PAUL HARRIS AWARD 2016
A Paul Harris Fellowship Award is the highest accolade a Rotary Club can confer on one of its members or (on occasions) members of the public.
Paul Harris was the founder of the Rotary movement in the early part of the last century and awards are made in his memory to Rotarians or persons who, in the view of the Rotary Club making the award, has performed extraordinary or meritorious service to the the Club or to the community.
Each Rotary Club can only confer Paul Harris Fellowship awards if they have supported Rotary International's Foundation programme to a certain level - the principal aim of which, over recent years, has been to elimiate Polio from the world by immunising every child in third World countries where polio is or has been prevalent. Currently there are only two countries where the disease still exists and immunisation is being hampered by political or sectarian problems.
PAUL HARRIS AWARD
This is a great privilege and honour for me to be here this evening to make a Paul Harris Award.
Last year, a great deal of time and effort was put into codifying the standards and expectations for the making of this award. As a club we truly value this as a high standard of merit and for exceptional work in the community. The recipient, as in this case, does not have to be a Rotarian but someone who has dedicated their time and expertise for the benefit of our community.
Major Bill Kerr has had an active life in the services with the Royal Engineers serving both in this country and abroad. Since his retirement some 26 year ago Bill has been active within the Royal British Legion and for the last 4 years has been the Chairman of the Norfolk Section of this organisation. He has spent much time supporting ex-servicemen and women and their spouses. He is a member of both the Downham Market and King’s Lynn branches. In addition to visits in the community Bill also visited ex-servicemen serving sentences at Norwich Prison and arranging for suitable support following their release.
At the same time Bill is also a case worker for SSAFA (Soldier Sailor Airmen and Families Association) visiting and arranging support including obtaining funds through various charities to support these families.
Bill is also a Mason and has helped to raise money for many good causes.
Bill you have some of your family here this evening and I know they are very proud of you. On behalf of the Rotary Club of King’s Lynn I wish to make this award to you in recognition of your work in the community.