In 1972 Keith, who celebrated his 90th birthday in November last year, was appointed to be Headmaster of the comprehensive school to be developed from Seaford County Secondary School, the new school to be renamed Seaford Head School. Having brought his family to Seaford, he soon became a well-respected member of the community and was invited to become a member of the Rotary Club of Seaford. He was duly elected as a member on 6th July 1973, the same day as Past President Roy Charlwood, the late father of this year’s President Mandy.
Keith has always been a very active Rotarian and became President of the Rotary Club of Seaford for the Rotary Year 1980/81, the year that the Rotaract Club of Seaford was formed, and at which the Charter Night dinner was attended by sixty prospective members including a young Mandy Charlwood.
Keith married Rosemary in 1955, and she has supported him throughout his 50 years in Rotary.
The end of year celebration of his Presidency took place in the garden of 8, Heathfield Road, Keith and Rosemary’s home, in the presence of many Rotarians and their families with lots of children playing in groups on the lawn.
In January 2003, the Club awarded Keith a Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of his significant contribution to Rotary and to the Community of Seaford through Seaford Head School and the Methodist Church. Throughout Keith’s fifty years of membership, he has chaired most committees and has accumulated a wealth of Rotary knowledge which he is always willing to share with new members.
Keith was congratulated on becoming the fourth member in the Club’s 75-year history to have achieved the fantastic 50 year milestone. (The other three are Roy Gentry, Geoff Lowles and John Preddy).
Among the guests at the lunch were three ladies, Dawn Hatley, Wendy Charlwood and Ann Thompson, who Keith had invited, all members of Seaford Inner Wheel. Their husbands, Ron, Roy and Michael respectively, sadly no longer with us, had been Rotarians, and had had a very particular significance for Keith during his 50 years in the Club. Roy had joined Rotary on the same day as Keith, and their Rotary life had been parallel to each other.
Keith recalled events from his 50 years before concluding “I have enjoyed my time in Seaford Rotary, and I look forward to a bright and positive future for the Club.”
President Mandy Davis then presented Keith with a unique framed certificate to commemorate his long uninterrupted 50 years of service, and a framed congratulatory letter from Gordon McInally, President Rotary International 2023/24.
more IT IS not unknown for surprises to occur at Presidential Handovers, particularly when awards of Paul Harris awards are made as the award is kept secret from the recipient.
more A group of Seaford Rotarians and their partners met at the Crouch Bowling Club to try out the skittles alley in the club house.
more ON WEDNESDAY 18th October, members and guests attended a lunch held in celebration of 50 years membership of Seaford Rotary by Past President Anthony George Lees (Tony) BEM, PHF.
more ON TUESDAY 26th September, ten walkers comprising members and partners and accompanied by three dogs assembled on the seafront near St Bede’s junior school near Beachy Head, Eastbourne on what started as a cloudy but dry morning.
more IN THE early evening on Friday 18th August a group of 37 Rotarians including Seaford Martello President Jackie Arkwell and 4 other Martello Rotarians, Partners and friends gathered in the rear garden of Janice Vince’s house for the annual Rotary BBQ.
more ONCE AGAIN the weather gods looked kindly on us when 16 members and partners together with two dogs assembled outside The Cricketers pub in Berwick for the start of our summer walk.
more AFTER AN enforced break of three years, the Rotary District Sports have returned. Seaford entered teams into the Darts, Skittles and Quiz competitions.
more On 31st May, a group of members with their wives, husbands, and partners made their way to the home of Janice Vince for a Curry Evening.
more The weather gods were kind to us for our walk starting from The Plough Public House, Upper Dicker where on 23rd May nine valiant members and partners congregated to explore the local countryside.
more Seaford Rotary’s B team ‘skittlers’ literally froze at the Fountain Inn, Ashurst on a cold, damp evening on January 25th and were removed from the District competition by Godalming Woolsack C who scored a resounding 207-191 victory.
more At the invitation of our neighbours and ‘daughter’ club, Newhaven Coast West Rotary Club, ten Seaford Rotarians enjoyed a lunchtime talk from The Keep’s Peter and Caroline Holt on 28th March at their headquarters, the 3rd Newhaven Scout Troup Scout Hut.
more AFTER SOME and indifferent recent weather, we were treated to a dry but rather windy morning to commence our first walk of 2023 (New Years Day walk excepted).
more THE ROTARY Club of Seaford received the approval of R.I.B.I., and its Charter dated 21st July 1947 was presented to the new Club at a dinner in the Queens Hall on 3rd October 1947.
