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Paul E. "Gene" Wadford

20 April 1939 - 15 October 2011
 
Beginning in 2013 the trophy presented to the DVGC tournament champions will be renamed the Wadford Cup in memory of our friend and brother. From the start of this event Gene was not only an ardent supporter but also part of the winning team five times, including the very first tournament in 2000 - Champion History.
 
 

Paul Eugene Wadford, Jr. 72 of Mesa, AZ passed away in the early morning hours of October 15th, 2011. Gene was born on April 20th, 1939 in Winston Salem, NC to late Novella and Paul Eugene Wadford, Sr. He was preceded in death by his parents, his system, Lynn Cruey and his brother, Glenn Wadford. He is survived by his sister Jane Pletka. Gene was the loving husband of Judy Wadford, a loving father to 2 sons, Wesley Marchetti and Greg Wadford, a daughter, Kim Kuhl and 2 step-children Chris Spangler and Lindsay Spangler O’Hara. He also had 9 grandchildren that he loved dearly – Amber, Aviana, Kyle, Stephanie, Garrett, Peyton, Devin, McKenna and Gage.

He was a Vietnam War Veteran who served in the Marines for 2 years and the Air Force for 25 years before retiring in 1983. Upon his retirement from the Military, Gene as a lifelong Boy Scout and scouting volunteer, was fortunate enough to begin a second career in the profession he loved – the Boy Scouts of America, until his “official” retirement in 2008.

Throughout both of his careers he earned numerous commendations and awards and was held in very high esteem by all those around him. Words cannot express the wonderful life he lived and the magnitude or impact and influence that he had on the lives of both the young and old whose pleasure and honor it was of knowing him. He will be greatly missed.

Therefore to honor the memory of Gene and his enduring spirit and to perpetuate his legacy, each year the trophy awarded to the winning team of the DVGC will be named the Wadford Cup.

Endowment of the Order of the Arrow

The national OA endowment was formed more than 30 years ago as means for the Order to fund scholarships and special programs. In the early years the endowment was funded through the sale of credit card style Vigil Honor membership cards at national OA conferences.

From this humble beginning the endowment has grown into the primary funding source for all OA high adventure programs, Josh R. Sain Memorial Scholarships, national jamboree OA programs, National Leadership Seminar, Developing Youth Leadership Conference and $50,000 a year in lodge service grants which support lodges in their effort to serve their local councils.

Youth & Adult Leadership Training

The National Leadership Seminar is the Order of the Arrow's premier youth training which teaches Arrowmen to effectively lead others in various situations and helps them to realize their full potential as servant leaders.

Developing Youth Leadership Conference is for adult advisers who work directly with youth and helps adults learn to foster the use of skills that youth learned in the NLS program.

SUMMITCORPS: The New River Experience

The OA in partnership with National Park Service and the West Virginia Army National Guard, introduced the community surrounding The Summit Bechtel Family Scout Reserve to servant leadership in the summer of 2011. During the four weeks of SummitCorps, more than 1400 Arrowmen were able to complete more than 13 miles of new stacked loop trails, on public lands, in the Craig Branch area. Additionally Arrowman donated $15,358.00 to non-profit community service agencies which serve youth and more than $25,000 in nonperishable meals were donated to local organizations which have food banks.

Philmont Trail Crew

For more than 20 years approximately 180 youth Arrowmen working under the guidance of an OATC Foreman, in close coordination with Philmont’s conservation department, have completed restoration and improvement projects. These projects have included improvements to long term sustainability of trails, new trail construction, building restoration, and heavy rock work.

Northern Tier Wilderness Voyage & Canadian Odyssey

The Wilderness Voyage and Canadian Odyssey have worked in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the Quetico Provincial Park to build durable portages and tails, protecting this extremely fragile ecosystem of the boundary waters. These service projects take part on public lands outside the national high adventure base for the benefit of the people on both sides of the U.S. – Canadian border.

Florida Sea Base Ocean Adventure

Based near the Briton Environmental Center the OA Ocean Adventure performs service at Fort Jefferson located in the Dry Tortugas National Park.

Summit Program

The OA in Partnerships with the National Park Service work in the New River Gorge National River to build mountain bike trails.

Click here for more about the Endowment of the Order of the Arrow.