Last October around fifty Rotarians and guests gathered at Hill View Park near Hogsthorpe to spend an evening with Jean and David Black before they left the area and moved to Eastbourne. We enjoyed a three course meal, one or two drinks and some excellent speeches dedicated to this well loved couple who have demonstrated an amazing commitment to Inner Wheel and Rotary over many years.
David, a retired police office, is twice a past president of our club (1995/6 and 2014/15) but his contribution to the world of Rotary goes far beyond that. Most notably David continued the work of the late Bill Huntley MBE (past RI President and member of our club) to create a $500,000 fund to sponsor the education of Rotary Peace Fellows in perpetuity. To David’s delight, recent developments mean the endowment is set to grow significantly, further compounding Bill and David’s remarkable achievement.
Rotary and Inner Wheel are always looking for new members but I fear we may need to recruit more than two to replace the hard work, enthusiasm and laughter Jean and David have provided. We wish them many happy years together in Eastbourne.