On April 27, The Coastal Empire council of the Boy scouts of America honored Robert E. James and M. J. “Jerry” Hogan, Sr. during its Good Scout Service Luncheon. The event was held at the Savannah Golf Club.
James received the Good Scout Award for his years of distinguished community service and Hogan was named recipient of the “Outstanding Eagle Award.” Legendary football coach Bill Curry delivered an inspiring and entertaining speech during the affair. Curry, who is currently head football coach at Georgia State University, challenged to scouting supporters to continue their efforts to make a difference in the lives of others.
The Coastal Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America supports programs in 11 county including: Chatham, Bryan, Bulloch, Candler, Effingham, Evans, Liberty, Long, Screven, Tattnall, and Toombs. Prominent Savannah attorney Patrick O’Connor is Council’s Chairman.
Hogan is a past member of the Council’s Executive Board, serving for 4 years. He started Scouting with Troop 16, becoming a life Scout in 1957 and earned the Rank of Eagle in 1958 – from Troop 7 at St. Michael’s Church on Washington Avenue. He was a life guard at Tybee Island, and has been an Eagles’ Nest level contributor for many years
Jerry is the owner and president of Hogan’s Marina facility on Turner’s Creek. He has donated space at his marina for some of the Council’s Sea Scouting boats. He is president of the Georgia Marina Business Association, local past president and National Executive Committee member of the Propeller Club and a member of the Savannah Maritime Association. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Hogan and his wife, Arie, have three children.
James has been President of Carver State Bank of Savannah, Georgia, since December 1, 1971. Since he became President, the Bank has become generally recognized as one of the most significant Blackowned businesses in Georgia. Having served as President of Carver State Bank for almost 40 years, James holds the distinction of being the African- American with the longest tenure of service as President of a commercial bank in America.
James has served on numerous local, state and nation boards and committees over the years including select committees and task forces for the Chatham County Board of Education, United Way, City of Savannah, Savannah State University, and Georgia Southern University. Currently, he is Chairman of Step Up Savannah, the community’s nationally acclaimed poverty reduction initiative. He is a director of St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System, the Savannah Economic Development Authority, Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, United Way of the Coastal Empire, and a Trustee of St. Philip African Methodist Episcopal Church.
James is a life member of the NAACP and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., as well as a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and The Frogs Club, Inc. of Savannah.
James and his wife, Shirley, are parents of one adult son and two adult daughters.