Scouts name Buzz Rogers Distinguished Citizen at dinner in Florence

August 24, 2018

Buzz Rogers speaks after the award presentation and tells stories of his father's time as an Eagle Scout.

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Pee Dee Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America honored Buzz Rogers on Thursday for his service to the community and to scouting.

“I am very grateful, flattered and honored,” Rogers said. “It’s about being a good citizen, and I think I have been a good citizen. I try to give back to the community.”

Rogers was honored at the 2018 Distinguished Citizen Awards Dinner held at the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology.

The dinner opened with two of Rogers’ grandchildren, Campbell and Michael Frost, and his son-in-law Bryon Frost helping with the flag ceremony, Pledge of Allegiance, the Scout’s Oath and the Scout’s law. Bryon is an Eagle Scout and Michael is a Boy Scout. Campbell just received his Eagle Scout Rank on Monday, Aug. 20.

According to Scout Director Michael Hesbach, the Distinguished Citizen Award is given each year to an individual who makes a difference in his or her community and contributes to the Boy Scouts. Hesbach said Rogers is the perfect example of this.

“He’s been a quiet servant,” Hesbach said. “He’s helped to get a lot of things done in the community without seeking the limelight.”

Rogers has been active within the community, serving as a founding partner for Webster Rogers LLP, a founding board member of Trinity Collegiate School and a founding board member of the Eastern Carolina Community Foundation. Rogers has served as a board member for the Pee Dee Regional Airport Authority and Florence County Progress.

This year, Rogers was named the 2018 Business Person of the Year by the Florence Chamber of Commerce and was given the 2018 William H Chandler Award by the Pee Dee Land Trust.

Rogers said he is thankful for the honor.

“I try to be a good citizen not really on purpose, but just trying to do the right thing, trying to give back to the community, spending time with the family and making a difference where I can,” Rogers said.

Though Rogers did not earn Eagle Scout Rank, he and his family have been heavily involved in scouting. Rogers’ father, Mandeville Rogers, was the first Eagle Scout in Florence, and his youngest son, R. Scott Rogers, also earned his Eagle Scout rank.

Rogers was a Boy Scout until his mother and younger brother died in a car accident, and he moved to go to school at Darlington School in Rome, Ga., which ended his time in Boy Scouts.

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