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New Rotary Club president takes office in its 97th year

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A NEW Rotary Club of Guernsey president has been installed at the group’s first meeting since lockdown.

With Covid-19 restrictions lifted, the Rotary Club of Guernsey was able to hold its annual handing over of presidential responsibility to David Parish, left, who received the chain of office from his predecessor, Nathan Silk. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 28399945)

The group was meant to be celebrating its 97th birthday earlier this year, but like so many events this had to be postponed.

But the lifting of restrictions meant the group has this week been able to meet at Hotel de Havelet and hold the annual handover of the presidency.

Nathan Silk handed over the president’s chain of office to successor David Parish.

‘Rotary in Guernsey has a long and proud tradition of serving our island community,’ Mr Silk said.

‘So often in the public eye, but also discreetly and unseen offering targeted relief in situations of particular need. It has been a huge privilege to lead our thriving club in this important work over the past year.’

Mr Parish said he was pleased to accept his new office.

‘The Rotary Club of Guernsey has proved in the last year that it can provide a significant amount of charity work both locally and internationally whilst at the same time ensuring it is both entertaining and fun,’ he said.

‘In my year I would like to continue and build on that same focus and approach.’

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At the first physical meeting since the local restrictions were lifted, the club celebrated by presenting achievement awards to members.

The Alec Forty Memorial Trophy went to Andy Salisbury, who has led the club’s sub-committee for the Tree of Joy and Christmas parcels for many years.

Paul Harris Fellow Awards went to Simon Milsted, Brian Acton and Jocelyn Dorey for their continued Rotary service over many years.

Rotary Hero Awards went to Brian Acton, Chris Marquis, Doug Johnstone, Jannine Birtwistle, John Moses, Mike Le Conte, Nigel Dorey, Paul Birtwistle, Paul Steele and Phil Ball for the support they have given the club and president in the last Rotary year.

Juliet Pouteaux

By Juliet Pouteaux
News reporter

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