JOHN LUKER celebrated 40 years of membership on Tuesday last week.
Mr Luker, who lives in Shiplake with his wife Anne, joined the club on November 11, 1975 when he was chairman of Higgs Group, publisher of the
Henley Standard, and a magistrate.
He was inducted into the club, which met on Tuesday lunchtimes at the Red Lion Hotel, by his friend David Tapp, who was then president. Mr Tapp, an architect, died earlier this year.
Mr Luker has held a number of positions with the club and was president in 2008-9. He edited the club’s monthly news-sheet from 1992 to 2002.
He was Rotary District 109’s leader of its group study exchange team to Pennsylvania in 1986. He has also been awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship, Rotary’s highest award.
Mr Luker said he was particularly proud of his 30-year involvement as MC of the local heat of Rotary’s Youth Speaks, an annual public speaking competition.
Current president John Grout presented him with an engraved decanter on behalf of the club for which Mr Luker thanked him.