James P. Rogers, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Eastman Chemical Co., was awarded the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award during the Sequoyah Council’s Gathering of Eagles Dinner held earlier this month at MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport.
The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award is granted to Eagle Scouts who, after 25 years, have distinguished themselves in their life work and who have shared their talents with their communities on a voluntary basis.
The second annual Gathering of Eagles Dinner was held as an alumni gathering of adult Eagle Scouts from the 16 counties served by the Sequoyah Council in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Sen. Lamar Alexander, also a Distinguished Eagle Scout Award winner, delivered the keynote address.
Rogers earned the Eagle Scout award on May 25, 1965, while living in Virginia Beach, Va. He has been an executive board member for the Sequoyah Council for more than 11 years and served as president of the council in 2006 and 2007. He also has been heavily involved in fund-raising efforts and was recently presented the Silver Eagle Award for his continued efforts to ensure the financial stability of the council.
Rogers also has been active with the United Way of Greater Kingsport, serving as vice chairman of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society in 2006 and as chair in 2007.
Rogers also devotes a portion of his time and talent to the GEM4STEM Program at local schools. He has visited local high school Junior ROTC classrooms to share his military experience in the United States Navy and how he’s applied the skills he learned in the service to his current role at Eastman.
The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award was established in 1969 to acknowledge Eagle Scouts who have received extraordinary national-level recognition, fame or eminence within their field, and have a strong record of voluntary service to their community. Only Eagle Scouts who earned the Eagle Scout rank at least 25 years previously are eligible for nomination. The award is given by the National Eagle Scout Association upon the recommendation of a committee of Distinguished Eagle Scouts.
To date, there have been less than 2,000 recipients honored with this recognition Nationwide.
Rogers is the 10th local Eagle to be recognized by the Sequoyah Council with this award. He joins the late William A. Bridgeforth Sr., Bruce Cunningham, Dr. Donald Coffey, Willis E. “Bill” Hawkins, Dr. Daniel Schumaier, Tommy Burleson, John Tickle and Dr. Phil Roe.