Having been a member and Past
President of The Rotary Club of Gorleston-on-Sea and observed the formation
of The Great Yarmouth Haven Rotary it was an honour to be made a member and
then become President of the Haven Club. The camaraderie, banter and good
fellowship makes going to the Burlington for meetings each Monday something
I look forward too.
So to be made President on July 2nd
2012 was something really special to me. I thought having been President of
another club it would be OK but in reality it was absolutely brilliant. The
membership have a unique way of treating the President and I must say I
enjoyed every minute.
When I was invested I put forward my
vision for the Club to help youngsters in our community and to that end we
now have a Bursary for talented and artistic students to help with their
further education. We are already seeing the benefits of this. I also asked
we support Dementia Charities as at that time I was aware funding was needed
and this was just one of the many good causes the Club supported during my
year in office.
The 2 projects that stand in my mind
are supporting the building of a block of toilet facilities in Goa,
India and raising the funding from external sources namely The Worshipful
Company of Plumbers and The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors.
Their generosity and matching funding meant we provided the money to have a
complete unit built.
The other was getting involved with
the "Herbie" project run by the Salvation Army. This helps people
sleeping rough to give them warm clothing, blankets, food, washing
facilities and a sympathetic ear.
I never realised just how many people
there are in Great Yarmouth sleeping rough.
Sadly during my year we lost 2 legends
of the club, Norman Bailey and Ken Ward and also Keith Horne who was
instrumental in forming the Club over 30 years ago.
As I said I enjoyed my year but it
would not have possible without the support of Maureen, the advice of Tony
King, the back up help of Ian McCreadie, Des Sadler keeping the cash books
and having Mike Self making sure everything ran smoothly in his own
R. E. Price MBE, JP