Friday, 9 August 2013

Service to the Community is recognized

At the Waiuku Rotary Club  meeting on Wednesday, 31 July Ken Letcher was designated a Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of his services to his community , his vocation, and whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives and mission of The Rotary Foundation.

The Paul Harris Fellow is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary over 100 years ago.
The Rotary Foundation is one of the largest and most important programs of Rotary. Without the Foundation Rotary could not continue its many humanitarian programs and its efforts to promote world understanding and peace.

Ken who moved to Waiuku in 1970 has been involved in teaching as a career and is now retired from the profession

He has set an example for many by his contributions to his community in many ways.
Ken was instrumental setting up the Rotary Primary School speech contest which has been operating now for 26 years. Another of Ken’s achievements is the Waiuku Primary School Music festival which is held each year. His personal involvement makes our community a better place in which to live.

The Probus Club of Waiuku is another example of the way Ken works quietly in the community. This was an initiative of Kens and is now over 100 members. The Rotary club of Waiuku recognizes these efforts and has made a contribution to the Rotary Foundation in Ken’s name. This contribution could provide educational opportunities, food for the poor, potable water in a village in Africa or India, health care, shelter, schools and books for thousands of children. It can buy cows to supply milk to an entire village or supply sewing machines to widows so they may become self sufficient.

Ken is regularly seen out walking of a morning with his wife Noeline.

President Don Wills presented Ken with the two emblems of a Paul Harris Fellow a certificate and a lapel pin. The symbolism in this recognition is to say “Thank You Ken for making a difference in your community”.