THE HIGHEST honour that can be bestowed on members of an international organisation is now in the hands of five well-known local men, following a recent medal presentation.
Past presidents of Cumbernauld Rotary Club were the recipients of the Paul Harris Fellowship, which takes its name from the Chicago lawyer who founded this philanthropic global group.
The award is given “in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among the peoples of the world”.
And the occasion was all the more noteworthy as these are the first Fellowships awarded by the Club in over 20 years – and that the recipients had no idea that they were about to receive them!
Commenting on behalf of all the recipients past president Professor Frank Clark said: “I know that I talk for my colleagues when I say that these awards came as a complete surprise.
“As Rotarians and in keeping with our motto of ‘Service Above Self’ we seek no personal recognition for our work except for the knowledge that at a local, national and International level we have been able to improve conditions for those less fortunate than ourselves. That these awards came from our fellow Rotarians makes them particularly special,” added Professor Clark
Pictured above are (from left) past presidents Ken Davie, Frank Clark, Norman Andrews, Alex Mearns and Ian Montgomery with their medals and citations.