2016 S.C. Republican Party Annual Award Winners


Congratulations and thank you to these deserving Republicans for their gifts of time, talent, and resources!

Roger Milliken Award – Mr. Mikee Johnson of Orangeburg County
Highest award given by the South Republican Party in honor of the late Roger Milliken.

Chairman’s Bronze Elephant Award – Ms. Mary Anne Cannady of Colleton County
Presented by the State Chairman for dedicated service to the South Carolina Republican Party.

Palmetto Elephant Award – Mr. Steven Diaz of Richland County
Given each year to the most outstanding volunteer of the South Carolina Republican Party.

James B. Edwards Award – Ms. Mary Ann Riley of Spartanburg County
In the tradition of the late James B. Edwards, Eighty-Sixth Governor of the State of South Carolina, for dedicated and conspicuous service to the South Carolina Republican Party by a volunteer.

Katon Dawson Award – Mr. Craig Caldwell of Lexington County
The Katon Dawson Award is given to an outstanding County Chairman for dedicated service to the Republican Party.

David Eckstrom Award – Capt. Jerry Rovner of Georgetown County
The David Eckstrom Award was established to honor a deserving South Carolina Republican for commitment and service to our Party and State, to be presented at each Silver Elephant Banquet.

Local Government Official Award – Dr. Joe Flowers, Colleton County Council
Mrs. Maria Walls, CPA, Beaufort County Treasurer

Honors a public official holding a local, partisan office. It is presented at every reorganized State Convention for outstanding service to the local community, steadfast dedication to the local Republican Party and positive representation of the Republican Party in local government.

Terry Haskins Award – State Rep. Phyllis Henderson of Greenville County
State Senator Shane Massey of Edgefield County

The Terry Haskins Award is presented in memory of the Honorable Terry Haskins, Speaker Pro Tempore of the South Carolina House of Representatives. It is presented for dedication and conspicuous service to the South Carolina Republican Party by an elected official in the tradition of the late Terry Haskins.

Van D. Hipp, Jr. Award – Mr. Graham Duncan of Lander University
The Van D. Hipp, Jr. Award is presented to an active young Republican who is a tireless advocate in the cause of freedom, a patriot for economic and social conservatism; and primarily someone who believes that duty, honor, and country are the highest calling for each and all of us; an award to recognize the same model set forth by State Chairman Van D. Hipp, Jr.

Martha C. Edens Award – Fmr. State Rep. Joyce Hearn of Richland County
The Martha C. Edens Award is presented in memory of National Committeewoman Martha C. Edens, a pioneer for women in the South Carolina Republican Party. The award is presented to a female active in the South Carolina Republican Party who has demonstrated leadership and philanthropic service to her party and state.

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