Two new Paul Harris Fellows for Dorchester Casterbridge

There was a distinctly Welsh flavour to Casterbridge President Chris Davies’ President’s Night held at The Wessex Royale Hotel in Dorchester on Saturday 8th April. Chris has been learning Welsh for some time and, with the aid of Celia, his wife, as translator, welcomed his guests in his new language. The menu also had a Welsh flavour and, with a Welsh quiz and Welsh music from The Foxglove Duo and a beautiful solo rendition of ‘Myfanwy’ by Colin James, an ex-Casterbridge Rotarian, Casterbridge members’ knowledge of the principality and its language was improved somewhat by the end of the evening! President Elect Les Fry ensured the evening ran smoothly and, as an England Rugby supporter, was ready to keep the party entertained with Welsh jokes!
A notable and more serious part of the evening was the presentation of two Paul Harris Fellowships. Firstly, President Chris paid tribute to Casterbridge Rotarian, Richard Brind for his many years of hard work to improve the living conditions of villagers in Nepal and presented him with his award. Richard was also recently chosen as a Rotary Champion of Change 2017 for his work in Nepal.
President Chris Davies was aware that he would be presenting a Paul Harris award to Richard but he had to resort to English to express his total surprise at being similarly honoured himself! Following a tribute by Town Mayor, Tim Harries, for his determined and transforming work with Dorchester Youth Club, Assistant Governor Jane Redfern presented Chris with his own Paul Harris award.
The club is indebted to Richard and Chris and is very proud to have two such deserving Rotarians to add to their number of Paul Harris Fellows.President’s Night

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