Monday, 10 December 2018

Rotarian surprised with fellowship award

HENLEY Rotary Club’s annual president’s night provided an extra surprise for one member.

HENLEY Rotary Club’s annual president’s night provided an extra surprise for one member.

Club stalwart David Rusman had been awarded the “stirrer” wooden spoon at last year’s changeover meeting.

He was asked to bring it up to the president Will Busher who then unexpectedly presented him with a Paul Harris Fellowship, an award given for exceptional service to Rotary in memory of the movement’s founder.

Mr Rusman joined the club in 1991 and was president in 2002-2003. He was also treasurer for several years, only retiring last year, and still serves on the club council.

He is still the treasurer of the Henley Midnight Matinee committee, which was started by the club in 1960, and he was Rotaract liaison officer for the club when there was a Rotaract club in the town, having taken over from the late Terry Baxendale.

Mr Rusman and his wife Susan have supported all the club’s outside activities, having regularly attended district conferences and joining visits to Naestved, the link club in Denmark — all while still working full-time.

He thanked the president and members and said he had met “an awful lot of terrific people” during his Rotary career.

Mr Busher had earlier proposed the toast to the guests, the response to which was given by Ken Verity, while Rotarian Mike Pooley, president-elect of Henley Bridge Rotary Club, proposed the toast to the club.

The evening at Leander Club on Friday was organised by John Grout with Philip Fletcher as MC and concluded with dancing to music provided by Ged Roberts.

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