The NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award (NOESA) is a prestigious recognition granted by the local council’s NESA committee to Eagle Scouts who have demonstrated outstanding achievement at the local, state, or regional level. Unlike the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, which is a national award, the NOESA recognizes Eagle Scouts whose efforts have made a positive impact closer to home.
During 2013, the Orange County Council honored four NESA Outstanding Eagle Scouts:
Dr. Steven Bisbing
Dr. Steven Bisbing has enjoyed more than a 20 year practice in clinical and forensic psychology involving treating clients, publishing articles and books, lecturing and consulting on civil litigation throughout the US & Canada. He taught grade school, college, graduate, medical, and law students – and enjoyed it immensely. He feels his greatest educational accomplishment was writing the book “Medical Malpractice: Psychiatric Care” (McGraw Hill publisher) during the 1st two years of law school.
Since Steve’s earliest efforts to do “a good turn daily” as a young Scout, he willingly engaged in service throughout his life including involvement in DeMolay in high school, the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity in college, countless projects with six different OA lodges, several years as a Sunday School Teacher and Youth Adviser and engaged in pro bono psychological work with battered women and victims of sexual abuse.
In addition to Scouting, Steve is currently involved with the American Red Cross as a trained disaster mental health professional and emergency services 1st responder.
Since 1968, Steve has enjoyed the privilege of learning from and serving in seven councils from the California desert to Europe, Florida (twice), North Carolina, Washington DC, and now Orange County. Coupled with a nurturing but rigorous military upbringing, Scouting has provided Steve innumerable opportunities to learn and practice many of life’s most valuable lessons such as duty, honor, leadership and service. As circumstances permitted, Steve endeavored to give back to Scouting in whatever manner best suited his abilities and the council’s needs. He is currently actively involved with the council risk management and international Scouting committees.
A recent accomplishment that he is especially proud of is becoming a nationally certified State Soccer Referee with the US Soccer Federation.
The single greatest reward in Dr. Steve’s life has been being a father and the active raising of his son and daughter.
Don is married to his wife, Cathie, who he met at DePauw University where Don was the head waiter in the dormitory where Cathie lived as freshman. Their two daughters, Lauren and Ashley, both earned the Girl Scouts Gold Award and their two sons, Evan and Alec, are both Eagle Scouts. Cathie is a past Teacher of the Year, department head, curriculum director, has been published in English Journal, and is a founder and fellow of the Young Writers Program at UCI.
Don is an attorney in Orange. He received his BA with distinction from DePauw University and his MBA and Law degrees from Indiana University, where he was on the staffs of both the Business Review and the Law Review, as well as on the editorial staff of Business Horizons Magazine. He also participated in Honors internships in all three degree programs. He has written more than thirty articles for professional and trade journals, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the Society of Financial Service Professionals and is one of the authors of the Encyclopedia of Retirement and Finance. Don was named a Fellow of the American Society of Financial Geruntology in 1994. He is a charter member of the Advisory Board of Master Plan Financial Planning Software Company, counsel to the International Reciprocal Trade Association, the California Reciprocal Trade Association, and a past board member for the American Society of Financial Service Professionals. He has taught classes for financial services professionals for UCI, Wharton, and the American College.
As a Scout, Don earned his Eagle Scout award, his God and Country Award, and his a Brotherhood honor with the Order of the Arrow. Don is a recipient of the Extra Mile Award, the Award of Merit, the Silver Beaver Award, the Bronze Pelican Award, the St. George Award, The Man of Character Award, the Scouters Training Award, The Scouter’s Key, the Den Leaders Training Award, the Cub Scouters Training Award, and the Distinguished Commissioners’ Training Award. Don was a member of the first team of Scout Leaders in Orange County to train Tiger Cubs in Orange County. Since 1969, Don is proud of having worked with over 250 Scouts who earned their Eagle rank.
Don is past president of the Saint Thomas More Society, which is the Catholic Lawyers’ Society, as well as of the Orange County First Friday Friars’ for whom he was the 2009 Catholic Man of the Year. Don is Chairman of Kairos Prison Ministries for Terminal Island F.C.I.., is active in Cursillo in the Catholic Church, is the chair for Wills Week for the Diocese of Orange, and is a member of the Orance Catholic Foundation Board of Directors.
