Gov. Phil Bryant to be Honored with Distinguished Citizen Award

Governor Phil Bryant will be honored with the Distinguished Citizen Award by the Pine Burr Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. The event will take place on Monday March 23rd, 2015, at 7 p.m., at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

The award is presented by the local Boy Scout Council to an individual who has made a significant impact in the community, has excelled as a community leader, or is an alumni of scouting that has accomplished significant achievements in their civic or professional field. Past recipients include Warren Hood, Jr., Dave Dennis, Jerry O’Keefe, Bill Oliver, Carl Nicholson, Paul McMullan, Congressman Gene Taylor, Bishop Joseph Howze, and Bobby Lee Chain.

Governor Bryant was never a Boy Scout, but has been a longtime supporter of scouting. He recognizes the impact scouting has in our community, teaching character, responsibility, respect, and appreciation for the outdoors, and building today’s youth into tomorrow’s leaders. He lives by the same ideals that Scouting teaches. Much like scouts dedicate themselves to community service and a duty to others, Governor Bryant has dedicated his life to public service and the people of Mississippi.

Bryant is a lifelong citizen of Mississippi. Prior to becoming governor in 2012, Bryant served one term as Mississippi’s 37th lieutenant governor after earning 59% of the vote in November 2007. He also served Mississippi as state auditor and represented his legislative district in the Mississippi House of Representatives for five years. Bryant completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern Mississippi, and holds a master’s degree in political science from Mississippi College.

There will be a VIP reception with the Governor before the banquet. For information on attending or sponsoring the banquet and the VIP reception, please contact Dave Dennis, the event chairman, at ddennis@specon.biz, Ross Pfannenstiel at ross@hartsookcompanies.com or the Pine Burr Area Council, Boy Scouts of America at (601) 582-2326.

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