Doug Rogerson nets Kiwanis Citizen of Year award

Deidre Cruse, Governmental Reporter
KIWANIS CITIZEN OF YEAR...Doug Rogerson, left, receives the 2010 Plaquemine Kiwanis Club award as Citizen of the Year from Club Member Sally Scalise, right, at the 24th annual Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast last week.

Doug Rogerson, a chemical engineer at Georgia Gulf Chemical Corp., was selected as the 2010 Kiwanis Club Citizen of the Year on Tuesday, Nov. 16. He was presented a plaque naming him to that honor at last week’s 24th annual Kiwanis Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast.

Rogerson was born in Glendale, West Virginia, but was raised in Alabama, Washington, Florida, and Texas.

After high school Doug attended Texas A & M University where he earned a BS in Chemical Engineering.  Upon graduation from A & M he moved to Tyler, TX to work with Amoco.  There he met his wife, Lorrie.  They moved to Baton Rouge in 1985 with Betz Process Chemicals.

After a year of traveling to Plaquemine to water ski in the bayou, they purchased a house on the Bayou Plaquemine where he lives to this day.  He and Lorrie have three children.

Doug began his work with Boy Scouts upon graduation from A & M.  He was assistant scout master at a troop in Tyler, TX.  After moving to Plaquemine he quickly searched for a troop and began as Assistant Scout Master of Troop 23.  After a couple of years he became Scout Master and remains to this day, guiding the local boys in numerous local community activities as well as leading them on scouting trips to Camp Avondale, La.; Philmont, New Mexico; and Ft. A.P. Hill, Virginia.

Doug is also very active with his church, First United Methodist Church in Plaquemine.  He takes care of much of the maintenance and is Chairman of the Church Council.  He uses much of his free time to assist others with auto repairs, has built a ramp for someone in a wheel chair, stops to help many a stranded motorists, picks up trash on walks with his wife, Lorrie, and is very quick to assist anyone in need or visit them in the hospital.

Employed at Georgia Gulf since 1995 as a Production Engineer, Doug has demonstrated his dedication to the community by giving generously of his time and resources to the Capital Area United Way, including many years as a Leadership Giver.  Doug has chaired the company-wide campaign and also participates in the campaign as a solicitor.  Doug has volunteered on many levels including Days of Caring for United Way projects such as building a climbing wall at the McMains Center and Habitat for Humanity.