MURRAY – The Distinguished Citizen Award presented by the Murray Area Friends of Scouting recognizes community leaders who have provided exceptional service to adults and / or youth in the Murray-Calloway County community.
They don’t have to be associated with the Boy Scouts. They need only illustrate the principles on which Scouting is based: citizenship, moral fiber and the desire to help others improve their lives. David Roos and Jack Rose were honored for these traits on Tuesday afternoon at the 2021 Friends of Scouting Luncheon at Murray First United Methodist Church.
Neither were there in person, as both were recognized posthumously.
Roos, the longtime pastor of First Christian Church and who was instrumental in forming the Murray Calloway County Need Line and the Murray-Calloway branch of Habitat for Humanity, died in August 2019 at the age 85. Rose – a longtime superintendent of Calloway County Schools, who also became dean of the alma mater Murray State University College of Education and mayor of the city of Murray – died last year at the age of 77.
Roos was more associated with the Boy Scouts. For years he has been a strong supporter of the community scouting program, particularly the Boy Scouts of America Troop 77, based at First Christian. Carmen Garland, speaking on behalf of Roos on Tuesday, recalled how this loyalty was expressed in meetings on church finances.
“We would inevitably come within budget, and every year there would be a discussion about costing or renting our facilities. Someone was always bringing up the usual Boy Scout meeting in our communion room and they also had a storage shed that they used in our back parking lot, ”said Garland, setting the stage for Roos. Dr. Roos would come back very slowly but in his very firm David Roos way, he would smile and say, “Naw! It’s great that these boys are here. They can keep their storage shed in the back parking lot.”
“’Yes, that’s very good’, and we could move on. As you all know, he had a very eclectic mind, but what he was to this world, especially in our small part of the world, that’s what matters. Who was he destined to always defend the Boy Scouts. “
After his tenure at First Christian expires, Roos would be one of the main promoters of the Friends of Scouting event. One of the places he did this the most was at Murray’s Rotary Club meetings, where Garland said he was present on other matters as well.
“As a loyal Rotarian, her presence was always noticed,” she said, explaining that along with Scouting and her congregation, her family was her most important concern. “When our Rotarians or family members are recognized in (The Ledger & Times), each recognition is worth a $ 1 fine and those fines go into a fund to help our scholarship programs. If Sgt-at-Arms, or whoever is the right appraiser, never missed any of Dr Roos’ family members, he waved his dollar bills, stood up to remind us of their academic and athletic achievements and he never missed a beat with his kids or grandchildren.
Rose’s presenter was one of his former Murray State College High School alumni, David Garrison, who became an Eagle Scout in 1968. However, it was not around this time that Garrison chose to discuss at length in his speech, although he did. referencing his seventh year when he walked into Rose’s classroom and “looked up.” “
“Anyone who knew Jack looked up,” Garrison said, referring to how Rose was a tall man. “And he was awesome, but a great teacher.
This is what happened many years later, however, that Garrison mentioned the most, especially when he got the chance to work alongside his former teacher.
“What Jack saw was that it wasn’t about boys, it was about leadership, which is why he was also involved in (the Murray-Calloway affiliate of the YMCA) and my two daughters had a great experience in this organization, ”said Garrison, returning to his time as a board member of the Murray-Calloway County Public Hospital Corporation when he worked alongside Rose to hire Stuart’s successor Poston as CEO of Murray-Calloway County Hospital.
“We had some serious issues that took a long time to resolve and what I really learned from him as a professional was that he was a sequential logical thinker, an ‘schemer,’ if you will. . Jack never did anything out of the blue. He had a plan and he and I worked really well together and we shared mutual experiences that allowed us to do some things. “
This work ultimately resulted in the hiring of current CEO Jerry Penner. However, Garrison’s speech also included stories from Roos.
“I used to have breakfast informally with David at Martha’s, usually once a year,” he said, recalling their last meeting. “He and I were celebrating that his three daughters had not had the opportunity to become Eagle Scouts and my two daughters did not, but our four granddaughters are now doing so (after the girls were allowed to continue the rank Eagle Scout in 2019). And I’m excited about it.
“What David and Jack brought to the table was that they were about teamwork. Jack especially had the discipline to bring people to a pace where they could gradually change. I don’t want to be an ax-grinder, but you have to forge a change in the right direction for all of us; Jack had the ability to do it. “