On Oct. 24, the Rotary Club of St. Marys will present notable speaker Doug Vincent. Vincent is a Charter Member and Past President of the Woodstock-Oxford Rotary Club, with 31 years perfect attendance. As a third generation graduate of his family’s successful farm equipment business, he is now an international advisor to family business corporations, with a focus on harmony and communications in the family business.
The event will be held at the Pyramid Recreation Centre and run from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Tickets are $25 per person.
He serves as a Federal RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) Adviser, is on the Ontario Police Review Committee (OIPRD), is past Vice-Chair of the Ontario Police Services Board, Zone 4 and is a member of the United Way allocations committee. Doug is an honorary “Colonel” in the Philippine National Police, recognizing his role promoting global understanding, brotherhood and world peace.
His introduction to Rotary came as a Group Study Exchange team member to Australia in 1977 and in 1995 he was a Team Leader to the Philippines. Since then he has travelled the world on Rotary humanitarian aid activities. He is currently District COL (Council on Legislation) and Zone 24 United Nations Representative.
Doug has been very involved in Rotary Foundation programs at all levels. He is a Benefactor, Major Donor, multiple Paul Harris Fellow and has received several Leadership and Appreciation Awards for his work, including an R.I. President’s Citation, District and Zone Service Awards, Four Avenues of Service Citation and R.I.’s prestigious Service Above Self award. Most recently he was recognized as a distinguished Canadian with a special Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Through his global activities and International assignments, Doug’s contribution is well known and he is often called Rotary’s “Roving Ambassador.” He is a Past Governor, founding Co-Chair of the global Rotary Peace Community program, founding RLI District Chair and a Rotary Foundation Cadre Adviser.
In the words of Past RI President Frank Devlyn, “Doug Vincent is a soft-spoken Canadian, who can see the things that need to be done. Then he has the ability to create awareness and take the necessary action. He is an excellent example for us all to follow.”