Last night I had the honour and pleasure of presenting on behalf of the members of the Rotary Club of the Sussex Vale a Paul Harris Fellowship to Bernard O’Rourke.
After a long career in construction, which took him all over Africa, Bernard eventually returned to the UK and worked on several major rail projects. with retirement looming he looked around for something to keep him occupied. Rotary was an obvious choice.
in 2015 Bernard joined the Rotary Club Of The Sussex Vale and since then has proved to be an exceptional Rotarian, always going the extra mile and willing to take on any project thrown at him.
In 2017 he was elected vice chairman and in 2018 he became the club president. So successful was his year that the club asked him to stay on for a 2nd term in office for the year 2019 to 2020. Since taking office, and with his encouragement, the club have fully supported the rotary foundation and the end polio now campaign.
in his first year, he took part in the Purple For Polio Round Britain Car Tour, raising funds for End Polio. His tireless work for the club and Rotary make him a well deserving recipient of a Paul Harris Fellowship award.
Once again congratulations Bernard