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A NIGHT TO REMEMBER - COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD AND A PAUL HARRIS FELLOWSHIP


By Ian Maddock - Posted on 19 July 2012

Past President Ken Graham presents Community Service Award unaware that he is about to receive Paul Harris Fellowship

While one of Kinver’s most prominent Rotarians was making a presentation to the recipient of the Kinver Rotary Club Community Services Award he was unaware that he himself was about to receive the highest honour a club can bestow on one of its members.
 
Ken Graham, chairman of the club’s Community and Vocational Services Committee, presented the Community Services Award to Jim Gosling at the club’s Charter Night held at the Fox Inn at Stourton. He praised Jim for the many years he had devoted to both Kinver Parish Council and South Staffs District Council and his tireless devotion to the KSCA for whom he had been bookings secretary at the Edward Marsh Centre for decades.
 
In his speech of thanks Jim spoke of the great pleasure he had derived from the various activities he had undertaken in the village and added that he could not have carried them out without the support of his wife Jill.
 
Rotary Club President Neil Brazier then sprang the surprise of the evening when he presented Ken with a Paul Harris Fellowship, an award for outstanding service to a Rotary club by one of its members. (He is pictured approaching an unaware Ken). He noted that Ken was only the sixth Kinver member of the club to receive the honour in the club’s 25 year history although four members who had joined Kinver Rotary Club from the defunct Brierley Hill club had swelled the number of Paul Harris Fellows to ten.
 
Neil recalled that Ken had served on the club’s council in various capacities almost continuously since he joined in 1995, having undertaken the Chairmanship of the Community Services International committees, Speakers Secretary, club secretary and club President.
 
The guest speaker at the charter night was broadcaster and writer Peter Tomlinson who was making a return to the club having addressed charter night when he was heading the then fledgling Saga Radio which went on to be a highly successful Midlands broadcasting station.
 
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