King’s City Manager Homer Dearmin was among a collection of local men honored last week at Camp Raven Knob for their lifelong dedication to the Boy Scouting program.
This year the the 2015 Wahissa Lodge Chief Hugh Atkinson and his special committee selected 12 men to receive the Centurion Award.
For 100 years, the Order of the Arrow has purposefully recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. The Centurion Award aims to highlight “Hometown Heroes,” or Arrowmen who have meaningfully contributed to the forming, maturing, and ongoing operational excellence of their local council’s lodge, and who, in doing so, inspired others to follow their footsteps. This award is a one-time recognition associated with the centennial anniversary of the Order of the Arrow bestowed by the National Order of the Arrow Committee.
Dearmin began his Order of the Arrow journey as a youth by taking his Ordeal in 1994; his youth service ended in 2003. He was well known for having a great sense of humor and a spirit of willingness to work.
Never afraid to lead by example, Dearmin knew how to lead the young men around him who were chapter vice chiefs and lodge vice chiefs because he had been a top leader in his chapter and the lodge. He served as Wahissa Lodge chief in 2001.
Dearmin had a strong desire to properly learn how to be a Southern singer at the drum, and he has continued that zeal as an adult. His dedication to Indian Affairs in the Order of the Arrow had him traveling many hours during his free time to participate and to learn and to instruct others. He leads with the mentality that youth become part of his team rather than just working for him in a position.
Many people have fond memories of sitting and cutting up with Dearmin at the drum at Ordeals, Spring Fellowships, and Fall Fellowships. In addition to being lodge chief, he held various youth positions including Eke Otkia chapter chief and lodge vice chief of administration. He was a member of Wahissa Lodge’s national championship drum teams at NOAC in 1998 and 2002.
Dearmin is an Eagle Scout and a Vigil member of Wahissa Lodge. The leadership that he showed in the Order of the Arrow as a youth carried over into other aspects of his life, including his jobs as town manager of various municipalities and as a leader in his Masonic Lodge. He is a native of Pinnacle and now resides in King.
Other Centerion Awrad recipients included Jacob Andrew (Drew) Armstrong, Keith Michael Bobbitt, Ray Caudle, Hunter Day, Travis Gentry, Jason Kemp, Robert Lewis Mason, Denny Ray Shelton, Justin Stirewalt, Bradley Gray Taylor and David (Dave) Whitfield.