Outgoing President Pran’s last duty before handing over to John Hafseth was to present Paul Harris Awards to three Club members all of whom have made a consistent and significant contribution to the promotion of the aims of Rotary.
Before retirement, Peter Woodhead was head teacher of St Peter’s C. of E. Primary School where he was awarded a Stephen Lawrence award for promoting racial harmony. In our Club, as Chair of Foundation, he has framed and secured four district and two global grants, the latter making major contributions to The Sylvia Wright Project in Tiruvannamalai, South-East India.
Keith Crowther, another former Leeds head teacher, is a keen supporter of MIND. Chair of Membership in the Club, he has led a successful team promoting, mentoring and maintaining new members, opening up important links with education, sport and business communities in Leeds.
Past-President Chris Walbank taught English at Leeds Grammar School. He has served on several committees, organized collections for local charities and developed our strong link with St Peter’s where he now serves as a Foundation Governor. A regular contributor to the website, he is our new Publicity Officer.
Named after the founder of Rotary International in Chicago in 1905, the Paul Harris award is in “appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples in the world”. C W July, 2017