Paul Harris Fellowships

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At the latest meeting of the Rotary Club of Dover President John Wiggell MBE, who is near the end of his term of office, honoured three Rotarians by presenting to them Paul Harris Awards the highest award a Club can give other than Honorary Membership in this international organisation that has as a central core of its being the motto of “Service above Self”. The three were President Elect Dave Smith, Treasurer Jeremy Cope and Past President Simon Crowley all of whom have given between them years of service to the club as well as being active in numerous organisations and activities throughout the local area.

Dave Smith, who became a member of the club in 2010, is a retired Technical Services Support Officer with the Prison Service and will become the club’s President on 29th June. He has been an active Rotarian in many volunteering roles most noticeably in recent years with a high profile in the Christmas activities and fund raising by the club in the December period and has been involved in organisations as varied as DODS to being the minder of the fabric of St Mary’s Church and has been active in the refurbishment of Biggin Hall. He is married to Judith.

Jeremy Cope became a Rotarian with the Dover club in 2008 and is married to Sheila. He is a long serving Treasurer of the Club and she is about to become the President of the Inner Wheel Club of Dover. Before his retirement Jeremy had a career in Accountancy and has long been active in local voluntary activities most noticeably as a member of the Dover Society though which he devotes much time to maintaining Cowgate Cemetery.

Simon Crowley entered the club in 2002 and became its President in 2009 -10. He is married to Claire and they own and jointly run the long established Tersons Estate Agency in Castle Street. As with his other two Rotarian colleagues Simon has been much engaged in a variety of local activities most noticeably in efforts with others to enhance the commercial and other fortunes of the town and as a member of the Dover Community Association has been instrumental in securing the purchase of Biggin Hall for the Association. With other members of the Association he has spent many hours of his own free time refurbishing Biggin Hall to bring it back into public use for the benefit of other organisations and clubs in Dover.

Three Rotarians with wide and varied backgrounds but united by one common goal – Service above Self.