Watkins honored for volunteer work

May. 09, 2014 @ 09:11 AM

George Rose Watkins Sr. figured out how to enhance the parks in Vance County while encouraging the local Awahili District Boy Scout troops at the same time.

He helped direct Scouts working on their Eagle service projects by providing them with ideas in the community, including eight projects at Fox Pond and two others at Aycock Recreation Center.

Cliff Rogers, who honored Watkins with the first Scout distinguished citizen of the year award, said the Henderson native’s involvement in Eagle projects was too numerous to list.

Friends and family celebrated Watkins on Thursday at the Henderson Country Club for his contribution to the Awahili District Boy Scouts, which encompasses Vance, Granville, Warren and Franklin counties.

The district serves more than 700 youth and had 550 attendees at the Spring Camporee held at Camp Campbell.

Watkins accepted the award named in his honor, saying, "Thank you to everyone who is here; this wouldn't be possible without you."

Rogers said the award embraces the recipient's work in the Scouts, the community and the church.

"As many of you may know, George has been a leader and champion in fundraising for the Scouts in our district," he said. "Year after year, we can always count on George to reach into the community for support."

Watkins and his late twin brother, Sam, were born in Henderson in 1933. George currently serves as vice-president of the Rose Oil Company.

He has been a member of the Henderson-Vance Parks and Recreation Commission for 40 years and was the chairman for 30 years.

He helped organize funding and construction of the amphitheater and tennis courts in Fox Pond Park, as well as the renovated Perry Memorial Library and soon-to-be built performing arts center.

He established an annual golf tournament to raise money for the Scout district that still continues today.

Contact the writer at smansur@hendersondispatch.com.