The Senior Men’s Club of New Canaan has recognized R. Vance Ward as the 2015 Distinguished Senior New Canaan Man.

The award recognizes club members who have provided exceptional and long-term service to the club, to the town of New Canaan and to our community.

Ward was recognized at the club’s annual meeting May 8 at the Country Club of New Canaan.

Ward has been member of SMC since 1990, serving as director, and as president for the fiscal year 1996/1997. For a number of years he was chairman of the Couth Committee, the SMC group that organizes educational trips and excursions for members. While president he set up the committee for new member orientation where he initiated professional programs to help new members integrate into the club and learn of all the SMC activities. In addition Vance also started the fourth Friday lunch program.

Ward joined the Exchange Club of New Canaan in 2000 and was the Club’s 63rd president in 2011. The mission of Exchange is to raise funds for the prevention of child abuse. Over the years he has served on the Donation’s Committee and for a time was chairman. The committee is responsible for the allocation of donated funds to many charities and organizations supported by Exchange. The major fundraiser is Christmas tree sales at Kiwanis Park in December of each year. Currently Wardas is the head Santa Claus and holds court at the Merrie Bee at Christmas time.

A key part of Ward’s life since 1994 has been with SCORE, the Service Corp of Retired Executives. The organization provides free one-on-one mentoring as well as many free workshops to help small businesses and not for profit organizations in the USA. There are more than 400 chapters and more than 10,000 mentors. The Fairfield County Chapter has more than 100 mentors and is consistently recognized in the top three chapters in the country.

Ward has held a number of officer positions including Chapter Chair for two years starting in 2003. He is on the Executive Committee. He currently mentors 12 successful small businesses in Fairfield County on an ongoing basis.

Bob Witt, a former president of SMC and currently president of GetAbout commented how Vance volunteered to use his skills for the GetAbout program. “I have some free time that I can look at your organization from a SCORE perspective. I think I might be able to add some ideas that will be helpful.”