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President's Night and Handover 2017

EACH year on 1st July, Seaford Rotary Club changes its Club President.
This year outgoing President Bill Pierce handed over the Presidential jewel of office to Mike Roper at Seaford Golf Club at which Club members, honorary members and guests enjoyed an Italian themed dinner involving several self-selection food dishes served at each table.
BILL Pierce ended his year as President by presenting the most prestigious award that Rotary can confer, the Paul Harris Fellowship Award, named after the (American) founder of Rotary to two worthy recipients. Before these awards, only 31 people had received this award in the 70-year history of Seaford Rotary Club.
The award is for outstanding loyalty, hard work, selflessness and sheer spirit both inside Rotary and out in the community. The recipients do not necessarily have to be Rotarians and can be any local person who has fulfilled the remit but on this occasion our outgoing President, charged with the task of making the selection(s) insisted he had more than enough choice among the club ranks and suggested there were also others who will have to wait until the end of Mike Roper’s presidential year.
The awards were given to former Seaford Mayor Dave Argent who is about to enter his second year as the Club’s FUNd-raising Committee Chairman, and Philip Moorey who has been the Seaford Rotary Club treasurer for nearly 20 years having joined the Club in 1995.
After retirement Dave Argent bought a thriving book shop just off the Town Centre but a few years ago he sold it, intending to take a bit of a break – but then was persuaded to join Rotary!
And what an impact he’s had. He will do virtually anything. In fact, it is hard to stop him. Marking white lines, delivering leaflets, attending meetings (surprise), organising events, repairing and replacing our club resources.
Dave Argent has served or, in most cases, still serving on Seaford Chamber of Commerce (many times as chairman), the town’s Senior Forum, the Fair-Trade Association and, of course, Seaford Town Council – to name but a few.
Philip Moorey excels is in helping people generally. He’s always been marvellous at that but not always noticeably. Rotarian and Past President Tony Lees coined the phrase about him: “amazingly, quietly effective.” He has probably served on every Club committee (before the advent last year of Youth Services), but mostly on FUNd-raising which he is still a member. It seems that every job that comes sees him pushing to the front of the queue, Christmas Sleigh Collection, Boot fairs, anything.
Tony Lees says it is the same when he asks for collectors for the St Wilfrid’s Hospice Charity. It’s him first every time.
Philip was not due to attend President’s Night as his wife Elaine needs dedicated care following a stroke although she is now making a good recovery. The only sure way to get him there for at least a short while was to ask him to do a job. Bill Pierce apologised for making up the story about needing somebody to run, in his own car, an aged guest to Seaford Railway Station. He knew Phil was certain to say: “I’ll do it.”
He was, until recently, been a loyal servant of Seaford’s Mercread Youth Club for whom he was their treasurer for many years, and joined in or led every fund-raising plan they came up with to support all their initiatives and sponsorships with generosity, total enthusiasm and charm.
Presidential handover
OUTGOING President Bill Pierce handed over the Presidential chains of office to Mike Roper, President for Rotary Year 2017/18, and wished him all the very best for the year ahead.
New President Mike Roper, thanked Bill Pierce for all his hard work and leadership in the past 12 months, but reminded all those present that there will still be a President Pierce in 2017/18, as Bill’s wife Jennifer will take up the mantel of President of Seaford Inner Wheel.


posted: Saturday, 1 July 2017

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