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Scout, adult leader receive annual honor from Rotary

The Rotary Club of Thomson handed out its annual recognitions to Scouting at the club's regular meeting March 2.

Scout Jonathan Rosier and Scout adult leader Stan Watkins each received the Lokey-Perryman Award.

George Lokey, the chairman of the Rotary's selection committee, presented the awards.

One Scout and one adult are honored each year.

Watkins is scoutmaster of Troop 310 in Dearing and has been involved in Scouting for 17 years. He has led Scouts on outings to Philmont Scout Ranch and Glacier National Park and by canoe from Minnesota to Canada. Troop 310 has produced nine Eagle Scouts under Watkins' leadership.

"Stan is a testament to what Scouting is all about," Lokey said.

Andy Rodgers of Dearing added to the tribute to Watkins.

"Stan's not a firm believer in doing things the easy way," Rodgers said.

Watkins makes sure Scouts learn by doing, Rodgers said, "And when the boys learn how to do something really well, they start teaching the younger ones. So they learn how to light a fire, and they learn how to teach."

Rodgers said Watkins challenges the Scouts. "So when the boys get their Eagle, it is an award well earned, well deserved," he said.

Watkins said that, unlike many who grew up in McDuffie County, he and his family made the decision to move to the community. "We chose this place, and I've never regretted that decision," he said.

He said his method of teaching was inspired by his father, who told him, "The good that you do will come back to you."

Lokey, in presenting the award, said, "Scouting is alive because of young men like Stan."

In introducing the younger award recipient, Lokey said Rosier is a leader in his own troop. He holds the rank of Life Scout and is making progress toward the Eagle rank. He is a freshman at Thomson High School and serves as an officer of the FFA and the Navy JROTC and plays trumpet in the THS marching band.

The award is named for James T. Lokey, a longtime Thomson scoutmaster, and Judge Clinton Joseph Perryman, a longtime Scout supporter. Lokey died in 1976. Perryman died in 1966.

George Lokey, a son of James T. Lokey, told The McDuffie Mirror that his father demanded the best from him and his brother, the late Tommy Lokey. "He was a real taskmaster in that he made you want to succeed," Lokey said. "My dad was probably a little bit harder on me and my brother" than on other Scouts, Lokey said. "He was dedicated to Scouting."

Lokey said an impressive list of McDuffie County leaders earned their Eagle Scout rank under James Lokey.

"Scouting has been very important to many in this room and to this community," Lokey said as he introduced Thursday's awards presentation.

Thomson Rotarian Anand Suthar, a district executive for the 16-county Georgia Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America, also briefed the audience on the state of the Boy Scout organization.

Suthar said the council serves 6,500 youths. He said that for the past two years more than 1,000 new Cub Scouts have enrolled each year.

He said the new Robert E. Knox Scout Reservation in Lincolnton features a boathouse and a pavilion overlooking the lake.

In another honor, Rotarian Ken Williams presented a Paul Harris Fellow Award to Patricia Lokey. Walter Lokey accepted the award in memory of his wife, who died in January 2009.

Williams told The McDuffie Mirror that Patricia Lokey played the piano for Rotary meetings for many years. "She also gave of her musical talent in the community," he said.

The club made a monetary gift to the Rotary Foundation for World Peace and Understanding, making possible the honor for Patricia Lokey.

Web posted on Thursday, March 10, 2011

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