THE POST-SIGNAL / Desiray Seaux
The 2018 Crowley Post-Signal Rice and Creole Cookbook has been dedicated to longtime rice industry leader William A. “Bill” Doré. Among those on hand for the announcement and presentation Tuesday morning at the newspaper office were, front from left, Post-Signal staff members Chris Quebedeaux, Kathy Duncan, Sherry Evans and Janet Doucet, Honoree Bill Doré and wife Debbie, and Post-Signal Publisher Harold Gonzales; back from left, staff members Shantelle Breaux and Hazel Nolan.
2018 souvenir edition dedicated to rice industry leader Bill Doré
Each year, in conjunction with the annual International Rice Festival, The Crowley Post-Signal publishes its Rice and Creole Cookbook.
And each year, that cookbook is dedicated to a person who has contributed to the growth of Crowley and the rice industry.
This year, the Rice and Creole Cookbook is dedicated to William Amick “Bill” Doré who, since July of 1978, has worked in every department at Supreme Rice Mill, ending his career as an executive in January of this year.
“Thank you very much for this honor,” said Doré during the surprise presentation Tuesday morning at The Crowley Post-Signal office. “I couldn’t have done any of this without the help and support of my family — my parents, my brother, and, of course, my wife Debbie.”
“It’s a much-deserved honor,” said Post-Signal Publisher Harold Gonzales. “Not only has Bill contributed so greatly to the rice industry, but he’s done a lot for the city of Crowley as well.”
A 1967 graduate of Crowley High School, Doré earned his accounting degree from LSU in 1971.
Upon returning from service as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1974, Doré started his career as a staff member, then partner with Broussard, Poché, Lewis & Breaud Certified Public Accountants.
In July, 1987, he joined Supreme Rice Mill and worked his way up to president, an office he held from 1986 until 2007.
He was the third generation to run Supreme Rice Mill behind his father, Gordon, and his grandfather, Joseph.
In 2007, Doré and brothers Gordon and Lon sold Supreme Rice Mill to the group owning Louisiana Rice Mill. But Bill remained at the mill until his retirement in January of this year.
He has been a member of the Rice Millers Association board of directors since 1983 and has served that entity through a number of offices and committee chairmanships.
In June of 1991, Doré was elected Chairman of the Board for the RMA, making him the third generation of the Doré family to serve the RMA as chairman/president.
He was recently honored with the RMA Distinguished Service Award.
In 1996, the International Rice Festival selected Doré as its 60th Honoree, again, the third generation so honored. His grandfather Joseph Doré was the Festival Honoree in 1963 and his father Gordon Doré was the Honoree in 1972.
Doré also has served on the board of directors for First National Bank since 1982 and has served on many committees for the bank over the years.
The Post-Signal’s cookbook is being distributed to subscribers today. Additional copies of the souvenir edition are available at the newpaper business office at 602 N. Parkerson Ave. Copies are $10 each.