Philip Smye-Rumsby : PHF Presentation

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A Dover man who has devoted decades of life in voluntary service with the scout movement has been recognised by the International Rotary movement through the award of a Paul Harris Fellow upon the initiative of the President and members of the Rotary Club of Dover.

Philip Smye-Rumsby has been involved with the 13th Dover (St Paul’s) Scout group over many years requiring at least a weekly commitment on his part to the youngsters of the town passing through the various levels of the scouting movement from Beavers and Cubs to Scouts and Explorers to whom he has offered skills and challenges as well as organising camps and holidays locally and elsewhere in the UK as well as overseas. In addition he is a member of the Catenians (a Roman Catholic lay organisation that undertakes good works) who support the local clergy of all denominations. Further, he has been a school Governor (of St Richard’s, St Edmund’s and St Joseph’s, Aylesham) being Chairman of at least one of the Governing bodies.

In addition to being a family man with four children of his own he runs his own business, Smye-Rumsby Limited in Snargate Street, as Managing Director for the service of the Port and port users in electronic /radio etc. equipment. His company invests in young people in all aspects of the company and has run apprentice programmes for trainee engineers. His company has also been engaged in sponsorship arrangements of a charitable nature. He is also a very active member of Christians Together in Dover, an ecumenical group, for whom he provides all sound equipment for events in the town.

The presentation was made to Philip on St George’s Day at a scout parade in Dover Castle by the Rev’d Peter Sherred a Past President of the Rotary club deputising for the President John Wiggell. Mr Sherred praised Philip for his outstanding voluntary service to the Dover community and the scout movement in particular before giving to him the Certificate recognising the honour bestowed on him as a Paul Harris Fellow. He also handed to Philip a special lapel pin to wear to advertise publicly the fact that he is a recipient of the prestigious award. At the parade it was also announced that Mr Smye-Rumsby had been appointed a District Commissioner for Dover Scouts.

Note: A Paul Harris Fellow is a person who has been recognised for making an outstanding commitment to the Community or to a club and is named after Paul Harris, a lawyer, who was the founder of Rotary, the world’s first and most international service club whose members provide humanitarian service, promote high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build good will and peace in the world. On 23 February, 1905, Paul Harris formed the first club in Chicago USA with three other businessmen: Silvester Schiele, a coal merchant; Gustavus Loehr, a mining engineer; and Hiram Shorey, a merchant tailor. The Rotary Club of Dover received its Charter in 1922 and was dated 14 December and the then Headmaster of Dover College was the Founder President of the club.