Scouts honor: Mike Vincent Del-Mar-Va Council’s 2017 Distinguished Citizen honoree

BRIDGEVILLE – The Del-Mar-Va Council of the Boy Scouts of America annually recognizes a person or persons who use character traits taught in scouting to make the community a better place.

Michael H. Vincent

Del-Mar-Va Council’s Distinguished Citizen honoree for 2017 is Michael H. Vincent, who currently serves as president of the Sussex County Council.

The 72-year-old Seaford resident will be honored at an award dinner Thursday, Nov. 2 at Heritage Shores in Bridgeville.

Mr. Vincent, who was never a Boy Scout, says he is truly humbled, appreciative – and quite surprised.

“I think there are a lot of people out there who certainly deserve it more than I do and have done a lot more than I have done,” said Mr. Vincent.

Recipients are selected for outstanding service as evidenced by their leadership to many worthwhile organizations as well as the respect and esteem in which they are held by their colleagues.

“They are looking for people and the way they live their life, whether they were a Boy Scout or not, that live their life by the Boy Scout Oath,” said Kevin LesCallette, development director for the Boy Scouts of Del-Mar-Va Council.

The Boy Scout Oath :

On my honor I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my country

and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong,

 mentally awake, and morally straight.

Mr. Vincent says he tries to “to live every day to do what I think will help people and help those less fortunate than me. I feel I have been very blessed. My family has been blessed.”

“One thing I can assure you I firmly believe in is that we all should give back. Volunteering or whatever it takes, in some way we can all do something. Whether it be time, money, whatever it is, we all have the ability to help somehow and help those less fortunate.”

As Sussex County Council president, Michael Vincent presents a proclamation to Kaneisha Trott of First State Community Action Agency, Inc.., recognizing the agency’s important role in the community.

Mr. Vincent serves as the District 1 councilman on the county’s five-member governing body. He represents portions of western Sussex County including the Bethel, Blades, Bridgeville, Laurel and Seaford areas.

Mr. Vincent won election to county council in November 2008 and joined council in January 2009. He first served as council vice president prior to his current presiding role as council president that he has held continuously for a number of years.

A former Seaford city council member, Mr. Vincent is a past chief, past president and lifetime member of the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department. He is a one-time president of the Delaware Volunteer Firefighters Association and a former ambulance captain in Seaford.

Mr. Vincent owns a small business, Vincent Fire Equipment, which supplies volunteer fire companies throughout Delaware with the essential, life-saving tools the fire service – and public – depend on.

Mr. Vincent considers public safety, land use and fostering economic development opportunities among his top priorities.

The 2016 honor went to the Schell family – Joe and sons Chris and Preston. Tom Brown of Nanticoke Health Services was the 2015 honoree. Prior recipients include Dale Dukes, Joe Hudson, Ellen A. Bahtiarian and Gregory Bahtiarian.

The Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner is the annual opportunity for the community’s leadership to gather and celebrate the successes of the Boy Scout program.

Sussex County Council president Michael Vincent, left, receives a proclamation from Delaware State Parks Director Ray Bivens, saluting the county’s support of healthy living initiatives.

The dinner is projected to raise over $30,000 to help support scouting programs and services. Over 10,000 youth are served by the Del-Mar-Va Council/Boy Scouts of America annually. Special efforts are made to reach urban, rural, minority, special needs and underprivileged youths, who will benefit most from scouting’s values-based programs.

Organizers anticipate 150 attendees will be on hand to recognize Mr. Vincent for his service.

Individual seats at the event are $125.

Event sponsorships are still available to support DSA. Registration can be found online at www.dmvc.org/sussex.

For more information contact the Boy Scouts at 443-523-7639.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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