He is a member of Advisory Boards for Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), YMCA of Orange, and YMCA of Anaheim, and Pepperdine University. He is a recipient of the Pointer Award from CHOC and the Pepperdine Pepnet Insider Award. Don is a former advisor to the WestMed Foundation Estate Design Center, the St. Joseph Medical Foundation, a member of Rotary, and past Tribal Chief, Nation Council Chief, Long House Council Sachem for the Indian Guides and Princesses. Don served as a Big Brother, a board member for Big Brothers, and was the Big Brother of the Year in 1981.
Keith Rhodes is a native of Anchorage, Alaska, who has dedicated the last 23 years to helping abused, neglected and at-risk children across the country. Keith is married to Katina and they have four children.
Rhodes is the product of a richly diversified background. He grew up in rural Alaska the son of a State Trooper, and began scouting in 1975 at the age of 8. As a Cub Scout, early on he realized his passion and excitement in helping others. In 1977, at the age of 10, Keith earned the Arrow of Light and in 1981, he earned his eagle. Character, citizenship and personal fitness will always remain key aspects of Keith’s life.
In college, he was recruited to play basketball and football by the legendary Coach Eddie Robinson of Grambling State University. Keith was then recruited to play for the NFL before suffering a career ending knee injury.
Mr. Rhodes is the CEO of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Orange County and was previously the Executive Director of Boys Town California. Prior to moving to California, Mr. Rhodes was the CEO of the Methodist Children’s Home in New Orleans, Louisiana from 2000-2007. During his time there, he endured the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and worked to repair the damage suffered by the agency; restoring it to full function within 6 months. He has worked with abused and neglected children in various levels of residential care for 23 years.
Mr. Rhodes holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters of Science in Criminology, with an emphasis in Juvenile Delinquency and a Domestic Terrorism, from Grambling University. He is a gang specialist, certified through the Federal Bureau of Prisons and National Institute of Corrections. Mr. Rhodes has worked with counterdrug task force and gang suppression teams in 87 cities over the past 20 years, and also trains federal, state and local law enforcement worldwide. Mr. Rhodes has 9 years of experience in law enforcement, and has published articles in the Criminal Justice Journals on Juvenile Delinquency and Recidivism.
Rhodes is a motivational speaker and participates in a number of organizations: Rotary International; Gang Instructor, National Major Gang Task Force; Certified Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Instructor, Cornell University, Eagle Peer Reviewer; Member LA Association of Nonprofit Organizations; State Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee; Member of National Violence Prevention Council-CDC.
During your Eagle Court of Honor you make a pledge to give back to scouting more than he received, well Jason Seecutt-Bovshow did just that after receiving his Eagle in May of 1998. After receiving his Eagle, Jason held the position of Senior Patrol Leader until the younger youth in his unit were able to step up to the challenge, who knew that this would take 2 years. Upon completing his final term, he took on the roll of Junior Assistant Scoutmaster for his Troop 1506 in the Ahwahnee District, until his 18th birthday when the next natural position for him would be ASM.
While still involved with the troop Jason took on the role of District Risk Management Chair for 2 years and as a Roundtable Commissioner in charge of all opening ceremonies and then also a Unit Commissioner for Troop 1506.
Jason played a vital part of Ahwahnee’s Camporee/Camporall. He was the youngest member of the District Camporee committee at the age of 13 running an event and then at age 16 planning events. Jason has continued his participation with Camporee in both the Orange Frontier District and the El Capitan District.
Jason was a member of Jamboree Troop 805 in 1997 and then returned to Jamboree in 2001 as a youth volunteer working at the Disability Awareness Center.
Jason took an active in the 100th Anniversary celebration for Scouting. He was an ASM for the Orange County Council Tournament Troop 2010 and was responsibility for the flag contingent that led the BSA float down Colorado Blvd. He continued with the celebration and worked with the Encampment staff and the entertainment group providing his skills in lighting.
Jason always wondered about when he would ever use the skills he had learned in scouting, well that day came when the Los Angeles area was struck with the Northridge earthquake. He used the skill he learned to help keep his grandparents and aunt safe. Both his grandmother and aunt are disabled and he was able to keep both calm and occupied during the early morning hours. Jason was recognized by Scouting with the Medal Of Merit award in 1995, he was 13. Jason was also recognized by CHOC Hospital and the Los Padrino’s with the Hero of the Heart Award.
Jason developed his love for the technical side of theater after completing the Theater merit badge and there was no stopping him. While at the Therapeutic Center, he helped the theater program with lighting, sound and staging. He has also volunteered his time with a school in the San Fernando Valley.