In an historic move tonight the Rotary Club of Grays, Thurrock may just have pulled off a UK first or even a World first - we awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship  (the top honour in Rotary) VIRTUALLY!
During this evening's regular lockdown Thursday Zoom Meeting Derek Swan was surprised at home with his award by local colleague, Iain Ramsay - no rules were broken - social distancing was observed and wife Linda pinned the badge on the proud recipient for the rest of the Club to watch on the Internet
The proud and deserved recipient Derek Swan pictured here having just been surprised on the doorstep!
Derek joined our Club on 14 July 1983 - A busy year for the Club as we sponsored the formation of Mardyke Valley Rotary Club that year.
In the early years he was heavily involved in the work of the International Committee. 
Then, like now, he enjoyed travelling (for social purposes) - Skiing, holidaying, having a good time. 
He has always been at the front in everything that is happening in Rotary and has always been a very keen and active participant in Tripartite.

In 1985 he masterminded the raffle of a mini car (in those days you could buy one and have change from £500), it made £400 profit.

He served as President of the Club in 1995/96.
Following this he returned to normal duties, i.e. involved in everything, until he took over as Hon. Secretary in 2012/13 the  role he still occupies.
A retired Grays Dentist who has served the Club and the Community unstintingly for almost 40 years