Held March 21st, the Friends of Scouting "Maury County Good Scout Award Luncheon" was packed with leaders from the community who came out to support the local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America and its 2017 recipient of the Good Scout Award - Alan Watson.
Paul Betz chaired the event, with Troop 1352 doing the Presentation of the Colors. Local gospel singer Guy Penrod performed a moving a Capella rendition of the National Anthem.
Duck River District Chairman Sam Wantland gave the district report. Highlights include 820 youth served with the help of 300 volunteers. This encompasses 15 Cub Scout Packs, 16 Boy Scout Troops, 2 Venturing Crews and 2 Exploring Post for the Duck River District Middle Tenn. Council of Boy Scouts of America. Out of these groups came 20 Eagle Scouts and the 1st Venturing Summit Award in MTC.
Eagle Scout Connor Parks of Troop 111 spoke of his experiences with the Scouts - from camping in a remote part of Canada to creating a monument for a fallen deputy.
John Langston, CEO of Columbia Machine Works, introduced State Senator Dr. Mark Green - the event's guest speaker. A decorated veteran, Dr. Green has earned the Bronze Star, the Air Medal with "V" for valor under heavy enemy fire, the Combat Medical Badge, US Army Ranger Tab, and Expert Infantryman's Badge.
A member of the Executive Board of the Middle Tenn. Boy Scouts, Dr. Green drew upon his personal war experiences as examples of what it means to have honor. "Honor is about not quitting when it gets tough. And men of honor never quit," he said.
"Scouting teaches honorable behavior and living a worthy life," he intoned. "You have been given much, and much is expected of you."
Following his speech, the Good Scout Award was presented to Alan Watson, CEO of Maury Regional Health. The award is given to those who go above and beyond what is expected and is the highest award in the community. With 34 years in the the health care field, Watson has proved to be an exemplary leader of the community.
In his acceptance speech, Watson said that his priorities are God, family and community. He acknowledged how important and supportive his wife Lisa had been in his life and endeavors. He concluded by encouraging both the Boy Scouts and those in the community to continue the legacy of service.
To learn more about the Middle Tennessee Council for Boy Scouts of America, click HERE.