At the end of June, The Rotary Club of Chesham (in a Zoom meeting) presented two local people (who have been members of the Chesham club for many years) with the most prestigious award from Rotary Foundation and International – THE PAUL HARRIS FELLOWSHIP.
Rotarian Mervyn Edwards and Rotarian Helen Salisbury are pictured here with their awards and badges. Apparently they were in good company as others included in the past for this Fellowship were the former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin and U.S. astronaut James Lovell.
To become a Paul Harris Fellow the person must have shown exceptional service to Rotary and the Community over and above what would normally be expected.
Rotary is a global community of 1.2 million members who share similar values and want to make the world a better place. The award is given to show appreciation and recognition for the service given to national and international as well as to their Rotary Club and local community.
Mervyn and Helen have always been involved in the annual visit of Santa to Chesham before Christmas with all monies collected donated to local charities. Mervyn has always been active in the fight against polio across the world and Helen has championed the placing of Sand Dams Projects in Africa, which allows normally dry areas to retain rainwater for sanitation and their crops. Helen also loves people and volunteers in hospitals to speak with patients and is a Silverline volunteer for the elderly.
During Lockdown Mervyn has been keeping in contact with retired police officers ensuring all is safe and well, whilst Helen has set up a Befriending system for all members of Rotary in Chesham to be phoned and check on their safety and well-being.