A highlight of Hunstanton Rotary Club’s Charter Night was the presentation of the Paul Harris Fellowship to Rotarian Brian Devlin.
Named after the founder of Rotary, the Fellowship is the highest honour that Rotary can bestow and marks outstanding service to the organisation itself or to the community.
In presenting the award, the commitment to service that Mr Devlin demonstrated was described as remarkable by the club’s president Peter Atterbury.
He said “Among his many achievements Brian has been president of our club twice, the Mayor of the town four times, a magistrate, the founder and president of the Hunstanton Day Centre that provides a lifeline to many locally and a stalwart of Hunstanton’s Carnival where his barbecuing skills are legendry.
“He epitomises what Rotary stands for, service above self, and I am proud to present this award to the man that introduced me to Rotary.”
Distinguished guests at the event included the area governor elect Dorothy Pulsford-Harris and the president of Hunstanton’s mother club, John Harrison from King’s Lynn Priory.
Mr Harrison said: “Hunstanton has a record of fundraising that is second to none with two major events each year producing vital funds for projects at home and abroad.”
In her address Dorothy Pulsford-Harris reflected upon ageing clubs and the drive to engage new Rotarians with different kinds of membership.
She made special mention of Rotarian Brian Devlin in her speech and commented that they had worked together over the years.
That should have alerted Mr Devlin that something momentous was about to happen at the otherwise normal 38th Charter Night for the Club.