“I am honored to receive this,” said Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers as he was bestowed the 2019 Daniel Boone Visionary Award (DBVA) at a banquet in his honor at the regional technology center Monday night. The award is the highest honor possible from the local Mountain Laurel district of the Boy Scouts of America. The district includes Knox, Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Laurel, and Whitley Counties. Rogers was honored for his vision, leadership, and positive impact on the lives of young men and women across the region.
Rogers noted that the award was named after Daniel Boone. “That’s appropriate,” Rogers said, because Boone meant a lot to this area. But he also stated, while Boone was a visionary, for any vision to come true, it requires much help from others. Likewise, the Congressman acknowledged he has received help from many along the way, and specifically mentioned Knox County’s own Bob Mitchell as someone who had helped him over his nearly 50 years in public office, 39 as the fifth district congressman. Rogers also commended the Scouting program for the positive values they promote in our youth. “I am proud to be associated with Scouting.” He said.
Past DBVA award winners, including Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers, who served as mster of ceremonies for the event, and last year’s DBVA honoree, Union President Marcia Hawkins who made the award presentation to the Congressman, were also recognized.
During the conclusion of his remarks, Rogers challenged the scouts to “take advantage of your opportunities,” and met with several area scouts afterward to congratulate them on their efforts during the ceremony.