Longtime Erath volunteer and public servant
Robert B. Vincent has been selected to serve as Grand Marshal of
the 69th annual Erath 4th of July
Celebration. He will reign over the grand parade that will roll
through the streets of Erath on July 4th at 5:00 PM.
If there is one characteristic that motivates Robert, it’s his
passion for Erath. He loves everything about Erath – Erath
schools, government, civic organizations, its history, and, most
of all, its people.
Robert has lived his entire life on North Gin Street
in Erath. He is the son of Douglas and Jackie Vincent. Robert
is a 1997 graduate of Erath High School. He credits the “A”
rated education he received from Erath schools for laying the
foundation for all that he has achieved in his life. Robert
graduated from UL Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science in
Business in 2002 and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA)
in 2004. In 2010, he graduated from Southern University Law
Center with a Juris Doctorate, and was admitted to the Louisiana
State Bar later that year.
A devoted Erath Bobcat, Robert has always felt
blessed to have grown up in the community of Erath. He loves
the quiet southern town with the railroad track running through
it. He loves to hear the sound of the train horn and the noon
siren that blows every day. A devoted Erath Bobcat, Robert has
always felt a need to give back to the community that has given
him so much.
He began volunteering his time at a young age. He
has been a vital part of the Acadian Museum since its beginning
in 1990. Robert helped to set up the original exhibits. He
would ride his bike all over town picking up donated items. He
continues to serve on the board of directors of the museum and
serves as the chairman of the museum's annual fundraiser.
Robert is adamant about preserving Erath's pictorial history
digitally, and has been involved with scanning thousands of
pictures of Erath's past over the last couple of years.
Robert was an active student at Erath High School and has
continued to help his alma mater since graduation. He was the
manager of the track team while a student at Erath. As the
track team attended meets at other schools, he wondered why his
school still had an antiquated cinder track. He immediately
began the effort to build a new all-weather track at EHS. He
was determined to have a new track at EHS before he graduated.
That vow was fulfilled when the new track was dedicated in
1996. Upon graduation, he joined the Erath Backers Club where
he continued his efforts to support the Erath schools. Robert
served as a board member for the Erath Backers Club for 18
years, including 15 years as treasurer.
Robert has the distinction of being the youngest elected
official in the town's history. He was first elected to the
Erath City Council in 1998 at the age of 19. He proudly served
as the town's Mayor Pro-Tem for four years. He is currently
serving his second term helping to guide the town’s future as an
Erath City Councilman. Robert is also on the board of the Erath
Community Building Association, a member of the Board of
Commissioners of the Erath Housing Authority, and a 4th
Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus.
Robert is currently serving his 13th year as
president of the Erath 4th of July Association. He
has been a member of the Erath 4th of July for over half of his
life, having joined in 1996. Robert loves this organization,
whose storied history dates back to the 1930s and began as a
fundraiser for Erath High School. One of his goals as president
is to make a difference in the community. The festival has
always given a portion of its profits back to the community and
this effort has continued under his watch. Thousands of dollars
have been given to the local schools, museum, and the Town of
Erath for civic improvements. Every year since Robert has been
president, the festival has continued to grow. He is proud that
a younger generation of leaders is getting involved with the
Despite daunting physical challenges and facing a
progressively fatal disease, Robert continues to persevere and
strive in his professional and community endeavors. He has
always believed that you must do the best you can with the gifts
that God has given you. Like the community he holds so dear to
his heart, he has faced trials and tribulations. Each time, he
has pushed forward – a true embodiment of the “Spirt of Erath.”
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