By CALVIN ADKINS
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
According to the Boy Scouts of America's Scout Law, a scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.
The East Carolina Council, Boy Scouts of America Edgecombe County chapter agrees that those adjectives also describes Ellis "Buddy" Hooks.
On Tuesday, the organization announced that Hooks will receive the 2013 Distinguished Citizen Award. The organization will honor Hooks at 6:30 p.m. May 14 at Abram's Restaurant in Tarboro.
"I'm flattered that they chose me," Hooks said. "I spend a few years as a scout. Now that I've been chosen to receive this award, I wish I had become more involved."
The award is given annually by the Boy Scouts to citizens who have made outstanding charitable contributions to the community and to scouting.
"Buddy was chosen by a committee of people who believed that he is an outstanding citizen," said Tina Parker, a representative of East Carolina Council of Boy Scouts of America. "He has shown great leadership in the community. He is definitely the definition of a good citizen. And, he also understands scouting.
Hooks, 66, is a Johnston County native. He moved to Tarboro in 1975 and began a 32-year career as the advertising manager for The Daily Southerner. Hooks resigned that post to accept the position as director of the Edgecombe County Arts Council. He held that position for five years before retiring. These days, Hooks spends his time as the co-chairman of the American In Bloom organization, as an active member of the Tarboro Rotary Club and as a Master Gardener.
The East Carolina Council impacts more than 10,000 youths and more than 3,000 adult volunteers across 20 counties in North Carolina, including 14 troops in Edgecombe County.
The Distinguished Citizen Award event is an annual fundraiser that supports the East Carolina Council. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities or more information, contact Parker at 252-544-0219, Matthew Connors at 252-904-6525 or Dave Sharpe at 252-883-4162.