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Paul Harris Award to Surinder Dhesi – 23 Oct 2020


The President of the Rotary Club of Banbury Rotarian David Richardson presented Rotarian Cllr Surinder Dhesi on 23rd October 2020 with a Paul Harris Award. The award is named after Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905.The designation as a Paul Harris Fellow is a tribute to a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of the Rotary Foundation. President Rotarian David Richardson accompanied by fellow Rotarian Nigel Randall made the presentation.

The President expressed his pride and pleasure that the Club had decided to make this award recognising Surinder as she becomes a Paul Harris Fellow. It is always given in true recognition of a valued and sincere contribution to Rotary and the Local Community and a true recognition of “ Service above Self” the motto of all Rotarians. Surinder has served the local community for some forty years. She has been involved in many Community Projects, fundraising for a mini bus,

Scanner Appeal, Sunshine Centre, Katherine Hospice, Dogs for Good, Dogs for the Blind, Maggie’s Centre and Maternity Unit at the Horton Hospital and other fundraising events. Not forgetting serving on Banbury Town and Cherwell District Council.

In normal circumstances the award would have been presented in the presence of all Rotary Members at the weekly lunchtime meeting. Due to the current covid 19 restrictions the award was presented to Rotarian Cllr Surinder Dhesi by President Rotarian David Richardson in his back garden.

Cllr Rotarian Surinder Dhesi ‘s response was excitement and pride at receiving the honour of a Paul Harris Fellowship.”I am very humbled and honoured to receive this award. It is a honour and a privilege to serve the community of Banbury. I would like to express my warmest thanks to all members of the Rotary Club of Banbury and working with Banbury Rotary Club has been a pleasure serving the community and over the years, working with great people.”