Rotarians Recognised in 2017 New Year’s Honours list
A number of Rotary members have been recognised for their extraordinary achievements as part of the 2017 New Year’s Honours list.
This includes the award of six British Empire Medals (BEM), five MBEs, one CBE and one OBE accolades, for a variety of humanitarian service activities.
David Hodge, Caterham Rotary Club
Awarded a CBE for services to Local Government and charity. David was heavily involved in a life changing international project with fellow Rotary members, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds to build a new village, school, training centre, homes and hospital for over 650 orphaned children in Sierra Leone.
Pauline Hedges, Shepperton Aurora Rotary Club
Awarded an MBE for services to young people, charity and the community in West Byfleet, Surrey. Pauline has been involved with the Young Enterprise scheme for 16 years, helping young people develop their business skills.
Rodney Huggins, Loddon Vale Rotary Club
Rodney is Chairman of The Reading Foundation and a long standing trustee of an Almshouse Charity in Woodley, providing homes for local residents of retirement age, with limited financial means. He has been awarded an MBE for services to the community in Reading, Berkshire.
Tom Kelly, Whitchurch Rotary Club
Awarded an MBE for services to charity fundraising. Over the years Tom has raised over £68,000 for 21 charities through overseas sponsored bike rides.
Walter Pattison, Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club
Walter is the current chairman of the Northern Games for People with Disabilities, which has been running for 23 years and sees around 250 competitors take part each year. Walter has been awarded an MBE for services to disabled people in North East England.
Ronald Woodward, honorary member of Herne Bay Rotary Club
Awarded an MBE for services to Age UK and the community in Herne Bay, Kent.
Janet Maines, Farnham Rotary Club
Awarded an OBE for services to the community in Farnham, Surrey after overseeing a number of community development projects, including the 40 Degreez youth centre.
Humphrey Barnes, Frome Rotary Club
As Chair of Trustees for Frome Memorial Theatre Trust for more than 30 years, Humphrey led the campaign to save the theatre from closure in the early 1980s. Humphrey was awarded a BEM for services to the community in Frome, Somerset.
Barrie Charlesworth, Braunton Caen Rotary Club
Awarded a BEM for services to Life Saving in North Devon after, among other things, helping to install community defibrillators across the region.
Ivan Davison, Portadown Rotary Club
Awarded a BEM for services to the community in Portadown, County Armagh, which includes almost 68 years of service to St Mark’s Church.
Duncan Hamlett, Lunesdale Rotary Club
Awarded a BEM for charitable service.
Brian Harries, Haverfordwest Rotary Club
For over 50 years Brian has supported charities in his local area, which includes hosting dozens of charity auctions thought to have raised over £500,000. He has been awarded a BEM for charitable services in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire.
Prithipal Singh Kang, Gravesend & Meopham Rotary Club
Awarded a BEM for services to Fire and Rescue Awareness and community cohesion in North Kent. Prithipal has spent over 30 years working for Kent Fire and Rescue Service, working closely with Black Minority Ethnic (BME) communities to improve fire safety standards and awareness.
In total, this year’s list honoured 1,197 individuals which included 74% of the recipients being recognised for undertaking outstanding work in their communities either in a voluntary or paid capacity.
Published: Tuesday 10th January 2017