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This week was the inauguration of the new President of The Rotary Club of Kendal. He is Rotarian Digby Gunson who has been a member for 29 years.
The retiring President is Peter Smith who was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship for his outstanding contribution to the community.
Peter has been an outstanding President of Kendal Rotary Club. It is not his only activity…. He joined the Standards and Ethics Committee for SLDC as Chairman, a position he held for seven years. He helped set up procedures for District and Parish Councils, was a member of the Cumbria Police Authority Standards Committee, Parish Clerk and then a Councillor in Burton-in-Kendal. Peter was also a volunteer supporter of the Numeracy Skills for Life Programme at Lancaster Adult College.
Peter is passionate about Community Transport – for residents in his village, and then as trustee of Community Transport South Lakeland. He continues to be a voluntary car driver. Peter is Chairman of the Cumbria County Council Community Transport Forum, and a member of the North Cumbria Hospitals Recovery Group looking at hospital transport. He is also a Trustee of Cumbria Community Transport, a voluntary organisation providing community minibuses through the county.
Since 2015 he has been Chairman of the Trustees of Age UK South Lakeland and is also on the Board of the Freida Scott Charitable Trust.
Peter is Honorary Manager of the local nature reserve located in Burton and is a member of the local Quarry Liaison Committee.
As a member of the Royal British Legion, he assists with the annual Poppy collection by distributing boxes to schools and local businesses.
This is an extraordinary amount of community service and his award is thoroughly deserved.
Past President Tim Keegan was also awarded a Sapphire Paul Harris Award for further outstanding work for the club over many years.
The President’s cup for the year was awarded to Roger Downing for his diligent and efficient work as club Treasurer in keeping our finances in good order.