Central Region Chairman 1994-2006
R.D. Dunkin was an Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor member, Founder's Award recipient and Distinguished Service Award recipient of Konapaka Ketiwa Lodge and served as OA Central Region Chairman since 1994 until 2006 and Vice-President of Illowa Council of Bettendorf, IA.
R.D. began his scouting career in the Order of the Arrow with Mitigwa Lodge in 1961 and since then he has held many positions in the Boy Scouts of America and the Order of the Arrow. Since 1994 R.D. has served as Central Region Chairman; within that period of time he had been a Lead Adviser at 3 NOAC's, served as Lead Adviser for Indian Summer, has appeared and trained at over 40 NLS's and 4 NLATS and served as Lead Adviser for the 2005 National Jamboree OA Service Corps.
Outside of the OA, R.D. was a Welding Engineer at John Deere Harvester Works. He participated in many civic organizations including the Davenport Moose Lodge, American Welding Society (CWI), Hamilton Lodge #664 AF&AM, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and in 1998 was named Mason of the Year. R.D. had a vast amount of experience within the Boy Scouts and the Order of the Arrow and enjoyed every minute of it.
Eagle Scout R.D. Dunkin was born in Ames, Iowa on January 6, 1949 and passed away Friday morning Dec, 29, 2006 doing what he loved, working with the Order of the Arrow, at the National Planning Meeting in Dallas, Texas.
R.D. was a beloved son, brother, Mason, uncle and Scouter. He was a recipient of the Founders Award, Distinguished Service Award, Silver Antelope Award, Silver Beaver Award and District Award of Merit. R.D. served as the Vice President of Illowa Council in Davenport, IA where he once was a Wood Badge course director and Lodge Adviser for Konepaka Ketiwa Lodge. In 1961, R.D. was inducted into the Order of the Arrow with Mitigwa Lodge and later became a loved brother of Konepaka Ketiwa. It was his love for the Order of the Arrow and its admonition that he served for 15 years as the Central Region Chairman of the Order of the Arrow where he touched thousands of lives. He also served on the National Committee and was the Lead Adviser for the OA Service Corps at the National Jamboree and Activities and Recreation Committee at NOAC for numerous national events. He staffed countless NLATS and NLS training courses where he always grabbed the groups attention during his Riddle of Man session, which has to do with the meaning of his vigil name: One Who Gets Attention.
Surviving R.D. is his mother Virginia, brother Murray and sister Carol.