Winchester Rotarian receives prestigious Rotary International award

We are extremely proud to announce that one of our longest-serving members, Rotarian Nick Bell, has been awarded the prestigious Rotary International Service Above Self award. Rotary In Wessex (D1110) District Governor George Phillips presented the award to Nick at a special reception in the Mercure Winchester Wessex Hotel on Monday 4 March. While many Rotary members distinguish themselves through service, the award is given to especially recognise those who make it a way of life.

Nick has been a member of the Rotary family since the 1970s, first in Rotaract and since 1986 as a member of Winchester Rotary. He was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship in 2010 and was Club President 2013-14. His roles in the club have covered both our local community and international connections – from Albania to Uganda! We heard video messages from those with whom he has worked and and helped, including the Rotary Club of Kasese Snow Peaks and Great Lakes Peace Center (both Uganda) and a representative of the project in Albania which Nick has monitored for several years. Among the guests were several former members of Rotary and Rotaract, and a Past President of Rotary Canterbury Sunrise with whom we have a partnership, established thanks to Nick.

The evening closed with a congratulatory video message from Rotary International President Gordon McInally – which will be added to our website shortly, as well as a filmed record of the evening. In his message, Huge congratulations Nick, on all you have achieved in Winchester and the wider world – and continue to do so!

A number of photos taken at the event can be seen here: Service Award

Nick receives the award from DG George Phillips
Steve Feeney’s video of the event

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