Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca Delivers Keynote Address
Aubrey Patterson, BancorpSouth CEO & Chairman, Honored As Distinguished Citizen


The Yocona Area Council located in Tueplo, MS conducted its 10th Annual Distinguished Citizen Dinner on February 24, 2009 Bancorp South CEO and Chairman Aubrey Patterson was this year's annual Honoree. Mr. Patterson was recognized for his life long work helping to improve the quality of life for citizens of Northeast Mississippi. He received his award before an audience of almost 400 local community leaders.

Mr. Patterson is currently the Yocona Ara Council's Executive Board Chairman and Immediate Past Council President.  He also serves on the BSA's National Executive Board. The BSA's National Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca gave the keynote address and assisted in presenting the award to Mr. Patterson.

The Council used this event to "kick-off" its Annual Friends of Scouting Campaign.  Over $300,000 has been raised from the dinner, which represents 75% of the Council's overall goal.  The Council Phase is over 90% and two of the districts are already over 80% of their goals from just the dinner phase.

Renasant Bank CEO and Council Executive Board Member Robin McGraw chaired the dinner. Dr. Robert Khayat, Chancellor for the University of Mississippi, introduced Mr. Patterson. Council President, David Rumbarger, President of the Community Development Foundation, opened the meeting by introducing (impersonator) "Lord Baden Powell," who offered an authentic 3 minute speech from excerpts of Scouting's founder.

To date, author John Grisham, former NFL great Archie Manning, both US Senators from Mississippi, the University of MS Chancellor, Governor Haley Barbour, former politicians and outstanding community business leaders have been honored.  Over $2 million dollars has been raised from these dinners.


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