to Dabney Kennedy, and the Distinguished Service Award was presented to 39 selfless servants of the Order. Mr. Kennedy addressed the conference wearing a sash given originally by Dr. Goodman, the Order's Founder, to Dr. Carl Marchetti, the second recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. It was Mr. Kennedy's wish that all future recipients wear the sash when accepting the award.
More information can be retrieved on all these awards by visiting the national Order of the Arrow web site, and biographies of the Distinguished Service Award recipients is available here on the NOAC Live! Web Site.