Thursday, 21 March 2013

Celebration for Manfred Dessau - West Bridgford

I had the privilege and honour this evening of being present at a special meeting of the Rotary Club of West Bridgford.  The meeting, attended by almost all the members and many partners was to celebrate the fact that Rtn Manfred had been a member of the club for the last 49 years.   Manfred was attending his last meeting before he and his wife Mirelle move south to the London area to be closer to their family.

After a special three course meal several members spoke about Manfred's involvement and exploits in the club over the years, with a number of photographs being shown that highlighted these exploits.   I was then asked to speak about Manfred which I was delighted to do.   I then presented Manfred with a framed certificate thanking him for his 49 years of service in the District and an RIBI certificate of 45 years service. 

The evening was rounded off when President Elect Denis Jones presented Manfred with a Paul Harris Sapphire pin in recognition of the service he has given to mankind.

Manfred saying a few words

Manfred and Mirelle with their cake celebrating 49 years
Manfred was not aware that I was attending - he thought it was going to be a somewhat low-key affair and by the end of the evening was visibly emotional at what had taken place.

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