Greg McDougall is Rotary’s 2015 Zachary Citizen of the Year.
Laura Steen, a past Citizen of the Year recipient, nominated McDougall on behalf of several of their close friends. He was honored with the award at the annual Zachary Chamber of Commerce membership banquet Oct. 15.
“I am honored and humbled,” McDougall said.
A native of Magnolia, Mississippi, McDougall served two years as a member of the Army’s 101st Airborne Division from 1969 to 1971, serving in Berlin and Vietnam.
He and his wife, Jett, moved to Baton Rouge in 1971, transferring to the Louisiana National Bank branch located there. He spent 35 years in the banking industry, eventually retiring from The Highlands Bank in 2010.
In 1975, the McDougalls found themselves in Zachary, where they began to establish roots. The couple has two daughters and five grandchildren.
McDougall became involved with the Rotary Club. He is a past-president, Paul Harris Fellow and honorary member.
A member of the Zachary Chamber of Commerce since 1980, he served as president from 2007-08. Through the Chamber, McDougall became a charter member of the first Zachary Sausage Festival and member of the first ZFest steering committee.
He served as Chamber director from 2009 until 2013 and continues to volunteer as an ambassador.
He was inducted into the Zachary Hall of Distinction in 2009.
Other service work includes being a member of the Friends of Lane committee for the Lane Regional Medical Center Foundation and a founding member of the Regional Veterans Park Association, a nonprofit working to honor area veterans.
An active member of First Baptist Church, McDougall is a deacon, has taught Sunday School and began serving as its director in 2012. He remains active with various church committees and projects and often attends a Men’s Prayer Breakfast, which welcomes nondenominational members.
McDougall’s hobbies are hunting, spending time with family, reading books on history and traveling to Scotland to visit castles originally inhabited by his ancestors.
“Zachary is home to us. It’s the kind of community that’s given me more than I can ever give it,” McDougall said.