Douglas Stage comes from a family of volunteers and lives by the Jaycee motto, “Service to Humanity is the Best work of Life.” Stage has been selected as Warwick’s 2018-19 Citizen of the Year.
Fifty years ago, the Warwick Jaycees awarded the first Warwick Citizen of the Year to Lawrence Stage, his grandfather. Both will have their names displayed on separate plaques that hang in the Warwick Town Hall. Lawrence is the first name on the Jaycee plaque, honoring recipients from 1968 through 1999.
The Warwick Valley Rotary Club revived the award 11 years ago and has a separate plaque for those recent winners, including Doug Stage.
During the 35 years Doug Stage has been an attorney in a fourth-generation law practice, he has been described as “a consummate community volunteer.”
Stage and two recipients of Outstanding Community Service Awards – Marge King-Porter and Sue Gardner – will be honored at a celebration to be held on Wed., Oct. 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Landmark Inn, located at 526 Rte. 94 in Warwick.
A lifelong resident of Warwick, Stage takes great pride in his community. One nomination letter mentioned, “There are so many organizations he has volunteered with over the years that I’m not even sure I can list them all but here are some: Warwick Ambulance, Jaycees, Lions, Rotary, Cemetery Association, Bon Secours Community Hospital Foundation Board, Warwick Little League, Warwick Soccer League. Chamber of Commerce, and the Warwick Historical Society.”
Another letter described Stage as “a constant force in his community, making sure to give back.”
He joined the Warwick Ambulance Corps in 1982 and became an EMT riding the ambulance for several years. He also joined the Warwick Jaycees and served as president. He was involved in many Jaycee projects, including newspaper recycling, youth leadership training and the Christmas Shopping Party, which evolved into the Christmas Party for children in need put together by the Warwick Lions Club and the Warwick Valley Rotary Club.
Doug is a past president and Board member of the Warwick Lions Club, chairing numerous club committees, including the Lions See Program. This project has been instrumental in early detection of treatable vision issues with young children. He is also a member of the Warwick Valley Rotary Club, another community service organization. He especially enjoys working on the annual Christmas Party for underprivileged children.
Stage has been a coach for Warwick Little League and the Warwick Soccer League and volunteered in the Warwick schools as a PIE parent. Doug Stage and his wife, Christine, also an attorney, have two grown children, James and Catie.
Tickets and additional information are available online at www.warwickvalleyrotary.org or by calling Leo Kaytes at 629-6491.