The Boy Scouts of America, Indian Waters Council, has named Tom Mullikin Kershaw County Citizen of the Year for 2016. Mullikin will be honored during a special event to be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Robert Mills Courthouse in Camden.
The award and event highlights an outstanding individual from Kershaw County as well as serves as a fundraiser for the Boy Scouts, Larry Parrish, BSA Wateree District Senior Executive said.
"It should be a great night – it’s a fun event," Parrish said. "We want to encourage anyone interested to come out and help us celebrate a great man and support a great cause."
Parrish said Mullikin’s wide range of interests, activities and accomplishments – especially his most recent activities in the environmental arena – especially resonates with the ideals and direction of the Boy Scouts of America.
Mullikin, a long-time Camden attorney, political activist, and environmentalist, is also the commander of the S.C. State Guard. In commenting on the award, Mullikin noted he was honored to be recognized by the Boy Scouts and is a long-time supporter of the organization, as was his father.
"I am deeply honored by the recognition from the Boys Scouts of America’s Indian Waters Council," Mullikin said. "I only pray that I will always – in all my endeavors, no matter where I am in the world – prove myself worthy not only of this award, but worthy in the eyes of the Boy Scouts of America and the Indian Waters Council who so graciously saw fit to honor me in this way. The award is more than I deserve."
"I only wish my father was here to join me," Mullikin added. "He lived a life dedicated to the values expressed in the Boy Scout Oath and there can be no better route to a meaningful life than Duty to God and country; Duty to other people, and Duty to self."
Mullikin will be the fourth individual to be honored as Citizen of the Year by the BSA Indian Waters Council; Jack Brantley, Ed Royall and George Sensor were the 2013, 2014, and 2015 honorees respectively.
While the event is open to the public, sponsorship tickets must be reserved in advance; no tickets will be available at the door. Tickets can be purchased from Parrish by calling 803-960-2934 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(The online version of this story has been corrected to include the correct spelling of Mr. Mullikin's last name.)