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Nancy Likens, right, speaks after receiving the 2012 Distinguished Citizen Award at the Boy Scouts of America Annual Dinner, held Thursday at the Anderson Country Club.

Nancy Likens is a wife, mother, grandmother, business partner and “extraordinary” volunteer in the community, and her efforts were recognized Thursday evening when she was honored as the 2012 Distinguished Citizen Award recipient.

The award is presented to those who display significant community involvement and leadership and was given during the Boy Scouts of America annual dinner at Anderson Country Club.

“I feel I’ve been given so much, so I try to give back in any way,” Likens said.

Likens is chairwoman of the Carolyn Bolles Nursing Scholarship Committee at Community Hospital, where she began as a “pink lady” 25 years ago, is on the Frankton-Lapel Community Schools board and a member of the Alternatives Inc. golf committee.

She’s been involved with numerous other organizations and is a partner in the family business, Likens Farms, with husband George.

Jeff Jenness, president of Service Solutions who presented the award to Likens, said it was a “delight” to honor her and “that kind of leadership and skill.”

Likens said the reason she began volunteering is because she loves people and helping out wherever she can.

“Most people who are involved find they get a lot more than they give,” she said.

She said it’s important to use the talents and gifts one has to give back and not just take, and added she’s been blessed to volunteer for the community she lives in.

She noted she’s gotten to meet many great people who work to make the community better.

Julie Hettinga, Likens’ daughter, said she’s seen so much of her mother’s time and talent be given to community, but that Likens is still always there for her two children and grandchildren.

“I’ve learned so much from her about serving others,” she said. “Not through lecturing but by example.”

Mark Finger, Sakima District chairman, said they look to people like Likens to be role models to the young men they teach.

“Without people like you, we’d cease to exist,” he told Likens.

Finger presented the Great Expectations Awards, honoring young people who make a difference in the community, to Marissa Skaggs and Levi Rinker.

Skaggs has chaired the Festival of Trees for the Paramount Theatre and serves on the Anderson Symphony Orchestra board of directors while Rinker was the creator and driving force behind The Walking Man Project.

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