McMahan brothers to be honored as Boy Scout Distinguished Citizens


People across South Mississippi have an opportunity to honor two of Mississippi’s finest and support a cause and values in which Dr. Lynn McMahan and Mike McMahan truly believe. 

The Pine Belt Annual Distinguished Citizen Dinner to benefit the Boy Scouts of America will be held 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Trent Lott Center on The University of Southern Mississippi campus in Hattiesburg. The dinner will honor the two brothers.

“Scouting represents everything that is good in our country,” said Lynn McMahan. “Scouting teaches and stands for integrity, great value systems, commitment, hard work and individual accountability.”

“To receive this award from the Boy Scouts is a tremendous honor for both of us,”  Mike McMahan said.

Dr. Joe Paul, retired vice president Student Affairs and current Customer Service coordinator  for the City of Hattiesburg, is serving as event chair. 

“I am excited to work with an organization such as the Boy Scouts of America that has been serving South Mississippi for more than 92 years and serving the youth of America,” Paul said.

The Feb. 21 dinner serves as the kickoff for the 2019 Friends of Scouting campaign with a goal to raise more than $167,000. The overall campaign goal is $477,000. 

“The Boy Scouts depend upon ‘investments’ from individuals, businesses, corporations, foundations and the parents of Scouts, to provide more than 48 percent of the annual budget,” Pine Burr Area Council/President Wes Fulmer said.

Fulmer went on to explain that “investment dividends” include the character development, citizenship training and personal fitness that youth receive by participating in Scouting."  

Past honorees have included notable citizens such as Gov. Haley Barbour, Bobby Chain, Warren A. Hood Jr., Paul W. McMullan, William “Bill” Oliver, Marvin Shemper, Dr. Terrell Tisdale, Lawrence Warren, Dr. Aubrey and Ella Lucas and Mack Grubbs.

Reservations are required. For more information, contact the council at (601) 582-2326.