MONTEVIDEO, Minn. – Doug Broich of Montevideo, Minnesota was awarded the James M. Roche Spirit of Volunteerism Award from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) by Minnesota ESGR Chair Tom Simonet July 10.
The James M. Roche Spirit of Volunteerism Award is a national level award and the highest award given to a volunteer for superior and sustained service to ESGR over a period of at least five years. Doug started with ESGR in 2012 as a volunteer. Since 2015, Doug is the Chair for two regions in Minnesota that consists of 18 counties, 12 volunteers and 22 Guard and Reserve units. Doug personally covers five units: Montevideo, Marshall, Madison, Redwood Falls and Olivia.
As a Regional Chair, Doug was directly involved in two major boss lifts impacting 100+ employers annually. On one boss lift, his efforts touched four different regions that gathered employers from across the state and transported them on Chinook helicopters to the Fagen World War II Air Museum in Granite Falls. Doug’s devotion is found in the conservative hours of 407 hours for employer outreach, 497 hours for military outreach and 441 hours in leadership operations.
Doug has been active in his community as well. He coached Special Olympics for over 10 years, he has been active in VFW and Legion baseball for 30 years as well as other organizations in Montevideo.
ESGR, a Department of Defense program, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment.