Geoff Lowles celebrates 50 year Rotary membership

ON 11th September 2020, Geoff Lowles, Paul Harris Fellow, celebrated 50 years membership of Seaford Rotary Club.

Geoff was joined at this socially distanced celebration by President Martin McGill and Past Presidents Tony Lees, Tony Osborne, Keith Carlisle and John Preddy, who with Geoff have given 237 years of valuable service to Rotary and the Seaford community.

The surprise to all, apart from the President, was 15 minutes after the start the celebration the arrival of Mayor Rodney Reed accompanied by the Mayoress Ann Reed to express his thanks to Geoff for his 50 years services to the Seaford Community.

The celebration started with President Martin McGill thanking Geoff for all his hard work and giving a brief resumé of Geoff’s life as a member of Seaford Rotary Club who was working at Swindells & Gentry when he joined Seaford Rotary Club 50 years ago.  In 1970, Geoff was a very new young member, and his youth has always been referred to by many!  Geoff is always recognisable by him carrying his document case to Club meetings.

Martin outlined some of the roles that Geoff has carried out for the Club, noting that he was President in 1982-83 and has been Club Secretary twice as well as Trust Treasurer since 2003.

The next to speak was Tony Lees who has known Geoff for in excess of 50 years, and who related some entertaining tales of Geoff's life in Rotary and his contribution to the community.

Councillor Rodney Reed as Mayor of Seaford expressed thanks on behalf of the town to Geoff for his contribution to the community of Seaford during his 50 years membership of Seaford Rotary.  As Martello Rotary IPP he was also pleased to pass on the greetings of Martello Rotary Club to Geoff commending him for 50 years of Rotary membership in one club.

President Martin McGill then presented Geoff with a framed certificate honouring his 50 years membership of Rotary.

Past President John Owen had arranged for a celebratory cake to be supplied, and there only remain one more thing to do, and that was to cut the cake – and eat it!