Rotarians included in King Charles III’s New Years Honours list

Rotarians included in King Charles III’s New Years Honours list

Two Rotary Great Britain and Ireland members have been recognised in the most recent New Year’s Honours list.

In King Charles III’s recently published New Year’s Honours list, Rotary Great Britain and Ireland were delighted to see the efforts of it’s members recognised once again.

Included in the list is Senia Dedić, member and Past-President of Battersea Park Rotary, London, as well as the Trustee of the club’s Rotary International charity account.

Senia Dedić is a member of Battersea Park Rotary.

Senia has been helping the elderly residents of Battersea for over 15 years, especially during the pandemic, and she has now been recognised with a British Empire Medal.

Senia left Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovinia, during the Bosnian War in 1992 to start a new life in London.

By 2003, Senia had obtained a BA Honours in Business Economy and International Trading and a later Post Graduate Degree in Social Science with Open University, all while founding UBRIS Business Consultancy.

She is also the Founder and CEO of Women of Wandsworth, a community organisation made up of local mums who campaign for a better life for Wandsworth residents.

Other positions Senia holds include being Chair of the Steering Committee for Contact, a charity supporting families with disabled children, and being an Executive Partnership Member of Big Local SW11, a resident-led group in charge of spending £1 million to improve the Battersea area.

Anthony Allchurch was also a recipient of of a British Empire Medal for his services to the community as part of the Rotary Club of Jersey.

Anthony was introduced to Rotary in 1987 by the late Colin Powell MBE and was an active working member until redundancy in 2004 opened up exciting opportunities to explore new projects and new challenges, both in Jersey and overseas.

Anthony Allchurch is a member of the Rotary Club of Jersey.

Anthony was instrumental in the work to get Jersey designated as a Rotary Peace Island and chaired the Club’s Peace Committee for many years, promoting peace domestically and internationally, culminating in 2015 when Jersey was officially declared a Rotary Peace Island in a ceremony attended by then Rotary GB&I President, Peter King, and the Chief Minister of Jersey.

On the subject of peace, Anthony played a key role in the inauguration of the Rotary Student Peace Debate in 2014, a prestigious annual event that allows sixth-form students to debate important topics in the States Chamber, the home of Jersey’s Parliament.

He has also been active in the campaign to raise funds for polio immunisation, travelling to India for National Immunisation Day and witnessing first-hand the successful efforts to suppress the disease and has been at the forefront of the Club’s fundraising and awareness for this important cause for many years.

As Chairman of the Jersey Fairtrade Island Group, Anthony has fought tirelessly to solidify Jersey’s reputation as a Fairtrade Island, organising speakers from all over the world to come to Jersey and talk about the impact that fair pricing of food makes on the overseas communities who produce it in schools.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the challenges of persuading the community to support the positive aims of alleviating poverty in other parts of the world,” he said, adding that the ethos of providing a hand-up rather than a handout had been given additional impetus by awareness that Fairtrade suppliers were at the forefront of struggles to reduce the impact of the planet’s carbon footprint.

Congratulations to both Senia and Anthony on their inclusion. Don’t hesitate to contact us with your stories of Rotarians you feel deserve recognition for their efforts.