Brian Grant’s final act as President was to award Paul Harris Fellowships to three Club members.
The fellowship, named after Rotary International’s founder, is awarded usually, but not exclusively, to Rotarians who have made outstanding contributions to the work of the Club or the community.
Brian is pictured presenting the award – a citation and pin - to Lynn Blackwell, Cedric Kennedy and Roy Brimblecome. This was Roy’s second Paul Harris award and took the form of a sapphire pin.
With money given by Rotary International’s charity, Rotary Foundation, to mark its 100th anniversary, a defibrillator has been installed outside the Harpenden Trust Centre in Southdown Road.
Club President Brian Grant said: ‘We’re delighted that this important emergency life-saving facility is now available to the people of Harpenden 24 hours a day. We are grateful to the Harpenden Trust for agreeing to have it outside their centre, to our Rotary District for installing it and to Rotary Foundation for providing the funds.’
Harpenden Trust Chairman Cedric Kennedy welcomed the opportunity to accommodate the machine. ‘It gives further support to the community, which is the Trust’s principal aim,’ he added.
A defibrillator delivers an electric current to the heart, providing a treatment for life-threatening cardiac conditions.
Harpenden Town Mayor Rosemary Farmer receives the defibrillator on behalf of the community from Club President Brian Grant. Also pictured are, from the left, Club Community Chairman Roy Brimblecombe, Rotary District Governor Chalmers Cursley and Harpenden Trust Chairman Cedric Kennedy.
For more than 30 years Rotary has been raising money to help rid the world of the crippling disease polio. Only in three countries – Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan – is it still endemic.
Now Rotary in Britain and Ireland has launched, with the support of Tiptree Jam and Typhoo Tea, a Jam and Tea promotion as part of what could be the final push in its END POLIO NOW campaign.
Each Rotary club has been sent enough jars of jam (specially labelled Purple4Polio), tea bags and paper cups for each member. After enjoying the contents Rotarians are asked to fill the empty jam jar with loose change (a great way of getting rid of the old £1 coins!) with the aim of raising at least £20 per jar.
Former Club president Alan Cox was honoured for his contribution to enhancing the lives of the people of Harpenden at a ceremony at the Club on 30 November.
Alan is pictured receiving from Club President Brian Grant a Sapphire Pin, a Rotary award for those whose community efforts have already earned them a Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship. From the Club he also received a Service Recognition Award.
A past-president of the Club, Alan is also a past chairman of the Harpenden Trust and founder-chairman of the Harpenden Seniors Forum. Though, regrettably, ill health means he can no longer take an active role, his interest in local community matters is as keen as ever.