By Frank Lewis
The second annual Roy Rogers Character Awards Breakfast officially kicked-off the Roy Rogers Festival Wednesday morning at the Scioto County Convention and Visitors Bureau in Portsmouth.
“Character is the cornerstone of good citizenship,” former Assistant Secretary of State Monty Lobb, one of the organizers of the event, said. “Good citizenship is the foundation of a healthy, vibrant community. That’s all you need to know about character. That’s why its still relevant today.”
Lobb said Roy Rogers was an example of someone with good character teaching movie-goers the difference between the good guy and the bad guy.
“Those movies and those shows were very intentional about having some kind of a moral overtone to what was going on and how you dealt with issues,” Lobb said.
Lobb introduced Dodie Rogers Patterson, the youngest daughter of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, who helped present the Roy Rogers Character Awards. The Youth Award recipient was Drew Ramey; the Teen Award recipient was Hannah Heimbach and Mark Hunter was the Adult Award recipient.
“May father was raised here and learned many of his life’s lessons here in Ohio,” Patterson said. She went on to say her father always appreciated his family and his neighbors.
“Apparently the people here were trustworthy because you could do a lot with a handshake,” Patterson said. “Your word was important and showed the type of person you were.”
Tim Throckmorton again hosted the even,t and thanked the sponsors of the event for participating.
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