Area business owners to be honored by Boy Scouts

Saturday, December 4, 2010
Mark and Monhmany McCoy, Fort Scott, are to be honored as Distinguished Citizens by the Boy Scouts of America, in a ceremony Friday, Dec. 17, at the Liberty Theatre.

FORT SCOTT, Kan. -- Local business owners Mark and Monhmany McCoy will be honored for their community involvement and leadership later this month by the Ozark Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

The McCoys, of Fort Scott, will be recognized in this centennial year of the Boy Scouts of America as Distinguished Citizens of Ozark Trails Council, BSA. They will be presented with the award during an awards banquet on Friday, Dec. 17, at the Liberty Theatre, 113 S. Main St.

Mark said he and his wife are pleased about their nomination.

"It's a wonderful honor and quite unexpected," he said. "I'm very humbled to be considered for the award. It's such a wonderful award ... Mo and I, for 11 years, have tried to be a valuable part of the community in any way that we can."

For several years, the McCoys have helped others make a difference in their community and the surrounding area. They currently own two McDonald's franchises -- one in Fort Scott and another in Nevada, Mo., and they continue to exemplify outstanding leadership to both their employees and customers, Ozark Trails Council officials said in a news release.

"Their leadership and commitment to helping others, not only Fort Scott, but all of Southeastern Kansas and Southwestern Missouri is exemplary of what the Distinguished Citizen Award is about," Ozark Trails Council Scout Executive Dean Ertel said in the release. "When you think community involvement and leadership, there is no better example than Mark and Mo McCoy."

J.C. Harsh, senior district executive with the Ozark Trails Council, said the nomination process for the award comes through the BSA national headquarters in Irving, Texas.

A committee of OTC members considers various nominees and talks to community members who know the particular nominee well before making their selection, Harsh said.

Harsh added the award is presented to "those who really go above and beyond" in their contributions to families, communities and businesses.

"They (McCoys) do outstanding work with the community and really give of themselves," Harsh said.

The Distinguished Citizen Award is bestowed upon individuals who have demonstrated integrity and genuine concern for others in both their professional and personal lives. The recipient need not have been a Scout, but must carry the "Spirit of Scouting" into their adult life.

McCoy said he has good memories of his time as a Scout as a youth. He and several other Scouts bonded and shared a variety of experiences on a number of camping trips.

"I was a Boy Scout for two years, many, many years ago," he said. "Scouting is a wonderful thing ... I remember those years as a great and wonderful experience. It taught me a lot about the outdoors and it taught me a lot about friendship ... It was a lifetime experience that I'll never forget."

Recipients are people who have been unselfish in their service to others on an individual and community basis. They seek no return for their service, other than the satisfaction of aiding their fellow citizens, their community and their nation, the release said.

McCoy is the treasurer of the Fort Scott Community Visioning Committee, serves on the board of several various organizations, and is a longtime member of the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce. He is past chairman of the chamber's board of directors and is currently chairman of the chamber's Government and Community Quality Division.

"We're here to help the community, the schools and be supportive of schools and school fundraisers here and in Nevada," Mark said.

A reception will take place at 6:30 p.m. prior to the dinner that is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. on the evening of the awards banquet.

Anyone interested in attending should make reservations by Dec. 10. Event proceeds benefit the Ozark Trails Council, BSA.