more On the last Wednesday of August, a fifth Wednesday of the month, Rotarians, partners and guests gathered at the home of Vice President Mandy Davis for a barbeque in her garden.
more On 26th July the conditions were perfect, another dry day, but rather cloudy with a refreshing breeze rather than a hot wind off the Sahara! desert! We met at the Barley Mow in Selmeston; our group comprising 12 human walkers and 2 dogs.
more WEDNESDAY 29th June was the fifth Wednesday in the month, and therefore in accordance with the recent change, this meeting was one in which wives, partners and guest were invited.
more DESPITE COVID infection numbers being quite high when we started our Rotary Coffee Mornings at The View, they have proved quite popular. They are a simple pleasure, uncomplicated: turn up from 10.30 onwards.
more AFTER THE recent bright and sunny mornings it was disappointing that Tuesday 10th May dawned cloudy. This, however, did not deter 14 Rotarians and friends plus two dogs from assembling in the car park of the Plough and Harrow pub in Litlilington.
more A CONVIVIAL evening was facilitated by John Preddy’s generosity in having an open bar to commence the celebration of his 50 years Membership and Service to Seaford Rotary.
more Wednesday 30th March was the fifth Wednesday of the month. The meeting held on that date was advertised as a Rotary Special Meeting with Partners at Seaford Golf Club.
more AFTER the recent horrendous storms it was great to wake up on 8th March to sunshine and with the certainty that our planned walk could definitely go ahead.
more New Year’s’ Day dawned bright and even sunny whilst being extremely mild for the time of year.
more OUR WALK starting from the Yew Tree in Arlington had been hastily arranged in place of the previously scheduled walk starting at the Plough and Harrow in Litlington.
more THE AFTERNOON of Saturday 14th August saw a group of Rotarians, wives and partners and members of Inner Wheel assembling at the lynch gate entrance to St Andrew’s church, Bishopstone for a tour of the Saxon and Norman house of worship.
more On 14th October, a group of Rotarians, 1 honorary Rotarian, members of Inner Wheel and one member of Newhaven South Coast Rotary Club were at Denton Island Indoor Bowls Club (DIIBC) for an evening of bowls.
more After all the dry and warm weather we had been enjoying this September, when viewing the weather forecast on Sunday 26th September, I seriously wondered if our luck was about to run out.
more IT WAS nice to ‘pic’ and mix again at The Salts. And yet despite a certain amount of shivering and even a little full-size cowering from a brisk sea-breeze , the Seaford Rotary Picnic there on Friday 28th May was undoubtedly an outstanding success.
more Volunteers from MND Association East Surrey branch fundraising by taking part in the Walk to D'Feet
more Following our successful walk in May where we enjoyed a pleasant outing in somewhat uncertain weather followed by a picnic, we followed up on this with a different walk starting from the same location.
more After such a long period of enforced separation, it was really great to be able to organise a walk when we could all get together in real time rather than meeting on ZOOM.
more ON 14th OCTOBER, we were joined at our Zoom meeting by Rotarian Phil Godfrey a former railwayman from Solihull who has travelled the country by train to raise awareness of antiphospholipid syndrome, which caused the premature death of his wife.
more ON 11th September 2020, Geoff Lowles, Paul Harris Fellow, celebrated 50 years membership of Seaford Rotary Club.
more Keith Ross experienced a unique year in his role as President for 2019-20 and although he was robbed of hosting the traditional gala dinner at the end of his reign he still managed to make the annual handover ceremony memorable – even on ZOOM!
more Pippa Logan has become a Lifetime Honorary member of Seaford Rotary Club for her work in organising the catering at the Bluebell Walk, Arlington for the Club. She becomes the first and only Lifetime Honorary member of the Club.
more Eight members of Seaford Rotary demonstrated the Rotary International Theme for the 2019/2020 Rotary Year - ‘Rotary Connects the World’ by having a ZOOM meeting with the Rotary Club of Baridhara, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
more 2019-06-22 President's Evening and Handover
more Once again, we were favoured with wonderful weather when setting out on our latest trek into the local countryside around Rodmell and Southease.
more A select group of Rotarians organised by Bill Pierce arrived at the Denton Island Indoor Bowls Club to try their hand at this genteel sport. Bill Pierce had organised an evening with not only Seaford Rotary Club, but also Newhaven Rotary Club and Inner W
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