Rotary MayorIn 2014, I was given the Don Mabey award for my work on a number of local community groups in Seaford, namely Seaford Senior Forum, Seaford Fair Trade, and Seaford Chamber of Commerce. I was honoured to be the first recipient of this award.
As a consequence, I was invited to 10, Downing Street in January 2015 to a meeting of community champions. The Prime Minister, David Cameron, asked me what plans I had for the future, and I responded that for years I have been asked to stand as a local councillor in Seaford but was not sure whether I should do so. His reply was that I should put my name forward.
So when I returned to Seaford, I did just that and much to my surprise I was elected as a councillor for Seaford North Ward on 7th May 2015.
Two weeks later at a full council meeting, I was elected Mayor by a majority of 14 to 1, which I can assure the reader was an even bigger surprise but an honour.
My diary started to fill up very fast, but as I had Rotary events already in my diary, my secretary was able to work around these dates. This enabled me to assist with the Boot, Craft and Produce Fairs and the Grand Charity Quiz in my role as both a Rotarian and Mayor as well as other mayoral duties and commitments.
From September to middle of December I attended 88 meetings and other engagements. Past Rotary Presidents and vice Presidents warned me about taking too much on trying to meet Rotary and Mayoral requests.
Rotary functions that I attended included the Young Musicians and the Young Writers competitions, and at both these I awarded the prizes to the winners.
On 12th May 2016, I stood down as Mayor, and Lindsay Freeman took over the mayoral duties.
This past year has been like being on a very fast roller coaster, but I have enjoyed it very much, and privileged to meet some lovely people. I was told to take a year out of my life, and this has proven to be the case.
With the backing of my wife Marian, and Many others in the council offices, I believe my year as Mayor was successful.
I now have another hard act to follow as Mike Ropers successor as chair of the Fund Raising committee, but that is a challenge I wish to take and work together for the benefit of the Club and local community, and other projects around the world.
posted: Wednesday, 1 June 2016
- Sun 26 Mar 2017
- Welly Wanderers successful again
- Tue 21 Mar 2017
- Young Writers competition inspirational and affirmative of their young talent
- Mon 20 Mar 2017
- Young Musician of the Year 2017
- Sat 04 Mar 2017
- Young photographic 'Reflections'
- Wed 29 Mar 2017
- Business Meeting
- Wed 05 Apr 2017
- Wed 12 Apr 2017
- Clive Livingstone: Life before Rotary
- Sun 16 Apr 2017
- Boot, Craft and Produce Fair